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The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an - um - intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed "dating hiatus," and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly....

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight...

©2013 Alice Clayton (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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Beginnning was so GOOD!

I passed on this book several times. But the reviewers convinced me. I love a funny love story. This one started so good. Very funny, Great characters. The dialog was really good. I'm on the fence with the narrator. I think I maybe getting too picky. She has a great voice. I just can't figure out how she gets it so breathy..and extends the ending of words. It is annoying, but it was not a deal breaker. I didn't think I would eeeevvvvveeeerrrr finish this book it became completely different, the characters changed about a 180....and I couldn't enjoy the change. In my opinion this book could of been memorable.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Mon
  • San Francisco, Ca
  • 06-06-13

Not sure what all the fuss is about

What disappointed you about Wallbanger?

I expected more given the reviews. It was an OK listen. While yes there were some very funny moments, most of the book was boring. I was tired of hearing about her lack of "O" yes we got it, we got the memo several times. We get it, you can't have an organism. By the end I didn't care about either character. The last hour was literally a headache of continuous oh my god, I'm so totally awesome, i'm having a trillion back-to-back orgasms.

What was most disappointing about Alice Clayton’s story?

The narrator did not add to this story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Heather Smith’s performances?

Yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

No major reactions - I just didn't like it as much as others.

39 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Had great promise...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book should have been a short 4 to 5 hour read. I was pulling my hair out towards the end becase the author would not let the story end....

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Too boring for words

Could have been a good story but dragged. couldn't finish.
I like action not a bunch of food talk.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not a lot of action

Any additional comments?

the beginning was great but then the story moves slowly forward from there on at the same time as the characters advance very quickly and become committed to one another without much commitment or persuasion from the other. Ok listen/read however the story leaves much to be desired.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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No Sex in the City

What did you like best about Wallbanger? What did you like least?

There is actually a good premise here, an unusual start to a romance. Unfortunately the author was trying so hard to be witty and funny and urbane that the characters slide right into the ridiculous. The narration actually made the problem worse, as all three female friends are read with a degree of breathless silliness that was hard to stomach. <br/><br/>Far sillier than Sex in the City, not nearly as entertaining.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator could have toned down the drama and silliness.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 05-22-13

GREAT LISTEN - IT KEPT ME SMILING THROUGHOUT

Now hold on because I'm going to gush a little here.... this was such a fun listen with lol hilarious bits (especially with the cat). It was also an entertaining and romantic listen that had that 'feel good factor' and, as the sexual chemistry kept building between H/H, it got even more so. It had a dreamy 6 pack handsome hero and a good supporting cast of characters that added another dynamic to the storyline as we hear what all the texts say as they fly between each of the six characters.

I hadn't heard of this author before but I will definitely be looking out for any of her future books.

Worth a credit? The hours of listening pleasure this brings you makes this a very credit-worthy listen - so, in my book, that's a YES.

35 of 42 people found this review helpful

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The cat is the best part of the story...

What did you like best about Wallbanger? What did you like least?

I liked the cat because of his personality. The story had a lot of potential but was a very frustrating listen due to the girl in the story always second guessing herself or being super annoying by over thinking EVERYTHING! Most issues could have been resolved if she'd just communicate! Ugh! <br/><br/>Otherwise it's a good listen when you don't want to make your brain think.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The cat. I found the neighbor's career quite interesting.

What aspect of Heather Smith’s performance would you have changed?

She's a bit too breathy. You end up concentrating on her breathing verses reading.

Was Wallbanger worth the listening time?

No not really. The story has a great potential if we'd remove the hours of second guessing and overthinking from the main female character. If she would just commuicate her thoughts I think it wouldve been a far more interesting and fun story!<br/><br/>Premise is good. Had potential.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Lilian
  • Seattle WA United States
  • 08-23-14

Clive, Clive, Clive....

From the moment I began reading this book, I was laughing so hard iI forgot everything around me!

Clive, the cat was epic... His love for Purina was epic...and loved his thoughts at the end! Can't wait for the next book and his views about "his people"

OK. Enough about the cat! This was a sweet romance!

I was utterly entertained by Caroline and her quest for 'O' only to find that the one person who could get her rocks off was her next door neighbor aptly named 'wallbanger'

Simon on the other hand, having never been in a normal relationship because of his career finds that banging his 'harem' doesn't do it for him anymore... all he wants is Caroline.

A huge part of the book is comical tales as the two tiptoe around each other... and when they finally get on the same page... they play games..winding them up all for the promise of 'delayed gratification!'

The secondary characters were amazing, the antics and loves stories were touching and a nice bonus...

Can't wait to see what Caroline and Simon do in the next book!

I would say definitely worth a credit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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predictable - so predictable

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Folks who want a typical "Sex in the City" type book.

What was most disappointing about Alice Clayton’s story?

There wasn't a single plot twist I didn't see a mile away. And I listen to books while I'm doing household chores, so I am not paying much attention, most of the time.

Would you be willing to try another one of Heather Smith’s performances?

I might be, depending on other's reviews and ratings.

What character would you cut from Wallbanger?

Mimi

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Angela
  • 05-24-13

Don't waste a credit

Could not wait to get to the end. Hope it would get better as it went along but it didn't .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-17

so funny

great book. really well read. had me laughing at some points. keeps u very on edge.

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  • Jason K
  • 07-02-16

Didn't quite cut it for me!

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is more for the Sex in the City / Soft Porn types. I'm very comfortable with adult content and i do love a RomCom movie but i found that the story overly drawn out and simplistic.

What will your next listen be?

Back to safe ground, SFF - Star Wars - Path of Destruction, Darth Bane.

Have you listened to any of Heather Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

My first book from Heather Smith and i doubt i'll be back. I chose this book as i wanted something funny and this got recommended. It has its charms and i would of rated it a lot higher if it was shorter.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wallbanger?

The middle section just felt long and drawn out.

Any additional comments?

I was most let down that i didn't get any laugh out loud moments, however i did have plenty of little grins. I really was looking for something that left you embarrassed,you know when you just can t control your laughter. The last book that gave me those moments was Joe Abercrombies First Law and characters like Glokta. Anyway a different genre completely.. Hell i had some laugh out moments readings Tony Blairs memoirs.. If you're into your sex and the city and like your naughty scenes delivered in a light hearted manner then its not that bad, actually you may think its great..It just needed a bit more substance for me.

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  • Chris B
  • 02-03-16

Sickly Naration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narration of this audio book was one of the most sickly,irritating I have come across. It was almost like a child try to come across as sexy, I hope no one in the us really talks like this.

What could Alice Clayton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Let it be narrated by a more normal, worldly adult, female

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Enormously

What character would you cut from Wallbanger?

Caroline

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  • vicki
  • 05-08-15

"LOVED IT"

Would you listen to Wallbanger again? Why?

yes & i have

What other book might you compare Wallbanger to, and why?

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Have you listened to any of Heather Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

yes she is brilliant

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

stranger banging on the wall

Any additional comments?

loved it........ funny

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  • Kat P
  • 01-09-15

My first Alice Clayton audio book and I loved it.

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

Yes, I have recommend this book to friend because it is a great book. I wanted to share it with friends because it made me laugh.

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  • Yvonne
  • 06-23-14

So not what I expected

If you could sum up Wallbanger in three words, what would they be?

I had read a couple of reviews on this book and held off from reading it , how wrong were they I havent enjoed a book so much in ages the narrator is ace and becomes Caroline - the writer has made it so funny, poignant sensual and really interesting from start to finish really looking forward to the next book .

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  • Helen Williams (All Booked Out)
  • 05-16-14

Not Disappointed!! Narrator is Fabulous!

I have wanted to read this for ages, but my tbr list is ridiculous, so Audible is helping me no end!!!

Listening to this was Amazing!! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and laughed at the narrator having to 'sound out' the sex noises coming from Simon's apartment. ;-)

Really refreshing book and the relationship between Caroline and Clive is something else also.... had me in fits. I am sure that he could have a book of his own! So imagine my delight when i got to the end, seriously, what he did to the 'Tall one' i had to skip back to make sure i was hearing correctly!

Loved the search for the missing O, and damn.... when she returns, she really dolls herself up in her finest and makes sure everyone is there to notice her entrance doesn't she ;-)

"You're going to want to hold on for this!"

Can't wait to get my hands on more from Alice..

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  • Helen
  • 12-16-13

3-4 star book

What made the experience of listening to Wallbanger the most enjoyable?

A fair bit of the dialogue was laugh out loud funny - a bit embarrassing when you are doing you shopping

Would you listen to another book narrated by Heather Smith?

I might but i found her style a bit too slow, I enjoyed it more when i listened to it at 1.5x speed.

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

no! it is far too long to listen in one go but i did listen to it over 2 days.

Any additional comments?

I found it quite easy to listen to and enjoy in a very superficial way, I did'nt especially bond with the characters but they were nice. There are no major crisis or overly emotional parts of the book (youll be in no danger of crying thats for sure) I did struggle to get through their trip to spain but then the story picks up again after that. the sex is not especially raunchy either and I quite like rude/sexy book. Overall I would describe this as a really good holiday book worthy of about 3.5 stars overall.