I like to listen to books while driving or walking. I felt the need to finish the story but always felt annoyed after listening. It drug out and if I heard anymore about the sisters infertility I thought I might scream.
I hate to say this, but I took a break from audio books because this book brought me down so much.
This book has been one of my favorites to listen to. This story is something I would not normally choose to read but really glad I did. It is the second book by Liane Moriarty I've read and I really relate to her story telling. Tamara Lovatt-Smith did an awesome job with the narration.
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.
Say something about yourself!
What a great and unique story line. I did not want this book to end but when it did I thought it ended very well. I have listened to hundreds of books. This one is right up there with Gone Girl in the sense that it is so well written and well worth the credit. I have subsequently listened to all of this Author's audio books available and have thoroughly enjoyed them all!
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...
I'm an Aspen, CO based journalist/aspiring novelist and love to listen to popular fiction to get a sense of what's currently on the market!
entertaining, compelling, thought-provoking
I identified with Alice's sister who was going through fertility treatments -- Liane Moriarty captured the essence of that experience beautifully.
Often times a narrator can ruin a listening experiencing by over-acting or having a cadence that gets annoying but I love Smith's performance on this book. She's one of my favorite narrators.
Alice's husband -- he could use a little female advice. It's hard to watch him struggle and be so angry for so long.
I have listened to all of Liane Moriarty's books and enjoyed them all. Unfortunately there are only three! I can't wait for her next book.
If I don't answer your call its because I'm totally in love with this audiobook!
Thinking that we aren't the people we had aspired to be, asking myself if I lost 10 years of my life would I like the person I had become?
Yes! I liked it more than I anticipated. This was my 2nd Liane Moriarty book and I liked it more than the Husbands Secret.
Hmmm....how to choose without spoiling! I like whenever Alice questions herself like, "really this is what I have become?" Or when she's talking to a "friend" and in her head saying "I'd like to wrap my fingers around that neck of yours"...too funny!!!
Besides Alice? I'd have to say Elizabeth/Libby. Her story throughout was touching. Her journal entries crack me up!
Overall this was a great listen and a refreshing purchase :)
I loved this story! The whole concept of viewing your present life from you as a 10-years-younger person was compelling. It made me stop and examine my own life and wonder what I would think were I "Alice." But the story is not at all heavy and I laughed regularly throughout. The narrator is fabulous and I'll listen to anything else that she has done. Great book.