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  • By: Lily Chu
  • Narrated by: Phillipa Soo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (847 ratings)

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The Comeback

By: Lily Chu
Narrated by: Phillipa Soo
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Publisher's Summary

Who is Ariadne Hui?

  • Laser-focused lawyer diligently climbing the corporate ladder
  • The “perfect” daughter living out her father’s dream
  • Shocking love interest of South Korea’s hottest star

Ariadne Hui thrives on routine. So what if everything in her life is planned down to the minute: That’s the way she likes it. If she’s going to make partner in Toronto’s most prestigious law firm, she needs to stay focused at all times.

But when she comes home after yet another soul-sucking day to find an unfamiliar, gorgeous man camped out in her living room, focus is the last thing on her mind. Especially when her roommate explains this is Choi Jihoon, her cousin freshly arrived from Seoul to mend a broken heart. He just needs a few weeks to rest and heal; Ari will barely even know he’s there. (Yeah, right.)

Jihoon is kindness and chaos personified, and it isn’t long before she’s falling, hard. But when one wrong step leads to a world-shaking truth, Ari finds herself thrust onto the world stage: not as the competent, steely lawyer she’s fought so hard to become, but as the mystery woman on the arm of a man the entire world claims to know. Now with her heart, her future, and her sense of self on the line, Ari will have to cut through all the pretty lies to find the truth of her relationship...and discover the Ariadne Hui she’s finally ready to be.

©2022 Lily Chu (P)2022 Audible Originals, LLC.
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Easy, fun, light reading/listening

Enjoyable and easy listening for those who like a fairytale ending - predictable but sweet with underlying messages of compassion, growth and acceptance.

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More please!

This is the second Lily Chu book I've listened to, and I cannot get enough. Really easy book to listen to, flowed well, right amount of funny and warm fuzzys. The narrator is perfect match for the main character and style of this book.

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Idol Love

Loved this audiobook, new author, and I’m extremely glad I purchased.
It’s funny, sad, frustrating adventure.
I’m looking forward to listening to more from this author. The narrator did a great job.

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so enjoyable.

I really liked this book but lily chuc. the performance is great and captures the characters well. the story lightly captures some big concepts which, although unexpected, is not unwelcome.
downloading next book by this author straight away!

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Excellent - five stars!

I first came across this author as an Audible Exclusive. I chose The Stand In because I needed something light to listen to, and because it was set in Toronto and I try and support Canadian authors.
I underestimated this Author. The Stand In was fabulous, so when I saw there was another ebook by her, I immediately got it. I have now bought and pre-ordered the kindle copies.
The Comeback is a story of two very human people with their own baggage and blind sides, learning to trust themselves and each other.
The pacing of the story is excellent.
As I listened to this I am looking to reading the books (both of them) so I can see spellings and the individual words that are written in Chinese or Korean.
This is a modern story, so while there is very little description of anything spicy (let the reader understand), it’s not so mild to bore you, or imply that the couple waits until they are married for any kind of ‘action’. Very tastefully crafted.
The author has a very good eye for seeing human quirks, and an excellent voice for articulating them. She understands and verbally paints relationships so that you are there, in the conversation with them. All the relationships that are in the story, not just between the main characters.
The narrator/voice performer is the same for both books and she is also excellent.
I am looking forward to more by this author.

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As Great As the First One!!!

LOVE LOVE LOVED IT. 100% recommended this gorgeous book. carried me away from reality and is a beautiful continuation on the first book ❤️

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Another great read

Another great read from Lily Chu, can't wait for more of her work to come up on audible.

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Exhausting

Could have been much shorter. Dragged on and harped on about the feelings too much

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Love it!

I’m a hopeless romcom fan and this absolutely hits the spot! Well written and performed.

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Love the plot twists and the ending

Like that it wasn’t rushed and there wasn’t so much going on to lose track of the story

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  • Khb1870
  • 19-07-2022

I LOVED this!!!

The power of a book...and, of course, it's narrator...

If you'd asked me what I knew about the world of K-pop a few days ago, I would have shrugged, named a few bands I've heard of, a few songs I might recognize. That's about it. Me, a music enthusiast with nearly 5 decades of everything musical under the sun in my playlist collection. But with that much time under my belt, I think I'm a little slower than I used to be to experience what's newer. (Altho, admittedly, I have a TBLT list of groups & artists & songs that I want to explore...someday.) Midway thru this book, though, I went to my music streaming service with the intent of finding out what I've been missing out on with K-pop. I've been missing out on A LOT.

That's the power of a book, of this book. New worlds open up. New cultures become familiar. New people, fictional or not, become close friends & acquaintances, people who share themselves & their vulnerabilities, who show that we have so many things in our life experiences that may look different, but are actually deep down very similar.

Thanks to Lily Chu, there's now a world where Ari & Jihoon exist, and I don't want to go back to a time where they didn't. This book was lovely, the characters raw & real & imperfect & human. This is one of those books that make you want to fall in love with falling in love, even if it means you have to weather the hurts along the way. It's a 5 out of 5 ❤'s.

And then there's the narration. Phillipa Soo did such an amazing job of voicing both characters, bringing Ari's vulnerability & soul-searching journey to life & seasoning it with Jihoon's sweet, contemplative presence. Phillipa Soo makes this amazing book go full-on HD. Will I search out other titles Soo has narrated just because she has narrated them? Most definitely!

All-in-all, this book/audiobook is a win. A total in-your-feelings catharsis. Fingers crossed we get some side stories from this. (Please please please!!!)

If you're reading this & you're not the author, do not pause. Go listen to this title.

Now.

Right now.

If you're reading this & you ARE the author and/or narrator, my sincere thanks for your hard work & for putting this out there for us to enjoy. ❤❤❤ Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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  • Christina M
  • 14-07-2022

Lily Chu does it AGAIN!!!

Such a fun book! She created another book that gem with The Comeback. And I’m also convinced she is clairvoyant because the coincidences between what she wrote most likely ages ago, and what recently happened with BTS! 🤯 I’m now impatiently waiting for her next book, and hoping for a Kit/Hanna sequel 🫰

I love the Lily Chu, Phillipa Soo power couple. Keep them coming!!

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  • Kay
  • 16-10-2022

great performance - meh story

Phillipa Soo did a great job & if she had not I probably wouldn't have finished the book. It started off okay but then it started to drag, I usually listen to most audible books at a little faster speed but 1/3 way in I increased the speed to 1.2. At the 1/2 way point I was listening at 1.3 & the last 1/4 was at 1.4. I would much rather listen to Ms. Soo at regular speed but the 2 main characters were becoming irritating & the story was sooooo draggy. Thank goodness for her roommate Hanna & the lawyer guy Alex. Everyone else was so stereotypical. Also glad this was in the Plus catalog & didn't use one of my credits for it.

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  • PK1926
  • 19-07-2022

CANNOT stop listening!!

This was my second Lily Chu audible book and it was fabulous. Great well- developed characters that you root for. Fast paced. Sucks you right in to their world and won’t let go. Performance was amazing - definitely going to keep both this author AND this narrator on the top of my list. A KEEPER!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-2022

A Must Read

Loved this book
Relatable and Realistic
Couldn't stop listening until it was done
Lily Chu is officially my new favorite author

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  • JOANNE
  • 25-07-2022

Surprisingly Good

I am normally not drawn to the romance genre, but I really enjoyed this book. The writer is smart and funny with many “laugh-out-loud” moments and the plot is creative. A great summer read.

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  • RACHEL GRAY
  • 20-07-2022

Highly recommended as a Kpop fan!!

What a refreshing listen!! I appreciate the light that Lily Chu shines on Asian voices and culture. A great storyline especially with the main character’s awakening to the world of kpop and idols. As a fan myself, I loved how the way the author almost mirrored my own journey into kpop (minus the relationship to a kpop idol lol). Lily Chu and Phillipa Soo did it again!! 🤩

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  • maria barrera
  • 20-07-2022

Loved it!!!

I normally never write reviews for anything.
But this the second novel Lily Chu has made me fall in love with. Please keep writing these stories. Overall the narrator was engaging, and the story did have twists that a traditional romance novel would over look. I’d recommend this to anyone who loves romance.

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  • Brenda C.
  • 16-07-2022

NOT ENOUGH STARS TO RATE THIS!

Thoroughly engaging story and narration. The characters are believable. You can't put it down!! My favorite Audible freebie!

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  • Marnie MacLennan
  • 15-07-2022

So Great!!!

Witty, Fun, Emotional and really really great!!! I laughed at out at Ari's snark and humor. I was touched by the emotional rollercoaster. All the characters were beautiful developed and depicted.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-2023

Delightful

Pure absorbing entertainment. What are the chances, right? But that’s why I read fiction. Loved that the modern day happy ending does not invalidate the main characters life outside of the romance.

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  • Nicki Taylor
  • 08-10-2022

Nice, easy listen

As with most chick lit sorta books, the story isn’t super believable, but neither is The Avengers, and I enjoy that.

Lily Chu has a lovely style of writing, and nothing feels disjointed or out of place. Enjoyable to the end, and left me wanting more.

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  • Delia Tomei
  • 13-09-2022

Someone needs to edit this

Possibly the flatest contemporary romance I have listened to so far. it had potential, maybe if it had been shorter. very little chemistry.

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  • K S
  • 31-03-2023

Mixed feelings

The book was a mixed bag for me. The story was interesting but I wasn't fond of the main character. I thought she was selfish, self-righteous, hypocritical, whiny and self-absorbed. She preferred to think harshly of others so that she could feel good about herself. The only reason I completed the book was because of the other characters. It took multiple characters to balance the one main character. I found her to be very annoying. Even her internal dialogue was annoying. Another thing that helped the book was the narrator. I thought she was very good. I always knew which character was speaking and the narrator gave the right emotion for each scene.

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  • Booksinsyzygi
  • 16-03-2023

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Whenever I need a pick me up from a bad day, or week, or weeks in this particular case, I go for cozy mysteries, chick lit and easy going books. This one fits right into what I needed!

There is cuteness, there is love, there is travel and there are stubborn, happy and weird people in it. There are masses. Jut there are also themes that are darker, about discrimination and racism, and more. The story isn't heavy though, it's darker themes are realistic and a reflection of issues in our society today that at I haven't seen are talked about a lot, or it's not as big a thing in specificallt my country so I've missed it.

But let mr assure you, that while it explores things that are problematic, this is not a heavy book! It's a feel good, cute and warming story and it made me happy.

It gets 4/5 stars because some parts of it where just not for me. There are a lot of expensive products and fancy things and such in it which I just don't care about and don't see why there needs to be name-dropping of big companies like those. However, I can see how it fits the story, I would have omitted it but it's a personal thing. Some like it, it can give something to relate to, and some don't.

All in all, would recommend this one to anyone looking for a light read that makes you warm and frustrated and happy, while giving you perspective!🙌

And in the audiobook, the narrator is Phillipa Soo, which has now become one of my favorite narrators

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  • Alison
  • 21-02-2024

Loved this!

Really happy that I found this Author. This is the second book from her I've listened to. Cant believe this and The Stand In are free! An easy read with a great ending.

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  • Dione
  • 23-01-2024

Love the author !!!

It was funny and the perfect Romcom and I love the way Lily chi links her books it was like I was still in the Sam an wei Leigh universe I’m sooo happy I’ve come across these such a great light hearted read ❤️❤️

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  • Angela Brooks
  • 16-01-2024

Its complicated...

I really enjoyed the twists and turns of 'all' the complicated relationships (loves, family, work, friendships). Addressing cultures ( geographical, workplace and and...). This love story was just a real pleasure to listen to. Thank you.

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  • Di Keller
  • 15-01-2024

Great storyline and characters

Have enjoyed Lily Chu’s books a refreshing read about the twists and turns in life. Great to have different characters in the stories. Great audio by Phillipa Soo

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  • Nele U.
  • 09-01-2024

Beautiful

Such a dreamy love story. Couldn’t put it down and had to keep listening. Off to find another one of her books

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