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The Old-Girl Network

Narrated by: Suzy Atchinson
Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
4 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Dreamy, scatty, and impossibly romantic, Polly McLaren is a secretary in an advertising agency, but the day a stranger on a train catches her eye, her life changes for ever. This American Romeo, who's recognised her old school scarf, begs Polly to help him find his missing Juliet. Over an intoxicating dinner at the Savoy, Polly agrees to play Cupid and her investigations begin. The last thing she needs now, however, is trouble from the men in her life.
©1994 Catherine Alliott (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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Great book. Awful Narration

This was one of the first books that I remember reading as a teenager (18) It made me laugh so hard that I had tears rolling down my cheeks. This was my reason for purchasing it on Audible.
I really wish that I hadn't bothered. The lady who narrated it completely ruined it for me. Her attempts at the male characters voices were just sleazy at best.
I wish that it could have been read by someone who had read it like most people would have, without trying to put different voices into it.
Completely ruined the book for me. Probably wont read this again for a while now.

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Another fantastic book by Catherine Alliott

I love her humor makes me laugh out loud. Gripped to the end. Makes me want to listen to another of her books

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Hilarious book

Read the book years ago & loved it but thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story. Audio is the way to enjoy a book for me from now on👍

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Dated

Good story and lighthearted with humour however the voice of reader sounds like an older lady than the character of the story which ruins it and her accent sounds like she's to be someone she's not .

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Rubbish

Going to return this as so irritating and she kept talking about people smoking all the time. Dreadful story too.

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Disappointed

The story line was okay, but the main character drove me crazy. How can she be so proud of being a silly, lazy, self absorbed liar. I know characters are supposed to grow throughout a story, but did she have to start so low? Her overactive imagination was amusing, probably because it's similar to my own. Then add a whole cast of liars and cheaters and the book was a disappointment. I did actually finish, but I fell asleep at one point and didn't bother to go back and relisten.
The narrator was fantastic, though!

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Absolutely Hillarious!

The old Girl network is never to be judged by the title. It is packed with rib-crackingly funny incidents which will arrest your attention from the moment you pick it up. I was sometimes reading this on long journeys and could barely stop myself from laughing out loud! The plot is cleverly written and the language is very colourful. I'll allways recommend Catherine Alliott to any one. Her books are very good at making a dull day seem much more interesting. I especially love the Narrator's interpretation of the characters. She really brings them to life. If you're thinking of the next one to read, try "Not that kind of Girl"

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  • Kim
  • 27-04-05

Entertaining, but tiresome at times

There were several parts of this book that I enjoyed, but the main character was so ditzy and clueless at some points that I felt like giving up on the book because it frustrated me so much. The long-winded descriptions also made it hard to listen to. I felt like fast-forwarding at certain points. It could have been half the length and been much more entertaining. Similar to the Shopaholic series in some ways, although this one was written first. Not the best "chicklit" I've listened to, but not too bad if you're willing to stick it out until the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-06

Quite enjoyable

I really liked this book! It was entertaining & made me laugh. The main character was really very likable, even though she did have her "ditzy and clueless" moments, but its a story, and not to be taken so seriously. I found the characters believable and it was all quite charming. Plus, the narrator is excellent! I would highly suggest listening to this book.

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  • Shelly
  • 27-05-12

LOVE this one!!!

Really funny and Suzy Atchinson is such a great reader. I LOVE her. The main character makes me laugh at all the trouble she gets herself into. She's too warm hearted for her own good! Anyway, I really like it and much prefer the audiobook to the paper copies! So entertaining!

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  • Andrea
  • 01-05-07

afraid of ginger-haired Americans?

The main character, Polly, was - for my taste - a little too overdone. Nevertheless, the story continues quite well with lots of laughs, many surprises and an unbelievably sexy boss ...
Lively narration, well done!