The One That Got Away

Narrated by: Brenda Scott Wlazlo
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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Have you ever wondered what would happen if you suddenly looked into the eyes of your handsome ex-boyfriend at a romantic wedding in Rome...far away from your husband?

Helen is almost 40, and her boobs are starting to go south. She's also happily married to Mark. But why, then, can't she stop staring at ex-fiancee Rob's big blue eyes from the minute she finds him on Facebook? And why does she agree to go to a mutual friend's wedding in Rome - accompanied by her very loud and touristy mom and even louder gin-and-tonic drinking friend, Lori - when she knows he will be there?

It can only mean one thing: trouble. Things don't get less complicated when Helen finds out that Mark is going on a business trip with his perfect ex-girlfriend (with perfect perky boobs) at the same time somewhere in Germany. Or when he suddenly shows up in Rome unannounced.

A fun, warmhearted, and compelling story, The One That Got Away is a novel about a lot of what if's, how we often take love for granted, and how life doesn't always have to be picture perfect. If you love a fast-paced story with snappy dialogue and lots of humor and heart, this is the book for you.

©2015 Charlotte Roth (P)2018 Charlotte Roth
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Unique Contemporary Romance

This book was very well written and grabbed my attention from beginning to conclusion. I was not sure how things were going to turn out and I was pleasantly surprised with a very sweet conclusion.

Narration was well done and brought the story to life.

Helen is almost 40 and she started wondering what would have happened if she had married her high school sweetheart. Some jealousy gets the best of her when she sees who her husband has been working with! His beautiful and stylish ex-girlfriend seems to have it all! She has a successful job and has an ex-husband. She starts wondering if she is after her husband!

After much indecisiveness, Helen decides to go to Rome with her mom and best friend to attend a friend’s wedding. Rome is a romantic setting and she sees her ex-boyfriend and starts wondering wether she still has feelings for him. After seeing a picture of his wife, Helen’s husband shows up at the worse possible time. Things are not what they seem and everything seems to go downhill fast!

If you want to know more, you will just have to grab this great Contemporary romance and find out for yourself how everything turns out! You will not be disappointed!

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  • 01-16-19

Fun and a short read

story makes you really appreciate the things you have and any book that make me take a lesson back in to my own life is something i can respect.

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The one that got away

This one took a while to get into. Once it finally got my attention I enjoyed the rest of the story.

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The Past or the Present

The author did a great job with descriptions and really helping us feel like we were in the story. We a given bits of information from Helen's past a little bit at a time and we see how the past clashes with the present. I liked how the author incorporated the insecurities that people often feel when looking at other's social media and how easily things can be misunderstood or twisted to look better than things really are. Helen is a relatable character, however, she does some things that are a little frustrating. I enjoyed this easy listen. This second chance romance didnt turn out how I anticipated, but the ending is still satisfying.

The narrator gave a great performance and had good accents that matched the setting well.

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Wow

WOW! This is a pleasantly unexpected storyline. I truly enjoyed this book. Definitely a must get! Author has gained a new fan. Narration was done fabulously.

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Rom-Com Romance

The One That Got Away is a full length standalone rom-com about a 40 something year old woman who is married and after being a stay at home mom is considering her reentry into the workforce. She takes a trip to Italy to attend an old friends wedding and runs into her old ex boyfriend from years past and considers the what-ifs of her life had she made other decisions.

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realistc, fun, emotional, a great listen

Charlotte Roths poignant story of reminiscing about The one that got away. A story of wondering about the first true love. What if we didnt break up? What if we were still together? Would we still be as happy? Seeing him again makes sparks fly! Do I still love my husband? Does my husband still have a thing for his ex fiancee , since they will now be working long hours together on a project? How did our marriage become so routine? This is a story of self discovery, confidence, and finding whats important in life. Its funny , emotional, and has true to life family moments. Many fun characters to lighten the story. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story. Brenda Scott Wlazlo narration is fun to listen to, Her depiction of all characters was amazing. I loved how she transitioned from one character to the next! Accents, fun personalities, teenagers, she was great!
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definitely recommend

such an awesome story! love the characters. the narrator is excellent. definitely a must listen!
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Beautiful Story!

Charlotte Roth has a distinctive way to write her stories, and I love her writing! Helen's story has it all! It is original, sweet, emotional, fun, and beautiful. The ending is beautiful. Brenda Scott Wlazlo did a great job with the narration. I loved it! #AudiobookObsession

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Very Enjoyable Listen

The One That Got Away is a thought provoking listen. The what if’s of the past, of being 40 and worried about others think. It’s also a good reminder that just because all you see on Facebook are good things on your exes profile, doesn’t mean that it is.

Helen and Mark are happily married with two beautiful kids. Helen receives an invite to a wedding in Rome that her ex will be attending. But she doesn’t make the decision to go until she finds out that Mark is working with his ex. Helen is feeling insecure in her looks as well as where she is in life. Not with Mark, but with trying to get back into the workforce after being a SAHM for the last 15 years.

Join Helen on her journey to find herself. She meets new friends along the way that offer much needed insight on life, and how it differs from where it might have been 20 years ago.

Brenda did a great job bringing this story to life. I loved the Italian accent!

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  • ronigirl
  • 07-08-20

Good Humor & Great Dialogue!!!

I found, "The One That Got Away" to have GREAT DIALOGUE and very FUNNY HUMOR to it. Charlotte Roth took an average housewife Helen; who's feeling a little in a rut, now that her two teens don't need her as much. She feels more inadequate when she learns her husband's ex-girlfriend is a working mom, who's working with him on a project.

Helen has the opportunity to attend a wedding/class reunion in Rome with her crazy, loud-mouth best friend Lori and both their mothers, she hopes to find herself again or the one that truly got away since her ex-fiancè will be there too.

Brenda Scott Wlazlo performance as the narrator deserves a STANDING OVATIONS 👏👏 and more than 5-⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐s.
This was my 1st time experiencing her EXTRAORDINARY TALENTS that was OUT of THIS WORLD. Ms. Wlazlo had GREAT CONTROL with both female and male voice tones.

I'm sure many would enjoy listening to this audiobook. I'm definitely sure that many will get great pleasure hearing Ms. Wlazlo portraying the different characters especially, the best friend Lori.


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  • Delia Chavez
  • 02-05-20

Loved this book!

I loved this book this was a fun book! The storyline was really amazing and the characters were well developed. The narrator did an amazing job.

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  • JuttaS
  • 01-21-20

Enjoyable story and great narration

Brenda Scott Wlazlo did a great job with the narration of this book.

I really liked the twists and turns in this story. It wasn't quite what I expected and it didn't end on the way I expected either. It was most refreshing! The characters and places they visited were brought to life so well I felt like I was there with them.

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  • R. Simons
  • 01-12-20

Really liked this!

I have read books from Charlotte Roth before and really liked them so I knew I would probably like this, and I really did!
I felt that the story was very relatable and very true, especially about social media, and people highlighting their perfect lives, but is it all really that perfect behind the camera of the photos? It also highlights the insecurities we may have as we reach a certain age of life.
This was a book full of ‘What if’s’ but also the realisation that you may have just lost your way and already have a fantastic life and family.
I thought this was a beautiful romantic book

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  • Cindy
  • 01-09-20

What Might Have Been

Wow, what a great story! I loved Helen and Mark who had been happily married for many years. They were so relatable and likable. Helen went to a friend's wedding in Rome and saw many high school classmates again after 20 years including Rob, an old boyfriend, and started to wonder what life might have been like if she and Rob had stayed together. She also saw Facebook posts from other classmates, and their lives seemed so perfect and exciting while hers had become mundane. This book is highly recommended to anyone who needs a gentle reminder that life should be lived in the present and not in the past and that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

Brenda Scott Wlazlo did an amazing job bringing this story to life. I loved her Italian accent and male voice.
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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 01-09-20

A story of second guessing choices

This title is perfect for the story. We all have a natural curiosity about that one love that we let slip away. But Helen gets to live it out as she ventures to Rome for a friends wedding. Knowing her Ex will be there is part of the draw to Rome. Even though her relationship with her husband is good, Rob still has a hold on her heart. This story is filled with laughter, drama, decisions and love. It lets the reader explore what could happen if you had a second chance with that one that got away.

Brenda Scott Wiazio has an easy to listen to voice. I enjoyed her narration of Helen. Helen has so many different decisions to make, things to hide and feeling to explore, Ms. Wiazio brought it all out and narrated Helen as I imagined. She brought his story to life. I hope to hear more from Ms. Wiazio as this was my introduction to her narration.

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  • XxTainaxX
  • 12-30-19

Glad I stuck around

Audiobook review. This story started a little on the slow side for me. It didn’t really give me immediate vibes that this was something I would like. However, I am glad I stuck with it because I had the opportunity to get a glimpse into the author’s portrayal of a very real issue.

There’s always a little piece of something left behind with exes. It doesn’t even have to be love- for example, in my case it was innocence. But for Helen, it’s a little more complicated. She went through a lot with her ex Rob and though she married Mark, she got to a point in her life where she had to take a look at herself.

The plot was interesting but the pace felt a bit slower than I usually like. The characters grew on me as they showed their flaws and became more vulnerable.

The narration started out a little rough with some of the pitch and tone coming out a bit like a screech. It did get better, though. All in all about the middle of the road for me.

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  • Christy D
  • 12-17-19

The One That Got Away

I think at some point we all have that one that we wonder what if. Helen does and her friend Lori is no help, pushing her into situations that a good friend should never do. Knowing Helen's Ex is attending the wedding of a mutual friend Lori encourages Helen to go with her. The story is fun and funny. Lori is always into something and so is Helen's mom. The characters Helen meets in Rome are fantastic and really make the story special. I love the Roman Lady GaGa she gives some of the best advice! Great narration she made the story come to life an easy quick listen. Thanks Audiobook Obsession for the recommendation.

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  • Jan M
  • 12-13-19

Sexy Mamma Blowout!

Charlotte Roth wrote a great book in The One That Got Away. After years of marriage, one sometimes feels what could of happened if... This book had laugh out loud moments, endearing characters, and an original storyline. I really enjoyed listening to this book and found myself relating on many levels. I loved the imagery in the book, and liked how the main character found herself. Brenda Scott Wlazlo was great performing this book. She brought the characters to life and gave them distinguishable voices. Thank you Audiobook Obsession for this book recommendation!

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  • shedevilreads
  • 11-13-19

Romantic Comedy

The One That Got Away by Charlotte Roth is a romantic comedy that I listened to on audio narrated by Brenda Scott Wlazlo.

I love Charlotte’s books! She does an amazing job pulling you into the story. I cannot wait to dive into more of her books.

Brenda did an amazing job on the narration. I loved that she used different voices/tones for each character. She really brought the story to life.

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