Absolutely, finished in 2 days.
Great story. You get 3 viewpoints of the same situations from three family members. Emotional and real. I teared up several times during this story, and my boyfriend told me I was being super sweet to him during this listening lol. I identify him and I with the younger Nick and Alice whose relationship changes drastically in the 10 year period. They were so loving and sweet before, you can't believe what they've turned into and how they soften up again. What I really got out of this book, besides great entertainment, was not to take anything for granted and hold on to yourself.
Tell me a story
What Alice forgot is the story of Alice Love, a 39-year-old mother of three who goes to the gym and passes out during her spin class, hitting her head and forgetting the last 10 years of her life. A lot has happened in that ten years, she's had three kids, become a lot more fit, and separated from her husband Nick, who ten years ago she was madly in love with. This is my favorite of Liane Moriarty's books. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She does such a great job with her character development, you really feel like you know and care about these people in her stories. There is some strong language in this book, so be forworned. Other then that, I highly recommend What Alice Forgot!
Sure, the Australian accent was a treat to listen to.
Simple story, sort of drawn out longer than it had to be. But it's cute and you can't help rooting for Alice, her sister, her ex and pretty much everyone.
I've read a couple other Liane Moriarty books and loved them. But this one was ridiculous. There is nothing believable in her reaction to losing 10 years of her memory. The questions she asks are not believable, the conclusions she draws from her surroundings, her reactions to people, etc. just make no sense. I quit listening to it after 10 chapters. Not wasting the time. See Jane Run a much better amnesia book. Narrator not so hot either.
I have not read the book; only listen, but none the less the narrator brought this book to life for me.
Nothing compasses this book. I loved the epilogue.
When she was in the kitchen with her husband right before Olivia came down stairs. That innocence was breathtaking.
What Alice needed most.
I'd like to thank the narrator for speaking life into this book. I couldn't have done it better.
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.
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.
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.