Seven Days Of Us by Francesca Hornak | Audiobook Review

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Seven Days Of Us by Francesca Hornak | Audiobook ReviewSeven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
Narrator: Jilly Bond
Length: 9 Hours 34 Minutes
Published by Penguin on October 17th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Family Life, Contemporary Women, Humorous
Pages: 368
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9780451488770

A family can’t escape their secrets when they’re forced to spend a week in quarantine in this “sharply funny” (People) novel—an Indie Next and #1 Library Reads Pick!   “Witty and deeply heartfelt.”—Emily Giffin

It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.   For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems.    As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.      In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive...

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Why Did I Listen To Seven Days Of Us by Francesca Hornak?

Honestly, I got a move on listening to Seven Days Of Us by Francesca Hornak because my library hold on Overdrive came in unexpectedly fast. The less shallow reason, though, is that I wanted to listen to something a bit out of the ordinary for me. I rarely listen to British books. Also, it is not all that commonplace that I read adult fiction (although I seem to be gravitating toward it lately).

What’s The Story Here?

Seven Days Of Us by Francesca Hornak is a Christmas set book where a family must stay together in a house in quarantine for seven days. The house is Weyfield Hall. The family is the Birch family. There are the aging parents, Emma and Andrew. We also have their daughters, Phoebe and Olivia. There’s also Phoebe’s fiance. Oh and this American shows up at one point, his name is Jesse.

There are secrets that are just bound to come out. I am here for it. Anyways, they are quarantined because Olivia, who is a doctor, was in Liberia helping to treat this disease called Haag Virus. A whole lot is revealed in these seven days, FYI.

How Did I Like Seven Days Of Us?

Overall, Francesca Hornak’s Seven Days Of Us is an okay book. The characters are quite well drawn. I loved reading about the characters of Emma and Olivia. Andrew, Phoebe, and Jesse were just not that interesting to me. Olivia probably is the most compelling because of her work and her secret! And then Emma’s secret is one where it is like, ma’am how can you keep that from your family? But she does because she cares and does not want them to worry because she’s the best. I also kept picturing that one woman from Love Actually who plays opposite Professor Snape as Emma.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook is narrated by Jilly Bond. She has the right accent. She also does change her voice for each character’s narrations. I felt like she spoke really fast so instead of listening to the audiobook at my typically 2x speed, I had to slow it down to like 1.25. That is a big deal, friends. In all, not bad. I guess I am lukewarm about this book on the whole.

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  1. I have to adjust my narration speed based on the narrator, which is fine..unless it’s a dual narration and one talks faster..oh my! I agree this was ok, I had likes and dislikes and there were some over the top moments. Nice review.

  2. Sounds like a really good concept, but sorry that it didn’t seem to live up to expectations.

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