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The Dinner List
The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
'We've been waiting for an hour.' That's what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That's the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed. At one point or another, we've all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we'd like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner were to actually happen? These are the questions that 29-year-old Sabrina contends with in this utterly captivating novel; a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You.
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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I have been so caught up in #scarathlon that I almost forgot to read my book club book for work! So I did this weekend - and I don‘t think I realized how wrapped up in the story I was until the end. It/I was more emotional that I expected. 1 pt for #teamslaughter @Clwojick

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Scash1114
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Mehso-so

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MsLeah8417
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nute Cute photo! 2mo
MsLeah8417 @Nute thank you 2mo
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HufflepuffGirl90
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If you could pick 5 people, living or dead, to have dinner with, who would you pick?

What seems to be such an innocuous question turns into reality for Sabrina Nielsen. What follows, will change her life.
Such a lovely novel that was hard to put down.

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DivineDiana
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Mehso-so

I‘m sure you have probably thought about the question “who are the 5 people you would ask to your ideal dinner party?” This is the story of such a dinner party and the main character has included Audrey Hepburn! The author read the book for the audio,and she did not add to any enjoyment. There were a few touching moments and a surprise reveal from one of the guests. That being said,it‘s still a borrow rather than buy in my opinion. #evenwithaudrey

Bookwomble Sounds like a missed opportunity of a book. 2mo
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calciumkels
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Extremely fictional but the beautiful telling of lives that were always intertwined.

marleed I was glad I stuck with this because I liked the last half so much better than the first half. Some of the blame may go to my bailing on the audiobook. The narration is not good - so much better in print. 3mo
calciumkels Glad you stuck with it! 1mo
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marleed
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I started this book as audio read by the author. She is sorely lacking in narration skills - I bailed. I moved to print because of an upcoming IRL bookclub. I was invested in the last half so it could be my first book that moved from a pan to a pick.

For this pic I looked through my shelves for 5 IRD (in real dead!?) folks in which to dine for an evening. This dinner could prove interesting!

Kaila-ann I almost bailed on this book too but was glad I stuck with it. 3mo
marleed @Kaila-ann I don‘t know what her editors were drinking when they read the first half, or who agreed she should narrate her own book. But I really did like the last half. I‘m glad I‘m committed to finishing bookclub picks! 3mo
Kaila-ann @marleed I had some serious doubts about the first half as well and wasn‘t sure I was going to like the main character enough to keep going. A narrator can definitely make or break a book. 3mo
Centique I would love to have Katherine Hepburn to dinner - what a strong character! 😍 2mo
marleed @Centique oh me too! I‘m thinking Steve Jobs might spend my entire dinner on his phone! 2mo
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DivineDiana
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On to a new Playaway! Started while cooking dinner! It is read by the author, and I think she should have hired a professional! Crossed my mind that I might not be able to continue! She‘s not a Neil Gaiman, if you know what I mean. 🙂

Kaila-ann I read this book in print and really enjoyed it. 3mo
DivineDiana @Kaila-ann Good to know! 👏🏻 3mo
LiteraryinLititz I read this one in print and was very underwhelmed BUT I hope you like it better! 3mo
DivineDiana @LiteraryinLititz Finished and yes, underwhelmed. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
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Kaila-ann
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#julywrapup #monthlywrapup #monthlystats #readingstats

*9 books read
*2,982 pages

Little bit of a slow reading month. I didn‘t get as many audiobooks in this month either so that‘s a factor. The tagged book was my favorite from this month.

MelissaSue81 Good books though! 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! Eleanor is on my tbr. 💕📚💕 3mo
rachelk I read Eleanor Oliphant in July too. Looks like you had a great reading month to me! 3mo
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Kaila-ann @MelissaSue81 quality over quantity this month :) 3mo
Kaila-ann @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I really liked Eleanor, quirks and all. 3mo
Kaila-ann @rachelk I did pick a few good ones this month ;) 3mo
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cj82487
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Oh the ending 😭😭 There was a lot I really loved about this but I really enjoyed how it wasnt so much a happy ending but an ending about living and moving forward. Ugh the tears tho! Very glad I picked this as my #BOTM and I should've read it a long time ago.

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cj82487
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"But isnt that part of love? Refusing to see the parts that are so dark, so grim, they would send you running? Or is it that you see them and love anyway?"

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cj82487
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"This is all I need," I said. "It's all I'll ever need."

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cj82487
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Haven't been reading a whole bunch this summer... bc you know... it's summer... but I'm hoping to finish this up soon. I'm really enjoying the concept and how the story goes from Sabrina's life to the dinner and back. If I had more time to sit and read, I probably wouldve flipped through this a lot faster than I have bc it is interesting.

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Lots_O_Books
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This book started out So-So for me, kinda slow, and a lot of jumping back n forth in time. But I stuck with it and in the end I loved it. Definitely one that has potential to make you need some tissues.

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Kaila-ann
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I finished this in one day. On the surface it‘s a story about Sabrina and her 30th birthday dinner with her theoretical dinner list companions - her list of the 5 people she would most like to have dinner with. I went into this thinking that it would be a light, fluffy read. Then I was concerned that i wasn‘t going to like the main character. I ended up being wrong on both counts. It‘s a story of love, loss and beautiful second chances.

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Josiedlove
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Starting this one... It has been on my TBR list for a while... Let the story unfold... 🍷🍽

#thedinnerlist #rebeccaserle #turningpages #readingtime📖

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Joysiam
The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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Tears shed.

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joannabgmachado
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6/10. I wasn‘t really a fan of the flashbacks every other chapter. I felt like I was reading two separate stories, and I didn‘t like that. It could be a cute story though.

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TheRomantiCate
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Thank you so much @bookish_wookish 🤩🤩🤩🤩

I love Titanic and I‘ve been wanting to read this book for a while!! Thank you so much!!

And thanks to @kstadt929 for putting together such a great swap!

#funkopopandbookswap

bookish_wookish Glad you like it!! 🚢 7mo
kstadt929 Fun cover! So glad you joined us!! 7mo
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Cityofamber
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Bailedbailed

I‘m DNFing the #BOTMbacklog pick, it‘s not for me and the narration is boring. 😂 and I‘m not motivated enough to pick up the physical book. 🤷‍♀️ #BOTM

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GidgetsTreasures75
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3-28-19: My 25th finished book of 2019! This one made me cry! 👍🏼📖#️⃣2️⃣5️⃣ #thedinnerlist #rebeccaserle

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Birdsong28
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I am using the tagged book for this prompt for my #popsugarchallenge

wordzie 😎 8mo
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Birdsong28
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Very good. Loved this from start to finish, especially due to the twist in the middle which I didn't see coming. Don't be fooled by this cover as it will leave you with tears in your eyes by the end of this book as it covers issues that will leave you reeling and make sure that you are thinking about this long after you have finished it. Thank you #Readersfirst for the free copy

#AllenandUnwin

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xxjenadanxx
The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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I picked this up expecting it to be light and frivolous based off the ever popular question of ideal dinner guests. What I found was a deeper exploration into grief, love and living with loss and abandonment. And Audrey Hepburn. Honestly, it was quite well done, kept my interest and moved quickly. It was a great palette cleanser after the books I have been reading lately and I definitely recommend it. This would make a great book club read.

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Courtneyjo_reads
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Yellow bookstack 💛☀️

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nvhXesq
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Pickpick

Quite clever & intriguing, once you get into the swing of the narrative. #thedinnerlist #bookrecs #offtbr #audiobooks #supportlibraries #libby

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Birdsong28
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I have won a copy from #Readersfirst thanks to everyone who wished me luck 😘📚📖

DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 9mo
TrishB Yay 🎉🎉 9mo
Ms_T Yay! 👍🏻📚 9mo
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Djspens I hope you like it! It was a nice read! 9mo
Djspens I hope you like it! It was a nice read! Congrats! 9mo
mngraham I loved this book! 9mo
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Birdsong28
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Wish me luck as I have entered to win this on #Readersfirst 🍀🍀🍀🍀🤞🤞🤞🤞

Cathythoughts Good luck 💕💕🤞🏻 9mo
Stephaniereads1 Good luck 9mo
Ms_T Good luck 🤞🏻 9mo
Birdsong28 @Cathythoughts @Stephaniereads1 @Ms_T Thank you 😘❤️📚📖 9mo
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dawnsworldblog
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What five people (dead or alive) would you invite to dinner? And what would you do if you turned up to your 30th birthday dinner only to find that that‘s who was waiting for you? That‘s the premise of this book. I really enjoyed this!

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mcipher
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I haven‘t had a beer in ages and I am drinking this one too fast before pizza comes out of the oven, so i feel a little wheeeee! 😆 Enjoying this book more than I expected. I have to finish it tonight so that makes it much easier. (FYI both #Edith and #Chloe are purring away here 😻) #catsoflitsy #tuxedokittiesoflitsy @MinDea

kspenmoll What luxurious hair your kitty has! 9mo
mcipher @kspenmoll She does! I just picked up a while kitten‘s worth from the carpet! 😆😆 9mo
Dragon 😻 9mo
shellleigh33 ❤️❤️ 🐈 9mo
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mcipher
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#Chloe chilling in my lap for neck scritches, and my next two book club books - it took forever to get the tagged one for Wednesday, so I put Exit West on hold for March and it came in right away.
We‘re supposed to bring our list of five dinner guests to this meeting and I can‘t decide who to pick... right now it‘s my old friend Mary, Gabby Bernstein, Kurt Cobain, Jenny Cruise, and Anne Sexton. Your list?
#catsoflitsy #tuxedokittiesoflitsy

CareBear 😻😻😻 9mo
AWahle Beautiful kitty. I have a Chloe as well! 9mo
mcipher @AWahle It‘s a popular name! She‘s a sweet little pain in the butt. 😆 9mo
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lele1432
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Bailedbailed

Giving up on this in audio form. BUT there may have been a couple of good nuggets in here...I couldn't really tell since she was speed-reading, formed EVERY sentence as a question, & never paused at proper punctuation. So I'm going to give it one more try when my eBook hold comes in. I'm annoyed she didn't hire a professional. Glad I know I have a great TBR lineup because this could have put me in a reading slump!

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lele1432
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So close to DNFing this one! I originally wasn't too interested in it but kept seeing reviews where people loved it & it made them cry & something about a twist. I started it yesterday since the loan is due back soon. I just wanna know why in the world did this author narrate the audiobook?! Who told her this would be okay?? It's TERRIBLE!! She sounds like a 16yr old valley girl with slurred speech & doesn't finish sentences.🤧

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LMJenkins
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Bailedbailed

I bailed sooner than I usually would.... actually, it‘s only recently that I‘ve started to allow myself to bail on a book. I just wasn‘t feeling it. I felt like the fragments of the book were jumping around in time and from topic to topic even within a paragraph. I wasn‘t feeling the emotion between the couple and every other sentence seem to be pointless. Just wasn‘t for me. Though I did like the premise.

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LMJenkins
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WHEW! Success! I could not have complete this successfully if my family had not been out of town, leaving me to a silent household with plenty of reading time. Finishing up was tough because I am not 💯 loving this book so far. Thanks to #24in48 and #24B4Monday for the inspiration.

DGRachel Congrats! 10mo
TheReadingMermaid Congrats sweetheart! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎉😁🎉 10mo
Mollyanna You did wonderful! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
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Nessavamusic Congrats!!🎉 10mo
hes7 Yay! 🎉 10mo
Bookish.SAM Congrats!! 10mo
Megabooks 🎊🎊🙌🙌🙌👍🏻👍🏻🎉👏🏻🥳 10mo
Anitareads Congrats! 👏🎉 10mo
kstadt929 Great job!! 🎉 10mo
RealLifeReading Oh wow!! You did it!! 10mo
Andrew65 You did it! Congratulations! 🙌👏👍😊🙌👏👍😊🙌👏👍😊🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🏆🍾😍 10mo
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LMJenkins
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I haven‘t been posting as much as I should for #24in48, because I‘ve been reading, reading, reading! Onto Book No. 4. #24in48readathon

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Booknerd222
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Booknerd222
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Just ordered the first 3 of the series! I‘ve heard it‘s a cute fluffy read! Has anyone read it? #manga

Serotonin I‘ve read it. It‘s a cute shoujo series ❤️👍 9mo
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Booknerd222
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My times for the #36hourreadathon

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Booknerd222
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Second lap for the #36hourreadathon. #botm. First lap was 37 min 26 seconds with Lilaw Boutique by Carolyn Brown.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I came back from getting some water in the kitchen. Guess who curled up next to my book, Charlene! #catsoflitsy #only74pagesleft

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OrangeMooseReads
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Panpan

Didn‘t love this. The MC drove me bonkers with her whining and crying. The “twists” were boring. The everything is happy and the world will be grand ending pissed me off. The idea of the book is interesting but it was poorly executed and the writing wasn‘t all that great.

tpixie Thanks for taking one for the team! 10mo
OrangeMooseReads @tpixie no problem lol 10mo
Tamra Happy is overrated. 10mo
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LiteraryinLititz I really agree with your assessment. 10mo
OrangeMooseReads @Tamra for this story it makes zero sense to have it end that way. 10mo
merelybookish Too bad because the cover is pretty! 10mo
OrangeMooseReads @merelybookish it is. The amount of love Audrey Hepburn gets in this book is it‘s only positive. 10mo
Purrfectpages Totally agree 10mo
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rather_be_reading
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Mistake 👎

she_isthe_arrow I love catching typos 😂 10mo
KBlackScan Me too! It‘s too frequent for my liking LOL 10mo
Jazruiz.2014 Drives me crazy! 🤪🤪 10mo
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rather_be_reading
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Super cute love story of Sabrina and Tobias. Loved the premise of the "dinner list" because i think weve all played that before. Thought it was a little slow in the beginning but it got better and i usually do not enjoy romance.

Graciouswarriorprincess I am reading this now. I am enjoying it. 10mo
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rather_be_reading
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Acknowledgment: And finally, to any woman who has ever felt betrayed by fate or love. Hang in there. This isnt the end of your story.

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rather_be_reading
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Meant to be. I used to think that about us. That we were meant to be. That the stars had aligned to bring us together. It never occurred to me that our fate might not be forever.

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rather_be_reading
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Memories stacked and stacked and stacked so high they threatened to topple.

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rather_be_reading
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She worked in at the local library in Santa Rosa...We fell in love over Faulkner and Yeats.

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rather_be_reading
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So you loved each other too much...Is that even possible? If you love, is there such thing as a yardstick?

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