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Publisher's Summary

Paul manages an old-school plastics factory that has pivoted during the pandemic to making face masks and is now booming. Along comes Emily, the wayward daughter of an old friend, whom Paul hires to be his assistant, and she’s a sparkling force determined to prove her worth with the one chance she’s been given.  

Imogen, a beautiful former acquaintance of Paul’s, also coincidently appears outside the factory, down on her luck and clearly full of ulterior motive. The masked truths of the women around him soon threaten to turn Paul’s quiet family life upside down.

©2021 Caroline Overington (P)2021 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Take a Chance on ONE CHANCE....

This fast-paced family/COVID workplace drama does not disappoint.

Featuring well-drawn characters and an unpredictable storyline, this compelling novella has no shortage of twists and turns. The book's ending was gasp-worthy.

My only disappointment with this book was its length. The book was short (4 hours, 45 minutes) and I wish that the author would have further developed the ending because I could have easily listened to the book for at least another 2 hours.

Luke Arnold did a superb job with the narration.

This was my first book by author Caroline Overington and I will definitely be seeking future titles by this author.

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Sad but wonderful story over all.

This book keeps me listening,the narrator is good,The main character is very like able,he is kind and an up right man.
His story is very familiar to all of us,I think we all can understand him well.
Only Chance! the title said it all.
I highly recommend this book.

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Omg, the narration!

The story itself is quite weak - but the narration! So many mispronunciations over and over like fingernails on a chalkboard. Interesting is “inner esding”. Tattoo is “tadu”. And the simpering voice he uses for females! Why!? Dooms a bad story to the “unlistenable” heap.

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Great book

Could not quit listening the ending was not expected I enjoyed this book. Easy listen

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the characters in this book were interesting

it seemed that"author. abruptly decided to end the book. but the characters were not concluded. no connection among Natalie Emily and Imogene yet the decisions made to write them out of the story was too too rushed..nice to have a hero with character but the story ending felt rushed. and all the Covid-19 coverage was silly. .the parts pertaining to and describing i.t aided nothing to the story.

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decent story, good length, one odd thing

Set in the U.S., narrated by an Aussie doing a good American accent. I would have never known this was written by or narrated by anyone not American, but for a few oddities: Namely, the pronunciation of a few words- Fortune ("for-choon), Been ("bean"), Weekend ("week-END"), Tattoo ("ta-doo"), Filet ("fill-it"), then the use of the terms "Marriage Guidance" (instead of marriage counseling), "Quite keen to" (rather than excited to), a character was "in hospital" (as opposed to in THE hospital), the parent attended a parent teacher "interview" (not a parent teacher conference). But all said in a very good American accent. I guess I'm wondering why the story was set in the U.S. when it didn't need to be. Story would have been just fine, and there wouldn't be these discrepancies.

Still really enjoyed the story, though.

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Exactly what was needed

A shorter story with very relatable scenarios. Booked based in the Covid-19 times. Throughly enjoyed it

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Not for me

A cliche story. A woman in a terrible marriage tries to entice a married man she used to know for personal gain. Her story and her behavior was so predictable that I just stopped listening. It could have been better if the married man stopped being naive and realized she was not trying to be his friend. And, he was the owner of a hugely successful business and she needed a job.

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vernacular and story don't match

The story is set in the U.S., local characters with no foreign accents, but there are so many British sounding phrases and references that the whole thing just doesn't work.

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Most bizarre book I’ve heard in a while

Some strange white guys wet dream on what it must be like to be rich during the pandemic. No clear direction with this story, the characters have no life or emotion to them, and the main character is simply boring. Main character is portrayed as a knight in shining armor to poor helpless women, classic. Don’t waste your time on this one.

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  • 06-11-21

My first audible read, very satisfying

Intriguing all the way, couldn’t put it down, so to speak! Beautiful voice, very easy listening

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-21

exceptional short story

Loved it, relevant without being overly dramatic and a great peak into the foibles of human beings.

Bittersweet ending, but satisfying, particularly for a short story, leaving me unable to stop until the end.
A satisfying end, character and worthy to the end.

Will definately explore more by this author.
Thank you audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-21

Great twists

Well worth the time on this book.
Great twists and turns with an out of the box ending.

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  • Steven Frew
  • 06-08-21

a good story

an interesting story relevant to today's live with covid. A sad ending one which I didn't think would happen.

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  • Robert Patterson
  • 06-06-21

chance

lovely story. a bit slow but still enjoyed it. defined characters. Paul and Natalie's bond, glad I read it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-23-21

Couldn’t make it past Ch4. What rot!

Misogynistic. Cliched. Awful. There’s a reason this is a free book. Even for free it isn’t worth your time.

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  • Zane Pinner
  • 06-20-21

Nice twists

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This is a neat story that has some nice moments and interesting twists. Overington is a good storyteller and the narrative flows easily.

It felt a little plot driven - if I had to guess, I would say that the author decided on the conclusion of the story and then worked her way backwards - but the motivations and inner logic of the characters was deftly handled to reach the an ending which works pretty well.

That said - I didn't like Paul and was hoping Imogen would shoot him or something. I get that he's meant to be pretty clueless but sheesh. Hopefully the presumptive sequel - Cody's Darkness - centres around the kid drowning his dad in a Russian lake.

I found Nat and Stephen to be interesting characters and would have liked more about them. I think a bit more insight into Nat might have sold the twist a bit more, but we only saw her through Paul's eyes which meant a delicate balance - we needed him to be ignorant of her state of mind, but also to have empathy and emotional investment in her. Being told he loved her over and over, and the non-affair, wasn't enough to make me care deeply about her. Imogen had all the sympathy I think as the subtext of her situation took front and centre.

Also - I believe this is an Australian author and I'm curious as to why it was set in the United States.

I enjoyed it. My second audiobook by this author and I would listen to more.


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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-19-21

Easy listener, quite enjoyable.

Short but sweet. Really enjoyed the narrator. Basic story but very honest and heartfelt in its telling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-21

An interesting take on fidelity

A great buildup of characterisations followed by a weak ending during Covid 19 times in USA

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-21

The worst I have ever heard

Makes My Dad Wrote a Porno seem like Dostoevsky. No merit whatsoever. Paid by the word?