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Editor reviews

The immensely popular Sunday Times’ best-selling author Adele Parks is back with her latest release audiobook, The State We’re In, charmingly narrated by the equally as popular Antonia Beamish. This is a delightful and moving story of two strangers sitting next to each other on a plane who both gain life-changing wisdom from each other as they travel across the Atlantic. This story reminds us of the fateful strangers who pop onto our path, often for the briefest of moments but who ultimately change the course of our lives forever. This story is the perfect holiday listen.

Summary

What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way. She's a lifelong optimist; he's a resolute cynic. In the time it takes to fly from London to Chicago, each finds something in the other that they didn't even realise they needed. When they get off the plane their true journey begins....

©2013 Adele Parks (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Wonderfully plotted, moving and insightful...this is Parks’ best yet…shot through with funny, tender and observant moments." ( Daily Mail)
"She is a particularly acute observer of relationship ups and downs, and her stories are always as insightful as they are entertaining." ( Daily Mirror)

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Grim

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really,to be fair this is not my usual genre. I went off on a whim and chose this as it was an audible recommended read. I do not recommend it particularly. I didn't really care for most of the characters, it was very cliched towards the end, and made a lot of the classic mistakes you are always told not to do when story-writing. Also, the style of narration was a bit annoying. Short sentences and that annoying inflection at the end of each sentence, like it was a question! Particularly with Joanna's character.

What will your next listen be?

The book Thief or Jeanette Wintersons "Why be happy when you can be normal"

Would you be willing to try another one of Antonia Beamish’s performances?

Possibly.

Was The State We're In worth the listening time?

Not IMHO

Any additional comments?

Chick lit.

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loved it

I loved the characters. It was hopeful and had a feel good factor. Also had some unexpected twists & turns.

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Quick and Easy holiday read

I chose this book as a quick and easy, brain dead holiday read and it served its purpose.
It tells the story of Joanna and Dean, two very different people from very different families meeting on a transatlantic flight. In the time it takes to fly from London to Chicago these two strangers change the direction of each other’s lives.

Joanna, a thirty something hopeless romantic, thinks life is passing her by. She is set to sabotage the wedding of her ex-fiancé that she believes she wrongly jilted a few years earlier and wants to get together again. Despite Dean's best efforts to remain a stranger, Joanna confides in Dean but his initial disinterest is fuelled by his own issues stemming from his tragic early life and propensity to treat women as disposable.

The story is told from the perspective of both Joanna and Dean, as well as skipping back decades to look at their parents' stories and the way their very different upbringings have shaped their personalities. The story is slow to take off and even when it does, it doesn't reach any dizzy heights. I haven't read any other books by Adele Parks and, based on this book, I am not sure I ever will.

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Excellent story

Really loved it. A great mix of characters and a lovely story. get some tissues ready, though!

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Too Slow Paced for an Audiobook

The State We're In was too slow paced for an audiobook. I may try it or another Adele Parks' book on my Kindle. As an explanation, I prefer the story of my audiobooks to be more engaging and fast paced. Usually, I am doing something else while I listen - driving, cleaning, etc.. If an audiobook is slow paced, my mind wanders and then I miss sections and have to rewind. This does not happen when I am reading a novel since reading obviously requires my full attention.

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  • Adele
  • Paremata, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 14-03-18

Why did I persevere?

This story is total cliche, not to mention preposterous. Not sure why I finished it. Dreadful ending , not the equally bad ending I was expecting though, so I guess that's something. Was well written and well read.

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Beautiful

This book made me emotional. It made me laugh! It made me think I could not stop listening.

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Far too long

Would you try another book written by Adele Parks or narrated by Antonia Beamish?

I have read lots of Adele Parks but the story here was padded out with not very interesting reading. I managed to stay with it but only just.

What was most disappointing about Adele Parks’s story?

Adele Parks stories usually bounce along but not this one. Too long

What about Antonia Beamish’s performance did you like?

Everything

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Such a lovely story ...

... I really enjoyed the pace and the characters. Great voices and tones by the narrator. Perfect easy listen

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Slightly Bridget Jones

But I enjoyed it a lot! A nice light read, with enjoyable characters, although predictable at times.

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  • Francesca
  • 01-12-15

Brilliant!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The State We're In to be better than the print version?

Can not comment

What was one of the most memorable moments of The State We're In?

The shock ending.. An emotional roller coaster!

If you could take any character from The State We're In out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Dean because he sounds an interesting character

Any additional comments?

Must read!