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  • Fast Friends

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fast Friends is a warm and funny romantic novel from Sunday Times best-selling author Jill Mansell.

For fans of Lucy Diamond, Cathy Kelly and Marian Keyes.

When the chips are down, who better to turn to than your oldest friends?

When bored housewife and mother Camilla Stewart impulsively invites her old school chums for dinner, she hardly imagines that the evening will shatter her comfortable existence. But Roz Vallender and Loulou Marks are no ordinary guests.

Roz, stunning and self-assured, is notorious as a TV presenter and superbitch whilst the reckless Loulou owns Vampires, the trendiest wine bar in town. Horrified to discover that husband Jack has been playing around, Camilla determines to make some changes. With a little help from her friends, she soon finds out that life in the fast lane is a lot more fun, and the future still holds plenty of surprises.

©2002 Jill Mansell (P)2016 Headline Digital

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  • 22-11-2020

I wasn’t sure about this one

I read the reviews on this book and was a bit nervous about it. The first few chapters are horrific and I nearly returned it (matched all bad the reviews), but make sure you persevere.........it gets much better. It’s not a typical Jill Mansell book........if I had have read it without knowing the author I would never have picked it as one of Jill’s. If you can get through the first bit, then you’ll be nicely surprised.

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Characters all self-obsessed.

An extremely shallow story with characters that have very little to them. A waste of time listening to it.

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  • Kayley Kirk
  • 23-06-2016

loved it

The narrator was great really enjoyed listening to her and the different accents she did was great

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  • C M Fearon
  • 08-01-2020

Very Racist, not appropriate to be published

I downloaded this book for light relief, a lighthearted story to relax. However I was shocked and disappointed at the repeatedly racist content of this book. The frequent references to the 'Black' boy... and the black character Joshua is not integrated into the narrative at all. The ethnic characters are 2D, with no depth, they are only included to be represented as 'other' and includes shocking stereotypes of being aggressive, bullying, money grabbing ... there is no sense of social commentary or any real context of informed character driven writing. The twist at the end is not enough to redeem this racist story telling, the use if terms such as 'dusky' are seriously inappropriate. It should be considered if this book is fit for distribution.

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  • Clare
  • 03-08-2017

Quite predictable with a few twists

and they all lived happily ever after weight just drops off no one worries about money booze jobs!

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  • Atheana
  • 26-09-2021

Beyond awful

I wouldn’t know where to start with how awful this book is..absolutely BORING storyline and narrative, monotonous narration and about as enthralling as a shopping list. GIVE IT A MISS

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-2021

Not her best

Honestly this book just went on forever, the outcome was predictable and the narrator had one “accent” she used for everyone - not Jill’s best & definitely not made better by the narration

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  • Htz
  • 03-04-2021

Dreary and awful accents

Couldn't wait to get to the end. Not one of the author's finest. Tedious at best.

The accents were like nails on a chalk board.

Shame as am usually a big fan of Ms Mansell's books

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  • Kirsty Arnott
  • 14-05-2020

Great story but stressful!

I really enjoyed this book but I did find the story very stressful at times....how can one person go through so much?! Really good though and kept me listening.

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  • Lorna103
  • 08-09-2019

Excellent

This has to be one of Jill Manselks best. An absorbing story with believable characters. Plus kid of detail and not an immediately obvious ening.

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  • AnitaAmazon
  • 10-03-2019

I didn’t like it :(

I was really looking forward to this audiobook but I was very disappointed by it. So many forced twists to prolong the storyline, I felt frustrated reading about this bunch of perfect, unfortunate, beautiful, highly sexual people. I thought the Italian, American, Irish, Scottish and Geordie accents were terrible. Sorry, I don’t mean to offend but this is what I thought.
I felt disappointed because I usually love all Jill Mansell books.

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  • Iga Radkiewicz
  • 09-12-2018

Read it!

It has more twists of the plot than bloody Game of Thrones.

Full of details, complex characters, playing on emotions.

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