Story was captivating.
When the dream from the beginning of the book was was said again at the end. I can't say more without spoilers...
I can't remember why I bought this book, but I found it in my library and thought it would be a "soft" story to listen to between my usual slasher/spy/mystery listening habit.
As another reviewer said, I was reeled in quickly to the story of a person whose memories have been erased and how the jig-saw puzzle reconstruction of a personal history might be accomplished This is not an unusual theme, but it was told and narrated in a compelling manner, gentle yet piercing, witty and sensitive.
The narrator was excellent - and a very important part of my enjoyment of a book. In fact, that's the luxury in audiobooks - listening to the storyteller. I will definitely get another book from Liane Moriarty.
The premise of this book is genius, and has sort of a background Alice in Wonderland sort of oddness to it, helped on by the fact that the main character is named Alice. But in whole, this book is a "character book", full of at least two fully flushed-out people, surrounded by 7 to 8 other very interesting, distinct characters that enrich and brighten and darken and make-full the story. I haven't hung on the words of a book like this since "The Help" or "the Cuckoo's Calling" (the one JK Rowling wrote under pseudonym) - it's just so very well written with wonderful dialog, perfect breaks, and different perspectives that move the story along.
The story takes place in Sydney Australia, which doesn't have anything to do with the story, except that the narrator has a lovely, soothing and completely authentic accent.
Who would enjoy this book: Mothers. Those seeking to be mothers. Those struggling to be mothers. One newly in love at the beginning of a relationship. A newlywed. One years into marriage. Perhaps one at the brink of ending a relationship. But mostly, women. I don't think this is a "guy" sort of book.
Alice hit her head and lost the last 10 years of her memory, and so it begins. To not give away any of the lovely twists and turns, I'll just share with you my reaction and feelings that I had toward the end of the book, and then when it was all over, and hope that helps you in deciding whether or not you'd like to use up a credit on it - it might depend on where you are in your life.
We often think of being able to go back in time as our wiser selves to give advice to our foolish or frightened younger selves, and give them advice : "it will all be okay", "don't worry, that boy won't matter a lick to you 10 years from now", "don't do it, you'll regret it". But instead imagine that that younger version of yourself got to come forward and comment on what you've made of your life now. What would they think? The you from back when you were innocent and thought anything was possible, before you were hardened and wizened by the hard knocks of the world. When you were young and weren't meant to "know everything" and so you didn't have to pretend to. When you could jump into things, without self conscious worry that you would screw it up because you had your whole life ahead of you. The carefree, kindness and optimism that being young holds, thrust into in your world now of worry about money, the future, what people thought of you, how well you are doing at your job, in your life. What if you didn't know any of those people that now surround you, so you didn't care what they thought of you, and you got to just be free of it all. And learn about your "now" life like it was someone else's. What would you think of yourself? What would you change if you got to forget about all the bad things, the arguments, the disappointments, and rejections. This book, so well written, will let you get lost in that feeling, you'll have those conversations with yourself about your own life, you'll feel a little freer of the constraints and responsibilities you've layered on yourself, and you will begin to not take it all so seriously. And it will give you a beautiful, wonderful new perspective, new hope, new bravery that you can do anything again.
I have 3 too short chapters to go. I'm very worried that it won't wrap up properly, or that it won't wrap up at all and I'll be left in confusion or anger, stripped of the uplift that the book has provided so far. I'll disagree with what the older version of Alice did once she returned, and I'll think she's stupid instead of lucky. I hope that I'm able to hold on to the hope she's given me these 13 or so hours I've spent with her in her upturned life. I hope I'll continue with the courage and the bravery to upturn my own. (quit my needlessly stressful, ridiculous job, innocently and without the "know it all" seek help to launch my own business, maybe have another baby?) Could it be possible? I would do it, were I 10 years younger.
Oh my god. Well, I did finish it, and it did wrap up; it wrapped up fully and beautifully. And I didn't think Alice was stupid, or lucky. I found myself, again, thinking of myself, and wanting to jump ahead 10 years to my older self and say, "ride it out, it will all work out, it always works out, just as it should." Because life goes on, regardless of what you do, and all we're really doing is making daily strides, making memories, moving toward something that really is unknown. I was interrupted 4 or 5 times during the last 7 minutes of the book (husband came home for lunch, the dog needed letting out, etc) and I had to keep rewinding to make sure I didn't miss a single word, a single last minute of the lesson. And when it was done, finally done, I cried. Happy, relieved, "so that is that and back to my life" sort of tears. And hopeful that I can keep the journey I felt through this book with me for awhile.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
I LIKED ALICE'S STORY
I DON'T KNOW BUT I LIKED THIS ONE.
IT WOULD BE NICK. I KNEW ALICE QUITE WELL BY THE END OF THE BOOK AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW NICK BETTER.
I DO THINK THE STORY WAS DRAGGED A BIT. AND SOME PARTS SEEMED UNNECESSARY AND ADDED LITTLE TO THE STORY. BUT OVERALL IT WAS A GOOD BOOK FOR WOMEN.
Definitely will! It was a wonderful story!
I couldn't guess how it would end !
Perfect accent for the characters.
And what was worth remembering.
This is the second book by Moriarty that I have read (see "The Husband's Secret") and I have really enjoyed both books. Well developed characters, good story, good narration. Time flies when I'm listening! Audible - notify me when she writes again!!
As far as What Alice Forget this book kept my interest writ till the end.
I liked them all. But Alice was my favorite.
I enjoy listening a few hours a day as I work. Lucky for me I work at home .
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 loved this! It was clever and entertaining! I recommend this to anyone wanting a good chic-lit read!
The simplicity of it - the author/narrator drew me into the story of this woman and her family. I liked how we were learning about the characters and their lives at the same time the main character was- her life 10 years in the future was a complete new world to her.
I felt emotion for the characters and wanted things to work out for them as if I knew them.
I haven't felt that for a book in ages!
Her narration was perfect for the story. Pleasing to the ear, a good representation of the main character ( I did get confused sometimes when it switched to her mother )
Yes! I listened to it very quickly over a few days, wanting to listen to it before bed and when I woke up, and looked forward to it all day!
At first I was a bit unsure if Alice really lost her memory after hitting her head - or if she was some sort of time traveler or if it was a dream... but that is probably because I had only been reading fantasy fiction for a while now...