Monday, August 29, 2022

Audio Review: Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan

 

Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan
Publication Date: August 2nd 2022 by Harper Audio
Pages: 432
Audio Book Length: 11 hrs 16 min
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Source: Publisher & Libro.fm
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My Thoughts:
Swan’s acting career was derailed by a tragic accident that happened right as she was about to hit it big. A friend suggested she try audio narrating and she’s been a sought-after talent since. Swan first went for romances but soured on the who HEA when she doesn’t believe in it herself, but she’s got an offer of a lifetime as a duo with the legendary male narrator, Brock McKnight.

Thank You for Listening was such a moving, emotional story with elements of humor and a steamy romance and I loved every minute! Strong female friendship and loved her relationship with her grandmother, Blah. This had a little bit of a You’ve Got Mail vibe with the emails/text messages, and a reveal of identities I knew was coming. This story is so much more than you’d think, profound, touching and passionate in more than one way! I’ve been a fan of Julia Whelan’s audio narration, but had no idea the depth of her writing talent as well. Definite recommend!

5 Stars



Book Description:

For Sewanee Chester, being an audiobook narrator is a long way from her old dreams, but the days of being a star on film sets are long behind her. She’s found success and satisfaction from the inside of a sound booth and it allows her to care for her beloved, ailing grandmother. When she arrives in Las Vegas last-minute for a book convention, Sewanee unexpectedly spends a whirlwind night with a charming stranger.

On her return home, Sewanee discovers one of the world’s most beloved romance novelists wanted her to perform her last book—with Brock McNight, the industry’s hottest, most secretive voice. Sewanee doesn’t buy what romance novels are selling—not after her own dreams were tragically cut short—and she stopped narrating them years ago. But her admiration of the late author, and the opportunity to get her grandmother more help, makes her decision for her.

As Sewanee begins work on the book, resurrecting her old romance pseudonym, she and Brock forge a real connection, hidden behind the comfort of anonymity. Soon, she is dreaming again, but secrets are revealed, and the realities of life come crashing down around her once more.

If she can learn to risk everything for desires she has long buried, she will discover a world of intimacy and acceptance she never believed would be hers.

From the author of My Oxford Year, Julia Whelan’s uplifting novel tells the story of a former actress turned successful audiobook narrator—who has lost sight of her dreams after a tragic accident—and her journey of self-discovery, love, and acceptance when she agrees to narrate one last romance novel.


16 comments:

  1. This one sounds like a lot of fun! I'll have to put it on hold at my library. I'm so glad you reviewed this one. :D

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    1. It was surprisingly good, Lark! I hope you love it too!

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  2. I loved this one so so much! Terrific review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  3. This has such a cool set up centered around the familiar premise. Sounds like a very fun read!

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  4. This truly sounds amazing! I had seen it around but didn't know much about it to know if I wanted to read it. Your thoughts have definitely motivated me! Do you think the audio is the way to go for this one?

    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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    1. Oh, yes! The audio was fantastic! Hope you love it if you pick it up. :)

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  5. I agree! Looking forward to your thoughts, Wendy!

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  6. I have been very curious about this one here, and its intriguing to see a narrator write a romance so I definitely will keep this in mind.

    Glad it was such a win for you and that you enjoyed it.

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  7. I found her nickname for her grandmother so charming. It's little touches like that which put this book over the top for me. I agree with you about it being moving. It was perfection.

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  8. This was so good! Julia Whelan is one of my favorite narrators and I have loved both of her books. I am so glad you enjoyed this one.

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  9. This has been getting such wonderful reviews and I discover something new abt this every time! Verushka @ Pop. Edit. Lit.

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  10. I really enjoyed this one too. It was such a moving read.

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  11. I will definitely keep this one in mind. Great review. Rachel/

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  12. I added this to my list! This sounds unique story.

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