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  • By: Lily Morton
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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The Cuckoo's Call

By: Lily Morton
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
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Summary

Can a summer romance last forever?

Wren Roberts thought he’d found his fairy tale when he met Mateo Rossi on holiday in Majorca. The wealthy and successful older man swept him off his feet, and before he knew it, he’d thrown caution to the wind and was living in Mateo’s waterside apartment in Venice. It’s a far cry from his harsh upbringing and crummy flat in London.

But as the summer turns to autumn, cracks begin to show. Mateo’s family aren’t welcoming, and there doesn’t seem to be a place for Wren in Mateo’s world. He could have coped with all of that, but Mateo himself seems like a different person away from the sunshine island.

Should Wren have been more cautious in riding off into the sunset when he wasn’t sure what lay over the horizon?

From best-selling author Lily Morton comes a romance about two men who find that sometimes happily ever after doesn’t end there.

©2021 Lily Morton (P)2022 Lily Morton
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Fairy Liquid Soap Opera

OTT narration spoilt what may have been an amusing tale, chosen after reading the reviews left by others. I gave up after an hour of cringing wishing Gary Furlong or even Nick J Russo would've performed this book bringing their exquiisite brand of drama and skill. Sadly Joel Leslie made Mateo sound like an idiot and the story trite; Mr Leslie has now arrived on my list of narrators never to listen to again. Top of the list is Michael Dean/Pauley or whatever name he's using this week.

SPOILT BT NARRATOR. DISAPPOINTING

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Fun story

To me this is a romance but so much more. I feel it’s a combination of fun and heartache. Fun in that Wren is such a unique character. His history is so sad yet he doesn’t let it pull him down. He keeps coming up with things he has learned and uses them in a matter-of-fact way. Most people don’t see through the front he puts on that he is always fine. He really has some negative feelings about himself and it causes relationship problems. Then he meets Mateo.
Mateo has a personality that caused me to be sad for him. He has had nothing from his parents to show feelings and relationships are something he wants. Yet when he meets Wren, he is faced with someone totally different than he has met before. Wren is upfront with his opinions. He has no trouble telling Mateo the good and bad. Mateo wants Wren to stay around so he comes up with ways for Wren to be needed.
The problem between them comes when Wren doesn’t feel good enough for Mateo and Mateo doesn’t do relationships nor feelings. Good thing for Mateo’s grandfather. His grandfather is a joy. He has a way of seeing things around him and trying to resolve the issues. He recognizes Mateo’s feelings for Wren even if Mateo doesn’t. He also sees Wren as who he really is.
I really enjoyed listening to this story. I feel Joel Leslie was perfect as the narrator. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and I don’t think anyone else would have fit these characters as well.

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Sweet, heartfelt story

This is such a great story! I loved Wren and his kind, but snarky personality. I loved the way he held his own in the face of false friends, cruel harpies, and a slew of rich entitled people looking down their noses at him. The whirlwind "relationship with a deadline" is torrid and passionate, but I couldn't help being a little angry with Mateo. For all his generosity with money and things, he seemed completely blind to the terrible situations he left Wren in, especially knowing how his family is. At least Wren had a friend in Mateo's grandfather. The epiphany at the end came fast and sudden, bit the epilogue helped to smooth out the ending. I hope the author will bring readers the story of Enzo next. I really want to know more about him.

The narration by Joel Leslie was excellent and he really brought the characters' passions and emotions to life. I loved the accents.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Spectacular! ❤️❤️

Thank you Lily for yet another spectacular audio/book!


I absolutely adored Teo and Wren - so so adorable and swoon worthy!

I loved the locations, the MC’s and especially Teo’s mother and Grandfather - soooooo sweet but see the much bigger picture even if Teo doesn’t at the time!

It was also great that Charlie gets a mention as Wren goes to the library where Charlie works and is fascinated by books - who wouldn’t be?!!

Joel Leslie as ever is absolutely brilliant and refreshing - I can totally understand why this duo (Lily and Joel) are such a formidable team - just stunning and brilliant 🤩

Can’t wait to see what Lily comes up with next!


Definitely gets a 5 ⭐️ review from me!! ❤️❤️🥰🥰🥰🥰

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Excellent listen

This is a great story with incredible characters, but also with heartbreak. Wren was a great, kind character who doesn't let it get him down despite his sad history. I love the way he stands his ground, whether in the face of fake friends or people who think rather disparagingly of him.
Mateo is not a man with a lot of emotions and he's not great with relationships either. He tends to be generous in matters of money, but in matters of feelings he is sadly blind. Sigh, poor Wren, my heart bled for him.
Mateo's grandfather was a great character who was there for Wren as a friend.
I found the story entertaining and listened to it in just two days.

Joel Leslie was perfectly chosen as the narrator. He gave each character a distinct voice and accent and did a super job of bringing the audiobook to life. I enjoyed the audiobook very much.

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Great narration

Joel Leslie gave a great performance here. The mix of Spanish and Italian for Mateo must have been challenging and for the most part it was done well. Wren's pov chapters were perfectly executed.
This is my second time through the story and while I was charmed again by Wren, little niggles appeared.
On the whole, I love Lily Morton stories but there will always be one that doesn't work the same as the others, and this is that one for me.
I will happy listen to After Felix forever and ever and though I enjoyed this listen, it isn't one I'd necessarily return to.

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Couldn’t put it down

Yet another brilliant. Funny, sarcastic book from Lily Morton. Her personal snipe and humour are brilliant. Travel the world in this one and enjoy the sites and sound. Brilliant.

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What a great story

Best love story I have read in ages.
Truly authentic and evidencing that age really is just a number

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Uplifting Romance.

If you ever need a story to cheer you up this is definitely the read/listen for you. It’s an incredibly cute romance story – with two of Lily's most endearing MCs yet.

I love a romance, especially one where one of the characters fights it, and boy does Mateo not take a hint, even when it hits him in the face! Mind you, I understood where his reservations came from, after meeting his incredibly toxic family.

I found Wren so endearing and loved how even though he had a heart of gold, he was also a tough cookie when needed. I also immensely enjoyed his development throughout. He is honestly one of Lily's most likeable characters

This genuinely is a glorious romance. The banter, the quirky Wren, and the sweet loveable Teo were a balm to my soul. It's funny, adorable, sweet as sin, spicy, but tense in parts, and I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed it. it's a great read and listen. Joel Leslie yet again does a wondrous job in representing both MCs. He really is one of the best narrators out there.

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Gorgeous

As usual Lily Morton writes another stunning romance. Extreme opposites attract in this holiday romance which becomes more.
Excellent characters with oodles of chemistry and LMs trademark humour are only complemented by the superb descriptions of Venice and Majorca. As seen thorough Wren's eyes it's almost another relationship, one of awe and wonder.
The way the story is split into two parts really helps focus on the 'what happens after the HEA' part of the relationship.
And yes, I cried. I always cry at LMs books. It's because I care about these characters so much.

Joel Leslie does an excellent job as usual. In fact I was crying before the end of the prologue.

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