Listen free for 30 days

The Ugly Sister

Narrated by: Joanna Bobin
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. 

When it comes to genes life's a lottery....

As Abi knows - she's spent her life in the shadow of her beautiful, glamorous older sister Cleo. Headhunted as model when she was 16, Cleo has been all but lost to Abi for the last 20 years. So when Abi is invited to spend the summer in Cleo's large London home with her perfect family, she agrees despite serious misgivings. But maybe Cleo is finally as keen as Abi to regain the closeness they shared in their youth?

Abi is in for a shock. Soon she's left caring for her two young, spoilt nieces and handsome, unhappy brother-in-law, while Cleo plainly has other things on her mind. As Abi moves into her sister's life, a cuckoo in the nest, she wrestles with uncomfortable feelings.

Could having beauty, wealth and fame lead to more unhappiness than not having them? Who in the family really is the ugly sister?

©2019 Jane Fallon (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    17
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    15
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    22
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    3

Story

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    13
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    5

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

What happened to the ending?

Had to look at the reviews to check that I hadn’t missed a massive section at the end. There is no ending it’s like she gave up, maximum word count reached. I don’t know if there is a second book to it. It feels like there needs to be to finish off all the loose endings.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

What on earth happened to the ending?

This was quite a good book, interesting and believable, but not as good as all of her other books.
Even so, I would have given it 5 stars if not for the sudden abrupt ending! I was waiting for the narrator to say, "Chapter 28" but she didn't. Instead I heard "Audible hope you've enjoyed this book" ????? I looked at my phone thinking I must've pressed something by mistake and skipped to the end of the book, but I hadn't - it HAD actually finished. I couldn't believe it! What happened? Did the author get fed up with the story? Did the narrator go on strike? The ending left me wishing I hadn't bothered listening to the previous 10 hours, it became a complete waste of time. It was like reading a good book, only to discover too late that the last 20 pages were missing.
If the author thought this was a clever way to end a book - it wasn't!!!!
I would never recommend this book to anybody.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic audio book, interesting story

I loved the narrator, story is easy to follow and makes great experience. Love Jane Fallon books

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Couldn't Stop Listening

I listened to it pretty much none stop from start to finish, only stopping to sleep.
You know it's been a great book when it gets to the end and you say "What!? No." Because you want more and dont want the story to end.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Not her best but still enjoyable

I usually Jane Fallon books, the likeable main character and the easiness of it all but in this book I didn't particularly like anyone. Abi is at tjmes annoying with her whining and being a total pushover and everyone's poor morals got to me. The ending was a total disappointment, I actually thought the app had skipped a couple of chapters it was that abrupt. You have no idea how things ended by anyone which really bothered me. The narration was good and it was easy to listen to.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • CJ
  • 24-08-19

This book has no ending. It just stops.

Overall this story was ok except that it dragged on a bit - presumably the author thought so too as it came to a sudden end with no conclusion of any kind. Perhaps she too was bored. Very frustrating having stuck with it for far longer than it should have taken to tell the tale. I assume a sequel is planned but I won’t be bothering to read it in case it too just stops rather than ends. The only saving grace was the narrator.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

The ugly sister

So disappointing, long winded and such a poor ending . Cannot recommend this book at all.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

10 hours of my life I won’t get back again.

Not up to Jane Fallon’s usual standard. A bit slow and a bit dull but the most disappointing and , frankly, annoying thing about this book was the abrupt ending. Maybe the author was so bored even she couldn’t be bothered to finish it!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Wish I hadn’t bothered

Well I have always enjoyed Jane Fallon but this story has put me off and I don’t think I’ll read another as I don’t like to feel this way having read a book through to the end. The narrator however was excellent I will say that.