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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • Written by: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (452 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

Now a Hulu original series

From the number one New York Times best-selling author of Big Little Lies

"Narrator Caroline Lee's animated performance brings listeners along as the story changes perspective.... Listeners will be hooked as the retreat begins to unravel." (AudioFile Magazine)

Could 10 days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest audiobook, nine perfect strangers are about to find out....

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be. 

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person who intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. 

Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer - or should she run while she still can? 

It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question. 

Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her audiobooks a go-to for any listener looking for wickedly smart, propulsive fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.

©2018 Liane Moriarty (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the critics say

"A deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner." (Publishers Weekly)

"Narrator Caroline Lee's animated performance brings listeners along as the story changes perspective.... Listeners will be hooked as the retreat begins to unravel." (AudioFile Magazine)

What listeners say about Nine Perfect Strangers

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Terrible narrator

Bad experience with this book. Not sure if the narrator ruined the whole book or if the storyline wasn’t great to begin with. Don’t waste a credit on this one 😕

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  • Cat
  • 2018-11-17

Unfortunately disappointing...

I am a big fan of Liane Moriarty’s books, so it hurts me to give this one a bad review. But 5 hours into the book and I just had to stop. It lacks the insights and rhythm from previous books, the story seems overly dragged and forced. And what makes it worse is Caroline Lee’s narration. She’s trying too hard to interpret the moods and different personalities, and comes across like a whining child punctuating each consonant as if for attention. Too bad, I was really looking forward to savour this book...
I did end up finishing it, unfortunately did not change my mind about the book.

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  • cj
  • 2018-12-04

So disappointing

I’m a fan but I couldn’t wait for this book to end! Repetitive storyline, you hear each character’s story at least 4 times only with slight variations, the characters are almost cartoonish in a stereotypical way. Listening to the Masha character’s accent is like nails on chalkboard, so over acted that’s it’s cringe worthy. I was looking forward to a new Moriarty story only to be dismally disappointed by this childish story. What happened ?

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Poor choice of narrator.... ruined it.

The reader was horrible... wrong choice for this novel because she was too slow, and tedious with a terrible Aussie accent that didn’t belong. I cannot recommend the audio version. Perhaps the story line was good but the audio book ruined it for me.

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  • JP
  • 2018-11-22

not one of her best

narrator was great, story was just slow, not one of her best. I could take it or leave it

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Very disappointing ...

I have enjoyed every book by this author and I was so disappointed with this book. First off it was way too long. I fast forwarded about 3 hours of the book and really missed nothing. The story line quite frankly was silly and completely not believable.
I would say if there is an abridged version would be a bettter bet.

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Totally believable and eerie all at the same time

Healing is the theme of these nine strangers and perhaps for of all the characters.
For 2021 with Covid and so many world events that need healing it’s a great story to ponder. Not that I’m rushing to any health retreat soon but it’s all about fate and timing. Can’t wait for the series to start august 20.
Cheers to happy endings with a twist of good luck 🤞

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Scratching my head in confusion.

Apparently this book is about depression and how families deal with it. I never got that out of it until I listened to the very end at the author’ notes.
This book was so slow to start and I can’t even tell when it actually had any significant story line. Two thumbs down in my mind.

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not so good

struggling to finish, 3rd book I read of hers and I was waiting for the story to get better but almost at the end and worst book ever

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Not my fvourite and not her best work.

I struggled to finish this book, and only did so because I have a lot of respect for the author and had loved many of her other books. While she delved into some thought provoking topics, there were far too many characters and too much going on.

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  • Nikki Trulen
  • 2019-01-16

Everyone Has Already Said It...

And I wish I would have listened. The story itself is just okay. The narration is painful! I sped it up to 1.25x, but it was still very distracting and hard to get through. She ends many of the sentences with that question tone - and there isn't much of a distinction between characters. I really had to bite down and power through this one. I shouldn't have. Hoping the narration is retouched in the future - because it's pretty terrible.

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  • C. Klein
  • 2018-11-10

Absolute garbage.

Horrible terrible experience full of grotesque cliches and dreadful plot. So bad I want my money back and wish that I could charge for my time. I’ve read all of Liane Moriarty’s books and was hoping for a similar experience and am totally disappointed. Did no one edit this garbage and tell the author heck no!?!?

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  • Joange
  • 2019-01-17

Seriously Disappointed

I expected so much more from this author - couldn't wait to listen and become absorbed in another suspenseful story. This was mostly fluff and very little suspense. I could well have done without the 16 hours I put into this and listened to something with some grit or substance. Sorry, 2 stars was the best I could do.

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  • Ruth Lambert
  • 2019-01-12

LOVE LIANE MORIARTY, HATED THIS BOOK...

Combining every cliche about spas and wellness and the folks who frequent them, this so-called thriller turned out to be a ridiculously LONG and ultimately turgid read. It started with zip, as the characters were introduced, but ended with 48 hours of imposed fasting (duh) and incredible stupidity. The denouement was just dumb. SAD that I wasted 16+ hours on an unlovely, unlovable book about people I could not care very much about.

INSTEAD, read Liane Moriarty's incredible book "The Husband's Secret" for expert plotting, very well drawn and relatable characters, and excitement to the last compelling page.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-12

Perhaps she accidentally published the draft?

This book was a supreme letdown and I am pretty positive we read the draft! The potential was there but the storyline was disjointed and random thoughts were thrown in at various points and seemed like their primary function was just to lengthen pages. It seemed like the author couldn’t quite figure out what type of book she was writing or where she wanted to go with the character development and plot, and finally just threw something together. Like “oooh this sounds interesting maybe I should write that! And then ooh this too, let’s put that here! And oh I just remembered I wanted to write that let’s add it all the way at the end!” I started and stopped this book four times before I finally made it all through because of how poorly connected all the details were. Every time I thought “wow this is about to get good” some ridiculous thought was entered and the climax fell flat.

As for the narrator I didn’t think it was as horrible as the others said and to test that idea I also read the book in paper. The story sucks and the narrator tried to save it. The only irritating thing about the narration to me was that she ended each sentence in an up-note, like the sentence was a question rather than a statement. I agree the reading could have been sped up because doing so would have made the book sound more interesting but again if you are really paying attention to the development of the story rather than a feeling of excitement from rapidly read details, then you’ll be able to hear through the speed and realize that the book simply missed its mark.

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  • Debra
  • 2018-11-15

Too boring to finish

What happened to Moriarty? Was so looking forward to this book and could not stand listening to it for another chapter as it crawled along. When it came to a lengthy description of all their drug induced fantasies and breakthroughs I quit.

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  • Janet
  • 2019-02-01

Disappointed

I tried, I really did. I patiently listened while each of these 9 annoying strangers were introduced. I endured their back stories. I even endured the spa owner's back story. And I deserve a medal for enduring each person's LSD (yes...LSD) induced journey to self-discovery. But when they emerged from that and I was STILL only half-way through I just couldn't take it any more. I hate to return books after investing that much time into them, but I decided to NOT waste any more time. And I came to that self-discovery without the aid of LSD.

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  • Cat
  • 2018-11-12

Disappointing read

I have read all of Liane Moriarty’s books but this one was quite disappointing. Dragged on with nothing to the keep you interested, so different from her other work.

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  • Judith
  • 2018-12-24

Ridiculous.

I can’t even believe I listened to the whole book. Mostly unbelievable characters, slow narration, but drugs? Drugs are not funny. I did not expect this from this author. I will be asking for a refund.

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  • Laurie
  • 2019-01-31

What . a. mess.

I suppose when you pen the mega seller Big Little Lies you begin to believe you can write no wrong - but this book is awful! The plot skips all over, makes no sense at times, and I just could not wait for it to be over. And for some reason Caroline Lee SCREECHES most of the book. Wish I had read more of the reviews before I just assumed it would be good - it's not.

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