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Roommates Wanted

Written by: Lisa Jewell
Narrated by: Helen Duff
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
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Publisher's Summary

1990. 

Please write and tell me why you should live here.

Toby Dobbs received a big Victorian house with too many bedrooms to count as a wedding present from his father, but his marriage is over within a month. Very alone, and very lonely, Toby posts an advertisement seeking the Unexpectedly Alone to become his roommates. Fifteen years later, the wayward souls he takes in are still living with him, with no intention of leaving. 

2004. 

Please tell me how I can convince you to move out.

Toby Dobbs has met Leah Pilgrim from across the road, and they're falling in love. But before they can begin a new life together, Toby and Leah must help Toby's house of sweet slackers and lovelorn misfits grow up, solve their problems, and set themselves free. But can their new relationship survive the test? 

©2008 Lisa Jewell (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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Disappointing and very frustrating to listen to..

I normally love all of Lisa Jewell's books, but I found this one to be a very uninteresting story. I also really hated the dynamic between Ruby and Toby, I found it extremely aggravating and annoying that she was such a rude and horrible self centered person, and that Toby was so passive and just let her get away with everything and walk all over him.

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This book was a tad slow to start but that was needed in a way to introduce each character properly. I highly recommend it.

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enjoyed

i enjoyed this book, found it a little long and draggy at times but I enjoyed the characters with all their mysteries and flaws

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great story

Loved the narrator. Loved the story line. Seemed to take until end of story for everyone's lives to come to light, but it was still good :) I'm glad I bought it and will probably listen to again.

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Oh what a tangled web we weave.

This story was captivating. It took a little bit to get into but the characters are so interesting and as the story plays out it touches your humanity and your heart. I really enjoyed this book, very good writing.

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  • Lor Knox
  • 2019-10-25

I am in love with this book!

This was a real joy to listen to, I absolutely love Helen Duff's narrations and the way she brings the right character to the characters....This is the kind of book I will listen to again, because I love the story and characters OH SO MUCH! If you want to slip away to London and meet some great people and learn about their lives. this is the book for you!

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  • kristen olko
  • 2019-12-09

Boring.....

Narrators were great, but the book was SO boring. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen and it did not. I have read several of her other books but this one was not nearly as good. It seemed to never end and was so slow and drawn out. You knew what was going to happen from the beginning.

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  • Dancing feet
  • 2019-11-02

Delightful

This is just a very charming and delightful book. The characters are so well defined. It's a bit of a fairy tale but a pleasant change from the useful books I read. And a huge change gettin the other Lisa Jewell books I've read. Loved the narrator.

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  • Tawny Hurst
  • 2019-11-10

Can I Marry Toby, Please

I’m not sure if I’m just unusually easy to please, but between this book and “The Family Upstairs”, I’m in audio-book heaven. This was definitely a lighter, fluffier story than I usually choose or devour, but I DID devour it. So delightful, a touch of edge, so much humor.... and even inspirational to those of us feeling a little “in between” or stuck. The conversations between Joanne and Toby- Oh.My.Gosh... laughed my a$$ off to the point of my husband opening his eyes in bed to see why I was waking him up. And Toby is so awkwardly lovable. Highly recommend!

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  • Tracyp0917
  • 2019-12-06

Jewell and Duff one of my favorite combos

Lisa Jewell and Helen Duff do not disappoint. I have enjoyed a number of Lisa Jewell's books; narrated by Helen Duff and Roommates Wanted is no exception.

Such a great story. I love how Jewell has a knack for making the homes themselves main characters. Watching the transformation of the Peacock House simultaneous to Toby is magical. The story did not have a big twist or wow moment but I truly enjoyed every part of the story. Each character, with their flaws and their virtues, I found to be lovable and interesting. Typically there is a character that you just don't connect to; but in Roommates Wanted I did not find that. Maybe because each person was a small personality part of each of us - I don't really know. But not once did I find myself wishing a chapter away because I wasn't interested in the character and their story.

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  • Lisa Marie
  • 2020-01-22

Couldn't Finish

I really gave this book a shot but ultimately could not finish it. Halfway through I was so bored with the characters I had to stop. The narration overall was good, I like Duff's voice differentiation, but when listening with my headphones I could hear her swallowing loudly every few minutes and it just irritated me. This book is definitely different than her thrillers, which did not suit me. May be better for some, but fell flat for me.

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  • Jane Guerrero
  • 2020-01-11

Delightful

This was the first book by Lisa Jewell that I've ever read and it was just lovely. I was looking for something different from my usual sci-fi and fantasy fare and decided to try this. The summary sounded good but I honestly wasn't sure what to expect. Would it be chick lit, which I abhor? But no, it was a delightful, character-driven story, which I love. It was filled with layered characters who often make the wrong decisions and I wanted to shake them, but it all turns out all right in the end and not in a fairy tale way, thank goodness. I will definitely be buying more books by this author.

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  • Alta Schafer
  • 2019-12-30

Good but meh

It is a good listen, but not as thrilling as her other books. It’s a mild safe book unlike her other thrilling murder mystery books.

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  • Kenny Cook
  • 2019-11-07

couldn't stop listening.!

loved it! great characters and storyline. Do yourself a favor and read/listen to Roommates Wanted. You'll be glad you did

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  • cristina
  • 2019-11-28

Excellent

The kind of sweet story I needed. Beautifully written. Great characters. One of my favorite Jewell’s yet.

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