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Clutch

A Novel
Narrated by: Suzanne Barbetta
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

2018 Romantic Comedy Winner - American Fiction Awards

Clutch: A Novel is the laugh-out-loud chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags - the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. 

With her best friend, bar owner Mike, by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors, and finds the courage to discover someone onto whom she wants to hold: the “Clutch”.

©2015 Lisa Becker (P)2018 Lisa Becker

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Cute, Sassy, Fun!

Such a cute read chronicling the funny yet disastrous dating life of a handbag designer. It may also include a hot as sin best friend and some crazy situations, but you will never know unless you read it!

The narration was fun and quirky. I will definitely be looking up more books narrated by Suzanne Barbetta.

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Amusing Romance

Clutch is an amusing journey through, friendship, life, dating and handbags.
Caroline's Aunt Mimi inspired her love of all things handbag and encouraged her to chase her dream of making wonderful but affordable handbags. She encouraged her to go to Harvard in order to pursue her dream.
Probably my favourite character in this story is Mike, he is sweet, supportive, funny and he owns a bar so keeps our leading lady, Caroline topped up with wine as she stumbles from one disastrous man to another.
I found Caroline initially annoying, but her wittiness and intelligence had me really liking her after that initial irritation.
The plot was not one that we haven't seen before but the technique of chapters being named after bags that are associated with the men is unique and fun. I would class this as an enjoyable summer listen that will keep you amused but be warned about probable laughter. (if reading in a public place with headphones on)
Suzanne Barbetta didn't do a bad job with the vocal acting but she didn't blow me away. I found her to be consistent and clear in her voice acting and I think that on other books she could be outstanding but for me this wasn't a great match between book and narrator. That is the only criticism that I really have. For me it just wasn't the best pairing.

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  • Bette
  • @AudiobookObsession
  • 10-15-18

A Sweet & Delight Story!! Great Listen! 🎧

Lisa Becker skillfully created a sweet and delightful story. I love how she named each title after a handbag style and fittingly incorporates it in to each chapter’s storyline. The main characters are very likable, Caroline a handbag designer and her incorrigible best friend Mike. Aunt Mimi was riot too. This was a quick fun read, with a touch of heat and lots of LOL moments. Thank you for the great read!

I listened to the audible edition, Suzzane Barbetta performs all the voices, switches characters effortlessly and with out missing a beat. She brings the characters & story to life from the pages to your ears. Thank you for the great listen!

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Fun romantic comedy

This was a great read. A romantic comedy about a handbag designers dating life. Loved the characters and the story, there was great chemistry. The narrator did great with these characters.

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Fun Light Read

Clutch is a fun, light read. I enjoyed following Caroline on her journey to find the right one. It was predictable, I knew how it would end, but the story of getting there was entertaining. Her series of dates were entertaining, but I loved when her best friend, Mike, weighed in on them.

I loved Mike. His puns and jokes were perfect and he had me laughing. His banter with Caroline had me firmly in his corner. I do wish we had a bit more after where it ended. If you want something quick and fun, i'd recommend Clutch.

Suzanne Barbetta's narration was great. I loved the accent and clear delivery.
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  • Liv
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  • 06-10-19

A very enjoyable ‘Adventures In Dating’ story!

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What I enjoyed about this chick lit novel:
College best friends-turned-lovers / Realistic / Easy-to-read (listen to) / Entertaining / Wonderful characters / Original / Page-turner / Lengthy timeframe covered / Romantic / HEA

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Cover gush: I love this cover because it’s quite simply eye-catching and fresh. The color design and the prominent clutch were excellent style choices.

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Writing style: 3rd Person POV

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Suzanne Barbetta’s Performance rating: ★★★★★
This actor is new-to-me, but I thoroughly enjoyed her acting style. She was fantastic at doing both female and male voices in an authentic way that wasn’t jarring at all. I’m definitely looking forward to listening to more audiobooks narrated by her.

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Story rating: 4.5 stars
This novel was a giveaway selection in honor of the audiobook Facebook group Aural Fixation’s 75,000 members status. I’d never heard of this author, but the synopsis and the audiobook sample intrigued me enough to enter the giveaway. And to my surprise, I won a free gift credit to claim this gem on Audible.com.

Now normally, I don’t read books classified as ‘Chit Lit’ because my impression of them is they do not always guarantee a happy ending for the main characters. I read for adventure but also to see that adventure end in a confirmed happy after ever status. I also don’t enjoy having a lot of details about the main characters with other lovers.

This novel fell into both categories, but to my great surprise I truly enjoyed the dating in the 21st century journey Caroline went on after having a one-night stand with her then college bestie Mike. I loved that they eventually lived in the same city post-college and how much their lives intertwined as they both dated other people. I also appreciated the timing of their physical reunion and how they came to understand they should give the couple thing together a real try.

Hopefully, author Lisa Becker and narrator Suzanne Barbetta will team up again for future book projects. I’m now a new fan of both.

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A fun, light easy read

This book is a fun read that encourages laughter. Caroline and Mike are so relatable. Their friendship is so strong that bickering comes as natural to them as does the support and joking. They fit perfectly together, but maybe it is because Mike can supply Caroline with an endless glass of wine. Aunt Mimi taught Caroline to find what she lives and to hold onto it. Caroline finds her love for a career, and in purses, but a true love seems to be out of reach. Or is it standing right in front of her?

Suzanne Barbetta did a wonderful job with the narration. I loved how she brought out the amazing friendship of Caroline and Mike. Suzanne's narration brought the characters to life. It was easy to follow along with Suzanne's different tones for each character. I loved Aunt Mimi's narration. Suzanne narrated Aunt Mimi exactly as I would have imagined her.

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Worth a Shot!

Clutch is a light, fun read that will have you laughing out loud sometimes and frustrated at other times. Join Caroline in the world of dating as she tries to find her “Happily Ever After,” her Clutch.

Early on, you know how this is going to end. I didn’t mind that, but I was interested to see how we would get there. Caroline went on a series of dates over time, and each guy represented a purse of some sort. In a weird kind of way, some of the guys I found a little endearing, while I found others tried my nerves a bit. Reading about Caroline’s dating escapades did give some exaggerated misadventures, but over glasses of wine, it was fun to hear her tell her best friend and bar owner, Mike, about them.

One of my issues with this was there really wasn’t any character building. At times it felt as though you knew more about Caroline’s dates than Caroline… or Mike for that matter. As someone who hasn’t been to California (yet), it would have been nice to have some sort of details about Caroline’s surroundings.

Becker’s writing is fun and easy, making this an interesting read. She accurately describes everyone’s fear of growing old alone. The narration by Suzanne Barbetta was spot on with each character creation. Each character was distinct and brought to life. While predictable, it was still worth the read.

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  • Cassi
  • ScrolMates Blog
  • 11-13-18

A fun Romance

This was a lot of fun! It almost had a bit of a Sex and the City vibe to it with its fun dating antidotes and entertaining men that Caroline ended up going out with. I loved how the progression of Mike and Carolines friendship progresses through out the story as well. You can really feel how they're so close. It was an enjoyable light fun read. The narration was great too!

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Fun romance

New author and narrator for me. I enjoyed the story and the narrator. It was fun to watch the friends grow into lovers. I loved the surprise with Aunt MiMi’s ring.

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  • Marie Palmer
  • 11-09-18

Such a sweet listen

Such an easy, sweet listen. A typical chick Lit. I love the way the men are matched to handbags during Caroline’s dating fiascos.
It was entertaining and well narrated and whilst didn’t having me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens next, it kept my attention and was never boring . It evoked smiles and warmth.

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  • Terri D
  • 07-15-19

Sweet Rom-Com

Caroline was influenced at a young age by her Aunt Mimi and as she grows up she refers back to Aunt Mimi's philosophy. When Caroline starts college Mike is there to help her through. They become best friends and really so much more but it takes Caroline a while to realize that what she needs is right in front of her all along.

Suzanne Barbetta did a good job narrating this story. Cute southern charm for Caroline and she was good as Mike as well. I enjoyed listening to her.

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I received a code to listen and review this audiobook. I enjoyed listening and give it a strong 4 stars.

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  • Marcelle Ellis
  • 07-02-19

So Funny!

Caroline is so light and bubbly and her love for hand bags makes this book a joy to listen to. when he Auntie Mimi gave her her first hand bag her love for all thing handbags started. Although she made it in to Harvard she is made to feel like she doesn't belong, but her sex male best friend Mike helps her make it through. I loved how she compared a handbags and her dates. I recommend this book for anyone who reads with a smile on their face. This was my first book from Lisa Becker and Suzanne Barbetta and would love to hear more.

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  • bluepits73
  • 06-28-19

Fun Light Listen

Such a cute and fun light listen! Enjoyed as we experienced all the different "bags" Caroline encounters in her dating endeavours as she tries to find Mr. Right. There were some hilarious moments and some disheartening moments throughout that made this an excellent listen. The author wraps the story up with a somewhat predictable pairing, that I personally would have liked to see more of throughout. A satisfying ending to this standalone.

Definitely loved this performance. I loved how she exaggerated Caroline's country accent in silly moments. She did an amazing job bringing Caroline to life.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 06-26-19

Clutch

This book is so cute with all the men’s names being referred to as some kind of bag. I really love how the banter between both of the main characters are played out. These two people are definitely people I would like to know in person! Such a great book and the narration is great as well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-26-19

A fun, flirty rom com

This unique storyline was a lot of fun to listen to. It was funny, flirty and a little bit sexy. The characters were well written and easy to relate too.

Suzanne Barbetta did a fantastic job narrating this story. She gives a lot of life and personality into each of her characters. I really enjoyed listening to her.

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  • Amanda
  • 06-26-19

Wow

Sassy and inspiring. I loved this from start to finish. Such a fantastic and uplifting book. I also adored the narrator, clear concise and full of life which portrayed the character perfectly.

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  • shedevilreads
  • 06-24-19

Romantic Comedy

Clutch by Lisa Becker is a romantic comedy that I listened to on audio narrated by Suzanne Barbetta. This is the first book by Lisa that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last. I loved her writing style and she made me fall in love with Caroline and Mike. I feel Suzanne really helped bringing the story to life with her different voices she used for each character. I will definitely be looking into other work that Suzanne has worked on. This is an amazing duo. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romantic comedies. It will give you all the feels.

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  • Gillek2
  • 06-21-19

Caroline and Mike!

Caroline and Mike have been best friends since they attended Harvard together. She has started her own business where she creates handbags and Mike has opened a successful bar. When it comes to men, she is looking for the “one” while Mike is the exact opposite and three dates is the maximum shelf life of his relationships.

This story takes us on the journey of Caroline’s dating ups and downs as she kisses a lot of frogs before she finds her Prince and Mike is always there by her side being the supportive friend that you have always wanted.

These two are perfect together and although they have never considered themselves as more than friends once you do you wonder what they have waiting for. I thought the narrator did a great job and the southern accent that she used for Caroline’s character was perfect. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this audiobook. 🎧 Audiobook Obsession

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  • JuttaS
  • 06-20-19

Interesting idea, enjoyed the characters

This is the first time I have listened to Suzanne Barbetta's narration and I have to say I loved the way she presented this book. Such great emotion throughout and I really enjoyed all the different characters.

The story made me chuckle several times, poor, poor Caroline and her long line of unsuitable suitors. She really meets some doozies along the way, lol. I liked the idea behind the story and the way each man is compared to a bag, interesting. I enjoyed watching all the relationships as they grew and changed and worked or didn't. It kept my attention right to the end.