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Summary

An utterly heartwarming love story that will make you laugh and cry, fans of The Flatshare, The Hating Game and movies like The Holiday will fall head over heels for The House Swap.

When Cassie and James find each other on a home swap website, it feels meant to be. City hotshot James needs a bolthole after a relationship goes sour, and Cassie needs to leave the comfort of her little island to research her new book. Soon, James is living in Cassie’s cute but ramshackle beachside cottage, and Cassie’s living in James’ London apartment. It’s the perfect solution. Except James didn’t imagine he’d be sharing his home with 11 chickens and three alpacas. And Cassie is less than impressed when James’ ex-girlfriend turns up at his door, demanding to know where he’s gone. The more Cassie and James talk, the more the tension between them mounts. But as the insults fly so do the sparks, and when the time finally comes to swap back, Cassie and James find they aren’t quite ready to give each other up.

©2021 Jo Lovett (P)2021 W F Howes

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Enjoyable story, slightly stilted narration.

I really liked the story, the characters and settings of these books but the narration by McNeill is very stilted and almost juddery, almost as is there is a full stop after every word. I do love her accent however and the tone of her voice.

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A charming story, although a little predictable

Really easy listening. The story of a house swap, gaining a fresh start and outlook on two very different lives, who soon realise there is more on offer if only you can adapt to new surroundings, take risks and break down some of your own barriers.

A little predictable. But very charming and funny, and thoroughly enjoyed.

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Great story, not so great narration

I’m ashamed to say that despite listening to several audiobooks a week, I rarely write a review. And this audiobook was a lovely light hearted listen, probably not one that will stick with me for a long time but I did enjoy it. However, it was spoilt for me by the narrators, particularly the female narrator. It just didn’t flow properly and it seemed that any punctuation marks had been ignored. But it does say something for the book though that had I not been enjoying so much and wanting to know what happened with Cassie & James in the end, my irritation would’ve won over and I’d have given up.
But if you are a better person than I am and less prone to irritation then you probably won’t even notice.

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  • kcgirl
  • 01-06-22

Who talks like that?

Loved the story, loved the male reader. Would like a 50% audible refund bc I could only listen to the half he read. The female reader was choppy, had odd rhythm, confusing accents, and shrill friend voices. Every other chapter I had to switch back to reading bc it was done so poorly, "

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  • Sheryl
  • 08-01-22

Entertaining story with spotty narration

Very enjoyable chick lit story with likeable characters. Exactly what I was in the mood for when I read it.

A word specifically on the narration: The narration itself was a mixed bag. The male reader (Fraser Blaxland) was good (though not great) and I’d listen to him again. While I very much dislike giving bad reviews of readers, I feel I have to be honest and say that the female reader (Fiona McNeill) was pretty terrible— laughably so, in my opinion— and it wasn’t until I was almost finished listening that I figured out how best to describe her reading style. Her voice itself was pleasant enough but it was kind of like she was channeling William Shatner as James Kirk while reading the book. LOL. Her cadence and pacing were awkward and a bit jerky, with pauses and emphasis in odd spots. And her American accent was pretty bad. Thank goodness she didn’t have to use it much. If the “James T. Kirk” style of reading doesn’t bug you, you might actually enjoy her. I still enjoyed the book even though I didn’t care for Ms. McNeill’s reading, but if given a choice between the print and the audio, I’d probably suggest going with the print. That said, if all you can get is the audio, it’s still worth listening to. Just be prepared. Unfortunately the sample here on Audible only includes the male reader so there was no way to know what the female one would be like beforehand.