Thank You for Listening

Thank you, Avon Books, for the gifted copy of Thank You for Listening. {partner}

Genre: Romance
Trope: All of them!
Format: 🎧
Pub Date: 8.2.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Summary:

“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.”

Review:

“To live HEA is to say, from today onward life will be happy. I mean, how can you know that? Shit happens. Over and over…. I don’t think you can know if you lived happily ever after until your life’s over… Maybe that’s why your whole life flashes before your eyes when you die. So you can see the movie from beginning to end and know.”

I genuinely do not know how to put into words how much I loved this book. I opted to listen to it (because, hello, Julia Whalen is my favorite audiobook narrator, so of course, I had to listen to the book she wrote). I rarely ever pause an audiobook to flag quotes from the book, but with Thank You for Listening, I was constantly pausing the audio and tabbing the book. And just now? I started crying when I reviewed all the quotes to figure out what to write for my review. Because this book was more than a romance, it looked at life and what it means to live, fall in love, get hurt, lose everything, grieve, and heal.

All tears aside, I also laughed out loud SO many times. When I wasn’t crying or laughing, I was listening with a constant smile on my face. The characters were all so delightful, refreshing, and REAL. I had to remind myself that I was not listening to a friend recount her story to me but listening to a fictional story about fictional people….and dang it, why can’t these people be real??

And then there was Blah Blah, and gosh, her character made me miss my grandmother. There’s one particular scene where Blah Blah asks something Sewanee does not want to comply with, and it just wrecked me. I wanted to step into the book and hug both characters.

“We break, in many different ways. But it doesn’t mean we’re broken.”

💯 Supremely lovable characters
💜 Blah Blah
🔥 Steamy – mix between open-door & closed-door romance
🥹 Prepare to smile, laugh & cry a lot
🥵 That male MC

If you haven’t already figured it out, this will be in my favorites for 2022, and you will never convince me otherwise. I recommend reading Thank You for Listening if you enjoyed reading any of Emily Henry’s books.


BOOK INFO
Format: 432 pages, paperback
Published: August 2022
ISBN 9780063095564 (ISBN10: 0063095564)

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