Exciting Times: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Ava, newly arrived in Hong Kong from Dublin, spends her days teaching English to rich children.
Julian is a banker. A banker who likes to spend money on Ava, to have sex and discuss fluctuating currencies with her. But when she asks whether he loves her, he cannot say more than 'I like you a great deal'.
Enter Edith, a lawyer. Refreshingly enthusiastic and unapologetically earnest, Edith takes Ava to the theatre when Julian leaves Hong Kong for work. Quickly, she becomes something Ava looks forward to.
And then Julian writes to tell Ava he is coming back to Hong Kong....
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 55 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||12 April 2020|
|Publisher||Weidenfeld & Nicolson|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 29,486 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
643 in Lesbian Fiction
2,194 in Gay Fiction
9,133 in Literature & Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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It's funny, so well written. The narrator's acerbic voice and detachment betray a vulnerability.
I felt this book captures something so important to all of his - loving and being loved and how relationships are so complex.
I was drawn in by the anecdotes about teaching English by a 20-something Irish girl. But I felt heartbreak at the ménage-à-trois. Also hope.
I really feel for the main character. Her faults and struggles are endearing, though she hides them from others with her sharp way of speaking so well.
It's a lovely read. I recommend it to anyone.
Top reviews from other countries
Personally, it was hard not to feel like I was reading something that was trying to be very Sally Rooney but some people may like that about it!