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Unexpected Lessons in Love

Narrated by: Charlie Coletta
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
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Brought to you by Penguin. 

The thought-provoking, evocative and life-enhancing new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author of Where the Light Gets in and A Hundred Pieces of Me and All I Ever Wanted

©2019 Lucy Dillon (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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"No one tugs at the heartstrings quite like Lucy Dillon." (Red Magazine)

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Sweet story with backbone

This is a well read romance but with earthy, gritty real aspects that lift it above a standard chick- lit story The characters are very well written and the talented reader really brings the book to life Very pleasant and satisfying audiobook

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  • JB
  • 29-05-2020

Charlie Coletta is fantastic.

This story is average, but Charlie Coletta does a fantastic job of the characters. Her accents were really good. I would buy an audio book just to hear her perform.

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Engaging but flawed

I've read two of Lucy Dillon's novels previously and enjoyed them; there are always dogs with fabulous personalities and this novel is no exception. This novel had mixed reviews but I thought it was worth a try. I'm not sorry I listened but overall, it seemed to draw me in but not quite deliver. I was immediately intrigued by the plot; not a standard romance trope. And yet... Jeannie's humanity was real, her desire to "do the right thing" a believable premise but after a promising start, the story felt as if it were plodding verbosely to a conclusion that could have been seen coming in Chapter 5. A few of the supporting characters drew me in, I liked that the author was approaching marriage from a slightly more complex perspective, the puppy farm rescue was endearing. I kept listening to see how the conclusion would be written and characterised despite knowing where it was going, but felt the last hour & a half drew too much together in a simplistic, almost trite way, like the stories we wrote as children that went on and on and then suddenly, in one page, wrapped up. I would concur with other comments regarding the narrator's inconsistency with accents.

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  • W
  • 31-01-2020

Accents

I just cannot listen to this book any more due to the appalling accents. Is the father Irish or Scottish? I spent so much time shouting at the radio in the car yesterday because his accent was Irish one minute and Scottish the next. Sorry, I might just have to read the book rather than listen to it which is a real shame.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-12-2019

fantastic

I really enjoyed this book. Had me gripped from the start and couldn't stop listening. Narrator was great. Highly recommend for a light easy listen.

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  • Janey Day
  • 12-01-2020

Cringeworthy

The cringe-meter peaked as this sickly tale progressed into the second half. What started off promising, (I’ve enjoyed plenty of this author before), turned into a vom-inducing cringe-fest. I just kept wondering if the main character who was supposed to be an adult woman was maybe actually 15 years old. Just dreadful.

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  • Caroline
  • 15-12-2019

Another great story from Lucy Dillon

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. The life that Lucy Dillon gives to characters of longhampton and the passion she evokes for the life of the dogs can never be forgotten. Can’t wait for her next book.

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  • Alison Plummer
  • 04-02-2020

Read don’t listen

The accents in this book were truly cringeworthy. Not as good as previous Lucy Dillon books which was a shame as I really enjoyed them.

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  • AnitaAmazon
  • 17-01-2020

Outstandingly Fantastic

I loved every second of this book! Nobody writes like Lucy Dillon! I laughed out loud several times and cried a few times too. Fantastic, original storyline with amazing characters. I loved the main character. A very well-written book with some unexpected twists. Really excellent narration, the voice artist is brilliant at accents and voices! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, one of my new favourites! I can’t wait for her next book! Keep writing Lucy, you are wonderfully talented! <3

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  • Gillian McGinley
  • 31-05-2020

Unexpected lessons in love

Brilliant book. Easy to listen to and narrator was great too. Didn't want it to end.

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  • Marika Blackham
  • 16-03-2020

a bit bland

beginning was intriguing, but then a very obvious plot, no twists. was bland but a relaxing book if you like that sort of thing

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  • Greg
  • 09-02-2020

happiness

This is a lovley story with great charactors. Leaves you with a good feeling. highly recomend

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  • Sarah
  • 23-01-2020

Sweet but not too sugary.

A gentle entertaining story, fairly predictable but I enjoyed it none the less. Perfect as a palette cleanser or one to grab if you’re not in the mood for anything too heavy, but don’t want pure fluff! The narrator reads beautifully in her own voice but struggles with some accents, including the main character, at times. Bad accents are a particular bug bare of mine though, and I’ve listened to worse to be fair! All in all a very pleasant listen, a good one for dog lovers too!