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  • Book Lovers

  • Written by: Emily Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (101 ratings)

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Book Lovers

Written by: Emily Henry
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

One month. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn't see coming....

Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Her whole life is books.

Charlie is an editor with a gift for creating best sellers. And he's Nora's work nemesis.

Nora has been through enough break-ups to know she's the woman men date before they find their happy-ever-after. That's why Nora's sister has persuaded her to swap her desk in the city for a month's holiday in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. It's a small town straight out of a romance novel, but instead of meeting sexy lumberjacks, handsome doctors or cute bartenders, Nora keeps bumping into...Charlie.

She's no heroine. He's no hero. So can they take a page out of an entirely different book?

Set over one sizzling August, Book Lovers is the new chemistry-filled 'rivals to lovers' rom-com from New York Times number one best seller Emily Henry.

©2022 Emily Henry (P)2022 Penguin Audio
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  • Categories: Romance

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The easy go interesting story listening it is!

I surely loved this story! I am already fond of the author. The story was bit like movies. I loved listening this story because of the amazing combination of storyline and the voice effect... specially the voice of male was damn mesmerizing.

The plotting is quite interesting. Loved the story of small town. The small twist and turns were easy to handle.. The one who wanna ready or listen slow stories or the soothing one, should prefer this one surely!

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Must Read!!

I absolutely love this gem of a book.It scratches the itch for a small town love story exactly right. The characters are flushed out and it truly gets you emotionally invested in their well being.

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Perfection through and through

I love everything about this book... to the point where I don't know where to start listing the things I love about it!

I won't bother with a review. But here's a zero-spoiler list of why this book is awesome :
1. Not heavy on any of the troupes, the story is smooth-flowing.

2. The unconventional leads.

3. The vivid and beautifully detailed emotional bits of the narrations (yes, this needs a separate mention).

4. I am convinced Sunshine Falls is Stars Hollow in so many ways!

5. The steamy bits and the non-steamy bits. Oh, well. The conversations. (glad I picked the Audible version!)

6. Humor is written for the characters and not the readers. OMG! And it's heartwarming.

7. The many bookish metaphors. Even perfume. But at no point is it overdone to justify the book name.

8. It's about being brave and ambitious. And practical.

9. There's a Wuthering Heights reference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My heart!

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"He is gone. But I still feel him everywhere. I am Heathcliff."

"Maybe love shouldn't be built on a foundation of compromises. But maybe it can't exist without them either. Not the kind that forces two people into shapes they don't fit in. But the kind that loosens their grips - always leaves room to grow. Compromises that say 'There will be a you-shaped space in my heart. And if your shape changes, I will adapt. No matter where we go, our love will stretch out to hold us.'

"Maybe it's possible to have more than one home. Maybe it's possible to belong in a hundred different ways to a hundred different people and places."

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Cliche

Struggled to finish. Absolute cliche. Elicited zero feelings. I didn't feel anything for the characters.

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Love it

I love the story of this book and the narrater made it alive for me. the voice is smooth and connected with the characters. Just Perfect!!!

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A romance with depth and character

Loved the story of the sisters as much as the romantic story. The narration was flawless and loved the crying voice of Nora in the end.

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Absolutely loved it

I don't know if I love the book more or the narration. 5 stars💓

The summer vibes, the banter, the setting of the small town. Everything was perfect. I don't really like the grumpy+sunshine dynamic. So this book was right up my alley with two grumpy cats as soulmates. XD

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THIS BOOK SLAYED!!!!!

i stalled finishing this book as much as I can because i want to savor it! i want to devour each and every word from this book!! their hilarious witty banter is what I live for. and there are scenes in this book which got me giggling and doing some happy little dances!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-12-22

obsessed and swooning over this book

Everything about this romance is immaculate. From the moment these characters meet I could not get enough of them. It's the most dreamy and sexy enemies to lovers story I've ever read. The banter is on point.

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  • Shafra08
  • 13-12-22

Witty and well written story/narration

The book is well written with realistic characters and interesting/witty conversation. The narration was quite good. It is an audiobook worth your time

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  • Sahii
  • 06-09-22

Not necessarily a romance book

While the moments between Nora and Charlie were magic, this really felt like a growth story with romance themes.

The beginning of the story started off so beautifully and made me feel so safe to be back in a world created by Emily.

However, there were points when the story just more so felt written about her sister and her with Charlie as a sub-plot (kind of like the Heart Principle for reference). I found myself skipping so much of those scenes because I just didn’t feel connected to that part of the story or really cared about it at all. Which caused me to put it down for a week before finishing.

I’m glad I did because her and Charlie really are magic, I just wish it was market better as more of a healing/growth in case you’re a mood reader and not really in the mood for that type of story.

I would still recommend though!

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  • Kate
  • 10-08-22

Great characters and LOL moments

I loved this. More than a general rom com it was sassy with lots of laugh out loud moments. The characters were fab.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-22

Far too much narration

It's an ok book. The story was a bit lack lustre and there was far far too much narration from Nora. Very slow moving and nothing really happens. Still, it's worth a listen if you want something that you can easily multi task to.

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  • MK
  • 27-10-22

Warm and witty.

Another great book by Emily Henry. She has great style and an original approach to modern romance.
When Charlie Lastro an editor and Nora Stevens an agent meet for the first time it's not under the best of circumstances and things do not go well. It's a bad time for both and they remain on a professional footing which leads to misinterpretation.
Nora is a consummate professional and she and her sister who are polar opposites live, like Charlie ( also a consummate professional) in NYC. When Libby, the sister asks Nora to go on vacation to Sunshine Falls - the place in the book she and Charlie disagreed about -and with a to do list to take them out of their comfort zone it's the last thing Nora wants to do; but she has lived her life looking after her sister and cannot let her down. She meets the last person on earth she would expect to see in Sunshine Falls.
What follows is a witty, sometimes laugh out loud story that is at the same time heart wrenching. I loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-22

A fluffy story

A great fun read with good banter for the MFC/MMC and a sweet romance build. Alongside a cracking sibling subplot. Sweet but nothing particularly epic (hence 4 stars not 5). Narration brilliant; Julie Whelan always a winner 5/5.

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  • Ola
  • 16-09-22

an ode to a small town romance

I loved this book, the characters (especially Charlie), the small town vibe, the angst between the main characters. Narration by Julia Whelan made the book even better!

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  • Louise
  • 29-08-22

really enjoyed this book.

slow beginning but definitely worth it. flew through chapters 10 to 37. very good read.

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  • Liv Baker
  • 23-06-22

Not a fan!

Really not a fan of these books. They’re so super chiche and predictable! May be good for a teen ?!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-22

Fuckin perfection!

You have ruined me … I loved it all! I was also feeling some of the things that they were feeling so the book was perfection for me … god bless you!

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  • Fadumo Odawa
  • 23-01-23

Favourite Emily Henry book

Looked every second, word, sentence and page of this book. Also Nora is me. I am Nora!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-23

Just perfect!

I loved it! My ears hurt from the earphones, because I could not put it down. I was laughing out loud in some places and even brushed a few tears in the end. The book and the performance was all I wanted, but didn't even know it. At first I thought main male voice was made unnatural but it turned out to be just perfect.
I definitely recommend!

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  • D
  • 18-01-23

Listen to a sample first

I can’t get past the reader’s voice, and I’m
So sorry for that… she sounds exactly like Megan Markle (who I love but it’s distracting)!and she does a funny voice for the male character, it sounds jokey. Such a shame, I loved some of this author’s other titles.

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  • Lynne lambert
  • 09-05-22

I loved everything about this book.

This is my first Emily Henry book and I’ll definitely be reading them all.

I loved everything about this book, the author, the characters, the narrator, the humour.

I found myself spontaneously laughing out loud a couple of times, even though it wasn’t really a humorous book. Some of the characters
comments I just found so witty.

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  • Nicki Noo Oz
  • 07-05-22

Wow

I cannot succinctly explain how I feel about this book. I listened to it at the right time for me and lost sleep as every time I put it down I was still lost in the story. The clarity of production and the talent of the voiceover artist were perfect.
Emily Henry creates real, layered characters and interesting plots. This is the second one I’ve read. Congratulations on a book that provides insight, produces smiles and tears, encourages self reflection and was just at the right time. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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  • Avid Listener
  • 24-01-23

Audiobook lovers

LOVED this. Have listened to it three times. Great characters and plot, amazing narration, just the right amount of spice.

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  • Anisha Pakrisamy
  • 20-01-23

Beautiful!

I’m so glad I chose to listen to this as I think the narration truly sold the story and the characters! Keen to read/listen to more Emily Henry in the future

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-23

Love it

Smart, witty and funny romance with highly relatable moments that make you think about your own life journey.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-23

If you want a very, very light read.

Cliché- light - you will breeze through the pages in no time and you’ll start the next book just as quickly.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-01-23

The banter got me

The witty banter was such a win! I also enjoyed the FMC so much because most stories end with the same evolution into the same stereotypes of wanting kids and this was so comfortably relatable for anyone who doesn't want their story to end that way and still loves the life they chose. Well done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-12-22

A pleasure to listen to

I love Julia Whelan and have now discovered Emily Henry. A wonderful story of books and love.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-12-22

I loved it!

I loved this book. It was read perfectly by Julia Whelan - she was exceptional! She was so enjoyable to listen to, and so funny! I burst out laughing many times. She truly embodied the characters.
I enjoyed that the story revolves around books, and I didn’t want to reach the end.
I saw this book several times but passed it over until now, and I’m so glad finally I chose it.
It does get steamy a few times so not suitable for young ears in the car or playing in the background.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-22

Funny and charming

I laughed out loud at the banter between the characters but was simultaneously warmed by their stories. A thoroughly enjoyable read with excellent narration.