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 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.
Recent college grad who studied creative writing... now I bum 'round listening to other's works. Not a bad life :)
For light reading, this book and others by Moriarty are great.
I really valued the marriage difficulties and successes in this book. It's so true, and if you're in a marriage that has had its fair share of shakes you're bound to really get into the storyline.
The narration is very "interesting." Narrator Lovatt-Smith is very distinctive. She can be slow and sultry or quick with the wit of a line. However, her voice is flat to me. She doesn’t do enough to represent each character, imo. I did like how she acted out each child’s voice in this novel. That was a bit of a thrill, but the rest of the characters were rather flat.
I would take Mrs. Moriarty, the author, out! We could share a bottle of wine and she could tell me the plot of her next book because I can't wait for number four :)
This story is FANTASTIC! What Alice Forgot is my second novel by Moriarty and I listened to it in just four days! Like with the first, The Husband’s Secret, the setting is in Australia. I love the backdrop; it’s so much fun to hear the references made to American culture. For instance, you’ll see lines about Bill Clinton and Brad Pitt weaved into the plot. And, in the other hand, you get lines like “the child cradled her mother’s leg like a koala.” So much fun!! Also, Moriarty’s style is so fascinating. She has women pegged! And I don’t say that lightly. She bounces around from their words to their thoughts exploring all aspects of dialog. This is really hard to do and I have seen it get very sticky in other books but never with her. She is an expert at not only exploring all viewpoints of dialog but she also tells simultaneous stories that parallel the protagonist. Just genius! I was turned on to Moriarty by a reviewer and I hope I too can encourage a listen too. I doubt you’ll regret it.
I like it when I find a new author I knew nothing about. I had to download her others to read on ipad.
I love the way Liane Moriarty interweaves wisdom, humor, and suspense to pen a complex story that kept me turning the pages ( figuratively because this is an audio book ) from the very first sentence to the very last. The characters are thoroughly engaging and I found that I really cared what happened to them .This is a wonderful and immensely enjoyable tale .
I really enjoyed the concept of this book, but found it a little difficult to get into it initially because of the narrator. It felt like there was very little (if any) change in voice between characters. The story changes perspective quite a bit, so the limited voice ranges sometimes made it confusing to follow 'who said what to whom'. Once I got past that and had a better sense of the characters, I started to enjoy the story more.
It was a little drawn out. I ended up listening to the middle of the book on three times the speed, but overall it was a really good story and I was touched. It made me think about my own marriage and how I could be looking at things from a different perspective. I really like her stories I just think they are sometimes a little long.
Very easy listen with relatable characters! Pulls at your heartstrings. Made me appreciate my kids even more. A++! Must read!
I couldn't turn this audiobook off. It touches on the complexities of marriage, relationships and how they change over time. I really felt like I was there with the characters throughout the story. I found a little bit of myself in each one of the characters too.