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  • I loved these characters!

    I loved this book! I was a huge fan of Julia Whelan’s first book, The Oxford Year, so when an opportunity to read this book presented itself, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I was even more excited by the chance to listen to the author and narrator extraordinaire read the book. Once I started listening to this one, I did not want to stop. It was so easy to get swept away by Sewanee and Brock’s story. Sewanee is an audiobook narrator. She started out narrating romance novels after acting became a not-so-viable option. She now narrates more literary works under a different name. She thinks that she is done with romance but when an offer falls in her lap that will pay enough to take care of her grandmother, she can’t say no. I loved the parts of the book that dealt directly with the process of narrating a book and some of the challenges that narrators face. For the romance that Sewanee is working on, she is paired up with Brock. They don’t see each other but do message each other to help each of them narrate their parts of the book but before long they start talking about things other than the book. I really liked Sewanee, Brock, and the rest of the characters. Sewanee has had some pretty big challenges in her life and is dealing fairly well with them. I really appreciated her relationship with her grandmother and thought that the descriptions of dementia affecting her grandmother were well done. I thought that the romantic aspect of the book was very well done. I loved getting to see Sewanee and Brock slowly get to know each other while they worked on the book and couldn’t wait for the day when they would eventually meet face to face. The narration was phenomenal. Since the author has narrated a ton of books, I feel that she knows how to present this story in a way that nobody else ever could. She is one of my favorite narrators and her work on this book was top-notch. I loved the various character voices and the emotion she express in her reading. I will definitely be recommending this one to others. Julia Whelan once again proves that she knows how to write ’em and how to read ’em. I received a review copy of this book from Avon Books and Harper Audio.

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  • Deserves 10 stars!! I loved it!!

    This book was so good I never wanted it to end! I couldn’t get enough of the endearing characters and their swoon-worthy storyline. Ms. Whelan’s beautiful narrative swept me away to magical Hollywood where I met Sewanee as she was beginning her new job of narrating a very special book alongside the extremely popular, Brock McNight. Their get- to-know each other emails quickly became a flurry of texts as they shared their thoughts on how to properly give justice to such a special endeavor. They became fast friends with no pretense, personal information or face to face meeting. Even though they were only virtual friends, it felt as if they had known each other forever. Sewanee had a different life before becoming a sought after narrator. It wasn’t her choice to change careers, but she had to make due with the hand she was dealt. Brock had his own regrets with how his life turned out, and he never dreamed he would be this popular and was tired of always being someone else. Having the opportunity to work with Sewanee was serendipitous and she brought joy to his life with her quick wit, positivity and vivacious personality. Little by little, Sewanee found herself yearning for Brock’s texts because he was like a lifeline, bringing her back into the life she had left behind. It was hard not to fall in love with everything about “Thank You for Listening.” Sewanee and Brock's intimate, albeit virtual relationship, her view of the Hollywood sign from her guest cottage, Brock’s sexy, hypnotizing voice and the love Sewanee had for her grandmother. As soon as I finished reading, I turned back to the beginning to start the story over so I could immerse myself in the lives of characters that I absolutely adore. Thank you Ms. Whelan, for giving us such a wonderful story.

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  • Wonderful romance

    I rarely listen to audiobooks and had not previously heard of Julia Whelan (who is apparently a well-known actress and narrator) but I adored this wonderful love story. It had pretty much everything I look for in a good romance - wonderful, well-rounded characters who had real faults and concerns, humor, heart, amazing chemistry between two people who, as far as they knew, had never met IRL, a great slow burn, sweet consideration between the two leads, and an in-depth and knowledgeable look at the nuts and bolts of audiobook recording. Plus bonus points for the epistolary sections and banter. The book also did a great job in putting MCs on equal footing in their personal lives, wanting to move on to new challenges, yet somewhat stuck in their present circumstances and outlook. In addition to the central relationship, there was plenty more going on with Sewanee’s best friend really starting to break through in her acting career, and her grandmother slowly sinking into dementia. At one point in the book, there was a humorous discussion of the difference between women’s fiction and romance and I feel like the author did a great job straddling that line while still keeping more to the romance side of the fence. Although there was a lot going on, the plot lines felt well fleshed out and vivid. The book was a pleasure to read and now I’m thinking I should probably check out one of the author’s audiobook titles and give it a try. My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.

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