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The Switch

Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Eileen is sick of being 79. 

Leena's tired of life in her 20s. 

Maybe it's time they swapped places.... 

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen's house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn 80. She'd like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn't offer many eligible gentlemen. 

Once Leena learns of Eileen's romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another's shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected. 

Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn't as romantic as she hoped it would be and then there is the annoyingly perfect - and distractingly handsome - school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought? 

©2020 Beth O'Leary Ltd (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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Brilliant

Eileen Cotton OMG what an amazing woman, I need someone like her in my life, we all do!

When Leena is asked (told)to take a couple of months leave from her corporate job in London. After a chat with her grandmother Eileen she decides to head home to the Yorkshire Dales and swap lives with her. Eileen moves to London for two months and this is where all the fun begins as both fit into the others space.

Its written as a dual narrative alternating between the two, the conversations and banter between all the characters is fabulously written and narrated.

If you are a fan of Beth O’Leary’s debut novel The Flatshare you are going to love this one. Without a doubt it’s a five star read! I am very much looking forward to her future novels!!

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lovely

just loved this book. same as flat share, a bit predictable but really kept me hooked.

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A cutesy story

I really enjoyed this story. I found it more 'cutesy' than I thought it would be.
I didn't like some of the narrator's voices for particular characters but luckily they were minor characters.
I enjoyed both character's stories and couldn't wait to continue listening each day.

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Enjoyable

A good story but as with "Flatshare" the ending is predictable and all a bit too neat. Nevertheless a worthy read.

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Clever feel good

I really enjoyed this book. The narrators did a great job of bringing the characters to life. I thought they were both equally good. The elder one of the two was very good at changing her voice for different people. Very believable. Good choice.

The two stories kept me interested and I looked forward to listening at the end of each day. A great escape story with a few interesting events. If you like light entertainment where you can lose yourself for a bit, try this. Rated PG. (I actually think books should be rated like movies).

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Storyline slow

The storyline very slow and a bit fluffy, no intriguing characters.

Narrator of Eileen is slightly annoying.

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feel good story

easy listen, enjoyed the narration, light girlie story with likeable characters. A little soppy but would recommend

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  • Katie Ingram
  • 16-04-2020

Defo get!!!

Such an amazing book I haven’t stopped listening all day, I haven’t laughed at a book like this in a long time, so funny. Love the characters. Beth O’Leary is amazing I loved this one as much as the flat share and can’t wait for her to bring out another. I will 100% be listening to this book again and again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-2020

Not as good a previous book by same author

okay if you are looking for happy ending distracting trash in lockdown. Shame as really enjoyed Flatmate by same author

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  • lynnect
  • 24-04-2020

Superb

Another brilliant book by Beth O’Leary. It’s funny, sad & heartwarming. I listened to this whilst in lockdown and it really took my mind off things. Great narration and a great storyline.

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  • mr k a lewis
  • 24-04-2020

As close to perfect as you can get!!

Anyone who has read The Flatshare will have been waiting with bated breath for the new book by Beth O'Leary. And believe me, this does not disappoint! I'll be honest this would not normally be the type of book I would listen to but after reading the reviews for The Flatshare and loving it, I had pre-ordered The Switch and waited patiently. It was worth the wait and more, a book filled with fun, emotion and above all heart. Rarely have I laughed out loud so much. Special mention to Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones, who both give a masterclass on how to perfectly capture the characters and lift them from the page, outstanding. I cannot recommend both books by Beth O'Leary highly enough.

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  • Mrs. Julie A. Keary
  • 23-04-2020

Feel good- but not quite believable

I downloaded this book because I had enjoyed’The Flat Share’. However, This book wasn’t quite as well put together. Felt that the older characters were too old to be doing the things described, and I can’t see a reason for them having to be so old. Had they been 10 years younger, it would have been much more believable. It was a warm-hearted tale but perhaps a little trite and stretched the limits of reality a little too much.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-04-2020

Brilliant

loved this book. made me smile and laugh throughout. the excellent narration really made it

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  • K Miles
  • 21-04-2020

Brilliant narration of a fab book!

I loved Beth O’Leary’s debut novel, The Flatshare and was hoping her second book, The Switch, would live up to her earlier work. I’m pleased to say it absolutely did! The Switch was a fun, heartwarming story that I enjoyed immensely. The narrators, Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones were perfect choices for Eileen and Leena. 5 star performances all round!

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  • Book addict
  • 20-04-2020

Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed listening to this book, and Beth O’Leary is so much better than the other chick lit authors out there. I felt like the romantic connection could have been developed more, or maybe extended more at the end, which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars. It left me feeling a little short changed in that regard.

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  • Kay
  • 19-04-2020

Another hit

If you like The Flat Share then you’ll love this book even more. Such lovable characters & perfect narration.

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  • 匿名
  • 31-05-2020

Easy fun read

Lovely story and developed characters. A perfect book whilst the worlds in chaos. Easy listen!