I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.
This is a great Australian story, funny and interesting. Ideas are presented about a woman's life, relationships and choices. The writing is fairly simple but enjoyable and engaging. In fact, after listening to this book, I went on to listen to the author's other two available books.
I like it when I find a new author I knew nothing about. I had to download her others to read on ipad.
I was looking for a lighthearted "spacer" between books, and I got more that I expected. I found myself eager to keep listening. I wanted to see how things turned out for everyone - Alice, her sister, her grandmother, Nick, her kids. As a consequence, my "kill some time" book went by very quickly.
Perhaps the precipitating incident was a little implausible, but this is fiction, after all, and I thought the author made the characters and their circumstances believable and understandable. I thought the book was smart, humorous, and enjoyable.
I absolutely loved this book. I was also thirty-nine while reading so the storyline was so impactful. I didn't want this book to end! Wonderful narration as well.
Great narrator, unique story. It made me think about how my younger self would view me! Couldn't wait to listen to it. I just downloaded another book by Liane. So excited about this awesome author I stumbled upon!
After listening to quite a number of brilliant narrators that are able to make the different characters sound so different that you "recognize their voices" I struggled with Tamara Lovatt-Smith's performance. Without barely a break, the narration switches between Alice, her sister and her granny, but her voice is exactly the same! It always took me about 2 sentences before I caught on that the scene had changed. The seamless change of perspective without a clue but the words themselves really irritated me for a great part of the book.
Also although the narrator herself is of Australian origin, I didn't hear that. She sounded almost British to me and didn't suit the story in my eyes.
Sorry, but I don't understand why the performance got such high marks.
The story itself was quite enjoyable and saved the audiobook for me.
This is my first Liane Moriarty novel. I totally enjoyed it. It is a tragic love story of real people and their relationship challenges. Will definitely be reading more of Liane's books.
I listened to this book with interest as I've often thought of what it would be like to somehow glimpse my life from the viewpoint of myself as a younger woman, except that I would know all then that I know now. Of course, this story isn't like that but the concept is relatable.
My criticisms of this book are few, but they are as follows:
To really review this, I'd have to discuss it which would include spoilers, and I don't want to do that. Let's just say that in not every life would Alice's experiences be applicable, or would things work out the way that they did for her. The specific life that Alice leads allows for it, so this left me with a lack of believability for this book.
As with other Liane Moriarty novels, this story is told slowly and served in bite sized pieces of information. While Moriarty has done a great job of building suspense with this device in other novels, with this particular novel I found that a bit frustrating and unrealistic at times. Often when something is on the verge of being revealed, some annoying distraction gets in the way that stops it, or the story arc changes (there is a main plot and two sub-plots) and often, feels like an interruption of the flow rather than a natural progression. The use of sub-plot seems to be pretty common in Moriarty's work and in other books of hers (especially Big Little Lies) it really works to move things forward, whereas in this book it often feels like it is used as a distraction device from the main plot to drag it out and/or fill in details that could otherwise be difficult to reveal. Sub-plots are used well when they make the reader forget that the main plot is unresolved, whereas there were times in this book where I wanted to skip over the subplot parts and return to the main event. Don't do that though- as pedantic as some of them can be (especially the Frannie subplot) they are used to reveal details that do contribute to the story. They just aren't as enjoyable/fulfilling as the main plot so at times they feel like a bit of a chore.
The next problem I had with this book was the narrator. I agree with other reviews that not enough inflection was used so sometimes, it is hard to interpret that a character change has occurred, or who is doing the narrating- especially at the beginning of the book when the listener is still trying to determine who is doing the narrating. This is certainly not the only book to have this challenge- some books simply do not translate as well as audiobooks and this, to be fair, could well be one of them. However, I thought that the narrator's calm voice definitely lent itself well to Alice's younger personality- calm, cool, soothing.
There are some good laughs, some good tender moments. While I am a wife and a mother, I haven't been through a lot of what Alice has, so it didn't hit me right where I live but I can see where it really could for some folks- especially in regard to marriage, childbirth.
Alice is likable enough that, despite the drag from time to time, I still wanted to listen to find out how things turn out for her and her family.
Overall, this is a good book that is definitely worth the credit. I'm certainly a fan of Moriarty's. It's a great account of the themes of marriage, motherhood, personal discovery, and family. It may well make the reader question all these aspects of her life, and I say her because this one is far more gender specific toward wormen than Big Little Lies or The Husband's Secret.
I didn't read the print version. I loved the Australian accent in the narrated version though, and would definitely listen again.
It made me think about my life, my choices, and my problems with new perspective.
I very strongly identified with Alice, the main character.
Yes, I didn't want to stop listening. I took my headphones everywhere.
This book was completely entertaining and the emotional depth within it was really moving. I LOVED LOVED LOVED it. Can't recommend it enough, especially to other tired, haggard, wives who become far too busy with their children and obligations and forget who they once were. I am one of these women, sometimes. DOWNLOAD IT. You'll love it.
This book was incredible--it was smart, thought-provoking, intense.
The title character, Alice, hits her head in a gym accident and forgets the last ten years of her life--especially the details of her relationships with her spouse, children and friends. She forgets why she and her husband are divorcing and remembers only how much she adored him 10 years ago.
The narrator did a beautiful job.
anyone going through marital difficulties should read this book--maybe to achieve a "good" divorce, one must remember why you once loved them