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Sweet Temptation Audiobook

Sweet Temptation

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Publisher's Summary

Maddie’s getting it from all sides. Her bitchy new boss at the radio station humiliates her live on air about her figure, her glamour-puss mum keeps dropping not-so-subtle hints that Maddie should lose weight, and her kids are embarrassed to be seen with her after the disastrous Mums’ race at their school sports day. Something’s got to change….

Maddie joins the local weight-watching group expecting more humiliation but instead finds two unlikely allies: bitter divorcee Lauren who, despite running a dating agency, has signed off romance forever and shy Jess, the beautician, who’s desperate to fit into a size 10 wedding dress for her big day.

©2010 Lucy Diamond (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Leisha AUST 12-06-13
    Leisha AUST 12-06-13 Member Since 2017
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    "You cant go wrong with Lucy Diamond!"

    Straight from the beginning, I really enjoyed this book. It took no effort to get absorbed in the story of the women and it kept me wanting to find out what was to happen, which for me is the sign of a great read/listen too. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jill Besterman
    Jersey, Channel Islands United Kingdom
    8/26/12
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    "How to lose weight and gain a life!"

    This is a heart-warming story about three quite different women who have all struggled for years with failing diets and feeling that their excess weight defined their personalities. They meet up when they go on a weight loss program. We learn about them, their families, relationships and work issues as the months go by and the pounds drop off, experiencing both highs and lows when they realise that becoming slimmer does not necessarily bring the unalloyed joy they had hoped for and they have to make unexpected adjustments in their views of life. Kate Rawson reads beautifully and brings the women to life in a most appealing way.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie
    9/16/14
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    "More to it than I expected"
    Any additional comments?

    I picked this up because it sounded light and amusing but didn't expect much more than 'froth'. I was wrong. Yes, it's the despised chick-lit but with some good characterisation that struck real chords at times.

    I think I was hooked when I heard poor unfit Maddy go through the ritual humiliation of being last by a mile in the torture that is the school sports day mother's race. Of the 3 main characters I found I could relate to Maddie and Jess, less so to Lauren, but I still wanted to find out what happened next. Ended up even looking forward to the commute to work.

    I thought the narration was good, and really liked the variety of accents across the cast. It was definitely a lot more interesting than reading a diet book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lady viscount
    5/16/16
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    "Nice easy read that rings true"

    a book to relate to add actually give ideas. funny and sad but all part of life ;loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • April
    UK
    7/20/17
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    "Horrendous Brummie accent"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was fine to listen to whilst at work.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lucy Diamond? Why or why not?

    Yes, just to see if any one her other books has a bit more depth


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rawson’s performances?

    Not if I can help it


    Do you think Sweet Temptation needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I don't think this book really needs to be expanded upon


    Any additional comments?

    The accents - I felt like I was on a whistle top tour of UK regional accents with the amount used in this story.

    I am a Brummie and HATED HATED HATED Kate Rawson's performance of one. The emphasis on the accent was a joke. If she wanted to portray a Brummie accent a little more research and practice should have been done. Better yet, it should have just been read in her own voice or get another narrator from the region to have read it.

    The Brummie accent might be an 'ugly & really grating' (taken from another reviewer) but it was made 10 times worse by this performance

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl Southall
    3/22/15
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    "Enjoyable tale!"

    First Lucy Diamond book but I've already added her others to my wishlist! Excellent narration with different accents for the different characters. A very enjoyable listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • marta
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    2/13/15
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    "Great fat buster"

    Loved it from the start, great narration made each character very authentic.
    Second book from the author I listen to and I definitely will get some more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
    4/4/14
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    "enjoyed."

    enjoyed this story of three women loosing weight encouraged by fat busters the slimming group they belong to.
    told in the first person by each woman, maddie whose husband loves her just the way she, Jessica who is engaged and wants to be slim for her wedding day, and lauren who is single and is happy that way.
    starts out funny and deals with more serious things as we follow them to reach their goal. friendship, love, loss and becoming a stronger person are all there.
    kate rawson performed the book well, doing all the Birmingham accents for the various characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L. Simpson
    UK
    12/2/13
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable listen"
    If you could sum up Sweet Temptation in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, funny, down-to-earth


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Temptation?

    The eagerly anticipated date, which turned out to be a waste of time and the relief on receiving the 'escape phone call'. (A situation most people could relate to!)


    What about Kate Rawson’s performance did you like?

    Her enthusiasm and different accents which made it easy to identify the different characters.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The dieters guide to life.....


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and found it very easy to listen to. The number of characters added to the depth of the story and as the book progressed it became apparent how their lives intertwined. It is a story that most women can relate to, dieting and dating and the difficulties of both!
    The narrator was great and really added to the story. She helps to differentiate the characters and this enable the listener to get to know each of the girls individually and as a group.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Darlington, Australia
    7/1/17
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    "Excruciating"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    1 of author's 1st writings. She's good in my mind at building a story. However 4/5ths of this book were time not well spent. Last bit was more solid in its story & an entertaining culmination to an otherwise grating story.


    What was most disappointing about Lucy Diamond’s story?

    Where to start! 3 over weight women who with 1 breath thought they were objectified by men, then they paraded (or thought about) parading cleavages, skimpy undies etc. Thought they were disliked for being fat; & people were rude because they were fat, then bitched about willowy, slim women. Dieted by eating cereal, bananas, rice crackers. I'm surprised they could lose weight. Turned down cheese, avocados, tuna. No wonder they were starving. So I guess what I liked least was the women's superficiality. And it went on & on in this dual, air-headed way through nearly all the book. An insult to women's intelligence, I thought.


    What about Kate Rawson’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant Birmingham accent. She delivered the story very well. But too well as I found the brummy accent ugly & really grating.


    Was Sweet Temptation worth the listening time?

    Hard to say. I only plodded on to the end so I could give the review a fair go.


    Any additional comments?

    Depicted women in a very superficial light.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Ingrid Giovino
    4/23/17
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    "a sweet treat"

    Love Lucy Dimond's writing and this one was no exception. Fun, witty and heart retching all at the same time, especially as I felt a connection on a variety of levels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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