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Wilde Like Me

Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Series: Robin Wilde, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
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Social talent star Louise Pentland brings us her enchanting and inspiring audiobook.

You'll never forget the day you met #RobinWilde!

'Four years, 2 months and 15 days of single-mum-dom. Didn't someone say this was supposed to get easier?'

It's time for Robin Wilde to change. Her. Life.

Robin Wilde has a beautiful six-year-old daughter, a job she's really rather good at, a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back. But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies every day, she can't shift the grey, lonely feelings of The Emptiness.

She struggles to fit in with the school mum crew, online dating is totally despair-inducing and she worries all the time about raising her daughter with self-confidence, courage and joy. What Robin wants, more than anything, is someone (over the age of six) to share her life with. But Robin Wilde isn't one to wallow. If change won't come to her, she'll just have to go out there and find it.

Exciting new opportunities are about to come Robin's way.... Perhaps a man, perhaps the promise of an adventure.... What will Robin do with the possibilities she creates? And when her perfect moment comes, will Robin be brave enough to take the leap?

Enchanting and uplifting. Very funny. This audiobook will make you feel fantastic just for being you.

©2017 Louise Pentland (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Very surprising

I am a busy mum to two very young children. I don’t get time to read these days so I thought an audio book to listen to in spare moments would be a nice idea. Well I ended up loving this book so much I got through it in only a couple of days, I’m sure my children got sick of hearing it in the background! I guess I’m going to have to just start the second one! Haha.

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loved it!

As a long time fan of lousie i love it i laughted and cryed along with robyn wilde and i cant wait too see what happens to her next.

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Low Quality Chick Lit

While this might save you from boredom on a 40 hour layover, or while hunched on the backseat of a long bus ride, the other merits are watery at best. The writing is not terrible, although incredibly cheesy, but the story itself is lacking.
Dishevelled woman meets PERFECT man. Perfect man LOVES her. Dishevelled woman is insecure but starts to feel positive. Perfect man dumps dishevelled woman. Dishevelled woman realises she does not need him, she can be happy on her own.

I know chick lit is in essence, a genre of rewritten storylines. However this story (for me) had absolutely no originality. It was extremely run-of-the-mill. The kind of novel I would expect a robot to spurt out after reading Bridget Jones 100 times. Everyone is beautiful (SO BEAUTIFUL) in an overdone way, except the protagonist. It's like the author is holding up a cue card saying "SHE IS ENDEARING, DON'T YOU RELATE?"

I found myself droning in and out of interest with this story, and yet, I knew exactly what was happening, because there are NO surprises. She goes to work, and of course it turns out perfectly! She is the BEST. She goes overseas. And of course it turns out perfectly, because she is SO DESIRABLE (except we've spent the whole first part of the novel being told she's average). Her daughter enters a hat competition, and of COURSE she wins. It's all very la-la-la and absolutely no substance nor relatability. While the author certainly touches on human issues that are very real and weighted (infertility, death, critical illness, divorce), I felt that the conversation around it was frivolous and more focused on the protagonist's WONDERFUL friendship skills, and how FANTASTIC the protagonist is at supporting her friends, rather than actually making a substantial comment on the issues themselves. Had I been in any of the aforementioned circumstances, I think I would have been hurt or perhaps offended at this. If you are the sort of person, however, who does not enjoy any semblance of dissention in your novels, this one is for you. It will not make you cry, it will not make you feel anything other than a raised eyebrow at some questionable sentence structures.

By far not the worst novel I've ever read, however I would not recommend it as chick lit. Do yourself a favour and steer towards Sophie Kinsella and leave this one on the seat by the trash can at LAX.

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Really hits a gap in the market

Never read or even heard of a book targeting single motherhood. Very good, wholesome and interesting look into a life I can’t relate to

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I rolled my eyes a lot

This book was a woman complaining about not having a boyfriend and her self-imposed social status for hours on end.
I expected laughs, insight and character development but GOD the complaining.
Narrator was the only good bit

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  • Robyn
  • 22-07-2017

I wanted so badly to love this!

I love Louise and her channel, and wanted to like this book, too. I really, really wanted to. It's full of Robin telling us exactly what to think, rather than guiding us along a story. More time is given to describing outfits, cakes and lashes than the really important people - Theo, Aunty Kath and even Lila. I'd love to get to know these people more so that I can come along on the journey with Robin. Louise, you've got talent and the characters are great - I know the upcoming books are going to develop them and your writing style.

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  • Jackie Harrington
  • 03-07-2017

What Mommy isn't Robin Wilde??!

I felt like she could have been me or any of my friends! Loved it!

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  • lauren Lambert
  • 05-07-2017

Lovely!

Heartwarming, charming, and funny! It's full of strong women supporting, and loving one another. Beautifully written, and well read by the narrator. Can't wait for book two to catch up with Robin, and all the lovely ladies in this story.

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  • TMK
  • 22-08-2018

A Single Mom's Empowering Story

I enjoyed this book very much. I can relate to much of Robin's struggles. Good humor and a compelling story.

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  • Laurie
  • 17-06-2018

Boring and Empty

There was absolutely nothing to this story. I kept waiting for it to get interesting, but it never did. At times I thought it might be heading in the right direction, only to have it fall short again. The narration was good, (although I didn’t like the male voices, but it’s understandable because its not easy for a woman to do successfully). I really wanted to like this book because as I said, there were times when I thought, “okay, here we go!”...and there we went. 😕 Unfortunately, I will probably return it.

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  • Eboni Burgess
  • 07-03-2020

Not for me

The main character was not that likeable. The self degrading portions of the book were a bit much. Repetitive and exhausting. The other characters were great. But it felt like half of the book was full of the main character obsessing and feeling sorry for herself and being weak. The other half was the actual story.

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  • Laura
  • 14-12-2018

A sprinkle of glitter

I really enjoyed it. I've followed Louise on YT for a long time, so listening to this story was fun.

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  • Charissa M. Welsh
  • 08-09-2018

Loved it!

I've followed Louise Pentland for years now, and I adore her on YouTube. When she announced that she'd written a novel, I have to admit I was sceptical. The idea of yet another book by a Youtuber had me rolling my eyes a bit, but I was so pleasantly surprised. This story is very well-written, and I found myself looking forward to waitng in my car to pick up my children from school or work just so I could listen to it. The narrator is lovely to listen to, the story is relatable and entertaining, and I can't wait to start the sequel. Well done, Louise! Thank you for this quality product!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-2018

Amazing

A great book to listen - very honest and sweet storyline. 👌 Highly recommend it!

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  • Madeline Waala
  • 14-08-2018

Kind of mopey, kind of okay

I felt as if each chapter contained so much moping that it was hard to continue. I understand that Robin was going through a lot as a single mother, but she complained about the same things over and over again, it felt as if I was getting annoyed by her complaining as opposed to feeling sympathetic towards her.
I think the performance was nice. This is my first audio book so I am extremely unbiased for these sort of things. There were times when it was hard to distinguish between a character speaking and the narration, however. Also, sometimes what was being said didn’t match the tone of voice (ie sounding sad and hushed when someone was saying something nice). Lastly, the young daughter and one of the mom friends had very similar voices, which was off-putting.
Overall, I enjoyed this. I wouldn’t necessarily suggest it to a friend unless they are fans of the author, but I am glad I listened to it.

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  • Miss
  • 10-12-2017

Only for single mums

What did you like best about Wilde Like Me? What did you like least?

If you're a single mum who feels like your life is rubbish, you'll like this. I'm neither and found it deeply irritating. It alternates between gloopy sentimentality about how adorable and lovely being a mother is and how lonely and unfulfilled she feels. This is based on Part One only as I couldn't bear ploughing through to the end.

What was most disappointing about Louise Pentland’s story?

It was supposed to be a witty account of single parent life. I found it totally lacking in humour - more whiny than anything.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Fiona Hardingham?

Possibly.

Did Wilde Like Me inspire you to do anything?

Return the audiobook and buy something less annoying.

Any additional comments?

I can only hope it became more positive as it wore on. I wouldn't doubt she gets a man in the end so if that's what you're after, go for it.

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  • Josie
  • 05-07-2017

I don't read women's fiction...

I don't read women's fiction... but this book might ensure I shelf my normal crime/thrillers and start reading more books similar to Wilde.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't drawn to the novel by the author, whom I've followed for years.

I was a little sceptical of whether this book would live up to its hype...I gave this book a chance, and the story is far better than anything I'd imagined it be. It's far more than a 'YouTube book'.

For anyone who knows anything about Louise's life, the story appears to echo some of the experiences she's shared online.

Robin Wilde is a lovable character which I'm sure all Mums (including myself!) find relatable. The mum guilt, the thought processes of a working mum and the love Robin has for her daughter.
This is a beautiful story, which is funny, heartwarming and thought provoking.
A thoroughly fun read/listen and adult without being smutty.
Can't recommend this book enough, I can't wait to read another instalment!

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  • Jenny
  • 28-11-2017

Didn't empathise with the main character

The story was unoriginal and I could guess many of the things that happened. The main character was a bit too self pitying and self involved for my liking and was hard to empathise with as I could see her ignoring the clues others left of their own problems. For three quarters of the book, Robin thought everyone else had a perfect life but her. Jealous of her family, her friends, her coworker etc

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  • Joanna
  • 07-07-2017

You'll never forget the day you met Robin Wilde!

Amazing debut novel by Louise, the story is extremely relatable which is what makes it so captivating for the audience. It's a very modern story and Robin is perceived as an extremely modern woman, she is a character you instantly adore and would love to have as your best friend. Very well written story capturing life's thrills and struggles, Louise uses interesting and interacting lexical terms making the reader feel a part of the story. I'd suggest it would appeal to a primarily female audience, from around age 17-40. Thoroughly enjoyable read/listen.

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  • Rebecca Greenaway
  • 06-07-2017

amazing!

Fabulous heart felt book by Louise. funny, emotional and everything a good book is :)

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  • Nicole
  • 11-07-2017

Heartwarming

A very true to life and heartwarming story full of laughter, silliness and relatable every day life struggles. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next one!!! (I bloody hope there will be another one!) Thank you Louise for a wonderful novel, Robyn feels like a new friend that I will always want to catch up with. Keep 'em coming!

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  • Courtney
  • 07-07-2017

Amazing and very funny!

This book is an amazing read, very funny and has me laughing out loud! I watch Louise's vlogs and just love her as a person, she's also an amazing author! This book has a Bridget Jones feel about it, I cannot wait for the second book!!

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  • izzy c.
  • 28-07-2017

Amazing

Loved it so much can't wait to see what happens next in robyns life !

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  • Lloyd Crichton
  • 08-04-2020

Wonderful Read

This is a wonderful heartfelt book, 100% would recommend, Robin Wilde is a warm character.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-02-2020

The glory of modern female life and friendship

A very relatable narrative of a woman lost and then found in modern life. I have really enjoyed the company of these characters on long shifts and drives. Thank you Louise for making me think about my wonderful female friendships which stand the test of time and lift me up! This book will have you feeling more normal than ever and less alone. I am sure that in years to come this book will be a fascinating insight into early 21st century womanhood! Excited to read the sequels