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The Retail Therapist

Narrated by: R Bond
Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Window shopping! Don't you just hate the term? 

It is like going into a sweet shop and not being able to buy anything, or not knowing what to buy first. That is exactly my line of business, helping people make the right choice. 

I'm one of those fashion consultants that are so popular nowadays among the upper crust, although I started ages ago. Choosing the right clothes for the right occasion is not an easy task: the dress has to match your personality and - if it can - enhance it. 

This story is about how I abandoned the rat race, spending days in a legal office, and followed my dream of becoming a fashion consultant. I believe I'm something more though, I'm a retail therapist and I'm sure you are itching to know the story of how I started and how I helped my clients look fabulous! With a good deal of help from my best friend, Ritchie, among others, do I manage to achieve my goal?  

©2015 Colette Kebell (P)2018 Colette Kebell

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Short & Fun

The Retail Therapist is a short and fun listen. Gigi and Richie are likable characters in the story. I loved how Gigi wanted to make others happy. The shopping sounded fun. R. Bond performed this book great. She gave the characters distinguishable voices, which I love. Her expressions added to the humor of the book.

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Witty and entertaining

Loved this short story about Gigi and Ritchie !!!! I laughed out loud a few times.
The narrators were great and fitting to the setting of the book !!!!

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 10-25-19

Light hearted fun

This little book is a fun few hours spent in the company of the endearing Gigi and her friend and flatmate Richie. The story of Gigi's transformation from legal secretary to personal shopper was cute and lively and her many and varied experiences along the way helped add depth to this otherwise frivolous character. The only downside of the tale for me is that I got a touch of the green eyed monster. I would love to have a personal shopper to turn me into a sleek, sophisticated 50 something instead of my current look, which is much more 'mattress with unmatching bed linen thrown over it'. Still, a girl can dream. I must say, (because this is my bug bear), that if a narrator cannot 'do' an accent, (in this case South African), then I really, really wish they wouldn't try. When I read to myself I don't read in accents. The poor South African secretary cum typist at Lowe and Partners sounded part Welsh, part Indian, a smidgen of "oop North" and goodness knows what else. She did such a great job apart from that and it was a very small part of the narration - but it grated on me. But don't let that put you off because the story is fun, fluffy and fulfilling and definitely worth a listen.

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  • Lindsay
  • 07-21-19

Beautiful

What a fun audio book. The characters were warm and witty and I really wanted friends like Gigi and Ritchie in my life. It is a really great read and the story it touching and funny and won’t disappoint. I also thought the narrator was perfect for this book.

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  • Dab Reader
  • 11-03-19

Great listen

I really enjoyed this book and wish it had been longer to explore the characters in more depth. Nicely narrated. I loved the humour and quirky characters.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 07-31-19

Too short!

I enjoyed this fun novella about shopping. Not the sort of shopping that you or I do, but the upmarket, need-a-stylist sort of shopping. And it kind of reminded me of many years ago when I used to do a lot of sewing - I was spending way too much on fabrics etc, to make clothes I didn't need, so I decided to put an add in the local Post Office, offering my services as a seamstress. That is pretty much what GG does, she decides to earn money from her need to buy clothes. The important thing is that she's good at it; she can make people happy, make them feel secure and confident in themselves.
Her business has its ups and downs and a fair share of quirky customers but she manages to get by, with a little help from her friends.

I enjoyed this audiobook, narrated by R Bond, although I would have liked the male characters to have sounded a little more male - they weren't all gay, after all.
My other observations were that I'm sure it isn't politically correct to take a teenager shopping without first checking with her parents. And GG splitting her takings with her friend 50/50 surely didn't allow any money for the purchase of the clothes for the minor TV actress.

Yes, this was too short, but I believe it is a prequel to the full length Blue and Green Should Never be Seen! , so I shall look out for this one when it becomes available in audio.