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Publisher's Summary

True love is on the line in this charming, laugh-out-loud rom-com - created specifically for the audio format!

Paint your toes. Pick up the wrong coffee and bagel order. Drive from Brooklyn to Jersey in traffic so slow you want to tear your hair out. It’s amazing all the useless things I can accomplish while on hold for three hours with customer service. Three hours when I should be getting the Date-in-a-Box website ready to launch at the big business expo in a few days. Except my shiny new website is glitching, and my inner rage-monster is ready to scorch some earth...when he finally picks up. Not the robot voice I expected but a real live human named Kal. He’s surprisingly helpful and really knows his stuff, even if he’s a little awkward...in an adorable way. 

And suddenly I’m flirting with him? And I think he’s flirting back.
And suddenly it’s been hours, and we’re still on the phone talking and ordering each other takeout while he troubleshoots my website.
And suddenly we’re exchanging numbers and sending texts and DMs every day, leaving voice mails (who even does that anymore?!).
And suddenly I’m wondering if it’s possible for two people to fall in love at first talk. 

Because I’m falling...hard

©2020 Cara Bastone (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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'...In my mind, truly the most romantic thing is communication.'
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Audie Award nominee, Best Romance, 2021

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About the Creator

Cara Bastone is a full-time writer living and writing in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and an almost-goldendoodle. Her goal with her work is to find the swoon in ordinary love stories. She’s been a fan of the romance genre since she found a grocery bag filled with her grandmother’s old Harlequin Romances when she was in high school. She’s a fangirl for pretzel sticks, long walks through Prospect Park, and love stories featuring men who aren’t cripple by their own masculinity.

About the Perfomer

Neil Hellegers is an actor, Audie-nominated narrator, and educator who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and mutt. On camera, Neil has appeared in film and on television, as seen on Blindspot, House of Cards, Madam Secretary, and others. His voice work can be heard in numerous commercials, video games (including Red Dead Redemption 2), and numerous audiobooks, including Dawn of the Exile by Mitchell Hogan, A Tangled Road to Justice by Olan Thorensen, Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone, and 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda for Audible Studios. On stage, he has performed Shakespeare with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Aquila Theatre Company, and others, both nationally and internationally. He also directs experimental Shakespeare-based devisings for the Hear Now Festival.

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I absolutely loved listening to this audible book.... for nearly all of the story. The performers were great! So easy to get caught up in the story! It was almost perfect!!!

My only problem with it was later on the story when all of a sudden there was a lot of the use of the “F” word. So Disappointing!!! And Totally unnecessary and distracted from the great Preformance. I would have given 5 stars with every category if it wasn’t for the language. I do hope Audible will be offering more books like this where the characters do their own voices. It’s like watching a movie in your own head. Awesome!! But trust me .... you don’t need to include the “ F” word. It totally is offensive to many people, and your story was great without it.

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Best Rom-Com I've heard in a long time!

I loved everything about this book! I laughed out loud so many times! The characters were real and believable!

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HIGHLY ENTERTAINING

This is my first review even though I have been listening to audiobooks over a year, mostly to still binge “read” while working and to ignore my coworkers theatrics. I loved it all! It was literally like listening to a favorite movie without looking at the screen. I’m sad that I reached the end. I would love to hear a sequel but fear it wouldn’t live up to the first book.

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Bastone is definitely a new favorite author.

Cara Bastone’s authorial voice is absolutely captivating and she works within the romance genre conventions while bringing pretty unique spins on various tropes. I absolutely love the way she writes complex family dynamics and that shines in this book despite being in the background. And the romance itself between Vera and Cal? Magical. I screamed, I laughed out loud, I squealed more times than I can count. I can’t wait for more.

Also, the production value of this book is incredible. It sounds like you’re listening to a movie and I loved everything about it. Thank you, Audible, for the advanced listener copy! These opinions are entirely my own.

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Loved this!

This was a great listen! It's a unique story with humor and a great plot twist! Really worth listening too!

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Funny and sweet!

It's been forever since I enjoyed a light hearted and sweet falling for someone story! Well narrated and both characters are totally relatable!

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Happy Ever After

I don't like to leave reviews. But with everything going on today it the world. A little humor and happiness goes a long way... Enjoyed store line and narrations. will look for more books from this writer. all smiles....

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Wow, glad I listened!

I really enjoyed the story, the narration was awesome and at the end it made me smile. We need stories like these right now.

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Cute Love Story, MUST LISTEN

I will be reading more by Cara Bastone. Easy listening and I didn't want it to end. I found myself smiling while enjoying the wonderful narrators and story.

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Loved this

This was a great listen. The narrators had my emotions going every which way. Every time I turned it off I couldn’t wait to listen again! I hope there will be a sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-21

O.M.G. !!!

i loved it!!!The dialogue, and the voices,just great!! going to start the next one now!

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  • Romance Everything
  • 11-12-20

A Sweet Romance

This is a 3D audio story and I really enjoy listening to them. Hopefully audible will do more.
They really do bring the story to life.
Cal and Vera meet through a customer call centre when Vera rings up to make a complaint about her website. They spend 8 hours together on the telephone ☎️ 😲.
This is a fun listen that will keep you listening all the way to the end. Vera is fun and Cal is thoughtful and sweet.
I definitely recommend this to all romance readers.

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  • Chantel
  • 11-27-21

Absolutely lovely.

I just needed something to fill the silence whilst cleaning and sorting through my house so randomly pressed play on “call me maybe” and I am so glad I did. I really loved this story, it was so warm, sweet and funny. The performances in audio books have the potential to ruin a great story - no need to worry with this one - Vera and Kal were played perfectly by Luci and Neil (1st name basis haha). I just need one question answered….why do these types of things ever happen in my life?? (Insert eye roll here).

Was excited to discover that there is another story in the series - pressing play now.

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  • Natalie
  • 11-26-21

Absolutely loved it

Vivian calls customer support for help on the website she's building, she's transferred to support assistant Kal, through various events on the call, the two share conversation, banter and flirts. This call continues, as does their relationship and interest in one another.

I think this is the second audible original that I've listened to but they're absolutely fantastic. I loved just listening to the conversation and the sound effects feels so personal, almost like you forget you're listening to a story.

The casting in this was perfect. Lucy Christian and Neil Hellegers seemed to have such a good take on their characters and dialogue was so smooth.

I loved the concept of the phone calls in this. It really worked and the characters banter was really enjoyable to listen to, I'd often find myself smiling along while listening to this because of the funny and natural conversations.

This was really well written, it would be interesting to read the book and see the difference in writing. Cara Baston had written two brilliant and amusing characters that you fall in love with almost as soon as you start listening to them. A foundation for her next book is also put into place which I really look forward to listening to next!

Highly recommended as an easy listen for romantic comedy fans.

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  • Becky Ormerod
  • 11-24-21

Such a warming book! Don't pass it by!

If you just want to get wrapped up in a cute little romance story then you need to listen to this! I love the passion the readers put into their voices, this really makes it and there is a twist that i didn't even see coming. Didn't want to stop listening, I didn't want it to end.

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  • Mark H.
  • 11-14-21

So enjoyable

Haven't enjoyed a book like this for a long time , love the chemistry between these two , just loved it

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  • Taz
  • 11-05-21

Nice book

It's a nice light hearted book. Listen to this before Sweet Talk. I listen the other way around and so basically knew what was going to happen but it was still good. I enjoyed it. It's nice simple not many complicated words

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  • G Parra Gallego
  • 11-03-21

This is like a play!

I absolutely loved this! Male and female voice interact (rather than having one imitating the other when it’s their turn to read their POV) plus there were background noises, making this gun and sweet romcom feel like a radio novela. I want more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-21

Loved it

The performance of this was incredible, it sucked me right in. The main characters have very big Elenor and Chidi from The Good Place vibes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-21

Loved it!

I love that it has sound effects, it adds to the experience. The dialog is great. I laughed a lot when I listened to this 😄

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-21

Perfection!

Call Me Maybe was perfect!

It was fast paced, the narration was by far some of the best I have heard yet, and I have listened to A LOT of audiobooks, and it kept me hooked the entire time.

The story was sweet, and the characters were loveable. This has easily become a future audiobook that I’ll listen to as a comfort read time and time again.

As soon as it finished, I downloaded the second book and started listening to it immediately!

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  • Raelene
  • 11-25-21

Wow.

Such a well executed, original, laugh out loud story. Loved every minute of it. Definitely worth a listen if you are a fan of romantic comedy.

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  • Leah
  • 11-25-21

Enjoyable

Loved the way the narration was done! Just too long between chapters but still very enjoyable.
A lot of laughs. It's different, good and wholesome story.

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  • Lisa Mansfield
  • 11-19-21

Such a good fun book

I’ll be honest, my hopes weren’t high, I was searching for something short and easy to follow to listen to at work.

And then I hit play, and I was almost instantly sucked in, and I will now need another 100 hours on Kal and Vera and their lives together because I adore them both.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-21

Cute

Surprisingly cute and relatable, but a little predictable. Enjoyed the story and interchanging narration. Would recommend.

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  • Katie Wallis
  • 11-10-21

So fun!

Goodness I enjoyed this.
The presentation is quite different to most audio books I’ve heard before and it made me feel like a fly on the wall. I loved how well the chemistry between the characters built, how they brought out the best in each other and that they were both wholesome and wonderful people.
Completely recommend this!

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  • Janet
  • 11-05-21

Such a cute story

I felt like I was eavesdropping in on their conversations and I enjoyed the banter between cal and Vera - a few times I even giggled at them- a simple to listen too but enjoyable book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-21

Charming wee listen

I was looking for something I could listen to in the background while I worked, something that was fun, not too serious - This was perfect and charmed it’s way into a binge listen.
While the story is in places is predictable, there’s some good twists to keep you hanging on. Good job guys, made me smile, ticked my boxes. More please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-21

Fun and sweet

Well performed and executed. A fun and sweet story with likeable characters. I haven’t listened to a made for audiobook story like this but it was very enjoyable and I would be very keen to listen to more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-21

Loved it!

I absolutely enjoyed everything about this book.

Carefree and fun, lighthearted and charming.

Both narrators captured their characters extremely well. At times I forgot they were reading the parts and were not actually the characters themselves