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Wanderlust

Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
4 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)
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Summary

Narrated by Richard Armitage and Grace Grant — a breathtaking new romance from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely that will sweep you away!

A British accent is my weakness...

Good thing I can avoid that kind of temptation in my new job in Paris. And when my company hooks me up with my own personal translator, I should be on the fast track for success. Except, he's charming, witty, and, oh yeah, he just so happens to be British, which means everything he says melts me.

Don't mix business with pleasure. I do my best to resist him as he brings the city to life for me. Soon, I can navigate the streets, discuss perfume with my co-workers, and barter at the outdoor market. But I also learn how to tell the sexy man by my side how much I want him to kiss me under the streetlamps.

Except there's a catch — I can't have him.

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One more assignment before I take off on my big adventure...

And it's a good farewell gig too since my newest client is a fetching American who loves to explore the cafes and cobbled streets while I teach her the language of love. We fall into a fast and flirty friendship, doing our best to resist each other. But you know what they say about best intentions. Soon we're spending our nights together too, and I don't want to let her go. The trouble is, my wanderlust is calling to me, and before we know it, I'll be traveling the globe to fulfill a promise I made long ago.

What could possibly go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nothing...unless one of you is leaving.

*Includes a special bonus interview with the author!*

©2018 Lauren Blakely (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Similar to Fifty Shades without the tense plot

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you like this kind of surface romantic fiction then you will like this book. I found it ok but this kind of Mills and Boon fiction isn't my cup of tea, I just wanted to hear Richard doing something different.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I found Grace's narration wooden and slow. I kept checking whether I had accidentally slowed it down but I hadn't. The story was actually ok; a simple love story with one layer. They meet, a few complicated things occur, and then love conquers. Although Richard usually has the most entertaining and wonderful voice I found his narration quite stilted too which is unusual for him. I felt that he sounded as though he was just reading the book instead of feeling it and inhabiting the characters.Maybe soft-porn really isn't his kind of thing after all.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Richard's narrations were better. I found the simulated, fantasy, shower scene quite uncomfortable to listen to coming from Richard's voice as he's usually very articulate and puts great energy into inhabiting his characters and I thought he sounded uncomfortable. If you ignore the sex the story was ok.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I think the book would probably translate better into a film but the script would have to work hard to tease out all the things that were shallow in the book or not given greater depth. It would need a script writer like the Fifty Shades one or the Me Before You one to manage the sex scenes and bring out the conflicts of being torn between job and love and the pain of losing a loved one.

Any additional comments?

If you like this kind of fiction then you will like the book. If it's not really your cup of tea then even Richard can't bring it alive in his usual masterful way.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing!

Would you try another book written by Lauren Blakely or narrated by Richard Armitage and Grace Grant ?

No, Lauren Blakely's writing is shallow. I found Grace Grant's narration irritating. Richard's fans are known for saying they would listen to him read anything, even the phone book, but although his narration of Wanderlust is up to his usual excellent standard I feel that is voice is wasted on this low grade fiction. Whatever were you thinking of Audible? Richard Armitage is worthy of better!

What will your next listen be?

Outlander book 7 - An Echo in the Bone narrated by Davina Porter and The Tattooist of Auschwitz narrated by Richard Armitage.

Did Richard Armitage and Grace Grant do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Grace Grant did not.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nothing that jumps out at me. I will be returning it.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Deserves 10 stars for the Cringe Factor

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone deluded.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lauren Blakely again?

No, never, never, never, never, never ever.

What character would you cut from Wanderlust?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

I usually like crime, sci fi and comedy but I thought I would try this for a change. Oh, dear, what a mistake. The cringe factor quickly popped up as did the nausea. Do people really enjoy this stuff? I only got to the third chapter when I gave up. The scene in the cafe at the beginning with the appalling dialogue and slimy thoughts gave me nightmares.

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Why Richard Armitage, why?

What would have made Wanderlust better?

Not have Grace Grant attempting a male English voice - shocking!

Would you ever listen to anything by Lauren Blakely again?

Probably not

How could the performance have been better?

Although Grace Grant's non-naturalistic over-articulation generally is irritating, the real shocker is her narration of the male part of Griffin. It is excruciatingly bad and amateurish. How could Audible pass this as acceptable? I do a better job reading to my children. It contrasts strikingly with Richard Armitage's narration, which is excellent  - and he does the female role of Joy well. it would have been better if he had read both parts or if the actors had just voiced their own parts. I cannot understand why Armitage was involved in this,

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It wasn't bad if you accept it for light, cliched, romantic fiction.

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An easy listen

I bought this audiobook to hear Richard Armitage and as always his voice and acting bought quality to the text. At first I found the jump from his voice to Grace’s American accent quite jarring but found a few chapters in that I was enjoying her chapters too. I found myself eye rolling at times but overall I enjoyed this audiobook for what it is. If you don’t enjoy this type of fiction at all then it’s probably not for you but I enjoyed listening to this while I walk.

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Not for me ...

I listened to this because I love Richard Armitage’s narration, and he was as wonderful as ever - but so wasted on this dross.

The plot of the book is entirely predictable, so I skipped from halfway through to the last chapter, missing nothing. The characters are dull and equally predictable, and I’m sorry, but I can’t like someone simply because they’ve had a sad few months.

The character of Joy is particularly nauseous - and Grace Grant has a whiny and irritating American accent. I couldn’t warm to her at all. Griffin is dreary in the extreme, but I felt even he could find someone better.

Even the sex is boring. How the author managed this, I really don’t know. I just thought, if this two want to have it off, that’s fine but I really don’t want the details. Yawn.

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Light and enjoyable

Light, cute romance following Brit, Griffin Thomas, who is living in Paris as a translator whilst saving up money to complete his late brothers ‘bucket list’. Joy Danvers-Lively is moving to Paris from America following a breakup with her boyfriend, Joy of course needs a translator. In steps Griffin and I’ve got to say the banter and chemistry between these two is palpable. Do it already! No, they don’t want to mix business with pleasure, never a good idea, but when you spend all morning and all evening with someone you’re attracted to, the inevitable happens. It’s not a problem though because neither of them are looking at long term, feelings are not going to get in the way of their goals. Oh dear, failed again. What will happen when Griffin leaves to fulfil his brother’s life goals. A light, easy read told in dual POV, with loveable characters and a cute storyline. Narration was perfect.

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Loved the setting just not the story, sadly!!!

I purchased this book on Audible as soon as I saw that it was narrated by Richard Armitage. A British character and narrator is a rare commodity amongst the romance genre and author group that I follow so I was beyond excited to start listening to story. The story also piqued my interest because it is set in Paris and in particular the Montmartre district, an area which is steeped in history, beauty and offers a fascinating backdrop to any romance story.

We first meet Joy as she travels to Paris for work. With a nose for a scent, she is excited to be starting a year-long contract in the city doing the job she loves. Willing to embrace everything French, she excitedly tries to use what little French she knows but initially with very funny results. Fortunately for her, she has a translator appointed to support her. What Joy doesn't realise is that her new translator has already made a lasting impression on her thanks to an impromptu meeting in a boulangerie!

Griffin and Joy share an immediate attraction and it is clear from the outset that their personalities match. Joy is your typical effervescent American and Griffon is the swoon-worthy Brit with an accent that she has, to date, only dreamt about. When they realise that they are to work together, Joy and Griffon decide to become friends but their friendship grows as they spend endless hours together, walking the streets of Paris and sharing their common interests alongside the sights and sounds of the city.

With Griffon's time in Paris coming to an end, as he prepares to travel to Indonesia to complete a marathon in memory of his late brother, Joy and Griffon try, unsuccessfully, to protect their hearts from the imminent loss. Having both fallen in love with each other, they part not knowing where their respective futures will take them.

I struggled to wholly enjoy RA's interpretation of Griffon. At times, his character portrayal came across a little stilted and lacking in emotion. When added to the female narrator, their respective POVs just didn't work. I wanted to spend all of my time with RA, as expected, and that may have taken the shine off Grace Grant's contribution to the story and possibly even RA's.

Overall, the story was also a little slow and didn't really develop even by its conclusion, despite the fascinating sights and sounds captured by the author. Lauren Blakely's enthusiasm for the city was clearly evident in her writing but possibly to the detriment of the story and her characters. Also, the romantic scenes were cold and clinical and totally lost in translation in audio format. Whilst Lauren Blakely is probably not aware of RA's massive fanbase, her use of him as a narrator could have a negative effect on the book's ratings. When compared to his work on The Tattooist of Auschwitz, this story could be a step too far for his die-hard fans! I'm sure though, when the ebook/paperback releases, and Lauren's normal fan base reads the story, they will thoroughly enjoy it.

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Audio heaven in Paris

4.5 stars

This audio thrilled me from the first whisper of the narrators, to the end of the epilogue. I am going to have to start with the narration because I am simply bursting with praise for it. Having Richard Armitage narrate was a coup, he acted Griffin so perfectly with banter and emotions. The chemistry he brought to the character was just superb. It so happens that Grace Grant is my favourite female narrator so this coupling was perfection to me. Absolute 5 stars for narration and how this dual POV worked together.

WANDERLUST is a great story, less romantic comedy than some of Lauren Blakely’s other audios and that made it all the more special in my eyes, because it felt different. Joy is a fragrance chemist new to Paris and a translator, Griffin is hired to do just that, translate. They meet serendipitously before becoming colleagues and their chemistry goes bang. The story is totally engaging with depth of direction and character. The gradual move friendship and beyond was believable with nothing instantaneous about it.

This is easily my favourite Lauren Blakely book and audio. This is the kind of audio I will re-listen to and with this kind of narration I would encourage picking up the audiobook as first choice in terms of format. I recommend this to each and every one of my romance loving book friends.

I voluntarily listened to an early copy of this audiobook.

Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

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5 Picture Perfect stars

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5 Picture perfect stars

When you read a Lauren Blakely book you always know that you are going to get a good story.

This one was no exception, I love her characters that she writes, especially her females as she makes them so likable.

I love the fact that Lauren released this book on audio first, it just shows how far audios have come :o)

This was a sweet love story between Joy and Griffin.

Meet Joy

Joy starts a brand new job in a new country, she has moved to Paris and cannot wait, the only thing is she doesn't know any French and has to rely on a translator to help her.

June has a passion for smells, and luckily bags herself her dream job working for a fragrance company.

June is a very likable character, she doesn't come across as one of these blushing "oh my" women that you read about sometimes, nope she's an independent woman and she can do it all on her own thank you very much!

Meet Griffin

Griffin is a Brit, working in Paris as a translator.

He is planning to leave in 1 month's time and travel somewhere else, he doesn't like to stay in one place for too long, he has a strong impulse to travel and explore the world (he has a Wanderlust).

He has nearly packed all of his bags ready for his big trip, he just has one more job to do, he is asked to help as a translator for a new person starting a job in a fragrance company.

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Ms Blakely has managed to catch the beauty and essence of Paris, the sights and scents of the air were there when i closed my eyes and listened to Grace Grant and Richard Armitage telling me this wonderful romance story.

This is a slow burner guys, friends to lovers, the best kind, prepare to be swooned!