Lost for Words

Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (132 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people, and her job in a York bookshop is her refuge. If you look carefully, you might see the first lines of the novels she loves the most tattooed on her skin, but there are secrets Loveday will never share.

Into the bookshop come a poet, a lover, a friend and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories she wants to forget. Turning the pages of her past will be the hardest thing Loveday has ever done. Can she trust those around her? Can she right a heartbreaking wrong? And will she find the words to tell her own story?

©2017 Stephanie Butland (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Beautiful

I mostly enjoy mysteries and crime novels and although this book does have its own secrets to tell - it's a bit different to my normal book.

This book has found a way into my heart, so much so, that I'll be purchasing the hard copy to keep. The author has a mastery of words and humor and the deepest part of the how and why of her characters behaviors.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Loved every minute of it!

Such a great story and as per usual, Imogen Church is the best!!! Will miss these characters.

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Best Narrator

Imogen Church as narrator once again was wonderful. She made the characters come to life! Great story.

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Couldn't finish

I think this could have been a very nice story but at the beginning of each chapter is a long list of letters, a really long list. I found it so irritating I couldn't finish the book.

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Worth It

This story is gut-wrenching in parts, but ultimately hopeful. So good I listened straight through. Narration is excellent. Well worth a credit.

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Loved it!

I absolutely adored this book. I rarely find a book that I care so much about, but these characters and this story will never leave me. The author definitely knows how to win the heart of the reader. I look forward to listening to it again, and again!

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Really enjoyed this book.

Love Imogen Church as a narrator. Looked for books narrated by her since I liked other books she has narrated and found Lost for Words. The title fits the main character Loveday perfectly. The characters and story left me wanting more.

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“Show, don’t tell”

The story and characters make good bones of this book...but the writing lets them down. The writer has a lot to learn about the concept of “show don’t tell,” to keep her audience engaged with the story and characters. The internal monologues get carried away, leaving the story (and the reader) behind. I found myself skipping ahead to get back to the story, and it’s telling that I didn’t miss any pertinent details when I did so. It’s a shame, really, because this book could really make a statement about standing up to domestic violence and its perpetrators.

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Poetry and Books- what could be better

The author captured the life and love of working in a bookshop, and the lives of the characters remain true to form. The book is a delight to listen to or read.

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I’m so glad I listened to this

This book was not what I was expecting. It was a whole lot better. Some unforgettable characters and some storylines that flip tropes on their heads.

The voice actress, unfortunately, was not my favorite. There’s a lot of “edge of tears” voice and her men all sound a bit dopey. Still, it’s a great listen overall.

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  • Jordan Brewitt-Taylor
  • 08-13-17

Special

This is such a wonderful book! Beautiful, thoughtful, marvellous characters and characterisation. The performance is perfect! Absolutely recommend! It is about love and forgiveness and friendship and I want to read/listen to it again.

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  • Loz
  • 05-07-17

Deserves more stars

This book was an absolute winner for me.
The story and the performance are both fabulous, the characters entirely believable and the pace just right. The poetry contained within the book is good, and, although not necessarily to my taste, integral to the tale.
The only thing I don't like is that I don't know what happens next!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-19-18

Captivating

The story drew me in trying to work out what the secret was
I loved the way others had secrets and issues too
We never know what really goes on for people
A definite must read

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  • Kaye
  • 01-31-18

Unusually good book

I loved the way this book was written - the use of language, the metaphors, the internalising dialogue of Loveday. I thought the storyline was a little idealistic towards the end. The narration by Imogen Church was exceptional - absolutely loved the voice she gave Loveday.

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  • S E Allaway
  • 09-23-17

Very moving

The story and narration moved me to tears, I wanted to hug Loveday if she'd let me. The secret and inevitable loneliness, whilst surrounded by people who care, shuddered my tiny world, will I ever wake. I suppose it is the power of a good audible that makes you believe Loveday is real.

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  • iammelissagilbert
  • 06-29-18

Not just a book about books

I genuinely enjoyed it, the narration by Imogen Church is fantastic and captivating.

The story follows Loveday Cardew who prefers books to people (who doesn't sometimes!) She works and finds refuge in a secondhand bookshop in York, Engalnd. Shes an unusual character and as the story unfolds you find out why. The story continues to follow Loveday through her journey of self-discovery, figuring out who she can trust and who she can't.

There are emotional highs and lows of this book, with Lovedays traumatic childhood, how she deal with past and present relationships. But its nicely cut with whimsy and a light hearted tone.

I highly recommend listening to this book.

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  • Lorraine
  • 03-06-18

I’m not lost for words!

Not at all what I expected. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had me hooked right from the beginning to the end. Well researched and written with true empathy for the main character Loveday. I was pleasantly surprised to find I was immersed in a very familiar scenario of the emotive experiences of Loveday’s journey through life. As a foster carer of many troubled young people who have dealt with trauma in their own way, sometimes with resilience and laughter but often with anxiety, self harm and loss, I found this a great reminder of why I do what I do. We seldom get to experience the rewards of a job well done but this book reminded me that we don’t need it be be acknowledged. Thank you, you’ve done this. An extremely emotional read!

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  • Mrs B.
  • 02-09-18

Loved it

Loved the unravelling of the plot and characterisation. Highly recommended. Super performance by Imogen Church.

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  • E Banks
  • 10-30-17

Ah so good

Brilliant story, beautifully read. I couldn’t get the story out of my head. Must read!

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  • Irena
  • 06-20-18

original

a book full of witty comments, original ideas and all in all very much worth listening to.

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  • Rachel
  • 12-24-18

Magical

Loved this book! It’s a hard & wonderful read all at the same time. Off to buy a paper version to put on my shelf. Thank you

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  • Mitch
  • 12-12-18

What a wonderful read.

I loved this book, it made me both laugh and cry in equal measures. What a heart warming story!

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  • Kelli
  • 08-07-20

Beautiful story with heart

An inspiring coming of age story about a young woman finding courage to love and be loved after childhood loss and trauma. The story is well researched and provides an accurate portrayal of the dynamics of domestic violence. A simple story told with insight, compassion and warmth. A cast of loveable characters. A reminder about the inestimable value of kindness and friendship.