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Act Like It

Act Like It

Escrito por Lucy Parker

Narrado por Billie Fulford-Brown


Act Like It

Escrito por Lucy Parker

Narrado por Billie Fulford-Brown

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4/5 (39 valoraciones)
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8 horas
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Publicado:
May 31, 2016
ISBN:
9781488202131
Formato:
Audiolibro

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This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theater's Richard Troy steps out with none other than cast mate Elaine Graham 

Richard Troy used to be the hottest actor in London, but the only thing firing up lately is his temper. We all love to love a bad boy, but Richard's antics have made him Enemy Number One, breaking the hearts of fans across the city. 

Have the tides turned? Has English rose Lainie Graham made him into a new man? 

Sources say the mismatched pair has been spotted at multiple events, arm in arm and hip to hip. From fits of jealousy to longing looks and heated whispers, onlookers are stunned by this blooming romance. 

Could the rumors be right? Could this unlikely romance be the real thing? Or are these gifted stage actors playing us all?

A HarperAudio production.

Editorial:
Publicado:
May 31, 2016
ISBN:
9781488202131
Formato:
Audiolibro


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  • (3/5)
    Act Like It has been on my watchlist for the longest time now, especially when I read so many raving reviews so I definitely had some high hopes for this book and I wish that I could say that I loved this book, that it swept me away and I couldn't put it down....sadly though that wasn't the case with Act Like It. I KNOW I am in the minority here, I definitely know that many won't agree with what I thought but you know....that is okay. So what issues did I have with this book? Well, there isn't too many, but one of the most important factors in reading (at least for myself) is that I am able to be fully engaged in a story. I almost reached 50% of the story before I started liking it. I really struggled with the first half, it just started so slow for me and even though I am a lover of dry humor (which was great by the way) there was just something off in the first half that I couldn't put my finger on. It was enough though that I almost put this away. But I just pushed my way through the story until half way and then the story started to really improve for me.Act Like It is a story about two involved actors in the London West End. Richard Troy is really rough around the edges, he says exactly what he thinks and isn't shy about it and is not a "People Person" and needs some positive feedback and soon. So this is where we bring in our heroine, Lainie Graham. Lainie is ordered to pose as his girlfriend, to show the world that he has turned a "new leaf". But the job they are asking her to do is much more difficult than she even thought it would be. Soon these two go from enemies who don't really like each other, to really liking each other and this fake relationship starts to turn very real for them.I will admit that the whole fake relationship set up is one of my favorite tropes to read and rarely do I ever see it in a contemporary setting. And I really enjoyed how the romance played out in the end even if the first half was a bumpy road for me. But once Richard and Lainie started connecting, the story just explodes. I did feel like the drama though was a bit overdone at times, however, the romance that develops between Richard and Lainie was refreshing. They don't have the most conventional of relationships and I liked that a ton. The hidden depths we see from both Richard and Lainie is heartwarming and tangible.Overall....even though Act Like It wasn't an explosive romance that I was expecting, it was entertaining and an endearing read.
  • (5/5)
    Elaine is a stage actress, currently appearing in a play with her ex-boyfriend Will and the very grumpy Richard. The stage manager and Richard's agent persuade Elaine to pretend to be in a relationship with Richard to improve his image and to improve ticket sales. (They also offer her some money towards a charity created in memory of her dead sister.) Richard is indeed very grumpy, but Elaine can give as good as she gets and the story is both funny and sweet. I particularly liked the way that, when Elaine makes a mistake wth significant consequences, she apologizes to Richard and he eventually forgives her - like real grown-ups. Richard was a great hero in the Darcy mould.
  • (3/5)
    This is a perfect book when read. Some of the self-deprecating remarks about appearance come off less well in audio book form, and the pacing was slower than could keep my interest. Cw: past parental suicide, ageist quips about appearance (own and others), attempted sexual assault
  • (3/5)
    It is a very good book and narrated nicely however there must be something wrong in this audio version as several chunks are missing. There are moments of silence in the audio and whole paragraphs skipped. I would be listening to a scene and it would stop abruptly and another mid scene continue. It is a great pity as i was enjoying it
  • (4/5)
    Sweet, smart, funny. I thought it started slow, I wasn't engaged until nearly 2 hours in to this audiobook, I almost gave up, and then it caught fire and I could not stop listening. A 3.5 is about right, rounded up for an excellent Radiohead reference and an embrace of my favorite Shakespearean couple (Beatrice and Benedick 4eva.) For those considering the audio, I really liked the reader.
  • (4/5)
    Act Like It is set in London’s West End and I was hooked from the opening paragraph:Almost every night, between nine and ten past, Lainie Graham passionately kissed her ex-boyfriend. She was then gruesomely dead by ten o’clock, stabbed through the neck by a jealous rival. If she was scheduled to perform in the weekend matinee, that was a minimum of six uncomfortable kisses a week. More, if the director called an extra rehearsal or the alternate actor was ill.Lainie’s male co-stars are talented actors, but she has a low opinion of them as people. One is her unfaithful ex. The other is the short-tempered and brooding Richard Troy. When Richard’s public image threatens to affect ticket sales, Lainie is asked to be seen with him in public, to generate positive publicity through rumours that they’re in a relationship.It is with mutual reluctance and irritation that she and Richard agree to this arrangement.This is a lot of fun. I enjoyed the very British vibe and vocab, and the banter. I like that Lainie calls Richard out about his behaviour and that he listens to her. I like how their relationship develops, and how it is based around the way they’re able to be honest with each other and support each other.Act Like It reminded me that I like stories about the theatre. I’m curious about what it’s like backstage and how the theatre can be someone’s workplace. And a story about actors has potential for quoting, references to other stories and the self-awareness that comes from analysing characters’ motives for a living.I read this twice. He glared at her. “My success has not gone to my head.” He ignored the rest of her insults in favour of the first observation, which seemed to truly offend him.“My personality has not once altered under outside influence.” “Then I’m genuinely appalled, and your childhood nannies have my intense sympathy. You’ve got a bit of a nerve, don’t you think, accusing other people of vanity? You make Mr. Darcy look like the poster child for low self-esteem.” “There is a difference between vanity and having a clear idea of your own abilities and potential.” She grimaced, lifting her hands to her cheeks. “Oh my God. I have never had such a sisterly feeling for Elizabeth Bennet.”