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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Bradfordiansteph
  • 12-21-21

Just a bit meh

If this had been the first book of this author's I'd listened to I wouldn't have listened to any others and that would have been a shame.

Ok story just bumbles along. My life would have been no different without it.

Easily forgettable but it passed a bit of time.

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  • heather izzard
  • 01-04-22

Good.

Glad it was a freebie. It was short.
I liked it except the epilogue dragged on.
Felt sorry for young Emily and his wife Natalie.
I liked his character

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  • Fee
  • 09-04-22

Ok

Short stories aren’t really for me but I’d enjoyed some (some) of this authors work very much and it was free anyway. My conclusion, short stories are not for me.

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  • kari
  • 08-19-22

More to the pandemic

I love that this could be a true story. Adapting the production lines to produce What is needed to conquer the global pandemic. Throw into the mix, the emotional stresses after a child is born, and the aftermath of the childhood abuse. Could have been a fly in the wall documentary.

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  • leebee 112
  • 08-16-22

Really hard to Put Down!

At First I wasn’t sure about the Narrator but persevered and in time once he got into the Characters it was no longer an issue.
I really enjoyed the complete Package it was a great Ending not
What I was expecting a different style which just made it more interesting. I will be on the lookout for more from the Author.

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  • H J Fox
  • 08-10-22

Excellent

Really enjoyed this book, twist’s and turns good storyline. Enjoyed the narration really easy to listen to. Highly recommend

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  • A.Mac
  • 07-14-22

A bit disappointing

I was fully engaged with the characters and the story lines and then … the book finished! Took me by surprise, left me feeling a bit disappointed and thought there was more to be told and could have made a fuller, more interesting book

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  • Sheena
  • 07-08-22

Sad true life drama

Performance was good, story was rather sad from start to finish! Short and sweet and sad.

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  • Mr. R Wexler
  • 06-24-22

Excellent

A four hour listen with everything you would want of a life story. An Aussie author, I have listened to several books from Australia they have all been excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-22

Disappointing

I love Caroline Overington and have devoured her other works but this one was so disappointing. Slow, monotonous detail, heavily bread crumbed plot. Didn’t feel like it had been written by her at all. I would steer clear of this one but if you have listened to it - don’t let it put you off her other work which is wonderful

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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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  • G Rumpy
  • 07-01-21

Very Disappointing

Really struggled with this one, story was unimaginative and didn't go anywhere. wouldn't recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-21

Okay…

It wasn’t a bad book but I definitely wasn’t on the edge of my seat. It was all over rather sudden as there was no real build up with it just kind of ending. You were given a conclusion/resolution what felt like minutes after the conflict had arose. Just seemed like a mundane story of day-to-day life for the most of it. I don’t regret having listened to it though.

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  • Philippa C Farmer
  • 07-12-21

Free and worth every penny

What poorly written, cliche ridden, propagandistic trash.
Unless you like thinly veiled official covid-19 narrative spooned down your throat in the name of fiction, don’t bother.

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  • Kristina W.
  • 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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  • 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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  • Leigh
  • 10-05-21

An easy listen

Really enjoyed this audible book..a very easy listen 👍 great narration as well, good storyline

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  • Carol Welsh
  • 09-08-21

Enjoyable soap-type story

Sometimes i want to just drift away with a family/business saga. This story has an engrossing plot with clever twists, and likeable characters who are given some tough life lessons. I recommend you lose yourself in it. Well made too... i enjoyed this, thank you Audible. 💖

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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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