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The Flatshare

A Novel
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (232 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune bring genuine emotion to this London rom-com with their impeccable narration about an unlikely friendship." — AudioFile Magazine

What if your roommate is your soul mate? A joyful, quirky romantic comedy, Beth O'Leary's The Flatshare is a feel-good audiobook about finding love in the most unexpected of ways.  

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met. 

After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.  

Desperation makes her open-minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night-shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He’ll only ever be there when she’s at the office. In fact, they’ll never even have to meet.  

Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes - first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more.  

But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea...especially if you've never met.

©2019 Beth O'Leary Ltd. (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.

Critic Reviews

The Flatshare is a huge, heartwarming triumph.” (Josie Silver, number-one NYT best-selling author of One Day in December)

Editorial Review

Way more than fluff

When I first heard about Flatshare it was billed as a light and happy beach listen about roommates who fall in love through post-it notes, and I thought "Perfect! I'll take this one on vacation." But wow this was not what I expected. Don’t get me wrong—there's a lot of joy here, but despite the rom-com premise, Beth O'Leary's debut is way more than fluff, and her two leads are both incredibly complex characters, with uniquely developed baggage. Actor and first time narrator Kwaku Fortune (is there a better name?) delivers a fabulous performance of what was doubtless a difficult role: Leon is so much a man of few words that he often simply drops needed articles and pronouns, but Fortune's deft treatment rounds out his awkwardness into something real and relatable. Carrie Hope Fletcher on the other hand brilliantly embodies Tiffy - a character so sparkling and bold that you almost miss the fact that her ex-boyfriend is continuing to gaslight her. So yes, take this one to the beach and revel in its sweetness and the heartwarming love story, but stick around for the depth and intelligence that emerges from the amazing performances. —Emily C., Audible Editor

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Sweet, but also serious.

I was expecting a bit of a fluffy romance, based on the blurb. And there is definite fluff involved. But there are serious issues raised in this book as well, and they are very well handled.

Tiffy's boyfriend throws her out, and in desperation she takes a 'bedshare' arrangement with a total stranger. They work opposite shifts, so he gets the bed in the day and she has it nights and weekends. They leave notes for one another and text as well. Over time, they become friends, albeit friends who have never actually met.

Meanwhile, Tiffy's ex is up to no good. And she had been in denial about aspects of his personality and their relationship. If I say much more here, I'll spoil a large part of the story. But the darkness becomes more and more serpentine, and it's up to Tiffy, her friends, and her new flatmate to resolve the situation.

I thought that this story was handled very well, the humor and the drama balanced each other nicely. It's intelligently written, the characters are smart and caring, and the heavy is not turned into a caricature. The narration is quite good.

My only quibble is the ending, as there isn't really a wrap up for the major themes and characters of the book. There is an epilogue, but it focuses only on Tiffy and Leon, the flatmate. I would have like more resolution. Regardless, I give it 5 stars and recommend it if you're in the mood for something slightly different. I look forward to more work from Beth O'Leary in the future!

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Just honestly so so so good

Was definitely expecting this to be a classic, kind of shallow romcom, but it FAR exceeded these expectations! Tiffy and Leon are well rounded, multi-dimensional characters who you can’t help but root for. I read the entire book in practically one sitting because I had to know what happened with them!

The conflicts surrounding the two leads were substantial and believable (not like so many romcoms where it seems as though nothing but idiocy is keeping the two main characters apart). I think the author did a fantastic job of showing the reader/listener what it’s like to be in real life healthy vs unhealthy relationships and how sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which.

There’s also a whole host of secondary characters who add their own quirks to the story. You find yourself invested in Tiffy’s friends and Leon’s family just as much as Tiffy and Leon themselves.

Honestly, just a really really great book. It had every single thing you’d want in a romcom, it was cute, light, and funny, but it was so much more than that! It also had deeper moments and painted the characters as real humans with flaws. LOVED IT.

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  • Kathryn
  • MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States
  • 06-28-19

Great story!

I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book In short -it is a love story. The characters are so human and likable. The narrator does an excellent job. I really didn't want it to end. I miss Tiffy & Leon already.

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such a unique “conversation” narrarated brilliantly

Story is really good— but can’t imagine it being “as good”if I had read vs listened. Listening to this conversation happening through notes left between the two main characters was great— and hearing each perspective in alternating chapters was very engaging.
Overall an interesting story that held my attention. Some good subplots, a few laughs and ... did I mention great narrators?

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really, really well done

the main male character has a really quirky internal dialogue that takes a minute or two to get used to, but rapidly becomes just...him. The male narrator nails it.

The female narrator brings our h to life. Both have perfect pacing and do a wonderful job bringing a really strong story to life.

I was initially appalled at the US Amazon cost of the Kindle version, so I got the audiobook instead, since using a credit was actually cheaper. Sooo glad I did. *Completely* worth it.

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sweet story, excellent narration

I loved the story - the characters were engaging and I never wanted to stop listening! the narrator voicing Tiffy was just perfect - she brought to life all of the character's quirkiness, confidence, and spontaneity. Leon's chapters were a lot quieter and more terse, which made it especially enjoyable to hear his narration style change when Tiffy started moving into his life. The secondary characters were well drawn, but I wouldn't say either narrator gave any of them distinctive voices. I definitely got invested in their stories too though! overall, a very enjoyable read.

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fun loving book

I really enjoyed this book. you can picture the characters, see their reactions and it's fun loving.

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A total pleasure

I loved this story from beginning to end. Wonderful characters, wonderful narration on top of a funny charming and sensitive story. A little treat of a book perfect for relaxing this summer! Well done

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Fun story

I liked both of the characters very much. Great summer read. Loved the readers. Really cared about the characters.

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lighthearted but with depth

this is a really good story! I am only 1/3 of the way through it and I had to come here to give a glowing review. after a winter of noir crime dramas this fun lighthearted story came highly recommended so I gave it a try and am so happy I did. it has made my commute a joy this week. I float home so engrossed in the story I dont mind the traffic. the narrators are some of the best I've heard. the male voice is amazing and has a real gift. what a joy this book is!