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Clutch

A Novel
Narrated by: Suzanne Barbetta
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Comedy
4 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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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
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  • 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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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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  • Krystyn - AudiobookObsession
  • 08-26-19

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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  • Lylian
  • 08-16-19

Loved it!!!!!

Absolutely loved Caroline and Mike! It was a lot of fun to accompany this love story! Loved the narration as well! Perfect!

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  • Kaye Melilli
  • 08-12-19

light hearted and fun

Lisa Becker was a new author to me, this was the first book of hers that I've listened to. It was a light hearted and fun story that had me smiling as I listened. Great narration helped with the story.

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  • Nina B.
  • 07-23-19

All the wrong guys

A Light hearted fun book. It felt a little long b/c she kept going out with all the wrong guys and I just felt so bad for her. Even though she kept getting it wrong she did keep trying. Narrator did a great job.

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  • Helen
  • 07-20-19

enjoyable

laugh-out-loud chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures
very funny book enjoy it from start to finish its a must buy

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  • 💜SarahBookNerd💜
  • 07-20-19

an ok listen

i struggled a little with this story. it had some LOL moments but the naraters voice grated me a little. i found the story to be ok but it didnt jump out at me.

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  • Rachel T
  • 07-17-19

First but not last.

Cute book laugh out loud moments and wtf moments as well. This book is predictable imo but a great listen.

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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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