🎧 Audiobook Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Posted August 28, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 40 Comments

The Flatshare
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by Beth O'Leary
Publication Date May 28, 2019
Published by Flatiron Books
Narrator: Carrie Hope Fletcher, Kwaku Fortune
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Women
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
Reading Challenges: 2022 Audiobook Challenge

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

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.

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.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary is a delightful stand-alone romantic comedy with some hysterical moments in a very heartwarming story.  

Tiffany Moore needs a flat in London, but can’t afford much. Leon Twomey has a flat but needs cash.  Leon decided to advertise a flatshare. Since Leon works nights, and Tiffany works days, they make an agreement to share the flat.  They have rules so that they will never see each other, not even in passing.  

That’s what the rules say. But, can these two people share the same bed, the same flat without wondering about the other person?  

Wow, I just loved this story.  It’s the perfect amount of romance, character growth, humor, and witty banter.  These characters are realistic and well-developed.  I was rooting for them to get together from the very beginning.  I loved how they communicated and grew to like each other through the post it notes.  Their cute notes gave them each an inkling into the other’s character and that was fun to read about.  

I also enjoyed the unique premise of this story and the way the author made this unique premise sound very realistic.  I enjoy urban settings, and London is aways a wonderful setting for me.  The Flatshare has that perfect balance of emotional turmoil and wonderful humor.  The way Tiffany and Leon interact is very special, and it’s obvious they are meant to be together, but they both have a lot of emotional baggage, and that is what makes this story so wonderful.  

Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune do a wonderful job of narrating this book.  Each chapter has alternating POV’s and each narrator was excellent at narrating their characters.  Their voices were soothing and represented each character fully.  

About Beth O'Leary

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.

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40 responses to “🎧 Audiobook Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

  1. I loved this book so much! O’Leary really does a great job of writing the POVs in different voices so they really sound like two different people. I didn’t do the audio but I can imagine it’s a great experience!

  2. I’ve enjoyed Beth O’Leary but I haven’t read this one yet. My daughter did and loved it. I need to request it from my library.

  3. I love the premise of this story and it sounds like the development of it more than delivered. I’ll definitely have to mark this one down! Excellent review!

  4. This is the one Beth O’Leary book I have not read yet, but it is on my TBR patiently waiting for me to pick it up. Wonderful review, Wendy. It is great to hear the audio is well done, I hope to listen to this one.

  5. I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed this, it’s on my radar! I’ve read one other book by Beth O’Leary – The Switch. Loved it. Take care!

  6. I’ve seen so many positive reviews for this one. Glad you enjoyed it and in this instance I think I prefer the UK cover.