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Surprise Me

A Novel
Written by: Sophie Kinsella
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
4 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Number-one best-selling author Sophie Kinsella's emotionally charged new stand-alone novel about marriage and family and how those we love and know best can sometimes surprise us the most.

After being together for 10 years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other's sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together, and panic sets in. They never expected "until death do us part" to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: They will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise, and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that questions some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

With a colorful, eccentric cast of characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella crafts a humorous yet thoughtful portrait of a marriage and shines a light on the danger of not looking past the many layers of the ones you love to discover how infinitely fascinating - and surprising - they truly are.

©2018 Sophie Kinsella (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Narrator Fiona Hardingham's rich British intonation complements the story of Sylvie and Dan.... She's equally skilled at the high-pitched voices of the couple's precocious daughters and deftly captures Sylvie's tech-fearing boss, who says the word 'selfie' as if it were foreign. The distraction in Dan's voice is evident and helps to build tension as the story reaches its climax." (AudioFile)  

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Sophie's Done It Again!!

I was looking for a light read/listen to Audiobook to escape from all the Thrillers I have been reading. I knew Sophie Kinsella has to have something for me And she did! Also, a Brand New Book 😀💕 Such a comedic rollercoaster ride with what seemed to be struggling marriage. Sophie gives hope to all of us that have been married for many, many years. It made me take a look at my own marriage and see what matters and appreciate what I've got. 💕💕

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Surprise Me surprised me

Surprise Me started out fairly slow, but by the middle of the book, I couldn't put it down. I loved the surprising turn of events and how all the seemingly random bits throughout the novel seamlessly came together in the end. I also really enjoyed the final message of the book which is incredibly relevant in the present age of #MeToo: set aside personal biases and believe victims of assault and mistreatment.

Also, this single quote just made the whole book worth it for me: Love is finding one person infinitely fascinating.

#Audible1

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Not my Favourite Sophie Kinsella but ...

I have absolutely adored many of Sophie's books but this one was a little different and so it took me a while to enjoy it. #Audible1. However, when I got to the end, in true Sophie Kinsella style, it brought it all together and was typically really good. I would recommend it to others for sure.

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It was just ok

The beginning was very repetitive. I was a bit bored and had I bought the a hard copy of the book I would’ve skipped to the end.

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Totally unbelievable

I usually like Sophie Kinsella but I stopped listening to this story about a quarter in. The story is just too flimsy and unbelievable. The way the two main characters interact after being together for so long just seemed very unrealistic and silly to me.

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  • 2018-02-27

A different kind of Sophie Kinsella

This is different from Sophie Kinsella’s other books but in a good way! I love her other books but this one had a much deeper story and slightly older characters. It made you think...which I just love!

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  • Ellen Zelda
  • 2018-02-20

Sophie Kinsella never disappoints!

While some of Sophie Kinsella's books are more treasured than others, they are all - in my opinion - wonderful. The qualification, of course, is that the listener or reader must enjoy light, funny and fluffy stories. If you do, this is the book for you! There are parts that are laugh-out-loud . . . balanced by real, down-to-earth situations.

The only thing that got me to put the book aside was that I didn't want to finish it too quickly. I am so sad when one of her books is "over" because I know I'll have to wait a couple of years for another.

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  • Joley Hidaka
  • 2018-03-07

completely underwhelmed

sort of heartbroken - this is a rare miss for Sophie Kinsella - the characters were thoroughly unlikeable (especially Sylvie) and I was not really keen on finishing the book. only my deep love for most of her other books kept me going. The narrator was good and did a great job with the voices - the way she made those two spoiled rotten little girls sound kept making me think of Veruca Salt - it set my teeth on edge! I like that Sylvie grew up in the end and I like the idea of poking your life 'with a stick' but too little too late to redeem the book.

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 2018-02-26

I'm surprised alright

This is the first time Kinsella disappoints me. Sure not all of her work is 5 star fun but this one really flopped for me. The main character is annoying and I could see the big plot twist coming a mile away.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-02-19

Exactly what I needed!

Exactly what I needed and didn’t even know it! Fully developed characters that are quirky and relatable. Charming backdrop of London. Anyone who has been married or even in a relationship will enjoy this story. The narrator was wonderful.

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  • Juliana Morgan
  • 2018-03-25

A huge fun of Kinsella but ...

A little disappointed. Very weak story line and very predictable. I expected a little more from Kinsella

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2018-03-03

Easy to jump into

I pretty much love all Sophie Kinsellas books. I normally do get frustrated with the main character by the end, just want to yell just communicate! But the main character was definitely more even and steady. Always an easy listen and this was no different.

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  • Courtney
  • 2018-03-16

Couldn’t wait for it to be over...

I was very excited to listen to Sophie Kinsella’s latest book! However, I was nearly immediately let down upon first listening. I begrudgingly finished, with lots of eye rolling and boredom. I have read all of her books and this is the worst. It lacks the humor and fun in her other novels. The story line is incredibly dull and dumb. Big let down.

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  • Carol
  • 2018-03-09

Love Sophie’s writing style, but this is not my favorite

I’m a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella’s books. I have read literally everything she has published and always get butterflies when I hear of a new title being released. Having said that, this book was not a favorite. Narration was excellent (as I chose audiobook format), but the story was so slow to build that I almost quit listening after the 4th chapter. Parts were entertaining, but it just lacked that charm of her previous titles. I just never got really “in to it”.

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  • louise
  • 2018-03-08

good book

this author usually cracks me up. this bok is funny as well but has a more. serious storyline than her other books. the initial premise is hilarious. worth the read.

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