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Publisher's Summary

The eagerly-anticipated new novel from the worldwide number one best-selling author behind Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO series Big Little Lies.  

Could 10 days at a health resort really change you forever? Nine perfect strangers are about to find out.... 

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... 

Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal?  

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

©2018 Liane Moriarty (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Need to speed up vocals!

I am a fan of Liane and have listened to all Caroline Lee's narrations but this one annoyed me at first as it seemed like she was overarticulating. Changed the speed to 1.10x and it was back to her normal style- maybe Bolinda has slowed this one down by mistake? still listening to book so will rate for content later.

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Narrator is awful

I couldn't get passed chapter 2 because the narrator's approach is so grating. It sounds like she's reading to a room full of 5 year olds. Suggest you listen to the sample first to see if you can handle it. Such a shame it's like to be a great book!

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Disappointing

The book starts with promise - interesting characters and lots of comic moments. But the plot twist was silly and ultimately became very boring. By the 60th chapter I just wanted it to be over. I also listened to a 1.25x speed due to very slow narration.

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A great dissappointment

This author Llianne Moriarty is usually light for a fun read, but this book is ridiculous. Not recommended.

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Good story pity about the narration.

Caroline Lee’s narration is very irritating . I think her interpretation of the dialogue and her narration make all the characters sound like they are aggressive16 years olds. Eg. The inflections at the end of sentences which make them sound like questions and the shrill tones I find hard to listen to which is a shame. I don’t like or agree with her interpretation of some of the characters in the way she portrays them through her narration. I like Moriartys stories but I don’t think I’ll be listening to any more.

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Entertaing

At first I was ready to give up listening and buy the book because the narration was so slow, but it picked up a couple of chapters in. Well written, interesting characters, bizarre at times, but a good, fun story.

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Not my favourite

I adore Moriarty stories but I have to say this one was a little flat. I was waiting for the story to take off but it ended up being just average.

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Tough going

I really wanted to enjoy this book and persevered 2/3rds of the way through but the storyline really went too far off kilter and I didn’t want to waste anymore of my time on it. I too, found the narration irritating.

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It’s unfortunate such interesting characters were wasted on such a preposterous plot

I’m frustrated that I put in the hours committing to the lives of these characters only to have the story drive itself into a ridiculous plot.

So much of the novel is wasted on the transformations.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Terrible performance

Could not listen past the second chapter. The narrator is terrible - I’ll read this one instead

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  • Sharon
  • 12-12-2018

Extraordinary experience reading this book

Although it often takes me a few chapters to settle into each new book (and this was no exception), this novel took me to very unexpected places. A mixture of funny, shocking, tender, very sad, thought provoking, gratifying, heart-warming, heart-breaking, complex-yet-simple, laugh out loud stuff, tongue-in-cheek, deadly serious and just totally brilliantly put together writing. I have loved all your books, Liane, and it’s hard to compare, but I think this may have been your best to date. Of course, you may never read your reviews ;-).
I loved all the characters. They were so real and engaging. And I loved that we were given such beautiful snapshots of the future of the key characters. Sooooo satisfying!!
I feel as though I’ve just spent some time in a life-changing health spa, and met s few new friends along the way. Which is brilliant since I’m on stress leave, and this has been an interesting factor in my own journey to recovery.
Top marks to Liane, and to Caroline too. You bring Lianes books to life for us listeners. Faultless expression, very effective pauses, inflections and accents.
Brilliant book. There are parts that might be very difficult if you have experienced similar issues in your family (no spoilers because I don’t think it’s necessary). But stay on the journey. You may well feel that some new insights are available. They were for me.

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  • Jan Clewett
  • 24-11-2018

Insightful look at things that weigh people down

I was so excited to see Liane Moriarty's new book was available on Audible and Caroline Lee was narrating. I love the work of both these ladies and find Caroline Lee so easy to listen to. Liane's story delves into the personalities of more than the 9 core people. It gives insight into how the troubles of every day life play so hard on people's psyche that they are willing to accept anything to make a change to the way they are living. I found Liane addressed the issue of suicide so well by examining the far reaching effects it has on the related characters in this story. The idea of being transformed was made even more interesting by Liane incorporating some rather interesting techniques into the story.

I could not stop listening to this book it was so good. I laughed and at times cried with the highly believable characters and a really funny story line. I rate this as one of Liane's best! Highly recommended.

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  • Wendy
  • 04-11-2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, laughed and cried.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, I laughed and cried, and just couldn't stop listening. I would also like to add that Caroline Lee is my favorite narrator.

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  • Amanda
  • 29-10-2018

Painful narration

Sorry Caroline Lee, but your narration was dreadful. Inauthentic accents, too many pregnant pauses and the whining!
This was my first Liane Moriarty and probably my last. Definitely not my cup of tea.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-09-2018

FABULOUS!

Loved it. We'll Done to Liane and Caroline Lee. The Russian accent brilliant! Excellent characters, story and setting.

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  • Marti
  • 19-09-2018

Brilliant! The Best Yet

So enjoyable, full of wry humour, irony and perceptive idiosyncratic observation.
Another best seller for Liane Moriarty. Many times I laughed out loud.
Caroline Lee is the perfect narrator for this book. Nicole Kidman has already
bought the movie rights

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  • Caoi#$%
  • 10-11-2018

A slow, boring predictable book

I was so disappointed by this book. Whilst I didn’t expect a fascinating piece of fiction by Moriarty, but rather just a light read, I was surprised by the mediocrity of this book. As a friend stated when discussing the book, it is as though Moriarty has just quickly pumped out a book to meet a deadline with little thought on the characters, limited plot development and no creativity. I don’t usually persevere through a book which I dislike so much but kept hoping that the story would develop. It did not.

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  • Gerald
  • 13-12-2018

Enjoyed it but found it difficult to listen to

The book seems to take a long time to get anywhere and towards the end there were sections i stopped caring what happened to the characters. However, as normal, the author creates such interesting characters that the book makes compelling listening.