I liked the story, but I would have liked it if the narrator could have changed her voice to distinguish between Alice and Elizabeth. I was confused at first, until I realized the characters had changed.
I wasn't so keen on this narrator, however I think this had something to do with the fact that the other two books by the same author used the same narrator and then this book used a different one. This was disappointing. It's good to have the same narrator for the same series as you have made a relationship with the story and the narrator.
I would be happy enough to listen to the narrator for other books but not interspersed in someone else's series.
The storyline was great and I loved this authors other books.
The book had a serious plot line with great comedic situations and little remarks sprinkled in. I had to stop listening at the office because I kept laughing.
It really does make you think - would you be better off if you lost a good chunk of your memory? What would your past self think of your current life?
The story itself did not appeal to me. I spent quite a bit of time trying to imagine how a person could fall off a spin bike, so that was a distraction. There were a lot of other details that I just found ridiculous. For example, the friend (Alice's lawyer) who waited with her until the ambulance arrived but apparently never took any further interest in her "friends" condition after that moment.
I didn't car for the performance. I don't mind a narrator with an accent, but when you are narrating for audio, it's best to be as neutral as possible. It took several mentions before I realized that 'Bob' was actually Alice's mom, 'Barb.'
The jump of a decade in the epilogue was also jarring.
I think I would prefer a book about traumatic brain injury and amnesia more if it was based on real events. Nothing in this novel seemed very realistic at all.
I am giving it three stars because I finished it.
it's the best way to spend a working day, and i'm thankful my job is one where i can listen to books all day long.
i have been married for over 21 years and it's a good marriage. a really good marriage. i know, i'm lucky. not everyone is quite as lucky, i realize. if that is you, or you know someone who's in a relationship that's either on the rocks, or stuck in a spot that's unhealthy, or better yet, a relationship where the love has just dwindled. no affairs. nothing like that. the love is just gone. poof.
then read this book.
it's not a self-help book. i actually hate self-help stuff. lol but this book could easily be touted as such, and rightly so. when alice faints during spin class, falling and hitting her head on her bike, and wakes up in the hospital having forgotten the last ten years of her life... well, she quickly realizes she needs to put it back together again. it's in that putting it back together where we learn what she's really made of and how hard she works to set things to rights. i loved being along for the ride (pun intended) and i've recommended this book to so many i've lost count. it's a heart-warming tale of a girl who wants to win back her man the only way she knows how... losing her memory and starting all over again. best book i read last year. by far. -laurie eller, the kentucky bluegrass
Seemed pretty long and drawn out. The ideas about divorce were very thought provoking. To bad it took so long to get there.
It would have been nice to have a little change of voice for each character. it just ask sounded the same and if you weren't paying close attention, you couldn't tell who was speaking.
I really loved two other books by this author but I couldn't seem to get into this one. I'm going to check her other books because she is a great author but I don't think I'll listen to the narrator again. She didn't change her voice at all so it was hard to follow which character was talking or thinking.
Liane Moriarty is one heck of a story teller. And Tamara Lovatt-Smith was an engaging narrator. This dynamite combo made for a funny and touching narrative to which I could not stop listening, sleep be damned! If a detail was missed or a character mis-placed, I rewound back until I heard it all, every word. So well constructed through dreams, thoughts, flash backs and of course present dialogue, the novel is a joy, even to finish! You actually don't yearn for more. She's parceled out a perfect portion of literature. Not easy to do, making me ardently admire her skill.
Having just heard a true story of a woman who had been in a coma after a car accident, who upon waking found she'd lost the last two years' memories, listening to Moriarty's book I felt she very realistically portrayed what goes on in a mind wracked by amnesia. Both the real car accident woman I read about and fictional Alice had to reckon with the woman they'd become from the perspective of their younger selves. And both came to similar conclusions about their lives and whom they wanted to be. And both felt, in the end the amnesia was a rare gift. Found this intriguing; this tale can't help but make you ponder what you might feel faced with a similar situation. Not a bad life exercise?
In What Alice Forgot, Alice comes to after a fall, in her 40 year old body, but with the mind and character of herself at 30. Utterly fascinating how Moriarty has Alice cope with such a situation. Also dealt with, in the novel, from many viewpoints, how women ruled by biological clocks have to maneuver through marriage changes after children, the myriad of job complications and the heartbreak of infertility, older couplings, female relationships and their far reaching impacts on our lives and much more.
These issues are dealt with touching empathy and frankness. Moriarty wove us through a web of many characters of all ages and brought us to a delicious end. No easy task. Bravo Liane. 5 stars for sure.
Although this book is fiction, I found a much deeper meaning in the idea of how one's life might be changed if a person had the opportunity to forget past disappointments. The idea that one could suddenly have no memory of a friend's betrayal, the disappointments that had clouded the happiness in a marriage, or the stresses of the past decade of life. As a Christian, I found this concept very thought-provoking and made me want to work even harder to be a good forgiver and not allow those negatives of daily life to cloud my life and relationships.
As for the obvious, the story was gripping and entertaining. I found it very easy to imagine being in the place of the main characters. I enjoyed this book so much, I have already downloaded the other two by this author!
Alice...because her situation was a perfect example of why we should not store up hurts and allow them to get between us and the people we love.
I was moved to tears quite a few times during the book and I don't cry easily! I found this a very "deep-thought-provoking" book!