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Publisher's Summary

Ride along on this endearing road-trip rom-com from Audie Award nominee Cara Bastone - scripted exclusively for audio!

I have exactly 5 hours and 10 minutes to get from Boston to New York City or the professional opportunity of a lifetime disappears. My only travel option? The second to last seat on a discount bus. Across from the bathroom. Wearing last night’s clothes (don’t ask). All worth it if I can make it in time.

My nerves almost get the best of me, but then there he is, sitting down in the seat next to me. Tall. Friendly smile. Bright indigo streak in his brown hair. The perfect distraction. Turns out he’s on his way to reconnect with an old flame. The one who got away. We can both make it on time - just barely - if the traffic keeps flowing.

Playing road-trip games, avoiding calls from his mother, and effortless conversation keeps us from clockwatching...until the bus breaks down. And my seatmate turns into my copilot as we wrangle a ride in a car three decades old. And hit all the traffic. And oh, Lord, the detours. And somehow I end up careening cross-town on the handlebars of a Citi Bike carrying a box of kittens. (Yeah, don’t ask.)

He’s my hero every step of the way...and I might be falling for him. But what happens when we reach our final destination? Could my seatmate really be my soul mate?

©2022 Cara Bastone (P)2022 Audible Originals, LLC.

Preview Cara Bastone’s latest Love Lines release

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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 crippled by their own masculinity.

About the Performer

Amanda is a 2021 and 2020 Audie Award Nominee and Earphones-Award-winning narrator who has recorded over 200 audiobooks, including Audible's Best Romance of the Year (2017) and Audible's Best Paranormal Romance of the Year (2018). She has performed in theaters around New York City and regionally, as well as in commercials. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity.

About the Performer

Zachary Webber is an actor and musician whose audiobook repertoire spans hundreds of titles several of which have earned him Audies, SOVAS, and Audiofile Earphones awards, most notably from EL James’ Grey series. Zach is an accomplished film actor and comedian as well, having appeared in Meg Ryan’s Ithaca, indie features Running Wild and Shut Up and Drive, and appearances on Comedy Central with his sketch comedy group, Sasquatch Comedy. He’s vocals and violin for synth-pop band Night Darling, and lives in Los Angeles with his cat, Turkey.

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Dear Listener,

What was my favorite part about writing Seatmate?
"My favorite part about writing Seatmate was being able to create a private world between these two characters even though they’re in public the whole time. Flirtation, attraction, and spark can create an invite-only bubble around the people who are feeling it for each other, and I had so much fun blowing that bubble for Gwen and Sam. Another advantage to writing a story that takes place completely in public? Side characters! There’s nothing more fun than inserting a Nosy Nancy to ask the questions your main characters aren’t ready to ask themselves. This story held so many surprises for me, mostly because the real world holds so many surprises for me. I, like Gwen and Sam, was just along for the ride!" – Cara Bastone, writer of Seatmate

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Loved it!!!!

This book was so great. I’ve loved the other books Cara Bastone has written so I was so excited to listen to this one. These books are such unique audiobooks and are just so fun to listen to.

Gwen and Sam were adorable and had so much chemistry from the get go. I loved how they joked together and made the best of all of the ridiculous situations. Their entire journey had me cracking up and swooning all at the same time.

Zachary Webber is a favorite narrator of mine and as usual he delivers the perfect performance. I’ve never listened to Amanda Ronconi, but I definitely will in the future. That girl PERFORMS. She was absolutely excellent. All of the other performers did a great job, too. I can honestly say everyone was cast perfectly.

I 1000% recommend this book, especially if you loved her others!

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Damn you Cara Bastone, damn you!

as with the previous two in the series I finished this one with a little giggle and a bit of a sniffle. This book was as fun and sweet as they get and I love you for it Ms. Bastone! The characters had a fun filled adventure of a day while getting to know each-other in a way i can relate with (oh the joys of traveling on a cramped bus). I really do hope there is more to this collection of Love Lines and maybe, Just maybe, Loma will get her own story <3

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I never leave reviews but …

…. I just HAD to.
While I would love to leave a lengthy review, there truly is no need for all that. This book was another level in audio book listening!! Great story, FANTASTIC narration and just all around amazeballs so yeah, this isn’t one to miss.

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So much fun!

I love the idea of multiple cast members and this book is full of little snippets of laugh-out-loud characters. Sam and Gwen have great chemistry! This book is a must if you love witty banter and a HEA.

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All around perfection!

I have been waiting for the series to continue. Call Me Maybe was my favorite...until now. Seat Mate was such a cute story without being super cheesy. Actually felt like listening to a real conversation. Completely organic. Not so much internal dialogue like the other 2. Not better or worse just different. Love the characters and narration was exactly what was needed. I mean Hello Zachary Webber....need I say more. But all narrators were so great. The friend was hilarious. Just like the other 2 book the story is too good you want it to continue. If I could pick 1, I would want this storyline to have a follow up. Must listen if you want to just enjoy a good story.

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Amazing

Everything was amazing; from the story to the characters and performance. Also, the way the narrators acted made me feel what the characters were feeling, it was mind-blowing. And the story was hilarious. Would definitely recommend.

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So well narrated, I was captivated

I didn’t expect that I would be so enamored by this story, but the narration really drew me in. I was able to relate to both their characters and was charmed by both as well. The whole scenario was very believable and had fun twists and turns, and lots of awkward moments, just like real life!

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everything Zachary Webber does I'm in love 😘 with

I'm really like these performances books that play like a cute Hallmark movie. love

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It’s a real “yawn!” 🥱(in a good way)

Give this one a try! It was a very cute story! I enjoyed listening to it, but found myself yawning during chapter 3.

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Such a fun listen!

It was fun to listen to the evolution of their friendship and adventures for the day.(even though a bit over the top events sometimes).

Just two somewhat regular people developing a connection. No billionaire, or steamy sex scenes, but great chemistry that was enjoyable.

Highly recommend if you want to laugh and smile…go for it!

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  • Anne Elliot
  • 03-27-22

Lovely feel good listen

Love everything from this author this book is no exception narration is also brilliant would recommend highly

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  • B. B
  • 03-25-22

Lovely surprise!

A friend recommended this one, so I gave it a go. While this is a new to me author, I was swayed to try it because I love Zachary Webber. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this! Webber was charming as always but I really loved Amanda Ronconi as Gwen. She is a new to me narrator and I loved her here so will definitely look for more of her. Bastone crafted a really vivid, sweet, fun, and flirty story. I loved Gwen and Sam and the believable way their connection grew. I enjoyed Bastone's work so much, I'm planning to listen to the rest of the series. Just a really funny and sweet surprise! Highly recommended!

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  • Ingrid
  • 03-26-22

Absolutely amazing!

This audiobook was absolutely perfect! The story was great, the cast was amazing, I loved it so much! I smiled throughout the entire book, it was so good!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-25-22

Super fun

This book is fun, cute, and the actors are amazing.
I need Cara Bastone to keep writing books of this series consistently until I die of old age.

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  • Ali NR
  • 03-24-22

light fun read

I was looking forward to this 3rd book & it hasn't disappointed. Lovely story, brilliant voice actors, a real balm for the soul.

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  • Dalma kókai
  • 08-12-22

I just loved this so much!!!!

Okay, so first off, Zachary Webber just became my favorite narrator. Storyline was great and fresh too, I really really enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

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  • Chloe Brown
  • 08-06-22

Sweet, Easy Listen

Really loved this one… the story was told very organically and didn’t feel wooden like some audiobooks. The different voices and sounds really added depth to the story… very sweet and easy easy listen from the get go!

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  • verified customer
  • 08-03-22

Excellent story and performances

Really enjoyed listening to this series. Really well performed - I love the construction of the books and the real time feel

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-22

LOVE!

Really enjoyable story and excellent narration. Fab casting- would absolutely recommend this book. Love it

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  • Miss N.
  • 07-31-22

Cara’s my new favourite author

I’ve listened to three of Cara’s books now. They work so well as an audiobook. Every single book has been brilliant. So sweet, romantic, funny and totally engaging from start to finish.

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  • Mrs C E Whitworth
  • 08-11-22

Sweet little book

I wasn't sure at first with the audio background noise etc but so glad I stuck with it. Loved this book. Great story line and the narrators were fantastic. Can wait to hear more from Cara.

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  • Trina H
  • 07-31-22

Quite different

A love story written really differently. Just a couple that meet on a bus and their adventure getting to New York. I thought it would be boring but couldn’t stop listening to it I wanted to know what would happen in the end. The narration was different in that it used different people for each of the characters and had sound effects and background noise.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-22

Absolutely AWESOME

I have nothing to fault this book with. It is amazing and so enjoyable that I was doing my university work, I was able to both concentrate on the book AND my work! For me I found it very relatable and the voice actors were spectacular! 10/10 highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-22

Lovely and Real

Such a good book, 3rd in Love Lines series.

I love how all these books have such a fun, genuine connection. This one in particular, with them meeting in person first, you could feel a very fun vibe between them. Gwen & Sam's banter was really like a normal conversation, felt real and made you laugh.

Wish there was a second book!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-11-22

I would pick the other Cara Bastone

it's not that it isn't good, but the others are better.
the acting seemed a little forced but concept was nice

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  • Jackie
  • 07-08-22

This book is so darn cute!

Loved it.
Fun story and great performances. I really enjoyed the whole listening experience and would listen again

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  • Todd
  • 07-08-22

Best romance narration ever

I don't even know where to start with this book. There is just so much I loved about it!
Again, the narration was incredible, kind of made more real by the guest appearances of other narrators as some of the side characters.
The idea of meeting your soulmate randomly on a bus on a crazy AF day is heart squeezing.
Sam is honestly an amazing person, so kind and caring without even having to think about it and Gwen is who we all wish we could be, interesting, quirky and adventurous.
Its a really sweet story and I loved literally every moment of it! Even down to Sam's seemingly nosy mum.
On a side note, I want a Sam hug! He sounds so warm and snuggly!
Thanks Cara, for another amazing audiobook! I'd love to hear more! *Hint, hint, Paloma, hint hint*

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  • Johanna
  • 07-05-22

Good if you don't listen to the other two

Still a good story and performance but after listening to Cara's other two, this one was wasn't anywhere near as amazing as they were

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-22

Easy listening, light and funny

This was a very enjoyable, light hearted, easy listening story. The main characters were like so likeable.

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  • Paul Van Eede
  • 06-29-22

Another fun one in the series

Great fun banter, good storyline. Slow burn but enjoyable all the way. Sam and Gwen are lovable characters