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From Notting Hill with Love...Actually

The Notting Hill series, Book 1
Narrated by: Finty Williams
Series: Actually, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
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She was just a girl, standing in front of a boy…wishing he looked more like Hugh Grant. Scarlett loves the movies. But does she love sensible fiancé David just as much? With a big white wedding on the horizon, Scarlett really should have decided by now.… When she has the chance to house-sit in Notting Hill - the setting of one of her favourite movies - Scarlett jumps at the chance. But living life like a movie is trickier than it seems, especially when her new neighbour Sean is so irritating. And so irritatingly handsome, too. Scarlett soon finds herself starring in a romantic comedy of her very own. But who will end up as the leading man?

©2010 Ali McNamara (P)2012 Hachette Digital

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Clever and enjoyable

I enjoyed how this book was written, and loved the main characters quite quickly. As always Finty Williams does an incredible job brining the story to life.

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Disappointing.

Struggled to finish. What started as very promising soone became predictable and cringe worthy. How can a woman be so stupid! Unfortunately I would not recommend.

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  • Kate
  • 16-03-2013

Delightful!

I’m so glad that I ‘left my comfort zone’ and purchased this Romantic comedy. Usually, I seek out a good thriller, but the title of this book intrigued me, so I thought what the heck I’ll give it a try. I’m thrilled that I did, because From Notting Hill With Love...Actually was such a fun read/listen. If you are a fan of the movies Notting Hill, Love Actually, and Bridget Jones Diary (just to name a few great chick flicks), you will adore Ali McNamara’s debut novel. I also think that Finty Williams is the perfect narrator for McNamara’s book; she brought everyone and everything to life, and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Notting Hill. Having said that, I longed for more description of the area – the market, the stores, and some of the other homes in Notting Hill, but this is just me as Notting Hill happens to be my latest obsession.

Overall, I was very impressed with both the author and the narrator so I decided to join this great duo on another adventure – Bon Voyage! I’m off to New York...

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  • Jan
  • 01-02-2013

Loved It

Where does From Notting Hill with Love... Actually rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

About halfway

What was one of the most memorable moments of From Notting Hill with Love... Actually?

It is just a light hearted story a fun read.

Have you listened to any of Finty Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Flinty's performance was excellent.

If you could rename From Notting Hill with Love... Actually, what would you call it?

It's perfectly named

Any additional comments?

Ali McNamara's next book From Notting Hill to New York Actually is just as good as this one.

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  • Lulu Wostmann
  • 09-02-2019

One of my all time favorites

I absolutely adore this book, I can completely relate to Scarlet and the way she finds movie lines in everything around her. Finty Williams narrates this book beautifully and has the perfect voice for this light whimsical book.

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  • Heather
  • 19-08-2014

A very sweet read.

If you could sum up From Notting Hill with Love... Actually in three words, what would they be?

Cute. Funny. Girly.

What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

Very well narrated and easy to listen to. Brought out the best of the characters.

Any additional comments?

I bought the sequel, From Notting-hill to New York...Actually and I look forward to it.

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  • Rachael
  • 08-03-2013

Perfect for the lovers of Chick Flicks

Fantastic book to escape into. Found myself trying to guess which movies they were referring to along the way.... even managed to find a couple of movies that I will be adding to my must see list. Loved it

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  • lorella
  • 25-02-2013

It is great fun and is read very well.

I'm Italian and I listen to audio books to improve my English. this is great fun and is read very well. However, there should be the possibility to choose different speed reading (at least two) to facilitate understanding of the non-native listeners

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  • Marz
  • 29-06-2015

Easy listening

Great if you love romantic films. An easy and enjoyable listen. Predictable, but then isn't all romantic fiction. :-)

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  • Alison
  • 19-09-2013

A nice easy listen. Frothy and frivolous!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed it but not a literary masterpeice! Just amusing and easy to listen to.

If you’ve listened to books by Ali McNamara before, how does this one compare?

Not listened to any before so had no expectations.

Have you listened to any of Finty Williams’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, I love her!

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

I would wait for the DVD.

Any additional comments?

I did like it and will probably buy the sequel.

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  • Deb
  • 23-03-2013

loved it!

I enjoyed the book very much, I thought about my daughter saying every situation has a 'Friends' episode to cover it and that summed the ideas in the book up. I had also seen all the films that are mentioned and found that I was thinking about how life is like the movies!!! Good chick lit.

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  • Jojo loebig
  • 29-05-2016

Pure chick lit bliss!

If you could sum up From Notting Hill with Love...Actually in three words, what would they be?

Sugary sweet goodness

What was one of the most memorable moments of From Notting Hill with Love...Actually?

The ending, i wont spoil it! It wasnt expected but i loved it.

What does Finty Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brilliant story telling, emotion, really engages you and draws you into the story.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both! It is really moving in places.

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If you want an easy listen with a good mushy love story then this is for you. Its one of the best chick lit ive read recently.
I am definitely getting the next book!

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  • 50 and awesome!
  • 17-10-2019

Wonderfully romantic

loved this romantic story, got the ending I hoped for. Brilliant narration by Finty Williams

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  • Margarhett
  • 14-08-2019

Very enjoyable

I love films and picked up the parts of the book that mentioned them. What a joy this book is I found myself shouting at Alexa . Easy listen, that you can really escape into. A book I'll listen to over and over. I'd recommend to people that love , movies. and love.

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  • JB
  • 24-06-2019

Loved it!

Really enjoyed this lighthearted trip through some of my favourite films. Brilliantly narrated. Can't wait to hear the next one!

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  • RoadKingScot
  • 04-06-2019

Cuddles and intrigue

I absolutely adored this book. It has left me with a lovely warm feeling of heartfelt romance, love at first sight and that everything happens for a reason. The plot moves along at a fast pace and I felt myself genuinely feeling for Scarlet as she tries hard to find her mother and to choose between her fiancé and new love interest. It's clear from fairly early on that the best man for her is Sean, and you really want her to realise this. The film references and Scarlet's interest in living life as if she is in the films is also a treat. If you want a great big warm hug of a book, with an endearing love story, then this book is for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-05-2019

from notting hill with love actually

I loved this very romantic and movie themed book .very funny, and should certainly put a smile on your face.