Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary (Audiobook Review)

If you need a fun book to read or listen to and you like British rom-coms, this one is great.


Title: The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary (Unabridged)
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction, Rom-Com
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Released: May 2019
Narrator: Carrie Hope Fletcher, Kwaku Fortune
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
Content rating: PG-13 + M for mature themes (psychological abuse), tasteful sex scenes and f-words


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.

Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I saw this book on Book Date last week. The storyline sounded original so I looked for it and found it on audio. I liked the sound of the narrator, so I bought it. And once I started listening, I couldn't stop. First off, I just love British narrators. Nicola Barber is my favorite. And now I love Carrie Hope Fletcher, too!

Okay, so the story: Roommates who share a flat but have never met? This was so cleverly done with the main characters Tiffy and Leon writing notes to each other. It borders on the lost art of letter writing that is both old-fashioned and romantic. And it works so well in this modern tale. Tiffy is genuine, colorful, and kind. Leon is stable, patient, and thoughtful. They were a great couple.

The secondary characters were just as good and added so much to the story. It's been a while since I read a rom-com. I'm picky with this genre, but this one was heartwarming, a true feel-good novel that was perfect escapism. It was a good mix of funny and romantic. And the author did not shy away from serious topics such as psychological abuse. 

Carrie Hope Fletcher was perfect as Tiffy. She really brought out her character in the narration. I had to get used to Kwaku Fortune because I initially thought he sounded a little old to be Leon but I was so engrossed that soon enough I enjoyed his narration too.

The author has a second book titled The Switch being released on audio in August. I can't wait to listen to it as soon as it's out. If you need a fun book to read or listen to and you like British rom-coms, this one is great. There is content though (a couple of semi-explicit sex scenes and f-words) so just be aware of this. 

Disclosure: I bought this audio on Audible. I was not told how to rate or review this product.


Beth O’Leary is a Sunday Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than 30 languages. She wrote her debut novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from her job at a children’s publisher. She now lives in the Hampshire countryside and writes full time.

Visit her website.

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  1. I think I would enjoy this and agree on narrators with accents😍

    1. There's just something about the British accent that's so appealing to me.:-)


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