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The No-Show

By: Beth O'Leary
Narrated by: Beth O'Leary,Evanna Lynch,Heather Long,Kathryn Drysdale,Luke Thompson
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Publisher's Summary

The funny, heartbreaking and uplifting new novel from the best-selling author of The Flatshare

Three women. Three dates. One missing man....

8.52. Siobhan's been looking forward to her breakfast date with Joseph. She was surprised when he suggested it - she normally sees him late at night in her hotel room. Breakfast with Joseph on Valentine's Day surely means something...so where is he?

14.43. Miranda's hoping that a Valentine's Day lunch with Carter will be the perfect way to celebrate her new job. It's a fresh start and a sign that her grown-up life is finally falling into place: she's been dating Carter for five months now, and things are getting serious. But why hasn't he shown up?

18.30. Joseph Carter agreed to be Jane's fake boyfriend at a colleague's engagement party. They've not known each other long, but their friendship is fast becoming the brightest part of her new life in Winchester. Joseph promised to save Jane tonight. But he's not here....

Meet Joseph Carter. That is, if you can find him.

The No-Show is the brilliantly funny, heartbreaking and joyful new novel from Beth O'Leary about dating, and waiting, and the ways love can find us. An utterly extraordinary tearjerker of a book, this is O'Leary's most ambitious novel yet. 

This audiobook includes an exclusive interview between Beth O'Leary and Evanna Lynch.

©2022 Beth O'Leary (P)2022 Quercus Editions Limited
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  • Categories: Romance

Critic Reviews

"Sweepingly romantic, bursting with character and so, so clever; I gasped out loud." (Gillian McAllister)

"Audaciously clever, full of O'Leary's trademark warmth, and it will break your heart in a million different ways. It's phenomenal." (Louise O'Neill)

"A truly brilliant book." (Lucy Vine)

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A satisfying roller coaster of emotions

I think I ran the gamut of emotions. Not in any order, I was happy, sad, touched, thrilled, disappointed, curious, puzzled and I laughed out loud in public. This story just swept me away and I loved every minute. A word of warning, don't start it in the evening because you won't be able to leave it long enough to get some sleep. Loved the plot twist... read and find out. A very satisfying read.

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  • Max
  • 05-05-22

Lovely book, daft listener

Ok bear with me. I’ve read books by Beth O Leary before and enjoyed them so I have no idea why I got totally the wrong end of the stick with this one. It’s a great story about three women and the significant man in their lives. His name is Joseph Carter, and I decided the twist was that he was actually Jesus Christ. After all, Jesus’ father was called Joseph, a carpenter. Joseph’s mother is also called Mary, and there is a suspiciously angelic character called Aggie (an angel! Obviously!). And remember that phrase ‘Jesus, Mary and Joseph’ ??
Spoiler alert. It’s not that. (If you’re after that sort of thing, I recommend Sally Vickers).
In fact though, now I’ve written all this, I have convinced myself it’s a smart, modern day allegory and I was right all along.
Anyway for non- weirdos, it’s a great book, and the performances are fab. 😁

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  • V
  • 04-21-22

Story is underdeveloped and the narration is poor

I initially found the story quite dull and slow to be honest and only carried on listening because I enjoyed the author’s previous books. I think it improves but the story and some of the characters are not developed enough. And the repeated descriptors of Joseph by the different leads gets really boring and unbelievable. Based on how the story plays out and connects all the women how is this character so dull.

The narration really doesn’t help either - Siobhan’s narration isn’t too bad but, overall it’s so slow I had to listen at 1.2x just to get through it and lacks emotion / performance. I heard in the author interview at the end that this is a Rom-com and honestly was shocked, if there were any jokes they died in delivery.

Finally when listening you could hear the narrators swallowing while reading, it’s distracting and lazy editing really lets the author down (I found the same issue on The Switch’ by the same author). I got this on pre-order but, wouldn’t recommend it.

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  • Eavan O'Keeffe
  • 05-06-22

The swallowing .....

Clever but overly drawn out. Let down by the narration - the swallowing made it almost unbearable to listen to Jane's story in particular.

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  • Reader1
  • 05-06-22

Don’t bother

Characters were very irritating, not much of a story and nonsensical! Usually like Beth O’Leary books but this was awful

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  • Dawn
  • 04-23-22

Not quite what I was expecting

Billed as a rom-com but it really isn’t. Heavier content than Beth O’Leary’s other novels, there’s a lot of sadness and characters with a more complex psychology than might be expected from this genre. Siobhan’s narrator was unconvincing in comparison with the others. I do love this author but I didn’t love this.

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  • H. Swann
  • 05-01-22

LOVED IT

I thought this story was very creative, original and up to the minute in it's contemporary style and themes. Particularly, I enjoyed the exploration of how easily we assess people wrongly by taking at face value the masks we all wear, image or hearsay. People are so complex and multi-faceted and often surprise us in good and bad ways even when we think we know them. The conclusion was totally unpredictable and turned around in a wonderful way with some sad but ultimately uplifting conclusions.

I thought all the narrators were good but, for me, Miranda was was exceptional. Jane's narrator conveyed Jane's sensitive nature spectacularly and is super talented at accents.

Thanks for an engaging read xox





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  • Miss Jaime L. Roberts
  • 04-09-22

Fantastic, funny, heart breaking

Beth does it again. Probably the best book so far at that. Extremely well written, fabulous narration.

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  • Rebecca
  • 04-07-22

Another Wonderful Book

Absolutely loved this new book by Beth O'Leary. I couldn't stop listening!!!!

Always enjoyed books by Beth O'Leary and yet again she has knocked it out the park.

Full of love, pain, and a plot twist I wasn't expecting!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-07-22

not what I was expecting.

Glad Beth has returned with another fabulous book. this was not what I was expecting and I was very surprised. great book, but then what did I expect from the marvellous O'Leary.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-22

Not my fave

I always look forward to Beth O’Leary’s books but this wasn’t my favourite. Felt quite different to her other books; I didn’t feel invested in any of the romances or any of the characters really which was a shame. I ended up not really caring what happened in the end

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  • Ash
  • 05-30-22

My new favourite O’Leary story

This story is amazing! O’Leary has done such a fantastic job weaving these characters together so much so that I was guess right up to THE moment and then everything made sense.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-24-22

Tangled, funny, heartbreaking, lovely

A romcom with a difference. Just when you think you’ve made your mind up about the characters, the author spins you around three times blindfolded and you grapple to get your bearings again. Very cleverly written and totally lovely.

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  • Naomi P.
  • 11-01-22

Captivating

Very clever plotting and the characters are wonderful!
Made me cry and a book that is on my list to read again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-22

Surprising and delightful

I am a big fan of Beth O’Leary’s writing.
Again she has delivered with intelligent, strong characters, unexpected plot twists and heart warming moments. I love how she has given a voice to 3 separate female perspectives and has created characters with depth and flaws.

I would highly recommend this audiobook!

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  • Sandra C
  • 10-01-22

Funny heart-warming and memorable

Great read. A little bit of mystery, and a sweet twist that I definitely didn't see coming.
Siobhan, Jane and Mirandas stories and the way their lives interconnect is intriguing and kept me engaged from beginning to end.
Highly recommend 👌🏼 👍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-22

I just loved this book

The characters, the story, the plot twist, the narration - i loved it all.. i stayed up til 3am to finish this book because i was so caught up in the story and couldn’t stop. Now I’m sad because it’s finished!
Well i guess I’m off to find my next Beth O’Leary book…

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-18-22

Star crossed lovers yin and yang

A lot going on but once the connections were worked out quite a good story. But of Romeo and Juliet feel to this novel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-22

Love it!

The plot twist got me! I was sure I knew how this was going to end, but I was completely wrong. Loved the characters, Pretty sure I’m in love with AJ as well.
Another beautiful story from Beth O’Leary, you won’t be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-22

Female characters so disappointing

I loved the flat share and the road trip but this was so cringeworthy. The female characters were so weak and as someone else wrote, a bit too pathetic. I listened all the way to the end but really hated it I must say. I guess I just listened til the end since I’d paid for it. But I wasn’t even curious about the ending since I knew he’d have to end being a good guy and one of the girls would forgive him for whatever. Bleagh. Shame.

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  • Genevieve
  • 08-13-22

Loved it!

Fun and romantic with great character development and a brilliant story. It started off lighthearted but developed into a gripping novel. I loved getting to know the people in the story.