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Here's Looking at You

Written by: Mhairi McFarlane
Narrated by: Cassandra Harwood
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The new novel from the bestselling author of You Had Me At Hello.

Anna Alessi - history expert, possessor of a lot of hair and an occasionally filthy mouth - seeks nice man for intelligent conversation and Mills & Boon moments.

Despite the oddballs that keep turning up on her dates, Anna couldn't be happier. As a 30-something with a job she loves, life has turned out better than she dared dream.

However, things weren't always this way, and her years spent as the ‘Italian Galleon' of an East London comprehensive are ones she'd rather forget. So when James Fraser - the architect of Anna's final humiliation at school - walks back into her life, her world is turned upside down.

But James seems a changed man. Polite. Mature. Funny, even. People can change, right? So why does Anna feel like she's a fool to trust him?

Hilarious and poignant, Here's Looking At You will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. The new must-read novel from #1 bestseller Mhairi McFarlane.

©2013 Mhairi McFarlane (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"Very very witty and funny. Left me in awe…a total gem." (Marian Keyes)
"The funniest, most romantic book I've read since One Day." (Lisa Jewell)
"I loved this book. It made me laugh and reminded me that anything's possible in love - and in everything else for that matter." (Minnie Driver)
"I loved this: an original, genuinely funny, genuinely moving, modern love story." (Katy Regan)
"Mhairi is darkly funny and quite, quite rude… You Had Me at Hello is a breath of tart, Northern air." (Sarra Manning)
"Bitingly sharp and achingly funny…guaranteed to have you bent double. I absolutely loved it!" (Claudia Carroll)

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  • Aimee
  • 2014-07-24

Here's looking at you

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It was ok. I was really looking forward to listening to this book because the synopsis read really well. I struggled to stay focused when listening to the book and I didn't spark with the characters. It was a similar story line to my all time favourite book "you don't have to say you love me" by Sarra Manning. Maybe if I had listened to this book before my favourite one I might have enjoyed it more. I think I spent a lot of time comparing the 2 books.

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  • Sharey
  • 2016-05-24

It Grows On You

It took me a little bit to appreciate this book because my initial impression was that it was just fluff. Maybe it was fluff, but it was also a sweet, endearing story written with the verbal wit of Nick Spalding that's a lot of lighthearted fun. I'm still thinking he actually wrote this under a pen name. The style and tone are identical.

While the narrator is excellent, her strong accent, while adding to the humor in places, also caused me to consistently not understand some words here and there.

What began as 2 stars grew to 5. A cute, clever, little feel-good respite from the stresses of daily life.

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  • Wren Recommends
  • 2016-04-20

Bridget Jones Fans - This Doesn't Disappoint

Would you listen to Here's Looking at You again? Why?

I've listened to the ending twice. The book was laugh out loud funny and heartwarming with characters you root for. I'd listen again just for the humour.

What did you like best about this story?

Sharp, witty dialogue, well-written and let's face it, how many history professors are the subject of romance novels. Loved that!

What does Cassandra Harwood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Perfect with the accents that helped me imagine how the characters were actually speaking. She did a great job.

Who was the most memorable character of Here's Looking at You and why?

Honestly, they all were, though I particularly liked Anna and James.

Any additional comments?

I would prefer to write my own review instead of guided questions which make me feel like I'm in Junior High.

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  • LoCFo22
  • 2017-03-18

Made me laugh out loud so much!

Many priceless quotes in this book! I'm going to have to re-read to find all the things I want to repeat! I really enjoyed it after it got going! It wasn't slow, but really became excellent 1/3 of the way into it. The characters are all likeable! Narrator is fantastic! I never review, but I was surprised that I loved this one.

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  • MHR
  • 2016-03-14

Fun but predictable read

Fun (although predictable) story if you are a fan of British chick lit. Great performance by Cassandra Harwood--terrific job with the British accents.

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  • Emily
  • 2019-07-10

Excellent

I've fast become addicted to this author after listening to Don't You Forget About Me (which I recommend if you liked this). Once again, this is a deeply enjoyable listen filled with wit, romance, and real emotion, which is all expertly brought to life by the voice actor.

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  • David DelPrete
  • 2018-12-07

My Favorite “Read”

Enjoy everything about this book. Story is great and the performance makes it come to life.

Mhairi tells a story that is very timely and is romantic but in a realistic way. Cassandra makes each character like a friend you get to know. Both story and narration bring me to London. Love it.

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  • Mona Utting
  • 2018-07-23

Fantastic Love Story

LOVED this audio book, the narration was fantastic and the plot kept me hooked very step of the way!

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  • Maggie Reid
  • 2018-03-27

Funny and enjoyable!

I thought The story was both funny and had a serious side. Although the serious side was in important part of the story it didn’t overwhelm it. I would totally recommend it to anyone that wants to read something that is light but has meaning.

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  • Kristen B.
  • 2017-08-10

Funny and witty

Overall, I enjoyed the humor sprinkled throughout the book. I found the plot line to be cute and charming. The ending was the only lackluster piece but still good!