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Always the Bridesmaid

Narrated by: Lotti Maddox
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
4 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The brilliant new summer best seller from Lindsey Kelk, author of the I Heart series.

Everyone loves a bridesmaid. Except Maddie, who's perpetually asked to be one.

Everyone loves a wedding. Except Maddie's best friend, who's getting divorced.

And everyone loves the way Maddie's so happy backstage. Except Maddie herself.

One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other heads for marriage meltdown. And as Maddie juggles her best chance at promotion in years with bridezilla texts and late-night counselling sessions, she starts to wonder - is it time to stop being the bridesmaid?

©2015 Lindsey Kelk (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

Praise for What A Girl Wants:

“Should Tess stick it out with longtime crush Charlie, or accept a YOLO job in Milan that comes with the possibility of running into gorgeous Nick? This sounds like the sort of #FirstWorldProblem we want in on!” (Now)
“A bouncy, sexy and LOL-littered gem of a novel” (Heat)
“Funny, cringe-worthy and fast paced.... A perfect summer read.” (Closer)
“Properly funny” (Fabulous)

Praise for Lindsey Kelk:

“Outrageous, witty, exciting and romantic, we simply adored this sparkling read.” (Closer)
“Leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.” (Company)
“Kelk has a hilarious turn of phrase and a sparkling writing style.” (Daily Express)

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  • Julia
  • COSTA MESA, CA, United States
  • 10-26-15

Hilarious!

Would you listen to Always the Bridesmaid again? Why?


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The writing in this book is witty and...hilarious! The narrator is fantastic! (Honestly, much funnier than my own imagination if I had read, rather than listened to, this book.)

The plot didn't sound that great when I was browsing books, but the reviews were so good, I decided to try it. Glad I did! It explores a great mix of career challenges, soul searching, friendship, and of course romance. All punctuated with sarcasm and wit.

This was my first Lindsey Kelk book, and I am hooked. I'm now listening to the "I Heart" books, and they are also great, but none as good as this one.

I hope more of the print books are made available on Audible.

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wonderful! <br />

loved it! was a great easy listen. some very obvious plot points but it almost didn't matter . the narrator is wonderful, I could listen to her all day

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So-so story, did not care for the narrator

I had listened to About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk and had the absolute best time listening to it, so I downloaded this book (unrelated to the About a Girl series). Blah. I didn't like the friendships between the girls from the beginning and the story progressed just as I imagined with no real surprises. ***Spoiler Alerts*** I think the thing that bugged me the most was that we were supposed to be rooting for the main character, an event planner, who in the past apparently was brilliant at her job but did nothing but make mistake after mistake throughout the entire book. I felt myself thinking, "You don't deserve this promotion, you suck at your job." Also, her primary love interest was so transparently "not into her", it was annoying to listen to that piece of the story unfold. I also didn't understand why, after being humiliated upon learning that her said love interest was dating someone else, why that someone else had to sock her in the eye? Tall, blond bitches don't go around getting their ghetto on and actually hitting their arch nemesis in the face. IMO a cocktail thrown over the head would have been enough.

I also did not care for the narrator. Too monotone and boring sounding. The woman who read About a Girl was 1000% times more entertaining.

Anyway, if you have literally run through every book you can think of and just want a fun-ish summer read, then go for this one. It isn't terrible, just not great. That being said, I did listen to the whole thing because I was dying to know how it would end, so obviously it has some redeeming qualities.

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  • Salma
  • Livingston, NJ, US
  • 02-07-16

quirky, takes a bit of time to get into

the accent takes a bit to her used too, but very fun and girly .

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GREAT BOOK LOVE IT

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

IS SO FULL OF EMOTIONS AND A GOOD STORY LINE

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

SURE , IT JUST TAKES U TO THAT MOMENT AND U DONT WANT TO PUT IT DOWN

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Great listen!

What did you love best about Always the Bridesmaid?

It's just a great, funny book, that doesn't sacrifice intelligence. It explores female friendships with real honesty.

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

This is my first time listening to a performance by Lotti Maddox, and I found her to be so endearing as a narrator. Lotti has not nailed the American accent, but yet I loved listening to her every time she voiced Lauren. For me, it didn't take anything away from the story.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this in my car commuting to and from work, and would often find myself just sitting in a parking lot or driveway to listen a little more. It's engaging and fun. If you enjoy chick lit, you'll love this book.

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  • Lisa
  • Santa Barbara, US, Canada
  • 08-10-15

Fun read

Loved the narrator
Story was fun and entertaining
Definitely worth the time
But best for those who enjoy a light hearted tale without a serious subject

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fun fluff

A feel good story. Rather predictable, but didn't detract from the enjoyment. Narrator was good, wish there was a *bit* more variation in "voices" like "sharoline's" (spelling?) but overall - well done.

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Loved this book!

Loved this book! Likeable characters, good story and really well narrated. Was also very funny at times.

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So cute!

Absolutely loved this book! Super fun and quick read, great characters! Definitely recommend to anyone who loves a good romantic comedy or just to feel good

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  • MISS C HUNTER
  • 06-02-16

Dreadful Narration!!!!

Don't waste your time, awful narration and weak storyline. Towards the end there is an exchange by emails and it goes on and on and is really annoying!!!!!

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  • M. Smith
  • 06-15-19

A great listen


I love Lindsey Kelk's books this one is great fun. I love the relationship between the friends. It's an easy going story. The narration is good and the story funny. It has wonderful moments that makes you smile. As well as sad parts. I would recommend this book.

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  • Kate
  • 02-04-17

Always a Bridesmaid

Thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book, it was funny & heartwarming, a perfect chick lit read!

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  • Naomi Armstrong
  • 07-18-15

Great listen

Really enjoyed this audiobook! An easy listen, interesting, light hearted and great fun. Highly recommend.

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  • Christine McLintock
  • 06-27-15

Easy to listen to

Good chick lit book which maintained the story to the end. Narrator easy to follow.

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  • Mark
  • 06-22-15

Should have known better

What disappointed you about Always the Bridesmaid?

Predictable plot.

Has Always the Bridesmaid put you off other books in this genre?

Yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Didn't like the American accent

Any additional comments?

Review posted on behalf of my wife. She doesn't usually read this kind of book but was looking for easy holiday reading, she'll think twice next time.

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  • Julie
  • 06-06-15

Fun read, touching too

I love Lindsey Kelk - always a good fun lighthearted read. I looked at this and thought another book about weddings, happily ever afters. I didn't know if it would hold my attention.... wasn't in the mood for a wedding story. Glad I listened because as always there was so much more, funny, light, emotional, sobering. I finished it late last night and thought it was "brilliant"

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  • Linn
  • 05-31-15

Brilliant chicklit!

This is a classic romcom, but the author has been creative in this format. I laughed out loud a lot throughout, both at scenarios, character descriptions and wordplays. Lotti Maddox narrated the story as if she relayed her own life. And she has a good grasp of accents. I'd recommend this book to you who likes a good romcom.

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  • Sam
  • 05-20-15

Enjoyed it - laugh out loud in places!

Great summer listen - lite predictable but funny and very enjoyable!

Would recommend for escapism and if you want and easy listen!





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  • Jayltee
  • 07-12-15

Good fun

Enjoyed the story and the characters and the narration was great too. Light and fun

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