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Beach Read

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Binge-watched Normal People and Love Is Blind and now looking to escape into another suitably steamy love story? Look no further....

Two writers, one holiday. A romcom waiting to happen....

January is a hopeless romantic who narrates her life like she's the lead in a blockbuster movie.

Gus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.

But January and Gus have more in common than you'd think:

They're both broke.

They've got crippling writer's block.

And they need to write best sellers before summer ends.

The result? A bet to swap genres and see who gets published first.

The risk? In telling each other's stories, their worlds might be changed entirely....

Set over one sizzling summer, Beach Read is a witty love story that will make you laugh a lot, cry a little and fall head over heels. For fans of The Flat Share and If I Never Met You.

©2020 Emily Henry (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"The hottest book of the summer." (Josie Silver, author of best-selling One Day in December)

"The perfect escapist romp." (Laura Jane Williams, author of Our Stop)

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I really didn't enjoy this book. The main character seemed to go through emotions and it was hard to keep up. It was not at all what I was expecting.

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enjoyable book with flaws

I heavily enjoyed this book towards the last third. once the characters expand past their love/hate trope it becomes a thoroughly enjoyable novel. very well read too, characters and emotion are very believable. in my opinion if you can past the middle act it's well worth it in the end

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-2020

Finished it in a day

On a nutshell: Great read Didn't feel like a typical romance Funny Depth in the characters In more detail: Going into this I had wanted a cosy escape and this book delivered while still having elements that brought depth to the story and characters. It's my first time reading this author. The book is funny and sweet which is exactly what I wanted but also had elements of family issues, dealing with struggles and exploring friendship that made the story interesting, but didn't dwell on them in a way that would get you down. These were the elements that gave you insight into the characters rather than being the focus point. I will say there is one single cringey line in the book. When you do read the book you will spot it (hint: something about a bunny). But other than that single line it was lovely!

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  • Jacqueline Torr
  • 18-08-2020

Very enjoyable

I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this when I first started listening - again I struggled a little with the American narrator. But was I got into it I found it an easy listen and a good story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-2020

Awful stuff, brainless. Really predictable.

I thought it was really dull. Would be more suited to teenagers than adults.

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  • Clare Doran
  • 21-07-2020

Believe the hype

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy. I volunteered to leave an unbiased review. I put this off a long time. But the hype just didn't die down. So I leapt into it. And I REALLY enjoyed it. The daddy issues were a both a bit much and a little on the nose for me (I have them and they are bad) but this was a whole lot of fun. My first read by this author and I'd recommend this for sure, especially to people who are dipping their toes into the woman's fiction/light romance genre. Gus and January were a lot of fun and at first I wished for a couple of chapters in Gus's POV, but now I've finished, I'm kinda glad I didn't get them.

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  • Book addict
  • 25-06-2020

Nice read

The title and cover really put me off buying this because I can’t stand fluffy chick-lit beach reads, but I do love romances or romcoms with a bit more depth to them, or grit. Fortunately, after looking at the reviews, I gave this book a go, and I’m glad I did. It’s got nice characters, depth to them too, realistic messy life situations etc so the story is nicely filled out. However, by the end I only felt like it was “nice”, and it didn’t grip me by the heart. Some of the hurdles seemed like they were put in just for drama in the story, rather than feeling natural. It all got tied up in a neat bow at the end, but it didn’t sweep me with it on the way - instead I just watched it happen and I was very aware it was just a book, and I hadn’t dropped into the world like I do with a great story. The narrator was well suited to the story and I liked listening to her.

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  • Jill Kirtley
  • 25-06-2020

I loved it!

This was the first book I've read by Emily Henry and I loved it. For the most part it’s a light read with lots of laugh out loud funny moments, mostly due to the hilarious witty banter between January and Gus. With the wonderful and well written storyline plus the amazing narrating talent of Julia Whelan this is one book that you won’t want to miss!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-06-2020

Beach Read

Just read it. Seriously, buy it and listen to it and get past the first chapter or two and then dissolve in it. Give it a chance and in return it will give you more than you expected, as books should 🔆🧡

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  • sarah marrie
  • 11-06-2020

Great book worth the hype

It’s a great book. It definitely lives up to all the hype it’s been getting. It’s a great story overall with great characters. Julia Wellan is perfect as a narrator; and I cant imagine anyone to narrates this great story.

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  • Quidje-Bo Ludwig
  • 07-06-2020

Stunning

The story was fantastic! And could I possible give the narration six stars because she did such a fantastic job being all this wonderful characters to life. Definitely would recommend giving this a listen

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  • JT
  • 23-05-2020

Great performance of all characters!

Audio books are SO dependent on the vocal performance of the reader and this one is a great one! I loved this book in Kindle do downloaded this to listen to it as well. It’s a great story, goes at a good pace and has a good ending!