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International Player

Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Available in audio first, an intoxicating new romance by USA Today best-selling author Louise Bay!

Being labelled a player never stopped me from being successful with women. Until I met Truly Harbury. Truly was the first girl who ever turned me down. The first female friend I ever had. And she might just be the first woman with whom I ever fall in love. 

When an emergency means she needs my help running her family’s charity, I’m happy to introduce her to the glitz and glamour of the London business world - taking her to dinners, coaching her through speeches, zipping up the sexy evening gown I helped her pick out. The more time we spend together, the more I want to convince her I’m not a man to avoid, that we’re not as unsuited as she believes.

She sees herself as the book-reading, science-loving introvert while I’m the dangerous, outgoing charmer. She thinks I love parties and people whereas she prefers pajamas and takeout. What she doesn’t realize is that I like everything about her - the way her smile lights up a room, how her curves light up my imagination, and especially the way her lips taste when coated with tequila.

She’s the first woman with whom I ever fell in love. I just need to know if she could ever love me, too.

©2019 Louise Bay (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Sweet slow burn

I loved Truly and Noah’s story. Truly has always had a crush on Noah but he had moved to New York. When he returns to London a couple of years later their paths cross again as he is best friends with Truly’s twin sister’s husband. Their friends to lovers relationship is a slow sweet burn with a lot of touching moments. A great read I couldn’t put down!

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Louise Bay does it again

Does what is suppose to do, allow the reader to get caught up in an other world while listening to the story.

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DNF & 30%

Just didn’t grab me. I usually love when a new Louise Bay book comes out, but the last couple just haven’t been up to the usual can’t put it down standard.

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Brilliant ❤️👄❤️

Omg you have to read this book .. these characters are awesome you will fall madly in love with these guys .. definitely worth the read ... loved it 💕💋💕💋💕

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  • janatallow
  • 26-01-2019

Slow Start — Excellent Story

Louise Bay has become one of my favorite authors, but at the beginning of this book I was disappointed. The female lead, Truly, seemed whiny and insecure to a fault. Annoying. But I should have had more faith in Louise.
What makes her books so great is her character development. That is what draws me into the story the most, with the well-written and very erotic sexual encounters adding a lot.
Noah, the male lead, is the man of anyone’s dreams, but he has issues too. The story of their working through them to their hea in a usually direct and honest way made this an outstanding read.

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  • heather Ogden
  • 24-01-2019

If it lists Shane East I automatically click yes!!

Shane East could narrate the government budget and I would pay to listen to it. the story was good and Saskia did great too, but Shane.....oofta gurrrrrrr (ps. he also narrates under the name Steve West)

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  • Claudia Alfaro
  • 01-02-2019

5 stars

What did you love best about this story?
This is a beautiful story about two friends that decided to have something more, something casual with no strings attached and failed because what they feel for each other was bigger than what they’ve thought.

What about Shane Easton & Saskia Maarleveld’s performance did you like?
I love the narrations, Shane Easton did an amazing job as Noah, his accent was perfect and it would make you feel goosebumps each time he speaks. And Saskia Maarleveld was amazing as Truly, especially when she narrates Truly’s feelings and insecurities. I love how both narrators make us feel the characters feelings.

Who was your favorite character and why?
Noah is inspiring, he’s a fighter, he overcomes tragedy and now he makes sure to LIVE his life at maximum and he makes Truly to overcome her insecurities too, he makes her be a better version of herself.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely. This is a beautiful story, it showed us how to overcome from a tragedy and insecurities. Two amazing human beings who are better together, very inspiring.

Any additional comments?
I can’t wait to read the ebook version of International Player. It’s coming on April 30th.

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  • Patricia Villali Koett
  • 27-01-2019

A solid story. Great narration.

This is a very Louise Bay story... Well developed characters, emotionally engaging and a solid romance overall. Not too heavy on the drama yet still had enough to keep me pressing play. I one observation about this story would be that I felt the leading female character gave herself too much of a hard time with her self esteem. I found it as a let down how she saw herself not only worthy of Noah's attention, but the many comparisons between her sister and her was a bit of a turn off for me. If felt in a way like a Cinderella story in the fact that she had to grow into her own skin and accept herself during the process, but even by the end the insecurities took too much of her head space. The narration for both characters was excellent!!!

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  • Isha Coleman
  • 24-01-2019

WINNER!!

I live for discovering new authors, so I jumped at the chance to give Louise Bay a try. International Player delivered more than I was expecting. Great characters, sexy accents and a heartwarming romance. Truly and Noah are both running from something. Truly spends her time stuck in the shadows of her more vibrant twin. Noah spends his days trying to escape painful memories of a childhood he'd rather forget. East and Maarleveld guide readers into a world of heartbreaking tragedy, inspiring strength and unforgettable romance. Bay strikes at the heart.. International Player appeals to the emotions and that 's what makes it a winner.

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  • Sara
  • 23-01-2019

Good solid story, fantastic performance

Saskia Maarleveld and Shane East gave an outstanding performance. I really enjoyed their light British accents. Saskia Maarleveld has an incredibly expressive voice. Her tones really share the feelings Truly is struggling with. Shane East, I mean, can have even narrate something badly? And when he goes all sexual... chills and goosebumps! Seriously, he was talking about a first kiss and it was one of those first kisses that I felt!!

The story itself was enjoyable. I really liked Truly. She struggles with so many insecurities. She's a woman that I can relate to. She's strong and capable, yet, she struggles with believing in herself. Noah is a man of strong and ethical character. I fell for him the moment he started showing Truly how wonderful SHE is. She's always comparing herself to others and she doesn't think she measures up. I love watching her find her way... super enjoyable!

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  • 🔵🔷🔹Del-VALLE🔹🔷🔵
  • 22-01-2019

EXASPERATING FEMALE LEAD

I will start by saying that Saskia Maarleveld and Shane East narrated beautifully. However, the story was frustrating and the heroine was way beyond exasperating.

I will not leave spoilers, but I will say that the heroine would have been better off if she would have used a "Magic 8 Ball" to decide her life, instead of using her twisted logic to do it. She made decisions based on what other people said she should do, or on what she assumed they would think she should do, instead of talking things out.

Six hours into the book and she finally spills her crazy beans, and she wants the hero to make a snap decision guaranteeing her a lifelong commitment. I just couldn't connect with her, and her illogical drawn-out internal monologues.

I have most of Louise Bay's books (ebooks and audiobooks) and I have loved most of them, but this story was just not for me.

I am in the minority with my less-than-stellar review, so don't pass it up just because the story was not for me.

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 29-04-2019

Interesting

Hmm Truly wasn’t my favorite female character at all, she needed a man to show her, her worth. I just don’t buy that. She and her sister both have their strengths sure but I don’t know I just didn’t get it.
I understand her need to keep what she and Noah have in this box but it was almost too boxy. That probably doesn’t make sense but I don’t know I guess I wanted something more. The chemistry was there but the friendship for me wasn’t and with the way, this book was presented I missed that I guess. I mean he helps her sure but maybe we are missing parts of the story because it felt rushed and not complete.

I enjoyed the narration. It didn’t scream out to me.

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  • John
  • 26-01-2019

Mite me her best book yet

I have listened to all Louises books and this one is at the top of the list. Great narrators just a awesome book.

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  • Penny
  • 26-01-2019

Love Louise❤️

Another great story by Louise Bay. Love these narrators, too. I enjoy stories when the heroine doesn't realize that she's beautiful and sexy and smart.

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  • Mrs
  • 09-06-2019

loved it!

again another lovely story by Louise Bay, looking forward to the next one from her

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 03-06-2019

International Player

This is a great fun book with romance and indecision, to trust the international player.
Read with great feeling by Saskia Maarleveld and Shane East.

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  • loopylally 09
  • 29-04-2019

Louise Bay at her finest!

Before I start my review, I need to say that this is hands down one of the best books Louise has ever written!

Truly’s unrequited crush had all since been forgotten, that is until Noah comes back into her life after 4 years in the US. The last thing Truly needs is a distraction like Noah, but she is helpless to the gravitational pull her old friend unsuspectingly has on her.

Noah never realised how much he missed London until he was back and surrounding himself with his favourite people, realising just how much he’d missed Truly’s friendship. What he wasn’t prepared for was the feelings she stirred up from within him, from her total unawareness of just how beautiful and remarkable she was, to the complete dedication she had to making peoples lives better.

With both of them experiencing unexpected feelings, can they decipher what this means and follow their hearts? Or will their heads rule and leave their friendship potentially in tatters?

I can’t begin to tell you just how much I love this book. International Player reminded me of the astounding talent Louise has at producing the beautiful, emotional and heartwarming stories we love to read and listen to so much.
The narrators are perfect for this story, they depict the characters so well, I haven’t been able to stop listening to them and have since downloaded more Audio books with them both as the narrators!!!

The back story these characters shared gave it more depth, as you knew the feelings and emotions both of them were experiencing came from a foundation of mutual respect and friendship, it wasn’t just some random chance meeting, it was real, raw and honest. The fact that Truly wasn’t your typical Heroine made it even better, as you had no idea what she was going to do next. Shane and Saskia express the emotions and feelings of Truly and Noah as if they really were them, a match made in audible heaven!

Quite simply, this book is Louise Bay at her absolute finest and for me is a top favourite this year!

Congratulations Louise on an absolute blinder! A MASSIVE 5 bright and shiny stars!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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  • Christine Ridge
  • 04-04-2019

Fantastic

I haven't been able to stop listening to this, I've loved this story, Noah and Truly are great characters.

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  • Ruth
  • 24-03-2019

Truly Scrumptious!

Oh I loved this! Wonderful story, wonderful characters. Another Louise Bay classic. I've literally listened non stop from start to finish today, I absolutely adored these characters, such a rollercoaster of emotions. Truly and Noah are two sides of the same coin but they don't know it. One minute they had me swooning, the next I wanted to knock some sense in to them both. the narrators really bring the characters to life, they do Louise Bay's words total justice.

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  • Jill Kirtley
  • 03-02-2019

I loved it!

Truly has a crush on Noah but he’s a player, he’s definitely not the settling down type. Now he’s helping her with her pitching skills and her crush has shot up to another level.
Noah is a humble millionaire and loves spending time with his friend Truly who is gorgeous and geeky. It’s fun and fab with great narrators. I loved this book!!!

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  • Gyrithe
  • 25-01-2019

The best book by far

everytime I listen or read a new Louise bay book, I keep telling myself that this is the best. She cant outdoo herself anymore. But She keep on doing that anyway.
So Louise. This is the best book you have ever made.
Aand it helps so much that you have chosen exceptionel narrators who bring it alive.