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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (955 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katie Fforde Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN:
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Suddenly released from her engagement and out of work, Julia Fairfax is looking for a new direction in life. When a classified ad catches her eye, she embarks on a hilarious trip through the English canals in a rickety hotel boat. Along the way, she encounters hard-to-please guests, an unsettling ex-boyfriend, and the challenges of cooking in a tiny galley with rattling crockery. Life Skills is both a delightful romp and a step-by-step guide to how not to see England's scenic canals.

London Times best-selling novelist Katie Fforde creates delicious romances that are both light-hearted and intelligent.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tracey | 2/20/2014

    " Gave up with this. Not a patch on her others :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 2/17/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as I have enjoyed Katie Fforde's other novels, but it was still a nice easy read to take my mind off studying for exams. As another reviewer said, it does pick up a lot in the last 100 pages or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma Long | 2/8/2014

    " It took a while to get into but when I did I really enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Mary, Why Ya Buggin | 1/31/2014

    " Not my favorite Katie Fforde, to say the least. Although it had it's moments. I liked the last few pages and that one bit toward the middle. If you've read it, you know what I'm talking about. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 1/28/2014

    " Somewhat interesting story line, I didn't even know England had a series of connected, boatable canals. However, the main character's stubborn refusal to see what was in front of her face got old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mulva? | 1/22/2014

    " Was okay, but the guy kept referring casual sex as "making love" and it bothered me. Sounds too much like feathery stroker phrase. Other then that it was fine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 1/13/2014

    " I quite liked it. Not as good as some of her other books, but not nearly as bad as some of the reviews here on GR. Only one aspect of the story dragged out rather too long for believability. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/9/2014

    " I enjoyed the setting, but the story was so-so "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey | 12/4/2013

    " Another great read by Katie Fforde. I actually read this in a couple of hours , earning myself some sunburn at the time! Lol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 10/31/2013

    " maybe if your not a cut nut this book will not be to your taste. i dont enjoy her usual stuff. but i also spent a season on hotelboats so i can relate & lovet his very funny... very light reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lzarrow | 10/26/2013

    " Good summer read. Learned a bit about the canals in England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia | 9/29/2013

    " I loved reading about the canals of England and Katie Fforde is a good storyteller, but the main character was a little aggravating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oanh | 9/5/2013

    " Another lazy, light and entertaining read. Like watching well-made romantic comedy films. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariah | 8/28/2013

    " Interesting setting - makes me want to go to England and vacation on a canal boat. Pretty good character development as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Marie | 6/15/2013

    " This was a new author for me. While the book seemed to drag, the characters where terrific. I loved the building of Julia and Fergus' relationship. The setting on the boats was interested too. I'm not sure I'll pick up another book by Fforde but this was a good light read when I needed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vikki Morsley | 5/29/2013

    " perfect book to read for a change in genre.. Katie Fforde has done it again. Such a brilliant book set on the Canals around England "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sangeeta | 5/20/2013

    " Abandoned halfway. Just didn't work for me. Serves me right for picking up an author purely on account of her sharing a last name with one of my favourite writers (they're cousins, apparently). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/12/2013

    " contemporary chick lit. Set on a narrow boat on the canals of England. Fun, light, but not stupid, the characters make the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 11/18/2012

    " Maybe it was my mood, but this is my least favorite Katie Fforde book I've read so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte Dickie | 7/12/2012

    " I enjoyed this I can pick it up at anytime and dip in at anypoint "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 6/5/2012

    " Very slow, boring, could not finish! I like her more recent novels, but this was a struggle to get through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Haley | 5/4/2012

    " This is probably my least favorite of Katie Fforde's books. I've really liked all her others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 2/13/2012

    " Cute fluffy romance. Made me want to travel the canals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liezl du Plessis | 11/22/2011

    " I really liked this book, although the ending was a bit disappointing to me. Felt it needed a bit more feeling from Julia's side, explaining why she acted the way she did and that she felt the same as him. But otherwise I loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liesel | 8/28/2011

    " Another cozy book by my favorite chick lit author. This one takes a bit of getting into, but I think the last 100 pages or so make it worth it. Good times :)! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debbie | 8/27/2011

    " Ridiculous plot, syntax in sentence structure was awkward, Why would Fergus even WANT to marry Julia???? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 7/16/2011

    " Fforde makes her hapless heroine and unwed-motherhood surprisingly appealing in this slightly odd take on a modern romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 4/7/2011

    " Fforde makes her hapless heroine and unwed-motherhood surprisingly appealing in this slightly odd take on a modern romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/8/2011

    " Is on page 119 of 343. I need something lighthearted after The Secret Sisters "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mel | 2/4/2011

    " I enjoyed the first two thirds of the book much more than the last third. Julia's life changing decision and new path becomes conventional and boring. I was extremely frustrated by the lack of depth for the male protagonist who is seemingly perfect but the reader never fully knows. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/12/2010

    " I enjoyed the setting, but the story was so-so "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ophelia | 7/6/2010

    " Not my favorite Katie Fforde, to say the least. Although it had it's moments. I liked the last few pages and that one bit toward the middle. If you've read it, you know what I'm talking about. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 6/30/2010

    " Somewhat interesting story line, I didn't even know England had a series of connected, boatable canals. However, the main character's stubborn refusal to see what was in front of her face got old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lzarrow | 6/27/2010

    " Good summer read. Learned a bit about the canals in England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia | 1/7/2010

    " I loved reading about the canals of England and Katie Fforde is a good storyteller, but the main character was a little aggravating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mulva? | 12/1/2009

    " Was okay, but the guy kept referring casual sex as "making love" and it bothered me. Sounds too much like feathery stroker phrase. Other then that it was fine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 10/30/2009

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as I have enjoyed Katie Fforde's other novels, but it was still a nice easy read to take my mind off studying for exams. As another reviewer said, it does pick up a lot in the last 100 pages or so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Marie | 8/16/2009

    " This was a new author for me. While the book seemed to drag, the characters where terrific. I loved the building of Julia and Fergus' relationship. The setting on the boats was interested too. I'm not sure I'll pick up another book by Fforde but this was a good light read when I needed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 1/27/2009

    " Now I really want to go travel the English canals on a hotel boat.

    But sheesh, what a silly woman! And yes, I know there are people like that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oanh | 1/20/2009

    " Another lazy, light and entertaining read. Like watching well-made romantic comedy films. "

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