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Isla and the Happily Ever After | [Stephanie Perkins]

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.
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Publisher's Summary

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love - set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona - is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’ beloved series.

©2014 Stephanie Perkins (P)2014 Listening Library

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    Lakergirl 08-16-14
    Lakergirl 08-16-14
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    "Worst. Narration. Ever."
    What would have made Isla and the Happily Ever After better?

    A different narrator (ANY other female narrator) would have been an improvement. Let me put it this way: Grace Blewer's narration "BLEW." She failed to grasp Isla's character. Isla is supposed to be quiet, shy & reserved; however, Blewer's narration is loud, IRKSOME & hurried. She used the same loud & grating voice throughout the entire novel, & she failed to effectively modulate her voice-- all of the characters (both female & male) sound the same. Blewer's performance was similar to that of an amateur who was reading a script for the very first time. Furthermore, she mispronounced many of the foreign words (which is abominable, considering that much of the novel takes place in Paris & Barcelona).... Isla is supposed to be a quiet, shy, sensitive & incredibly intelligent heroine. I think that a talented female narrator, such as Julia Whelan, could have truly captured Isla's personality, effectively portrayed the voices of Josh & the other male characters, & pronounced the foreign words correctly & seamlessly.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephanie Perkins? Why or why not?

    YES. I own & have read all of Stephanie Perkins' novels. In addition to owning the audiobooks, I also own hardback & digital copies of her books. The narrators for "Anna & the French Kiss" & "Lola & the Boy Next Door" were fine. However, I will NEVER purchase another audiobook narrated by Grace Blewer. IT'S DISGRACEFUL THAT LISTENING LIBRARY & AUDIBLE ARE EVEN ATTEMPTING TO SELL THIS PERFORMANCE. For the sake of artistic integrity (as well as business integrity), I believe that "Isla & the Happily Ever After" should be re-recorded by another artist & that this particular version should be taken out of circulation.


    What didn’t you like about Grace Blewer’s performance?

    *** Please refer to my comments above.***


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    In my opinion, "Isla & the Happily Ever After" is the weakest Stephanie Perkins novel to date. I didn't find the connection between the main characters (Isla & Josh) as convincing as the relationships between previous characters (Anna/Etienne or Lola/Cricket). However, the weaknesses in the plot & writing are NOTHING compared to the horrendous narration. Over the past 8 years, I've probably listened to more than 700 audiobooks, & Grace Blewer's narration of "Isla & the Happily Ever After" is, by far, the WORST performance that I have ever heard. Therefore, my predominant response to this audiobook was "anger"-- anger that such a subpar performance could even be released to the public & anger that I wasted valuable time & money on such a dreadful product.


    Any additional comments?

    Over the past 8 years, I've probably listened to more than 700 audiobooks, & Grace Blewer's narration of "Isla & the Happily Ever After" is, by far, the WORST performance that I have ever heard.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly F. 08-16-14
    Kelly F. 08-16-14
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    "SWEET STORY ...NEEDS RE-RECORDING"
    Would you listen to Isla and the Happily Ever After again? Why?

    I don`t know, probably not...I have reread and listened to the audio versions of "Anna" and "Lola" several times and have enjoyed revisiting the stories, but I don`t feel like I would revisit the audio version of "Isla".....not with this particular narrator....


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sweetness and the heartbreak you feel for the young couple...That first Great Love!!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration was Flat and Uninspired....I might as well have listened to "text- to- speech" for voice on my kindle....it was just that bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel so bad for Stephanie Perkins.....I can`t speak for her, but when you pour your heart and soul into your work, it must be so disheartening to receive bad reviews....Amazon/Audible should definitely reconsider re-recording this audiobook....I would NOT recommend this version to anyone...do not waste your credit......buy the Hardcover, Paperback or Digital version..

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    W. Blanken Arlington, Washington United States 08-15-14
    W. Blanken Arlington, Washington United States 08-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book ruined by a terrible narration."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Isla and the Happily Ever After to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely not.


    What didn’t you like about Grace Blewer’s performance?

    This book was read in a flat monotone. The same voice was used for every character making it difficult to keep up with who was talking.
    She did not attempt to make the characters sound like young adults. I kept picturing Isla as a uptight middle aged woman. Very frustrating.
    Blewer was unable to capture any emotion which is such a huge part of why this series is so popular. Again, very frustrating!
    This book deserved better.


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

    I was home sick with the flu and was excited to remember this book had just been released! The thought of spending the entire day listening to this story made me feel much better...then I heard it. I had to take many breaks because I had to escape that voice! I want to know what comes next, I just can't bring myself to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm about half way through and I will probably be returning it to buy the print version.

    Listen to the sample before purchasing!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    R. Smith louisiana 08-17-14
    R. Smith louisiana 08-17-14

    For as much as I read and listen you would think by now that I would know how to spell lol. I read at least 5 books a week there are times I have gotten up to 10 in a week.

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    "Does anyone care anymore?"

    The narration was flat no life what so ever. She made the characters sound nothing like teenagers and lifeless. Grated on my last nerve!
    This is like the umpteenth book that I have bought recently that was a last book in a series. I do not know what is going on with the narrators and authors. If you do not want to write the book DO NOT WRITE THE BOOK! Do not just throw together something because fans are asking for more. And for the love of GOD please chose a narrator that brings something to the book not kills all enjoyment!

    I can not say if I like this book at all the narration was so bad. I tired my best to focus on the story but these characters (hopefully just due to narration) was horrible and I hated them. Which sadly disappoints me because I so loved them in the last book so that why I think it was the narration that made me hate them in this one.
    Do your self a favor and pass on the audio with this one. It will turn you away and this author has never been a disappointment before.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Annie 01-02-15
    Annie 01-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Definitely Enjoyable."
    Any additional comments?

    Supposing that you're already a fan of Stephanie Perkins novels by the time you get to this book, you probably have high expectations for this "happily ever after" installment to round off all three stories. On that note it definitely was enjoyable to see Anna and Lola and "the gang", in a really cute meetup location (which I won't spoil for you), and it definitely did give a sense of closure to our favorite characters with some pleasant surprises (involving a certain gold medal for a certain figure skater and a certain proposal in front of a certain French church). As far as Isla and Josh's own story go, it's definitely different from the usual "we both like each other but it takes forever for us to actually get together because there's always a big misunderstanding and probably a boy/girlfriend that needs to get out of the picture" take (although rashmi's presence was felt as an ex). They got together quite swiftly, and admittedly I thought it was a bit underdeveloped in the sense that "Isla is only with josh because of her big whooping romantic crush on him and josh is with her only because he has no one better to hang out with", but this problem was addressed later on in the book and I actually grew to really really like that, because I thought it gave the romance more depth and more room for personal character growth, e.g. Isla learns to take risks and be more confident, and also the couple seeks and finds peace with friends and family (as there was definitely some drama going on there). But the friends and the family were amazing amazing characters!!! I always liked the "sidekicks" our beloved author was able to throw into her stories, and this time Stephanie did not disappoint there. Umm although i wasn't sure if they should've rly gotten back together at the end realistically speaking, the fan girl in me did relish in the happily ever after. So as an overview this story was definitely incredible enjoyable and hard to put down for me. I also found myself constantly running back to Anna and the French kiss, I mean I reread it twice just for this book, and that was cute seeing the interweaves stories. In terms of narration the voice didn't bother me or distract me too much, but to be honest I thought she was a little tiny bit plainer with the emotions and sounded a little tiny bit too "young" like she was reading a more childish book... I mean it was just so flat and not the soft considerate and passionate Isla that I should've been hearing. But it was fine, it was clear and straightforward and didn't annoy me as long as I was concentrated on the story. Which once again I loved! Time and money/credit well spent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doha New York, NY, United States 01-18-15
    Doha New York, NY, United States 01-18-15 Member Since 2010

    I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now

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    "Teen Romance"

    If I had to order my favorites of this series it would be
    1) Anna and the French Kiss
    2) Isla and the happily ever after
    3) Lola and the boy next door
    so it is obvious that I liked Anna's story better than the other but this one was decent and I actually enjoyed the relationship between Josh and Isla .. so I finished this well-written triology and I sure do recommend it to all of you romance junkies out there :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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