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  • Pictures of Lily

  • By: Paige Toon
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Summary

'Will you marry me?'

I think of you, then. I think of you every day. But usually in the quietest part of the morning, or the darkest part of the night. Not when my boyfriend of two years has just proposed.

I look up at Richard with his hopeful eyes. 'Lily?' he prompts.

It's been ten years, but it feels like only yesterday that you left. How can I say yes to Richard with all my heart when most of it has always belonged to you?

I take a deep breath and will myself to speak…

Ten years ago when Lily was just sixteen, she fell in love with someone she really shouldn't have fallen in love with. Now, living in Sydney and engaged to another man, she can't forget the one that got away. Then her past comes back to haunt her, and she has to make a decision that will break her heart - and the heart of at least one of the men who love her.

©2010 Paige Toon (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

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Brilliant!

Once I started listening to this book I couldn't stop. I couldn't wait to find out what happened, especially the second half of the book. I would recommend this book.
The narrator was very good too, managing the accents well.

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Jane Collingwood is great at bringing PT to life!

Narrator does a fantastic job with accents and telling the story. also great to find out (SPOILER ALERT- IF YOU HAVENT ALREADY READ "LUCY IN THE SKY") how Lucy and Nathan are doing, another great by Paige Toon, although Chasing Daisy remains my favourite by her!

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Feel like I've been on holiday!

Absolutely loved this story and narrative, I feel like I've been on holiday to Australia the detail was so good. Beautiful story full of love hopes and dreams. Highly recommended

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Had hoped for more

Not as good as previous Toon books. Didn't find Ben and Lily's relationship realistic. Easy read though.

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Great book, cringeworthy narrating!

The story was fantastic. The narrator has a lovely voice and great for a young character in the book. The narrating starts off well and then Lily meets an Australian male. The narrator does the worst MALE Australian voices and accents and I wish she would stop! She makes the main character sound any thing but gorgeous and I can't get weird images of these people out my head!
I love reading books because you imagine the people and how they sound. When you do these horrendous voices it makes them sound so bizarre! Would be much better if all read in one voice. Please stop with accents and opposite sex impersonations!!!!

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a rollercoaster of emotions

yet again another gripping read. I fell in love with the characters instantly and found it soo easy to lose myself in this book. I'm never disappointed with the storyline and find it extremely hard to not just spend a whole day just listening from cover to cover. A must read where you won't be disappointed

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Unsure if I enjoyed it

I can’t work out if I enjoyed this or not. The narrator’s male voices aren’t great but I just still felt uneasy about the lily ben relationship a 28 year old and a 15 year old just made me uneasy.

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An easy listen

I found this book incredibly easy to listen to, but some of the relationships were just not quite right for me. To be madly in love with someone that you kind of just had lunch with as a child? As a whole though, I enjoyed the listen and wouldn't let that stop you from giving it a go.

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Had to return

This book was just awful and childlike and I just couldn’t continue listening. So irritating!

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One of my favorites

I love this so much, I've replayed it over and over. I love Paige Toon's books. But this story about a young girl Lily, and her love for a guy she met doing a summer job, Ben. Lily falls in love with Ben and carries that love into her adult years. It's a beautiful love story, with lots of animals as well. Which I love.

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  • Todd Reifschneider
  • 02-02-21

Not her best work

It was too pervie for my liking. The thought of a 28 year old man crushing on a 15/16 year old is gross. I just could not get past his grooming of a child. I have enjoyed this author’s other novels but this one was just not enjoyable.

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  • KeltinGermany
  • 25-10-16

Excruciatingly boring.

Would you try another book from Paige Toon and/or Jane Collingwood?

No

What could Paige Toon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Improve characterization, add humor, avoid cliches.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performer did a good job with the Australian accents

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. I stuck with the book for four chapters, hoping it would improve, but it remained at the same trivial level.