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Thank You for Listening | Julia Whelan
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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. 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.
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Maybe I should get around to listening to Gone Girl, but in the meantime, here's a little write up about audiobook narrator Julia Whelan.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/08/01/the-adele-of-audiobooks

Soubhiville Thanks for sharing this! I listen to tons of audiobooks and have wondered a lot about what it‘s like to be the narrator. 2w
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lynneamch
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Salvaging a frustrating Friday with this charming read from fave narrator Julia Whelan, Negroni, and roses from hubs. Appreciating her insider view of audiobooks with snarky take on Romance genre. Funny that in my first Whelan (Greer Macallister's The Magician's Lie), the male narrator's real name happens to be Nick.

Smrloomis Lovely roses! Hope your evening is better than your day! 2w
lynneamch Thank you Summer. I really like waffles too. 2w
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Christine
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Grateful for access to the audio of this, because I‘m among the legions who love a good Julia Whelan narration. There were a few things I was a little unsure about re: how some characters were represented, but it was an overall very enjoyable read with fun characters and dialogue, some LOL moments, and ample audiobook-nerd-pleasing references. (Thanks to #LibroFM for the #ALC !)

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After a tragic accident, an actress turned audiobook narrator struggles to find her place in world. Many aspects of her life are in turmoil including her family, work and romantic life. All of Whelan's characters, including the group of extended family and friends, are layered and complicated and so, so funny.

I loved this book, the voice, the pace and how they don't give up on themselves or each other. #netgalley #arc

marleed I‘m so excited to experience this one! 2w
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rachelm
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YOU GUYS. I‘m obsessed with this book. It‘s Julia Whelan (audiobook narrator extraordinaire)‘s romance novel about audiobook narrators. It‘s so funny and smart and original and Julia‘s reading of her own work is maybe the best audio I‘ve heard all year? (I think I‘m on audiobook 75 or so, so that‘s not nothing!!) Stack this one now. Out in August. It (should be, better be, if there is justice) will be huge.

marleed I‘m wildly anticipating this one! 1mo
rachelm @marleed it only gets better and better😭😭 1mo
CarolynM Sounds good🙂 1mo
julesG I've been looking forward to this one. Only a few weeks to go. 😁 1mo
rachelm @julesG can‘t wait to see what you think! I just finished it and yeah, holds up beginning to end! 1mo
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#LitsyFunandGames
Hmmm … What will end up being my favorite book for 2022?
This is getting harder and harder each month. #SoManyGoodBooks
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Expected publication date is August 2, 2022.

Not only was this book a fun read but it was also quite informative. I had no idea how much prep work goes into narrating an audiobook. The characters were real and relatable. Oh, I also learned the difference between the book classification of romance vs. women‘s literature. If you want to know, you‘ll just have to read this book. You won‘t be sorry.

julieclair Julia Whalen is my favorite narrator! Looking forward to reading this. 2mo
suvata @julieclair Yep. She‘s one of the best. 2mo
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robinb
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I adored this book. Adored. While yes, it had rom-com elements (sooo much snarky humor and banter!), it also dealt with more serious self-esteem/growth issues, generational issues and just being real both with yourself and those you care about. This takes place in the audiobook recording world (which was interesting to me), and it involves two narrators (with pseudonym names) who haven‘t met but are tops in their field (he‘s in Romance, 🔻

robinb she‘s in various other Fiction). There‘s a serendipitous, chemistry-laden meeting before moving on, and then a big work project where new friends/interests are cultivated through some of the sweetest, funniest email/text chapters I‘ve ever read. There are misunderstandings, twists and things to be worked out, but you‘re rooting cheering for Sewanee and Nick (such wonderful characters!) throughout. 🔻 (edited) 2mo
robinb Just a mention, there are some 🔥 moments. So well written. Recommended. 5/5⭐️ 2mo
marleed I have this on my CWTR (can‘t wait to read) list! Julia Whelan is so often narrating a book to me that I feel like it must read her own work. 2mo
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robinb @marleed I hope you‘ll enjoy it as much as I did! I need to look up her backlist…any recommendations? 2mo
robinb @marleed I just looked her up. This is her second book to write. I‘m not an audiobook user, but it was so neat to read about their process. 2mo
marleed @robinb I think she likely narrates more books I listen to than any other narrator. She is a voice in all of Taylor Jenkins Reid‘s books and that‘s when I locked in her voice. 2mo
robinb @marleed if I ever start audiobooks I‘ll know where to start! 👍👍 2mo
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