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Description

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she's unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: the musical merits of boy bands are undervalued by society, "benefits" with human Ken dolls are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth's plans for benefits without friendship are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic and chauvinistic Nico Manganiello- her former nemesis- she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart while avoiding electrocution or, worse, falling in love.

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  • Global
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  • Stacyc55
  • 19/12/2016

Doesn't measure up

I LOVED Neanderthal seeks human. The story captivated me and I couldn't get enough. I tried to pike this story and it started off promising. But between the weird Italian accents (one person had Italian heritage but wasn't from there had a bad Italian accent) and the story that took FOREVER to go anywhere after hour three, I stopped listening. I have almost four hours left and I just can't bring myself to finish. Glad I got it on sale.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • bookaddict
  • 07/12/2017

Story was good, but the narrator ruined it!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. This sounded like having Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson read the script from When Harry Met Sally.

Any additional comments?

A few hours into the book, I had to stop listening and I bought the kindle version to finish it. Once I did that, it was pretty enjoyable. As suggested by other readers, there were also some problems with the story. But there were also many laugh out loud moments. This is the third book that I have read/listened to by Penny Ried and I think her books need more editing. They are probably too long and could do with fewer internal dialogues of the characters. However, Friends Without Benefits definitely has many Rom-Com moments that will leave you smiling and liking the characters despite their flaws.

Problems:
1a) This biggest issue was the narrator. It makes NO sense that she uses an Italian accent for the main love interest, Nico, who grew up in Iowa! I know Italians living in Italy who have less of an accent than she gives him. Also, the accent she does use is terrible. I really could not keep listening.
1b) This novel should read in a much more light-hearted tone for big chunks of the book. The main character, Elizabeth, is supposed to be known for her sarcasm and Nico is supposed to be a comedian. Both end up sounding like tragic moody characters in some broody new adult vampire romance. When Amanda Ronconi narrates a book, you hear all the sarcasm and laugh at all the jokes. This sounded like having Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson read the script from When Harry Met Sally.
2) Aside from the narration, it was really hard to buy Nico as a shock comic with the heart of a feminist. I'm not saying that it's not possible, but the writing does not do a good job of convincing you that the underwear model turned raunchy feminist comedian is a thing that could exist in the universe. I think that Ried just used this device as a set up for the big finale of the book, which just ends up feeling kind of false and staged as a result. We get a Nico POV in the epilogue and he does sound more like how his character is described, but I found him to be way less likable in it.
3) There are other issues with the writing. As other reviewers pointed out, toward the end of the book, the characters do dumb things (no spoilers, but trust me). Also, an alert for people who care about authenticity. As someone in healthcare, a lot of the medical stuff sounds weird, it's just not the way people in the medical field talk about things - the patient is getting mysterious infusions that only Elizabeth is can administer. The way her residency rotations work is not right. Most people in the medical field will tell you that no doctor (besides an anesthesiologist) ever administered IV therapy. She also gives the impression that the side character who is an Advance Practice Nurse is doing bedside nursing, which is not how things work. If you are willing to suspend your disbelief about Nico's profession and the stilted medical discussions, the book has some good qualities.

On the plus side:
1) The book has many genuinely funny moments that truly caused me to laugh out loud.
2) If you ignore the fact that Nico makes a living as a raunchy comedian, his devotion to Elizabeth and the way he took care of her after a trauma they experienced in their teens will have you all swoony.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 19/11/2017

One Person's Cup of Tea is My Cup of Bitter Coffee

Another disappointing book from Audible's Romance Package. I chose this from there Sweet level collection and got not romance but a tale lust and spineless immature adults. There was more real sweet romance in The Hunger Games series and admirable characters than in this book. This book should not have been listed as Sweet. Audible fail.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Stacey is Sassy
  • 04/02/2018

I saw Dan, Dan The Security Man

I purposely kept this reread/listen of Friends Without Benefits so that it would be close to the release of Marriage of Inconvenience. I LOVE Penny Reid, I LOVE this series and I LOVE the audios too. Getting to see and hang with Dan, The Security Man is getting me all excited for his story. My countdown has been activated...

I timed listening perfectly as I was able to finish it on a baking day. Listening to a favourite and making cake and cookies is my idea of heaven. It also helped that I had the house to myself which meant fewer interruptions.

Elizabeth and Nico's love story was not easy and at times I hurt for them both. They have known each other for years without really knowing each other. This time is their right time. They will have to lower their walls and share their thoughts and feelings if they want their HEA.

Devra Woodward does an outstanding job and I enjoyed every moment of this audio.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Queen Squared
  • 19/12/2017

Silly Protagonist. Subpar Narration.

This book has potential. The idea behind it was a good one, and I was initially really interested. But the combination of mediocre narration and an idiotic protagonist makes this book difficult to like. Elizabeth is supposed to be a smart, successful doctor. But she's pretty darn stupid when it comes to love....not naive, but stupid...exceptionally so. It's pretty much impossible to have any sympathy for her.

The narration really leaves something to be desired. She kind of sounds like a depressed robot.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Beth I-L
  • 07/11/2017

Loved the book, REALLY disliked the performer

I REALLY disliked the audio performance of this book. The choices for the male lead’s voice and fade in/fade out accent were horrid. Niko was born and raised in Iowa, not Sicily! The performance was so bad it was distracting from the story. I’m glad I only listened to the first third and actually read the rest of the book. The performance for Elizabeth was awful too...so flat...like she was on the spectrum or something. Likewise the choices for the other characters were poorly done. Just really disliked the whole thing. I would never buy another book that Woodward narrated.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Lauren
  • 23/01/2017

Disappointed

The beginning was extremely slow. Elizabeth came off as whiney and frankly not very smart outside of being a doctor. I think the plot could have been better or at least not so drawn out. So far in the series (including 1.5) this was the hardest to get through but I'm still looking forward to the rest of the knitting groups stories.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Darling Nikki
  • 10/01/2017

Meh

I gave it three stars because I like the author and the other characters in this world but this went as funny or cute as the Winston brothers books or even neanderthal seeks human. And the narrator had a super dry weird cadence that took a long time too digest and get used to.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11/11/2015

The narration is perfect but the story needs work

The first book in this series started out interesting and then started to drag with too much invented angst to be believable or fresh. Unfortunately the second book follows the same pattern. Too bad because the characters are interesting and hot. They just need a better story line to follow. I will probably not read any more of this author's books.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • The Fairest of All Book Reviews
  • 24/04/2015

Every Woman Needs a Nico!

I listened to the audio version of Friends Without Benefits because my blog review reads are too high in number and I needed my Penny Reid fix. Devra Woodward does a fantastic job of voicing Penny Reid's words and allowing Elizabeth to come to life. Through Woodward's intonations and inflections, listeners/readers truly understand everything that Elizabeth is thinking and feeling. Elizabeth's sarcasm and humor comes across extremely well in Woodward's delivery, which makes it a crazy good audio version.

Penny Reid crafts such spectacular stories and the complexity of her heroines is what really makes the Knitting in the City series one of my favorites. Every woman needs a Nico - not the teenage boy version who destroyed Elizabeth with his words but the adult version - the one willing to fight for her and give Elizabeth everything she needs and deserves.

I truly can't get enough of Penny Reid's writing!

I'm starting Sandra's story now!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Laura
  • 14/06/2018

Tolle Story, ultimativ nervige Männerstimme

Ich liebe die kitc Reihe sehr, fand Nico beim ersten Lesen total liebenswürdig, aber im Hörbuch war ich einfach nur genervt. Die Männerstimmen der Erzählerin sind fürchterlich, man hat das Gefühl, als hätte sie vor jedem männlichen Dialogteil Valium eingeworfen. Ich bin jetzt schon angenervt von allen Männern im nächsten Teil der Reihe, den sie scheinbar auch liest.