🎧 One Perfect Couple by Ruth Ware @RuthWareWriter @ImogenChurch @SimonAudio #LoveAudiobooks

Posted May 23, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 20 Comments

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🎧 One Perfect Couple by Ruth Ware @RuthWareWriter @ImogenChurch  @SimonAudio #LoveAudiobooksOne Perfect Couple by Ruth Ware
Narrator: Imogen Church
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on May 21, 2024
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 14 hours, 9 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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Lyla is in a bit of a rut. Her post-doctoral research has fizzled out, she’s pretty sure they won’t extend her contract, and things with her boyfriend, Nico, an aspiring actor, aren’t going great. When the opportunity arises for Nico to join the cast of a new reality TV show, The Perfect Couple, she decides to try out with him. A whirlwind audition process later, Lyla find herself whisked off to a tropical paradise with Nico, boating through the Indian Ocean towards Ever After Island, where the two of them will compete against four other couples—Bayer and Angel, Dan and Santana, Joel and Romi, and Conor and Zana—in order to win a cash prize.

But not long after they arrive on the deserted island, things start to go wrong. After the first challenge leaves everyone rattled and angry, an overnight storm takes matters from bad to worse. Cut off from the mainland by miles of ocean, deprived of their phones, and unable to contact the crew that brought them there, the group must band together for survival. As tensions run high and fresh water runs low, Lyla finds that this game show is all too real—and the stakes are life or death.

I really enjoyed the classic thriller with psychological aspects which the author does so well.  One Perfect Couple  is brought to us by Lyla, a 32 year old scientist who has an actor boyfriend, Nico.  He wants her to go with him on a reality TV show.  She agrees to do it to help him.  It’s sort of a rush deal and then they are on a beautiful island with weird questions and games.  Half of the group are actors, influencers and those trying to get more fame.  The others like Lyla are just there to support their partner.  Lyla wins the first challenge.

The crew boat takes the loser to another island to helicopter home. But there is a bad storm and in the morning people are dead and some buildings are crushed or destroyed.  The water system seems ruined so they only have some bottled water and packaged food stuffs.

As they start rationing food and water, working to find coconuts, bananas, or fish, they are in dire straights.  And the situation is more like And Then There Are None. Other things like insulin are taken. It starts to be clear who the culprit is and it is terrifying.

I hated how much they suffered except the killer.  The group worked hard and smart to help and save each other.  Lyla was a star.  I enjoyed the survival aspects and the moral issues with the different members of the group.  There were also interesting character and couple dynamics.

Narration:

This narrator is often the one for this author’s books. I ‘m not knowledgeable about different inflections and dialects but the voices felt authentic.  I thought the male and female voices were comfortable. The emotional tone of the performance was exceptional. We are mostly in Lyla’s point of view.   I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip: HERE

About Imogen Church

Born in Scotland and raised in England, Imogen trained as an actress at The Drama Centre London, under Christopher Fettes, Yat Malmgren and Reuven Adiv. Since graduating several moons ago, she has worked extensively in theatre, film, commercials and comedy sketch work and she works regularly as a voice artist; she also spent several years underground enjoying success as a deliciously naughty cabaret artiste, making people laugh and generally being rude.

As a screenwriter, her first screenplay won the 2009 award for Best Feature Screenplay at the Reel Women Film Festival in Los Angeles.

About Ruth Ware

uth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller.

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Posted May 23, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 20 Comments


20 responses to “🎧 One Perfect Couple by Ruth Ware

  1. I’ve really love this narrator and I’ve enjoyed most of the books I’ve read by this author. This sounds like a good thriller.

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