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Publisher's Summary

"Daisy Edgar-Jones and Alison Steadman team up as a fun, quirky grandmother and granddaughter pair in this lively narration...The two narrators, each portraying her respective character's point of view, are a perfect match." (AudioFile Magazine)

This program is read by British actors Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones, star of Hulu's Normal People.

A grandmother and granddaughter swap lives in The Switch, a charming, romantic novel by Beth O’Leary, who has been hailed as "the new Jojo Moyes" (Cosmopolitan UK)....

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen's house for some long-overdue rest.

Eileen is newly single and about to turn 80. She'd like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn't offer many eligible gentlemen.

So they decide to try a two-month swap.

Eileen will live in London and look for love. She’ll take Leena’s flat, and learn all about casual dating, swiping right, and city neighbors. Meanwhile, Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire: Eileen’s sweet cottage and garden, her idyllic, quiet village, and her little neighborhood projects.

But stepping into one another's shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected. Will swapping lives help Eileen and Leena find themselves...and maybe even find true love? In Beth O'Leary's The Switch, it's never too late to change everything...or to find yourself.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

"A delightful, romantic respite that is full of heart, with stellar narration and thoughtful production to distinguish it as an audio." (Booklist, starred review) 

"A cozy, hopeful escape that will make readers laugh, cry, and feel inspired." (Kirkus, starred review)

©2020 Beth O'Leary (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Super cute

I didn't find the readers' to have loud mouth noises as mentioned in other reviews, though I listen while doing other things, so maybe that makes a difference. I enjoyed the 2 readers very much and this was a lovely book.

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The narration was excrutiating

I couldn't even get through the entire book; I couldn't focus past Eileen's narrator licking, swallowing and smacking of her tongue. I physically could not stand it any longer and had to end the book the early.

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Very enjoyable, relaxing and entertaining

I sometimes find it hard to follow along with audiobooks, but the storyline and performances in The Switch were so good and very enjoyable to listen to, it held my attention to the end. I was sad that it ended but I think that’s the sign of a very well written story. The characters were so alive in my head I felt I was right there with them, and the narrators did a great job. Would definitely recommend and now I’m out to see what else Beth O’Leary has out! Would definitely love to listen to another book read by Alison and Daisy.

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Given it is a chapter per character, having 2 readers was wonderful. It really added to the telling of the story. I loved the different ages and the theme of community.

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Overall it’s a good story but the narrators do a little to much swallowing and clacking of their tongues while doing their reading.

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Good story, but too many mouth noises

Ugh, I find it a genuine challenge to write about The Switch because I loved it so much that it is hard to pinpoint what I loved so much about it, but I shall try my best.

First off, I feel that I should start this review with the disclaimer that I have admittedly never gotten around to reading The Flatshare, so I didn't quite know what to expect from the writer's style.

However, I was not disappointed.

In terms of the characters, not only were the main characters (Eileen and Leena) delightful, but everyone else in the book was too (even the grumpy characters) - as a reader, following these characters felt like sitting down and having a cup of tea with friends.

As for the narration, I did find that there was a fair few audible mouth noises throughout the story, which was a distraction.

Overall, I adored The Switch by Beth O'Leary and found it to be a fabulous escape from *points vaguely* whatever 2020 is; the story was funny, heartwarming, and sad all at once, and I would recommend it.

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beautiful and charming.

this story was very charming and funny. I enjoyed it very much ! ! !

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not the best narration imo

I liked the story well enough but found the narrating horrible. The sound of licking lips and dry mouths was distracting.

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  • Kathleen Djupe
  • 2020-08-27

Try the print version

AVOID the audiobook version if you cannot stand wet talkers! There are far too many saliva noises - I couldn’t finish chapter 9.

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  • Kimberly
  • 2020-09-18

My first review after 10+ years...

I should have taken other reviewers’ advice and passed on this one. The story is slow, and the narration is like fingernails on a chalk board. She is SO noisy that it’s hard to get past her mouth noise to pay attention to what she is actually saying. If, like me, mouth noise grates on your nerves, PASS on this title. Like another reviewer said, read the book!

I returned.

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  • Lisa Juris
  • 2020-08-27

Cute story, terrible narration

I really loved The Flatshare and went so far as to pre-order The Switch when it had zero reviews. It's a cute little story about a granddaughter and grandmother switching apartments for 2 months so they can each shake things up a bit. I enjoyed the dynamics between the generations and was inspired by Eileen's quest for love (and sex!) on the cusp of 80 years old. I may have enjoyed this more in a printed version because the audio recording drove me nuts. The narrator reading for Eileen sounded like she was a millimetre away from the mic and had mashed bananas in her mouth. It was dreadful listening to all those mouth sounds and breathing while still trying to concentrate on the story. If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, then go for it. The story is sweet even though it's pretty predictable. But if you have even an iota of auditory sensory issues, then maybe skip this one.

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  • G. Lee
  • 2020-12-04

The worst narration of any book I’ve listened to

I feel bad for the author of this book. The story itself is lovely - psychologically astute, with much feeling and love for the characters. The fact that I stuck with it until the end is because of the author’s writing ability and engaging story.

If you want to enjoy this book, my advice is not not purchase the audio version. As was said by almost every other reviewer here, the narration of the Eileen character was unbearably annoying. It’s hard to describe how irritating it was. It’s a mixture of wet, gasping, swallowing, spitting, smacking. It was awful. It made my skin crawl. I was too cheap to abandon the audio version and buy the ebook (and told myself she did not read every chapter after all) but I regret it. I never got used to it and dreaded every chapter she read.

I did like the narrator who read Lena. Very lovely energy and I felt she brought the character to perfect life.

I would have given the book 4 stars otherwise but the narration ruined it for me.

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  • Lewca
  • 2020-09-04

HORRIBLE WET SMACKING NOISES

Less than five minutes in I knew I wouldn’t be able to listen to this book. I’m very disappointed as I loved The Flat Share. I am baffled that this recording made it to publication, it’s one of the worst I’ve ever heard. Spare yourself the constant cringe.

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  • Kate Yonder
  • 2020-08-21

Great Rom-Com Spanning Two Generations

Had to purchase this because The Flat Share was unique, well written, and just lovely. This novel is more of the same and also excellently narrated. I quite enjoyed listening to the older voice. O’Leary got me addicted to British rom-coms and I find them all light-hearted. I hesitated a few times before purchasing this novel because the synopsis didn’t appeal to me much. Really glad I went with it though. A little bit of everything without getting too dramatic. The only thing that had me pausing was the long list of characters. Other than that, another great one by O’Leary.

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  • Michelle Bean
  • 2021-04-06

Really great story!

I almost passed due to the reviews. I am so glad I didn't. Yes, there is a bit of mouth sounds from the reader BUT it's not that bad. The story is sweet and endearing. Loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-02-11

A Delightful story

I felt as if Grandmother Eileen Cotton was telling me a story, over tea. Love and family in a picturesque setting, with all the foibles of real people, and the small choices we make to be happy and whole.

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  • Jess Sugi
  • 2021-02-10

Thoughtful, funny, and touching

I loved this book. It was so fun to watch the characters grow and find themselves. Others have complained about the narration, but I thought both narrators were fantastic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-02-08

A work of art

Beautifully human in how it deals with love & loss. Marvelously written with humor and wit. The narrators bring it to life completely. Plus some extra enjoyment for any other former consultants who get to enjoy this masterpiece.

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