May 5, 2021


Olive (Audiobook)

by Emma Gannon | Narrated by Sian Clifford

Published March 9, 2021
by Andrews McMeel Audio

Rating: 3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

Genre: General Fiction (Adult) | Women’s Fiction

Olive is a contemporary-style story about the issues we face in a modern society.  Our heroine, namely Olive, feels she’s floundering as an adult, as she seems to be growing apart from her formerly closer-than-sisters group of college gal-friends.  And she doesn’t find herself wanting the things that every other woman approaching the age of 30 seems to want, namely to be a mother.  She struggles with wondering if there is something inherently wrong with her and gropes about to find her own way and to be wholly okay with that.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed listening to the lovely, British-toned voice of Sian Clifford as she narrated the story of Olive.  With her clipped vowels, and tony modulation, it was easy to pay attention to the story – and even learn some new slang words and UK-ish phrases!

Contemporary tales focusing on 21st Century issues, and the interpersonal problems of the characters, aren’t usually of interest to me.  Yet, Clifford’s narration made the book so enjoyable.  And I’m glad I listened to it, as I do think there are valuable take-aways from this book:  How to be yourself, navigating changed friendships, the importance of honesty, and working hard to keep those you love in your life.

Olive was released March 9, 2021 by Andrews McMeel Audio and is also available in paperback from Andrews McMeel Publishing.  A big thank you to Emma Gannon, Andrews McMeel Audio, and NetGalley for providing a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.

Drop me a Comment below and let me know what you thought of this review, and/or the story of Olive – I’d love to hear your thoughts!