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Five Hundred Miles from You

Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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Publisher's Summary

They live 500 miles apart. Yet their lives are about to collide....

Lissa loves her job as a nurse, but recently she's been doing a better job of looking after other people than looking after herself. After a traumatic incident at work leaves her feeling overwhelmed, she agrees to swap lives with someone in a quiet village in Scotland.

Cormac is restless. Just out of the army, he's desperately in need of distraction and there's precious little of it in Kirrinfief. Maybe three months in London is just what he needs.  

As Lissa and Cormac warm to their new lives, emailing back and forth about anything and everything, finally things seem to be falling into place. But each of them feel there's still a piece missing. What - or who - could it be?

And what if it's currently 500 miles away? 

©2020 Jenny Colgan (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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It's ok

I struggled with this one, not to my taste but ok if you're just wanting something light to listen to.

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Easy read/listen

Fun easy going story with great narration. I like the link to ‘The Bookshop on the Shore’ (her earlier book) as I loved some of the characters in that book. It was nice to reacquaint with them again - but knowing this or their backstory is not necessary to you enjoyment of this book.

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  • Katie
  • 20-07-2020

Has Jenny Colgan lost her sense of humour?

I was looking forward to the new Jenny Colgan as soon as I saw it, I added it to my wish list, read the blurb, checked the narrator, was still looking forward to it and it was anything but what I was expecting. If you're looking for some light relief don't go here, if you want to listen to a story full of angst and woe, details about a hit and run, a heart transplant etc etc then this is for you. I persevered for a couple of hours, hoping it would get lighter but it didn't appear as if it was going to, so surprisingly as it is a Jenny Colgan, I'm about to return it, I've listened to most JC books and wonder why she's gone all serious! So not what I was hoping for, no escapism here, just heaviness and unexpectedly traumatic for the listener too.

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  • Íta
  • 05-06-2020

Warm and gentle, funny and serious, all in one package, utterly believable

Excellent exploration into living in someone else’s shoes and widening your perspectives. A gently thought-provoking book exploring relationships with people and places, events and choices, and learning to open up to what is different from your normal. A warm tale of healing and love which also highlights some important topics very current for 2020. One of the most satisfying books I’ve read in quite some time. First class narration also.

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  • janice ryan
  • 21-07-2020

no a good story, extremely boring and perditable

I found this very blant and boring, very flat with no highlights 😴 I wouldn't say I enjoyed it.

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  • Lynn Wright
  • 24-06-2020

Simply Awful

This is the worst book I have encountered in a very long time, dreary, dull and unbelievable characters. Totally unrealistic settings of a kind of fairytale Scotland vs big bad London. Forced myself to get through to the end just to see if it could redeem itself anywhere, sadly it didn't. We all welcome a bit of romantic escapism from time to time but sorry I just thought this was pure drivel. Felt quite sorry for the narrator having to get through it too, at least she got paid for the 'privilege'. Don't think I will be tempted into any other Jenny Colgan reads in the future.

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  • clairey
  • 20-06-2020

Entertaining but lacking

I found this book to be a bit lacking really and quite predictable. That said I enjoyed listening to it

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  • Richard W.
  • 12-06-2020

Wonderful as ever

Jenny”s books just keep getting better 😊 loved this story it was funny and very touching , I cannot wait for the next Jenny book

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  • Rachel Downton
  • 29-09-2020

Nice book

I like the Kirreinfeif books. Each one stands alone but have the characters from the other books. It’s a nice easy story and I like the mental imagery of the Scottish community. The only niggle I have is when conversations are being narrated, the “said” seems to be enhanced, and when it’s stated several times in one go, I find it quite irritating (the narrator did it in bookshop on the shore too) apart from that, I recommend.

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  • Sarah Griffiths
  • 06-09-2020

Just what the doctor ordered

A wonderful escape from the worrisome world at the moment Just what I needed and lovely to have some returning characters as well.

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  • Kathy
  • 31-08-2020

Good story, spoilt by chapter announcements

Strong plot, good mix of heartrending and happy with strong believeable characters, also great narration. But why on earth did the producer decide on not only announcing each (frequent) new chapter but also what "part" it was. This was unnecessary and spoilt the flow, a bit like being on a train where they announce something every five minutes.

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  • Reading Rosie
  • 16-07-2020

Brilliant Colgan as always!

I love Jenny Colgan books and this one didn't disappoint. She is such an engaging writer, you wish you were there! Great story, characters and wonderfully read