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Last Letter from Your Lover

Written by: Jojo Moyes
Narrated by: Julia Franklin
Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins

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Publisher's Summary

When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband....

In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident with no memory. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for.

©2010 Jojo Moyes (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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  • J
  • 18-03-12

Good story but didn't enjoy the narration.

Enjoyed the story, it grew on me as it progressed until I completely wasted a half day listening to the last 2-3 hours! However, I hated the narration of the male voices, mainly because their was just one voice for all of the men - making conversations between men difficult to follow. They all (even the modern men) sounded unfeeling, patronising and condescending - that was OK for Laurence, but not for all of the men. Loved the cut glass voice of Jennifer. This is a good story but I would recommend reading rather than listening. It's not nearly as good as 'Me Before You' which I would heartily recommend as an audible book.

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  • Kirstine
  • 01-04-12

A lovely book

My first impression of the book was quite wrong. The prologue presaged a story about 30 somethings working in London that didn't appeal. Instead this is a beautifully crafted exploration of the pleasures and pains of love affairs 40 years apart. The two relationships are cleverly intertwined as young journalist, Ellie, investigates a mysterious love letter found in the archives of the newspaper where she works, while at the same time wrestles with her obsessive love of a married man. This is not sugary romantic fiction, but an epic, moving, evocative and memorable book that I highly recommend.
Julia Franklin is an excellent reader.

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  • Susie
  • 21-05-17

Get past first chapter and it's a wonderful 60 s set love story! Deeply moving and involving.

Nearly gave up after the first chapter but then book blossomed into a deeply moving and intriguing love story set in the 60 s and told through a series of love letters. To say any more would give too much away!Beautifully narrated . Highly recommended!

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  • Janet
  • 29-01-14

Yet Another Great Novel By Jojo Moyes!

A remarkably moving story, spanning several decades and different locations, I thought it was really well written and will be loved by all who enjoy a romantic tale with many twists. Really recommend this one!

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  • Lucy
  • 28-04-11

A compelling tale

I really enjoyed this story from the start. It was easy to listen to. At first I thought it was going to be rather obvious and predictable but I loved the way the story unfolded over a long time-scale with a few unexpected twists. Highly recommend.

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  • Ann D
  • 10-12-14

Jojo does it again!

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I thought I may not like this one, but 'Me Before You' and 'The One Plus One' blew me away. Jojo's writing is so imaginative, beautiful and skilled, that I had to give it a try. Its very different to the other two. Its a real old fashioned love story Jojo style. I loved it and will probably read it/listen again. Not something I do often.

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  • Karen
  • 12-05-11

Lovely

Delightful narration with a lovely tale of love, loss and how we used to live. Highly reccommended.

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  • Jill Lloyd
  • 27-11-14

very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book, worth buying and you will find it a thoroughly enjoyable listen. When this book finished I went straight back to Audible to look for another Jojo Moyes to listen to.

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  • Clare
  • 13-04-13

Not as good as others!

This was an enjoyable listen and I enjoyed the story and ending. But it was not as good as others of her books.

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  • Merelina
  • 09-03-12

What a lover! What letters! What lives!!!

Spanning 40 years or more this tells a fascinating love story. I had to start listening in the daytime as I wanted to know what happened. There is a lot of sadness but also happiness. I feel this is a must to listen too. Julia Franklin is my favorite narrator as she reads so clearly, words well pronounced, and characters clearly defined in her various voices. It is a book where you are always waiting to see what will happen next. Congratulation Jojo Moyes, now to listen to some of your other books.

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  • paul g
  • 12-12-16

Different to expectation, somewhat disappointing

Would you try another book written by Jojo Moyes or narrated by Julia Franklin?

I have read several of Jojo Moyes books and enjoyed them all but found this one very different and not as enjoyable. The characters were people who I found to be weak and easily lead by emotion often to the detriment of those around them. This book is said to be the love story of the age and I found it to be anything but that. As a positive it is a book that takes Jojo's style of addressing the unconventional and does that very well. I usually find her characters as friends I'd like to meet up with but not with this book.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Julia Franklin?

Julia's narration was fair but variety in character voice was not as effective when doing male voices. Overall it was a pleasant listen and I would listen to her other work if the opportunity is there.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

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Overall the story brings to light issues about love that are very grey and make you question the correctness of what the character should do in any particular circumstance. In that way it is a very good read but I personally found the characters made emotionally shortsighted decisions generally at the cost of others and in most situations themselves too. I did not find that to be something I could condone/enjoy and certainly not love story material to me.The only character I found to be principled was Rory.

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  • R C Gibbs
  • 20-05-19

Lovely story

I enjoyed the story. Very typical of Jojo Moyes so if you enjoy her other books you'll like this one.
I always struggle with Julia Franklin 's narrating style unfortunately.

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  • Anna Spencer
  • 25-09-16

A Love Story with a Difference

I was enthralled by this story and found it difficult to tear myself away from this audio book.

The story is exciting and the characters believable. My only criticism is that most of the voices for the characters sound similar; most of the male voices are difficult to distinguish and the same goes for the females. However, Julia Franklin's narration is very clear and faultless.

This story would appeal to anyone who likes romantic mystery stories with a difference.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-18

Never run of the mill...Jojo never disappoints

Beautifully written, this not so average love story had me binge-listening, yet again. Loved this book and enjoyed the narrator.

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  • Jenny
  • 18-02-17

review of the book just completed

enjoyed the story. it moved quiet quickly though so had to go back several times to keep it clear.

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  • Philip
  • 11-12-19

Mmmmm....

Perhaps a little disappointing for JJM. I have been charmed by her earlier books this was much more of a 'true romance' than a 'romantic comedy' one might normally expect. Some interesting twists, the usual overall aspects of loss, but it left me feeling it was rather formulaic. Not one of her best but not bad enough to avoid. A must for many of her true fans. Just didn't work quite so well for me. Can't win them all, can you?

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  • sophiek
  • 05-05-19

What a great book


I was begging to feel that this would be another disappointment but thankfully I was proved wrong.
It’s starts with the present and then goes back in 1960. The first half of the book centres in the past. I would have liked for the two stories and times to have been running along together rather the disjointed way that it was. The writing was great, story was great. The descriptions of people places and feelings took me there and that’s winning points for the author.
Narration was impeccable with great accents and character voice depth that carried the character.
A few points were predictable from the start of the characters intro and at times the tragedy of life and irony of it all had me yelling while driving and listening to the audiobook.
I really enjoyed it.

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  • carolyn gladwin
  • 16-09-18

predictable story line .<br />

This story line was definitely a bit predictable, with a small twist at the end, but beautifully written.
JoJo Moyes always writes in a believable way and draws you in with her characters. I found this book a bit hard to get into but persevered I'm glad to say.
The narration was quite good but I do think that something is lost when the narrator has to do male and female characters.
it wasn't JoJo's best book but still fairly enjoyable.

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  • Valerie Hancock
  • 03-10-16

terrific

Jo jo Moyes is a wonderful writer of love found, lost and won. I recommend this to even the hardest of heart as I am one of them.

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  • Jean
  • 26-12-19

Not JoJo Moyes best

Unfortunately I did not like the story line at all, without spoiling the story, all I can say is that it is not believable, I thought I would be very sad because of the title (that's way it sat in my library for so long), but it wasn't, too contrived a story and I was very disappointed.