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If I Never Met You

Narrated by: Sara Novak
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.6 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If faking love is this easy...how do you know when it’s real?

The brand new novel from Sunday Times best-selling author Mhairi McFarlane

Laurie and Jamie have the perfect office romance

(They set the rules via email)

Everyone can see they’re head over heels

(They staged the photos)

This must be true love

(They’re faking it)

When Laurie is dumped by her partner of 18 years, she’s blindsided. Not only does she feel humiliated, they still have to work together.

So when she gets stuck in the lift with handsome colleague Jamie, they hatch a plan to stage the perfect romance. Revenge will be sweet....

But this fauxmance is about to get complicated. You can’t break your heart in a fake relationship - can you?

©2020 Mhairi McFarlane (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

'Beautiful and touching - I loved it so much!' (Marian Keyes)

'Sharply relevant, super funny, packs an emotional punch and deeply, deliciously romantic - perfect on every level' (Cressida McLaughlin)

'Funny, crackling with sexual tension, and full of complex, nuanced characters - a total joy to read' (Louise O’Neill)

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Great Read

I love the two central characters in this story. A very heart warming and enjoyable read.

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light entertainment

As with previous reviews, starts out well but the ending lets it down (comes across as a little rushed).

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Fun novel, annoying narration

A lively, endearing novel with a fun protagonist and some excellent moments - sadly a bit let down by the narration. Unfortunate intonation where every sentence ends in a lift? So that everything’s a question? And you find it hard to figure out which things are actually questions? There was some awkward long pausing, as well random rushing - and I found it hard sometimes to distinguish the dialogue from the storyteller. The lead character Laurie is rounded, fun and very relatable - and well matched by her colleague, the dreamy Jamie. Some of the sub-plots felt a bit thrown together, which meant the psychology of the protagonist didn’t always ring quite true. But it mostly hung together, thanks largely to the humorous and boisterous writing. There were a few too many stereotypes among the background characters, but they led to several “take that!” moments of independence and welcome displays of female solidarity. A bit of a mixed bag but still a satisfying listen

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Excellent story teller

I put off reading this book because I’d seen some not so great reviews but I loved it. She is just a great story teller. It might not the best one she’s ever written but it’s still great and definitely worth a listen.

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Great cute and easy-going story

Another good, easy listen from Mhairi McFarlane. Although the story line was predictable, I still enjoyed it! McFarlane is great at creating cute and witty moments. The narrator's take on the character was surprising, but I found added more to the character and was a nice change of pace from other narrators. Easy to differentiate the voices (she did a great job with all the accents), and nice to listen to while around the house. Still one of my favourite audio books!

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Nice feel good

I really enjoyed the story which was made even better by the narrator. A easy listen, happy story that entertains. It is not a deep drama or heavy plot, just boy meets girl scenario, which is perfect for hitting play and going about mundane tasks. Love a happy ending. This was my first purchase from this author and happy to try another of her books. I hope the narrator is also going to be part of the next, if not another book I wish to read. Also no overt sex scenes for those not into that. Books should really be rated like movies.

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Let Down by Narration

This is a sweet story although cheesy. The writing is very basic and the monologues simple and fairly unnatural, however this isn't necessarily a bad thing if you're after some easy reading. The main reason I would not recommend this one is the narrator. I found it near unbearable and almost stopped listening multiple times. It would have been FAR better to have a narrator who is a WOC, instead of someone putting on (terrible) accents. The reading of other characters is also exceptionally lacking. There are unexplained pauses, emphasis on words that don't need them and character accents mixed up. The narration does not lend well to the story at all, and sadly made it very difficult to listen to. I really think this story would be a nice holiday read if you were to have the actual book (or ebook), however the narration on this audio version unfortunately ruined it.

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wonderful listen/read

I really loved this book. Funny, clever, great characters, good plot. The narration was excellent too. I just wish that I had rationed it out and made it last a little longer.

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Sooo good

I love all of Mhairi McFarlane’s books . The stories always unravels so perfectly . Rom coms with wit , real character development and all the feels . I wasn’t sure if this book could live up to the previous books , but it really did . I loved it .

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Easy listen

Not the best but an easy listen. But predictable. Happy ending, but not I’d listen to again. Sorry.

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  • Daniela
  • 09-04-2020

NOT WORTH IT! Some teenage romcom are better!

It's a teenage romcom (without the comedy) set in a law firm with cast in their 30s This novel it's insulting for ALL WOMAN not just the ones with african descent! And I LOVE "Here's looking at you" First of all the heroine has no faults, it's just that the men oppress her (but she is confident and excellent at her job). There was no character development, she just went back to be her 18 years old self and everything was fix. Then the male protagonist (eye roll) a player that only has tinder dates; but immediately after spending time with her "she is the one". Not only that, when we get to know him he is a sensible and selfless man. AGAIN no character development, he is just perfect the way he is (then why do you behave that way when you are in your 30s?). I think what bother me the most was her makeover, she was a wreck from her break up (the only part that was well describe), but then she goes to a salon and "BAM" she accepts her hair (a weak spot of her from ages) and gains self confidence (eye roll). As a woman i can tell you that this things take time, and even if you are in your 30s there are things that you are still self conscious, but not her! She was perfect since she was 18, but her boyfriend destroyed her self confidence, that was her problem! Honestly, if the story was set with characters in their mid 20's trying to finding themselves it would have been more believable and enjoyable.

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  • Ms Rock
  • 23-07-2020

Stay with it, this story is a grower. Worth it!

It took a little while to get started, I wasn’t really sure where the story was for a few chapters. I almost gave up and moved on, and then it kicked in! By the time we got to the end, I’d got hooked and actually was sitting willing the characters on! A few clever twists in there too. So do stick with it, as it’s a lovely story with just the right ending!

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  • Liv
  • 04-06-2020

Recommended this book!

I loved this book! To be honest I downloaded this audiobook and didn't know much about it and fell in love with the characters and the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2020

As expected- a girlie love story!

An easy listening love story. I knew how it would end like you do with many books like this but you still want to keep listening. You can just switch off and listen.

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  • dianaB
  • 20-09-2020

Really enjoyable listen

Had me hooked by after a couple of chapters and even though I could guess the ending immediately, I still really enjoyed the journey!

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  • AnitaAmazon
  • 08-09-2020

Good

I liked Laurie’s and Jamie’s character a lot. The storyline was not amazing and was fairly predictable, but it was OK. I found Nadia’s character totally pointless, and irritating. Some personal political and natural medicine statements of the author didn’t go down well with me. The best thing about the book was the incredible narration. Sara Novak brought the characters alive with fantastic accents and voices. The book was very entertaining because of the fantastic voice artist. It was a good book but not the author’s best.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-08-2020

Lovely story

Really enjoyed this book. Nice relaxing listen, funny as well. Narration also very good. Couldn’t stop listening

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  • Pauline Roylance
  • 12-08-2020

Brilliant

Wasn't sure about it in chapter 1, was hooked by chapter 2. A must have. Can't wait to download another book by Mhairi McFarlene. Funny and heartwarming.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-08-2020

very good read

this is the first time that I have listened to this author and I will be reading more

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  • Kayla Cluff
  • 01-08-2020

Super enjoyable

Funny, predictable, well written and well performed. This is the perfect audiobook for your morning commute or laying out in the sun.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-2020

amazing couldnt put down

absolutely loved this book from start to finish. especially the Manchester references fantastic gripping story