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Stay Audiobook

Stay: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

The pocket-size puppy Van is expecting turns out to be a clumsy, hundred-pound beast that only responds to Slovak. Van is at the end of her rope – until she realizes that this quirky giant may be the only living being who will always be loyal to her, no matter what. Van affectionately names the dog Joe, and thus begins a friendship that will alter Van’s life in ways she never imagined.

Joe leads Van to Dr. Alex Brandt, a rugged vet with floppy blond hair and a winning smile. But just as things are starting to heat up, the newlyweds return from their honeymoon, forcing Van to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to have everything she ever wanted.

Warm and witty, poignant and funny, Stay marks the arrival of an irresistible new voice.

©2010 Allie Larkin (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Scarlettleigh 12-19-13
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    "I should have paid attention to the other reviews"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story. The heroine was so whiny. I know I was very distract after my mother died too, but listening to a story where the heroine has a pity party for 3/4 of the book is not enjoyable.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Allie Larkin again?

    I don't think so.


    What three words best describe Julia Whelan’s voice?

    I didn't have a problem with the narration, just the story -


    What character would you cut from Stay?

    The heroine!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 04-28-13
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2016

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "Get ready to Smile..."

    I loved “Stay: A Novel” by Allie Larkin and Narrated by Julia Whelan. It kept a smile on my face throughout. The characters are well developed and very likable. The story is fun and the narration is a pleasure!

    While this book would be very appealing to dog lovers, I believe that this story is just plain appealing period…to anyone who is in the mood to smile.

    Definitely Credit Worthy!

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    TxChik 07-10-12
    TxChik 07-10-12
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    "Funny and touching story!"
    If you could sum up Stay in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, poignant, realistic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog! Okay, actually I loved all of the characters. They were very well-developed and true-to-life.


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought Julia Whelan brought out the humor as well as the touching, sad moments in the book, with her great sense of timing. She paused at just the right moment to make a point.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to, but unfortunately I could not. It was not hard to pick it right up again later.


    Any additional comments?

    Great, fun book that was very easy to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Raissa Pasig, Philippines 01-07-12
    Raissa Pasig, Philippines 01-07-12
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    "wonderful"

    A good book wonderfully read by Julia Whelan. I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The story was good and the narration was just superb!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Flury 07-10-11
    Emily Flury 07-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A nice story"

    This book was recommended to me because I have already read 2 or 3 other books in which the main character is a dog. I did enjoy listening to this book as it was an easy read, perfect for summer. The story is essentially a love story with a dog as match maker. The story is decent and the narration is pretty good. There were times where the voices that the narrator used for the men sounded too similar. I give the book three stars because I did like the book but I wasn't super impressed with the construction of the characters or the plot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 06-07-11
    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 06-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the dog!"

    Joe the dog was a wonderful character. Unfortunately, it took about two hours of whining and self pity before we got to meet him. I enjoyed the new characters she met and the story when she went about getting on with her life. The other 80% of the story was a bit boring and irritating.

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    Lee Boulder,CO 04-15-11
    Lee Boulder,CO 04-15-11 Member Since 2013
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    "I can relate!"

    Yes, I too got drunk and ended up with a puppy being delivered to my doorstep. I enjoyed the parts about Joe the dog, and although she got of to a rough start with Joe, Vanna was a likeable character.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darlinda United States 02-27-12
    Darlinda United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stay to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version but I would say that the voice was not as expressive as some I have heard. Nevertheless I enljoyed this audiobook very much.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stay?

    After quarrels and misunderstanding, Savannah realizes that her two best friends are her best friends for life when she hears the words


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    more or less


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This story made me both laugh and cry several times. It also made me want to take Savannah by the shoulders and shake some sense into her, because for me she was a very believable character. I wish she didn't have such a potty mouth.


    Any additional comments?

    I would be interested in a continuation of this story. I want to know what happens in Van's life after this story ended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    gingerpenny95 Fairfield, Ca, United States 01-19-15
    gingerpenny95 Fairfield, Ca, United States 01-19-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Heroine does stupid things"

    I saw the dog on the cover and thought the book might be on par with The Art of Racing in the Rain or A Dog's Purpose. Not so. This is typical chick lit with the main character being easily manipulated and dishonest. I don't know what the hunky veterinarian would see in her. She has a problem with alcohol to boot. There were a few laughs but not enough to redeem this one.

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    Rusty 04-11-14
    Rusty 04-11-14 Member Since 2016

    Good Books Don't Promote Violence

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    "More dog - less people"

    Allie Larkin has talent, especially for humorous dialogue. I liked her quirky sense of humor but the main character "Van" was too wimpy to be truly interesting to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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