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Lost for Words

Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people, and her job in a York bookshop is her refuge. If you look carefully, you might see the first lines of the novels she loves the most tattooed on her skin, but there are secrets Loveday will never share.

Into the bookshop come a poet, a lover, a friend and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories she wants to forget. Turning the pages of her past will be the hardest thing Loveday has ever done. Can she trust those around her? Can she right a heartbreaking wrong? And will she find the words to tell her own story?

©2017 Stephanie Butland (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • J.Durant
  • 13-05-2017

Beautiful

I mostly enjoy mysteries and crime novels and although this book does have its own secrets to tell - it's a bit different to my normal book.

This book has found a way into my heart, so much so, that I'll be purchasing the hard copy to keep. The author has a mastery of words and humor and the deepest part of the how and why of her characters behaviors.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • U. Kauffman
  • 14-06-2017

Loved every minute of it!

Such a great story and as per usual, Imogen Church is the best!!! Will miss these characters.

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  • Allison
  • 28-06-2018

Worth It

This story is gut-wrenching in parts, but ultimately hopeful. So good I listened straight through. Narration is excellent. Well worth a credit.

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  • Karen D
  • 26-11-2017

Loved it!

I absolutely adored this book. I rarely find a book that I care so much about, but these characters and this story will never leave me. The author definitely knows how to win the heart of the reader. I look forward to listening to it again, and again!

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  • Pamela Saviers
  • 09-11-2017

Really enjoyed this book.

Love Imogen Church as a narrator. Looked for books narrated by her since I liked other books she has narrated and found Lost for Words. The title fits the main character Loveday perfectly. The characters and story left me wanting more.

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  • Kristyn Rose
  • 29-11-2018

“Show, don’t tell”

The story and characters make good bones of this book...but the writing lets them down. The writer has a lot to learn about the concept of “show don’t tell,” to keep her audience engaged with the story and characters. The internal monologues get carried away, leaving the story (and the reader) behind. I found myself skipping ahead to get back to the story, and it’s telling that I didn’t miss any pertinent details when I did so. It’s a shame, really, because this book could really make a statement about standing up to domestic violence and its perpetrators.

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  • kaylady
  • 12-10-2018

Poetry and Books- what could be better

The author captured the life and love of working in a bookshop, and the lives of the characters remain true to form. The book is a delight to listen to or read.

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  • amberdallas33
  • 22-03-2018

I’m so glad I listened to this

This book was not what I was expecting. It was a whole lot better. Some unforgettable characters and some storylines that flip tropes on their heads.

The voice actress, unfortunately, was not my favorite. There’s a lot of “edge of tears” voice and her men all sound a bit dopey. Still, it’s a great listen overall.

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  • Karen P. Lizzano
  • 09-12-2017

Reading is Necessary

This book allows you to see how important books and reading and words are for you to grow. Sometimes I got lost in the story but found my way out again

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  • Linda
  • 13-09-2017

Behind Every Cover

Lost for Words is a meaningful and important story of human pain, perseverance and the ability to to grow through one's pain and be healed. I found in Lovejoy a character I would probably never have known growing up but probably walked down the hall behind her, or past her locker or perhaps sat beside her in class and never knew who she might really be. Like wounded animals people often do not let on that they are hurting. The author did a tremendous job in research and character development and telling Lovejoy's story and wove an interesting cast of characters around her that were revealed one by one throughout the story without revealing who they might really be in the end.
And the ending was excellent and satisfying.
I was sorry to see it over. I would love to visit that book shop!

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  • Jordan Brewitt-Taylor
  • 13-08-2017

Special

This is such a wonderful book! Beautiful, thoughtful, marvellous characters and characterisation. The performance is perfect! Absolutely recommend! It is about love and forgiveness and friendship and I want to read/listen to it again.

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  • Loz
  • 07-05-2017

Deserves more stars

This book was an absolute winner for me.
The story and the performance are both fabulous, the characters entirely believable and the pace just right. The poetry contained within the book is good, and, although not necessarily to my taste, integral to the tale.
The only thing I don't like is that I don't know what happens next!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-2018

Captivating

The story drew me in trying to work out what the secret was
I loved the way others had secrets and issues too
We never know what really goes on for people
A definite must read

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  • Kaye
  • 31-01-2018

Unusually good book

I loved the way this book was written - the use of language, the metaphors, the internalising dialogue of Loveday. I thought the storyline was a little idealistic towards the end. The narration by Imogen Church was exceptional - absolutely loved the voice she gave Loveday.

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  • iammelissagilbert
  • 29-06-2018

Not just a book about books

I genuinely enjoyed it, the narration by Imogen Church is fantastic and captivating.

The story follows Loveday Cardew who prefers books to people (who doesn't sometimes!) She works and finds refuge in a secondhand bookshop in York, Engalnd. Shes an unusual character and as the story unfolds you find out why. The story continues to follow Loveday through her journey of self-discovery, figuring out who she can trust and who she can't.

There are emotional highs and lows of this book, with Lovedays traumatic childhood, how she deal with past and present relationships. But its nicely cut with whimsy and a light hearted tone.

I highly recommend listening to this book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • S E Allaway
  • 23-09-2017

Very moving

The story and narration moved me to tears, I wanted to hug Loveday if she'd let me. The secret and inevitable loneliness, whilst surrounded by people who care, shuddered my tiny world, will I ever wake. I suppose it is the power of a good audible that makes you believe Loveday is real.

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  • Lorraine
  • 06-03-2018

I’m not lost for words!

Not at all what I expected. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had me hooked right from the beginning to the end. Well researched and written with true empathy for the main character Loveday. I was pleasantly surprised to find I was immersed in a very familiar scenario of the emotive experiences of Loveday’s journey through life. As a foster carer of many troubled young people who have dealt with trauma in their own way, sometimes with resilience and laughter but often with anxiety, self harm and loss, I found this a great reminder of why I do what I do. We seldom get to experience the rewards of a job well done but this book reminded me that we don’t need it be be acknowledged. Thank you, you’ve done this. An extremely emotional read!

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  • Mrs B.
  • 09-02-2018

Loved it

Loved the unravelling of the plot and characterisation. Highly recommended. Super performance by Imogen Church.

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  • Mrs. E. C. Hall
  • 30-10-2017

Ah so good

Brilliant story, beautifully read. I couldn’t get the story out of my head. Must read!

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  • Irena
  • 20-06-2018

original

a book full of witty comments, original ideas and all in all very much worth listening to.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful