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Nine Perfect Strangers

Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6,401 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Big Little Lies

Could 10 days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest audiobook, nine perfect strangers are about to find out....

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be. 

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person who intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. 

Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer - or should she run while she still can? 

It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question. 

Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her audiobooks a go-to for any listener looking for wickedly smart, unpausable fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.

©2018 Liane Moriarty (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"A deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner." (Publishers Weekly)

"Narrator Caroline Lee's animated performance brings listeners along as the story changes perspective.... Listeners will be hooked as the retreat begins to unravel." (AudioFile Magazine)

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🌬🌥☁️🌦Fun, Fluffy, and Forgettable🍭🍬🍭

I’m a diehard, longtime fan of both Liane Moriarty and Caroline Lee, and was looking forward hugely to the release of this book. It was okay—it held my interest, mostly, and there was one truly hilarious scene, by the pool—but overall, I’d rank it close to the bottom of this author’s oeuvre, maybe just above the last book, Truly Madly Guilty, but far, far below Moriarty’s best work, the stellar Big Little Lies. The problem, apart from characters who are incompletely drawn and a silly plot line that sort of goes nowhere, is that Moriarty appears to have had a little too much fun writing this book, to the point that she almost sounds carelessly slaphappy and silly, both in dialogue and in narrative voice. She very obviously inserts herself, the writer, as a character, and has that character and others break the fourth wall by speaking directly to the reader. Characters even say things to each other like, Are you breaking the Fourth Wall? At one point, one female character actually says to another female character, We had better talk about something other than a man, or we are going to fail the Bechdel Test! That’s just too self-consciously cutesy and silly for my taste. There was also originally a problem with the narration when this book was first released—the normally flawless Caroline Lee spoke extremely slowly—but Audible reports that issue has now been fixed, so I won’t advise you to do what I did and play it at 1.25x speed. One narration issue that almost certainly continues is the choice (made by someone, whether Lee herself or a production director) to have the narrator read not just Russian character Masha’s dialogue but ENTIRE CHAPTERS in Masha’s thick, cartoonish, Boris-and-Natasha type Russian accent. (This was also done with entire chapters containing Vid, the one immigrant character in Moriarty’s last book, Truly Madly Guilty, helping to ruin that audiobook for me and a lot of other readers.)

Grade: B-
Bechdel Test: Pass, albeit self-consciously.

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Perhaps she accidentally published the draft?

This book was a supreme letdown and I am pretty positive we read the draft! The potential was there but the storyline was disjointed and random thoughts were thrown in at various points and seemed like their primary function was just to lengthen pages. It seemed like the author couldn’t quite figure out what type of book she was writing or where she wanted to go with the character development and plot, and finally just threw something together. Like “oooh this sounds interesting maybe I should write that! And then ooh this too, let’s put that here! And oh I just remembered I wanted to write that let’s add it all the way at the end!” I started and stopped this book four times before I finally made it all through because of how poorly connected all the details were. Every time I thought “wow this is about to get good” some ridiculous thought was entered and the climax fell flat.

As for the narrator I didn’t think it was as horrible as the others said and to test that idea I also read the book in paper. The story sucks and the narrator tried to save it. The only irritating thing about the narration to me was that she ended each sentence in an up-note, like the sentence was a question rather than a statement. I agree the reading could have been sped up because doing so would have made the book sound more interesting but again if you are really paying attention to the development of the story rather than a feeling of excitement from rapidly read details, then you’ll be able to hear through the speed and realize that the book simply missed its mark.

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Absolute garbage.

Horrible terrible experience full of grotesque cliches and dreadful plot. So bad I want my money back and wish that I could charge for my time. I’ve read all of Liane Moriarty’s books and was hoping for a similar experience and am totally disappointed. Did no one edit this garbage and tell the author heck no!?!?

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LOVE LIANE MORIARTY, HATED THIS BOOK...

Combining every cliche about spas and wellness and the folks who frequent them, this so-called thriller turned out to be a ridiculously LONG and ultimately turgid read. It started with zip, as the characters were introduced, but ended with 48 hours of imposed fasting (duh) and incredible stupidity. The denouement was just dumb. SAD that I wasted 16+ hours on an unlovely, unlovable book about people I could not care very much about.

INSTEAD, read Liane Moriarty's incredible book "The Husband's Secret" for expert plotting, very well drawn and relatable characters, and excitement to the last compelling page.

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  • Debra
  • Saskatoon, Canada
  • 11-15-18

Too boring to finish

What happened to Moriarty? Was so looking forward to this book and could not stand listening to it for another chapter as it crawled along. When it came to a lengthy description of all their drug induced fantasies and breakthroughs I quit.

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Disappointing read

I have read all of Liane Moriarty’s books but this one was quite disappointing. Dragged on with nothing to the keep you interested, so different from her other work.

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Horrible On All Counts - Give my time back!

I listened to this audiobook because it was the chosen book for the book club I am in. I'd have stopped listening from the first 30-minutes of it if it wasn't for the bookclub. It's horrible! The narrator is annoying to listen to, the story of the book is a complete nonsense, waste of time, and basically, chatty-cathy from beginning to end. Absolutely nothing of substance in this book, story-telling.. what story? It's a complete noise, that's all it is. I want my money back! Too bad I can't have my time back too!

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  • Joange
  • Rice, VA, United States
  • 01-17-19

Seriously Disappointed

I expected so much more from this author - couldn't wait to listen and become absorbed in another suspenseful story. This was mostly fluff and very little suspense. I could well have done without the 16 hours I put into this and listened to something with some grit or substance. Sorry, 2 stars was the best I could do.

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Everyone Has Already Said It...

And I wish I would have listened. The story itself is just okay. The narration is painful! I sped it up to 1.25x, but it was still very distracting and hard to get through. She ends many of the sentences with that question tone - and there isn't much of a distinction between characters. I really had to bite down and power through this one. I shouldn't have. Hoping the narration is retouched in the future - because it's pretty terrible.

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  • Janet
  • Creighton, PA
  • 02-01-19

Disappointed

I tried, I really did. I patiently listened while each of these 9 annoying strangers were introduced. I endured their back stories. I even endured the spa owner's back story. And I deserve a medal for enduring each person's LSD (yes...LSD) induced journey to self-discovery. But when they emerged from that and I was STILL only half-way through I just couldn't take it any more. I hate to return books after investing that much time into them, but I decided to NOT waste any more time. And I came to that self-discovery without the aid of LSD.

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