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Nine Perfect Strangers

Written by: Liane Moriarty
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 19 hrs
3.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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

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, unpausable 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)

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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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  • 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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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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I loved it.

I was a bit hesitant to purchase because of other reviews, but I loved this book. I have enjoyed most of Liane Moriarty's books (with one exception), and this was a winner. I love her writing, the way her characters have traits that make them so human and relatable. It may be a bit of time of life thing for me, as I am usually just a bit younger or just a bit older than some of the main characters, and there is a lot in their lives to which I can relate, mainly because of their inner thoughts. Caroline Lee narrating - performing - gives such depth to the story. I believe this was the first of Moriarty's books that made me cry as well as laugh. The story went to some strange places but I thought it was quirky, strange, and charming.
4 1/2 stars.
It was long but I generally listen at a faster rate anyway.

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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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  • 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...

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  • Gary
  • 2018-11-27

Listen on 1.5 speed

I was so excited for this audio book to come out - I had preordered it months ago since Liane Moriarty is my favorite author. When I started listening to it my heart sank. The audio was SO SLOW and annoying I didn’t think I could make it through the whole book. I got in about 45 minutes and was about to give up - I was so disappointed but couldn’t bear to listen anymore and was having a hard time following the story my mind was so distracted.

Then I went online to read the reviews and found so many others had the same problem. It was then that I learned you can listen at different speeds! (I had no idea) so I changed the setting to 1.5x and loved the book after that. Not my favorite Moriarty book - but better than her last Truly Madly Guilty. Definitely worth a listen at increased speed - it almost sounds like an audio error at normal speed - hope others figure this out and give it a shot.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-11-09

Who broke Caroline Lee??

I’m appalled. I’ve listened to multiple books narrated by Caroline Lee. I’ve said in the past that I could listen to her read anything. This is either a different Caroline Lee or someone made her pause after every word like she doesn’t speak English. She’s Australian. She has a lovely accent. She usually reads smoothly and has great character differentiation. I could understand a fake broken English for a character but she does it when narrating the story itself. I can’t stand to listen to this. Maybe I’ll buy the book to read it myself but I’m so turned off I probably won’t. Planning to return as soon as I can get to my laptop.

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  • Anna
  • 2018-11-29

Narration was good on my end

I usually only do star reviews here, but felt the need to chime in. I've listened to all of Liane Moriarty's books and was ecstatic to get a new one ... but then nervous to dive in because of the bad reviews and bad comments about the narration. I'm not sure what the deal is, but it sounds just like her others to me—wonderful. I guess everyone is just different, but please don't be scared away based on the narration reviews ... just check it out yourself. I'm about halfway through the book and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2018-11-15

Uhhh...What was that?

This is Moriartys worst book yet. I feel so let down because it feels like eons since her last book and Ive been anticipating her next one like a kid at Christmas. Im beyond disappointed. The narration is horrible (which is surprisingly because I have always loved Caroline Lee) but the storyline - or lack there of is awful. I definitely wont (cant) finish it and will absolutely be returning for a refund.

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  • Asher_C
  • 2018-11-12

Why is Everyone Turning on Caroline Lee?

I never write reviews, but after reading all the negative ones for the audible version of this book, I feel compelled to write. For those new to Moriarty's audio selections, Lee has narrated: Truly, Madly, Guilty, Big Little Lies, and The Husband's Secret. I remember reading prior rave reviews of the aforementioned novels by this narrator to such extent one reviewer said they could "listen to Lee read the telephone book".

I'm trying to figure out where such dislike is coming from, especially because she is the key narrator of Moriarty's most beloved books. Perhaps the slow narration is intentional to match the slow pace of the spa like atmosphere the characters are immersed in. No matter, I understand that with audio books, the narration can really make or break the story and that this is subjective to each listener.

With regards to the content, I think this might be one of my favorites. Moriarty is a character driven writer, where the twists are almost ancillary. Frankly, I don't see this as a huge departure from anything else the author has written. Are these literary masterpieces? I suppose that's up to the reader/listener.

In Moriarty's world, there are constants throughout each story. The women are witty and strong, the men are solid and tend to always do the right thing, all while in a picturesque Australian landscape. In these turbulent times, this American reader is grateful and very much enjoyed the 19 hour escape Moriarty has provided.

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  • V. Snowden
  • 2018-11-09

Narrator makes it impossible to enjoy

Story was lost, as narrator is painful to listen to. I tried to be opened minded but impossible

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  • Diana Sears
  • 2018-11-08

Narration ruins it, can’t even tell if it’s a good story

I have waited months for this new book from one of my favorite authors, even more so because it is lengthy. But after several attempts at listening, the narrator’s high pitched voice and somewhat annoying accent throughout has kept me from being able to settle into the story. Dang! I love Lianes work and past narrations have been spot on. Terribly disappointed.

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  • Lori
  • 2018-11-09

Hmmm...

This was such a departure from what I've experienced reading all of Moriarty's other books, but still essentially, eventually, her. This one is hard to review without giving away too much, so I won't go there. Just know that this is unexpected, corny, and a bit forgettable. It’s only been a day and already, I’m over it. Usually Moriarty books live with me for awhile after the end. I’m not sure what she was going for in this book. It seems like she had thought of some really good story lines, but couldn’t think how to develop them into a full-blown story, so just thought of this crazy-ass way to pull them all together into one. It didn’t work for me. I kinda hated it, listened to it on 1.5 and couldn’t wait for it to be over. Until the last few minutes, that is. And then it was Liane Moriarty again. But it wasn’t enough to make it all worth it. I won’t pre-buy the next book. I’ll just wait until the reviews that aren’t from other authors come out first. As for the narration, usually I love Caroline Lee, but she was reading so slowly in this one and pausing a lot, it was just frustrating.

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  • Kat D.
  • 2018-11-09

Something definitely wrong with the narration...

Absolutely impossible to listen to at normal speed, but increasing the playback speed to 1.25 seemed to help so decided to give it another chance since I've loved Moriarty and Lee's previous works. Hope they figure out the problem soon!

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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!?!?

21 of 26 people found this review helpful