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Publisher's Summary

True love is on the line in this charming, laugh-out-loud rom-com - created specifically for the audio format!

Paint your toes. Pick up the wrong coffee and bagel order. Drive from Brooklyn to Jersey in traffic so slow you want to tear your hair out. It’s amazing all the useless things I can accomplish while on hold for three hours with customer service. Three hours when I should be getting the Date-in-a-Box website ready to launch at the big business expo in a few days. Except my shiny new website is glitching, and my inner rage-monster is ready to scorch some earth...when he finally picks up. Not the robot voice I expected but a real live human named Kal. He’s surprisingly helpful and really knows his stuff, even if he’s a little awkward...in an adorable way. 

And suddenly I’m flirting with him? And I think he’s flirting back.
And suddenly it’s been hours, and we’re still on the phone talking and ordering each other takeout while he troubleshoots my website.
And suddenly we’re exchanging numbers and sending texts and DMs every day, leaving voice mails (who even does that anymore?!).
And suddenly I’m wondering if it’s possible for two people to fall in love at first talk. 

Because I’m falling...hard

©2020 Cara Bastone (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Audie Award nominee, Best Romance, 2021

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About the Creator

Cara Bastone is a full-time writer living and writing in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and an almost-goldendoodle. Her goal with her work is to find the swoon in ordinary love stories. She’s been a fan of the romance genre since she found a grocery bag filled with her grandmother’s old Harlequin Romances when she was in high school. She’s a fangirl for pretzel sticks, long walks through Prospect Park, and love stories featuring men who aren’t cripple by their own masculinity.

About the Perfomer

Neil Hellegers is an actor, Audie-nominated narrator, and educator who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and mutt. On camera, Neil has appeared in film and on television, as seen on Blindspot, House of Cards, Madam Secretary, and others. His voice work can be heard in numerous commercials, video games (including Red Dead Redemption 2), and numerous audiobooks, including Dawn of the Exile by Mitchell Hogan, A Tangled Road to Justice by Olan Thorensen, Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone, and 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda for Audible Studios. On stage, he has performed Shakespeare with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Aquila Theatre Company, and others, both nationally and internationally. He also directs experimental Shakespeare-based devisings for the Hear Now Festival.

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I absolutely loved listening to this audible book.... for nearly all of the story. The performers were great! So easy to get caught up in the story! It was almost perfect!!!

My only problem with it was later on the story when all of a sudden there was a lot of the use of the “F” word. So Disappointing!!! And Totally unnecessary and distracted from the great Preformance. I would have given 5 stars with every category if it wasn’t for the language. I do hope Audible will be offering more books like this where the characters do their own voices. It’s like watching a movie in your own head. Awesome!! But trust me .... you don’t need to include the “ F” word. It totally is offensive to many people, and your story was great without it.

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Best Rom-Com I've heard in a long time!

I loved everything about this book! I laughed out loud so many times! The characters were real and believable!

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HIGHLY ENTERTAINING

This is my first review even though I have been listening to audiobooks over a year, mostly to still binge “read” while working and to ignore my coworkers theatrics. I loved it all! It was literally like listening to a favorite movie without looking at the screen. I’m sad that I reached the end. I would love to hear a sequel but fear it wouldn’t live up to the first book.

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Bastone is definitely a new favorite author.

Cara Bastone’s authorial voice is absolutely captivating and she works within the romance genre conventions while bringing pretty unique spins on various tropes. I absolutely love the way she writes complex family dynamics and that shines in this book despite being in the background. And the romance itself between Vera and Cal? Magical. I screamed, I laughed out loud, I squealed more times than I can count. I can’t wait for more.

Also, the production value of this book is incredible. It sounds like you’re listening to a movie and I loved everything about it. Thank you, Audible, for the advanced listener copy! These opinions are entirely my own.

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Loved this!

This was a great listen! It's a unique story with humor and a great plot twist! Really worth listening too!

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Funny and sweet!

It's been forever since I enjoyed a light hearted and sweet falling for someone story! Well narrated and both characters are totally relatable!

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Wow, glad I listened!

I really enjoyed the story, the narration was awesome and at the end it made me smile. We need stories like these right now.

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Happy Ever After

I don't like to leave reviews. But with everything going on today it the world. A little humor and happiness goes a long way... Enjoyed store line and narrations. will look for more books from this writer. all smiles....

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Cute Love Story, MUST LISTEN

I will be reading more by Cara Bastone. Easy listening and I didn't want it to end. I found myself smiling while enjoying the wonderful narrators and story.

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Loved this

This was a great listen. The narrators had my emotions going every which way. Every time I turned it off I couldn’t wait to listen again! I hope there will be a sequel.

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  • 07-31-21

O.M.G. !!!

i loved it!!!The dialogue, and the voices,just great!! going to start the next one now!

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  • 11-12-20

A Sweet Romance

This is a 3D audio story and I really enjoy listening to them. Hopefully audible will do more.
They really do bring the story to life.
Cal and Vera meet through a customer call centre when Vera rings up to make a complaint about her website. They spend 8 hours together on the telephone ☎️ 😲.
This is a fun listen that will keep you listening all the way to the end. Vera is fun and Cal is thoughtful and sweet.
I definitely recommend this to all romance readers.

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  • Henriette
  • 06-11-22

Brings audiobooks to a whole new level!


I was blown away by this audiobook! This performance brings audiobooks to a whole new level!

If you enjoy RomCom and would like to listen to a story, this is it! Seriously if you don’t have Audible, but like RomCom, try out Audible just so that you can listen to this story.

The narration with sound effects is just brilliant. I wanted to listen to this story in one go! I smiled A LOT and laughed out loud several times. Simply brilliant! Can’t wait to listen to more books in this series.

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  • 02-22-22

Cute!

This was cheesy but I kinda liked it because of the premise. After spending a high percentage of time throughout lockdown on the phone to Amazon, NatWest, AA, work, insurance companies etc etc etc I have a lot of experience with customer services.

I’ve always wondered what the person is like and when they said they were working at home and I heard their dog bark I’d ask their name lol so I definitely related to Vera. It’s so easy to get into a chatty convo with these people. Cute concept & good short read (or listen), liked the more ending too!
Thanks audible plus!

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Slow start but worth it

I was honest ready to give up on this as it was so slow to start, but decided to stick with it because the reviews were so good. I really enjoyed this light listen and though it is mostly predictable it’s a lovely listen. The narration is great too!

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  • MyRev-u
  • 08-25-21

Excellent

Excellent and unusual - with sound effects etc. Very enjoyable listen with excellent narrators. Would absolutely recommend to anyone.

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  • Dalma kókai
  • 08-11-22

Oh boy. I really liked this book!!

This is the kind of book that made me hate everything in my life that interfered with my listening to it. At first I felt like the male voice sounded too old for the character, but I got used to it.

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  • 08-09-22

Compelling and cute story

This book was so compelling and so cute! I loved listening to it, it might just be one of my favourite audiobooks of the year so far ❤️

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  • 08-06-22

addictive

thoroughly enjoyed this style of narration :) finished within a day. worth a listen

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  • 08-05-22

So charming.

This was very sweet and so charming.
I enjoyed every minute of it. Aww need more cal and Vera.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-22

Did This in a Day,

AND I WANNA DO IT AGAIN.

It has been so long since I’ve enjoyed a book like this one and I couldn’t stop listening, in any spare moment. I even snuck an AirPod during a quiet moment at work.

I love the premise and it’s so entertaining! I genuinely laughed- cackled at some of the jokes in this. Such a great listen and I couldn’t recommend this enough for some light and loving fun.

I just want to chase this feeling.

P.S. The performance was incredible, insanely immersive and the reading was so perfect.

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  • Leesa Blair
  • 01-28-22

5 stars all round !

Loved it ! The storyline & the performance were great. Light hearted, fun & an easy listen. Didn't want it to end !

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-07-22

Best book I've listened to ever

Don't walk, you had better run to listen to his book. It's amazing!!!!!!! Very well written and what a performance!!

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  • Mrs C E Whitworth
  • 08-12-22

Loved

Another absolute cracker of a book. Great narration and wonderful story line. Cara knows how to write a lovely feel good romance book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-22

WHAT A FUN BOOK!

I really enjoyed this light easy read! the style of narration was great and the performance excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-22

Cute and fun. A sweet little short story.

a nice palette cleanser between bigger/heavier stories. light and sweet. needs four more words.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-22

Delightful and lovely

A lovely story, Cal and Vera are very fun and unique characters. A fun way of telling a story through phone calls and messages, feels very realistic and relatable.
First in the series, with Sweet Talk as the second.

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  • Todd
  • 07-08-22

Best narrated romance novel ever

I loved this book! It was light-hearted and really easy to listen to. The back and forth style narration is something I haven't listened to before but I loved it! More like a movie or performance which was super cool.
You could feel the chemistry between the characters which I think made it feel more real for me.
Adorable story where you can kind of guess where it's going but it didn't make it any less cute or fun.
Lots of aww moments and laugh out louds.
I would have loved a tiny bit more story after Vera and Kal meet because I'm greedy for an adorable happy ending but that's just me 😊
Not a spicy story, just two fricken adorable people falling in love!

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  • Ashleigh Smith
  • 06-27-22

Outstanding

Such a fresh book, the narrating and audio is next level!! So worth listening to!

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  • Jackie
  • 06-19-22

Such Fun!

This story is so cute and fun!
The context as an audiobook really heightens the experience and I loved listening in on all their conversations.
A little cheesy and predictable but in a good way.