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Ghosts

By: Dolly Alderton
Narrated by: Holliday Grainger
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Publisher's Summary

INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER • A smart, sexy, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about ex-boyfriends, imperfect parents, friends with kids, and a man who disappears the moment he says "I love you."

“An absolute knock-out. Wickedly funny and, at turns, both cynical and sincere… feels like your very favorite friend.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising

Nina Dean is not especially bothered that she's single. She owns her own apartment, she's about to publish her second book, she has a great relationship with her ex-boyfriend, and enough friends to keep her social calendar full and her hangovers plentiful. And when she downloads a dating app, she does the seemingly impossible: She meets a great guy on her first date. Max is handsome and built like a lumberjack; he has floppy blond hair and a stable job. But more surprising than anything else, Nina and Max have chemistry. Their conversations are witty and ironic, they both hate sports, they dance together like fools, they happily dig deep into the nuances of crappy music, and they create an entire universe of private jokes and chemical bliss.

But when Max ghosts her, Nina is forced to deal with everything she's been trying so hard to ignore: her father's dementia is getting worse, and so is her mother's denial of it; her editor hates her new book idea; and her best friend from childhood is icing her out. Funny, tender, and eminently, movingly relatable, Ghosts is a whip-smart tale of relationships and modern life.

©2021 Dolly Alderton (P)2021 Random House Audio
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  • Categories: Romance

Critic Reviews

One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Vogue, People

An Entertainment Weekly Best New Book to Read 

“Ghosts is an absolute knock-out. Wickedly funny and, at turns, both cynical and sincere, Dolly Alderton's voice feels like your very favorite friend. I devoured it.” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & the Six)

“A stunning achievement: I was laughing out loud, doing my best a few minutes later not to burst into tears and then angry that it had all come to an end. So moving, so funny, so beautifully written and so poignant. Brilliant.” (Stanley Tucci)

"Ghosts is wonderful. Funny, sharply observed, poignant, and full of truths about life and love and friendship.” (Matt Haig, author of The Midnight Library

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I figured it out…

Having read and LOVED Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I Know About Love’, I couldn’t wait to dove into Ghosts. From the start, though, there was something off-putting about the story. I realized quickly that, while all of the amazing trappings of Dolly’s storytelling are present, the narrators performance feels grating. Like an innocuous phone conversation with a seductive voice on the other end- it doesn’t match and leaves you feeling uncomfortable and distracted. If you love Dolly like I do, this one is best enjoyed via kindle or print.

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What a waste of time and money

This is the most boring book I have listen to for a very long time

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Sooooooooooo goooooooood

About 2 chapters in, I knew I would be listening to this book again as soon as I finished it the first time. The writing is just so good -- clever and funny and real in how it talks about people's feelings for each other. I know my description of the writing just isn't doing it justice, but the way the author describes people's emotional connections to each other, and the way she lays out the main character's feelings about her dad slowly losing himself is so touching.
The only other book I love as much as this one that I have downloaded from Audible is "Elinor Oliphant"
And I thought the narrator nailed it. All the different characters' voices. I thought she did an amazing job.

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Loved the reader

Hilarious, touching, and a great performance. Not for people who hate writing with adjectives and similes. The ending didn’t measure up for me, but still a very worthwhile listen. I listened in 2 days.

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Wonderful story: not a retread!

Though the topic of being “ghosted” feels overdone, this wise, humorous and ultimately heartwarming novel feels fresh and appealing. The characters are interesting and feel authentic, and the observations of relationship dynamics and life changes are intelligent and satisfying. I highly recommend this novel!

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I’m glad I bought this on accident

Somehow, my butt purchased this book with an audible credit. I’d put it on my wishlist because I loved the cover design (yes - I absolutely judge books by covers). I am SO glad I got it. Dolly’s writing touched me so much; it was insanely relatable, timely, beautifully believable. And I loved the narrator as well (I’ve listened to other books narrated by Holiday and I highly recommend). I finished this audio book within 48 hrs! I couldn’t stop wondering where it would go.

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kept my attention but I didn't like the ending

I enjoyed this audible book. It's very relatable. however, I wanted more especially towards the end. it was like the end was an afterthought and rushed to an ending of nothing.

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Wonderful book!

I adored this relatable, wonderful story! The characters are believable and so beautifully brought to life! Holiday Grainger’s narration was perfect. Bravo !

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Living and Loving Life

Relatable characters, Nina, a single successful woman in her thirties living a contemporary life. The theme is set with the struggles of single life today. Questions differences of what relationships are for Women and Men. The author achieves a complete well structured, heartfelt story, fraught with struggles of love in days of nuances, as have all generations. She approaches the pain and disappointment of breakup with moderate dialogue and suffering for personal exploration.
Satisfying and a good read. I gave 5 stars as it achieves its goals.

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Somewhat disappointed

The performance was fine. Some parts were a little shrill for the woman's characters and men's character's were a little stoner sounding (Max). I kept looking for the funny parts unfortunately I didn't find any. All character's seemed a little sad and life was very disappointing for everyone in the book. I was hoping for a brighter side for any of the character's situations but sadly there were none. I also didn't learn any lessons to make the book worth sharing with others. If you are interested in reading this book understand there will be no bright sides.