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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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    Sharon Burns West Virginia 07-26-15
    Sharon Burns West Virginia 07-26-15 Member Since 2011

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    "2 greats"

    A good story by a great author, performed by a talented narrator. I laughed--I cried-- it became a part of me.

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    Sally Filler 06-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    Where does Stay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stay?

    Her first meeting with her new dog


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

    Real emotion and believable voices


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

    Yes, it was funny, sad, frustrating, and overall very enjoyable


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    Marla Independence, MO, United States 06-10-15
    Marla Independence, MO, United States 06-10-15 Member Since 2014

    I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.

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    "A Dog's Love is Unconditional"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stay to be better than the print version?

    I would always choose an audio edition to a print version. I love listening to audio books, especially when you have an excellent narration. Julia Whelan does a fine job in Stay's narration, even with a slight accent of the main character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the protagonist, Van and her Shepherd Joe. They both are expressive and full of life. The way they both fill each other's hearts makes this tale better. I'm not a huge fan of a romance books, but these two make the romance a back story.


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

    Van's accent. Although Van says she doesn't have an accent. But anyone who can say coffee as cough ee, and not make it irritating, is a good narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An Accidental Love of a Dog.


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    Connie 05-18-15
    Connie 05-18-15
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    "Must love dogs"

    This is such a good book in so many levels. There's the obvious - for dog lovers this will be a great story. But, there's good drama, humour and romance too.

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    camilla 04-11-15
    camilla 04-11-15
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    What did you like best about Stay? What did you like least?

    It's fun, and what I didn't like is that it's a bit predictable


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The humor throughout the story line and least interesting?? Predictability


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, it could be a fun made for TV movie.


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    C. Cohen Encino, CA 04-04-15
    C. Cohen Encino, CA 04-04-15 Member Since 2014

    audio book lover

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    "Allie Larkin's stories are always delightful !"

    Young adult or old (ish) lady, Larkin's books are refreshing to read. I loved the characters interactions and the love between them all. Joe, the dog, was a great catalyst. If you want a few hours with some interesting young people, coupled with some chuckles and a few tears, read this story.

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    Kimberly 03-20-15
    Kimberly 03-20-15 Member Since 2015

    I'm just a book lover!

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    "decent story, quick read"

    liked the story. it was cute. a little easy to figure out. the only thing that annoyed me was the 'he said'/'she said' after almost every spoken line of conversation between people. I think I'm smart enough to know who's speaking without having to hear 'he said ' after every sentence.

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    Heidi Bolduc 03-12-15
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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE this story"

    I enjoyed the novel so much I couldn't stop listening. the narrator was perfect for the story! enjoyable and would listen again!

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    dawn 03-11-15
    dawn 03-11-15
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    "Worth the listen"

    Believable main character and lovable dog element. Would have enjoyed it even more if the F-word had not been so popular.

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    Brandi Sorento, IL United States 02-28-15
    Brandi Sorento, IL United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great light-hearted listen!"

    I was a bit hesitant about trying this one out but so glad I did! It was a great lighthearted story with a little bit of romance a little bit of comedy and a little bit of drama. A perfect blend. and if you're a dog lover it's even better!

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