Some Kind Of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher – Audio Book Review

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This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info

Narrator: Emily Atack

Length: 8 hours and 18 minutes

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

 

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since their first day at university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged. A romantic escape to Dubai is the perfect moment, but instead of the proposal Lizzy hopes for, Ian reveals he’s not sure he even wants her anymore.

Lizzy is heartbroken. But through the tears, she realises this is her chance to seize the opportunities she missed as Ian’s other half. But what does she want? How much of her is really Lizzy, and how much was Ian’s influence? Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and in the meantime, have a little fun …

My Thoughts

This is such a sweet story.

Lizzie is newly single and has no idea who she is anymore.  She was so used to being Ian’s other half and her entire world revolving around him that she’s forgotten how to have fun her own way.  This is the story of how Lizzie figures out how to be Lizzie again.

I’ve loved listening to this story over the past few weeks I’m really going to miss having her in my ear.  From the moment the narration began until the very last words, I was hooked.  As the narration is in first person, you become really invested in Lizzie’s life and the different things that she goes through – from dancing to Bananrama naked to crying in the toilets at choir, you are there every step of the journey.  What makes this book so endearing is that Lizzie doesn’t go wild or do highly unusual things on her quest, What she does is rediscover those little things about ourselves that often lie forgotten once we enter into a relationship and parenthood etc, the simple joys that can bring so much pleasure but end up gathering dusts in our memories.

The characters in this book are adorable.  Lizzie is just such a likeable and kind woman with a wonderfully supportive family – even if her sister can be a bit too outspoken.  Her best friend Connie, her new friend Natalia and other ensemble cast add an additional layer of depth to the story.

The narration of this audio book is just superb.  I could sit and listen to Emily Atack’s voice all day.  It has such a soothing quality to it.  She just seems to embody Lizzie and as I was listening I completely pictured Emily as Lizzie.

Such a brilliant book and I highly recommend it.

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