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The Hating Game Audiobook

The Hating Game: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person's undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She's charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (ok, 50 or 60) hours a week, they've become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There's the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can't let Joshua beat her at anything - especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking. If Lucy wins this game, she'll be Joshua's boss. If she loses, she'll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua and dressing for work like she's got a hot date?

After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she's got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn't hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe he doesn't hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

©2016 Sally Thorne (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Carrie 08-13-16
    Carrie 08-13-16
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    What did you love best about The Hating Game?

    Sally Thorne has done it -- a rare 5-star review from me. But, because everyone is looking for something different in a read, I'll describe why I loved it. Her pacing of the book is deliciously excruciating... the story arc builds slowly and credibly, with depth and realistic scenarios. The characters are flawed and believable. The "steam" factor is hot not because of crude language and hyperbole, but because of her descriptions and ability to capture the eroticism of their inner thoughts. The narrator did an excellent job of voicing Lucy -- I think she was the perfect pick to capture Lucy's inner monologues. She did a nice job with Joshua's voice, but it was hard at times to distinguish between what he was saying and what he was thinking. Overall, it was a fantastic listen, and I will be on the lookout for her next book.


    What other book might you compare The Hating Game to and why?

    The buildup between Joshua and Lucy was similar to that of Dex and Rachel's in 'Something Borrowed' by Emily Giffin.


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

    n/a


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    MeGaVoltZ 08-18-16
    MeGaVoltZ 08-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    Loved the romance. The tension is just right for the enemies-to-lovers trope mixed with a good amount of humour. The narration was a bit frustrating because most of the time I couldn't distinguish between Josh's and Lucy's voices so it could get confusing. Having said that the narrator has a pleasant voice so I'd still give the narration 4 stars. The story itself definitely deserves 5+ stars. I'd highly recommend it.

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    adele gibson 10-18-16
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    "Do not read negative reviews! This was a new favorite!"

    I have listened to 100s of audiobooks and the was by far one of my favs! Well written, interesting characters and story. I will not forget Josh and Lucy anytime soon! Treat yourself to a funny, cute, lovable story with a fantastic narrator! This one will be hard to follow!

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    Marybeth 11-23-16
    Marybeth 11-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Love it!!!"

    Loved the story, loved the narration, loved it all. My new favorite. Will be keeping an eye out for this author.

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    Heather Mills Cincinnati 11-19-16
    Heather Mills Cincinnati 11-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely Brilliant!!"
    Would you listen to The Hating Game again? Why?

    Yes. I borrowed this from my library through overdrive and loved it so much I bought it to listen to it again. Anytime I want.


    What other book might you compare The Hating Game to and why?

    I have no comparison. I am relatively new to audible books and feel the story and narration are perfection.


    What about Katie Schorr’s performance did you like?

    I feel like she actually acted these scenes out. I felt with every breath that she was Shortcake. Perfect pauses. Perfect inflection. Perfect tone.


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

    Oh, yes, I laughed out like loud, several times. And of course I cried. What good book doesn't make you cry?


    Any additional comments?

    Perfection!

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    Lacey Mason 11-13-16
    Lacey Mason 11-13-16
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    "Didn't want to stop"

    A little annoying at first with the petty games, but it was necessary to make you really appreciate the story. I enjoyed it.

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    jandmterry 10-30-16
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    "Laugh Out Loud Funny"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked both Lucy and Josh. I liked her spunkiness and how she wanted to get to know Josh better. I also felt her emotions and understood her reluctance to put herself out there with him. I like Josh's snark that hid his true emotions and feelings for her. They had the perfect back and forth banter.


    What about Katie Schorr’s performance did you like?

    I liked her voice and her ability to portray each character by chancing her voice and inflection.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved how her took care of her when she was sick. That is when I knew he truly cared for her. He was worried about her from the start and wanted her to be okay. I also loved the moment when she realized he thought she was always beautiful.


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    Just Another Story 10-28-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Get ready to lol"

    Loved it. The story wasn't overly dramatic. A perfectly sweet story that made me laugh out loud. Loved the narrator!

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-24-16
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-24-16 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Slow start but I ended up liking it."

    3-3.5 stars

    This was an enjoyable story overall. I will say that it starts off rather slow...it seemed to be it was a bit overly descriptive at times and it made the story lag a bit here and there (at least for me). This did tapper off later though and I stopped contemplating making this book a DNF and by the end I was happy I had decided to finish it.

    Lucy is the assistant to the co-CEO of a publishing company. Since her boss doesn't do much actual work, that means she effectively does the job of her boss. Lucy grew up on a strawberry farm with parents that loved her very much. Lucy's class took a field trip to a publishing house when she was young and she fell in love with the idea of working for a publishing company.

    Joshua is the assistant to the other co-CEO of the same publishing company as Lucy. Joshua is a rather cool character that is strict with the employees under him and never breaks into a smile. Joshua comes from a family of doctors and his father has never accepted Joshua as anything but a failure, especially since he didn't become a doctor.

    Lucy and Joshua both worked for separate publishing companies until a merger forced them to work together. Their bosses are the co-CEOs and Joshua and Lucy have to share the room outside the CSO's doors, staring at each other for hours at a time. Lucy had actually tried to be nice the first time they met but Joshua's cold shoulder upon introduction caused her to retract her welcoming hand. So, for the last year of working together, Joshua and Lucy have been fighting in a rather passive/aggressive manner by playing "games" with each other that are designed to get a rise out of the other person.

    When the promotion is announced, Lucy is determined to get it and knows she'd have to quit if Joshua gets it because there's no way she could survive with him as her boss. This accelerates things between them and a team building event leads to Joshua doing a very big kindness for Lucy. As their relationship seems to be shifting, Lucy is left trying to guess whether Joshua might be a decent guy under his jerk exterior or if he's just playing her for his own reasons. It takes a while to get things figured out but I really liked the ending and Lucy and Joshua do get a HEA together.

    Overall, I enjoyed this story. I liked both Lucy and Joshua but they both had their own issues and those issues had a big part in keeping them thinking the worst of each other for the first year they knew each other...but then I guess most people have masks, it's just a matter of how much of themselves they let through and how accurately the other person can understand what they're seeing. Like I said above, I found the story to be a bit laggy at first but it got better as I went and I was happy with it by the end.

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    lmb5 10-18-16
    lmb5 10-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Didn't want it to ever end!"

    This was one of my favorite books I've ever read! So sad I've finished it in under 24 hours...can't wait for her next book. Hopefully very soon!!

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