Audiobook Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary


Release date: May 28, 2019

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Narrator: Carrie Hope Fletcher, Kwaku Fortune


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.

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

As soon as I read the description of this I knew I had to read it, I thought it had such an adorable and unique premise, I mean can you even imagine sharing a bed with someone you’ve never actually laid eyes on?! A little strange for sure, but adorably quirky and utterly charming as well!
This is told in alternating perspectives so one chapter you hear from Tiffy and the next it’s Leon’s turn and I especially love hearing from both sides in a romance. It’s always so funny to see how things are easily interpreted the wrong way in the beginnings of a new relationship and there was plenty of that here. Both Tiffy and Leon were equally endearing on their own but when they finally get together it was even more magical and sweet. Besides those two charmers there was a supporting cast of characters that was just as lovely and fun, a really entertaining and well rounded group.
If you’re an audiobook fan that maybe you can relate to this, you listen to a book that’s great on it’s own but you just know that the fantastic narration raises the bar and that’s exactly what happened here. Both narrators were outstanding and they really brought the story to life. A little added bonus that I enjoyed was a Q & A between the author and Carrie Hope Fletcher, it was SO fun and added some additional insights as well. Overall this is an ideal summer read, I’m sure this is great in print form but the audio really took things to the next level!
The Flatshare in three words: Charming, Quirky and Bright
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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