I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.
I recently listened to "The Husband's Secret" (Moriarty's latest book) and enjoyed it so much that I needed to find something else of hers to read. I didn't know that I could like chick-lit so much. Is this chick-lit? I felt like it was smarter than what I typically think of as chick-lit. Maybe it could be called contemporary fiction for women, but is that just chick-lit in the end?
I really like Moriarty's formula. She creates an interesting event that her stories revolve around. Her books are suspenseful with side plots that also have hidden secrets. In this book, Alice bumps her head at the gym and forgets the last ten years of her life. AMNESIA! What a interesting and soap opera thing to have happened, minus all the bad lighting. So instead of knowing that she is 39, Alice thinks she is 29. Of course, Alice's life has change a lot over the last ten years and not necessarily for the better. We get to see in time all of what Alice has forgotten about her own life as well as those close to her. Her sister and grandmother also play significant roles in the book and narrate sporadically. Maybe the amnesia twist is over the top, but I think that Alice's reaction to the event and to those close to her was convincing. I thought it was smart and well executed on the author's part. I didn't love the ending, it was a bit drawn out and slow, but it didn't leave anything unresolved. Overall, the book was heart-warming and heart-breaking with a bit of humor tossed in.
I don't think this will appeal much to men. It gets a bit dramatic and focuses on the thoughts and feelings of 3 different women. It's a bit "girly". And, like I stated before, this isn't a book that you would call literary, even though I think Moriarty has well thought out plots and dialogue. I enjoyed the narration by Lovatt-Smith, especially her Australian accent. I thought she was charming. If you are a woman that enjoys chick-lit or contemporary fiction, then I think you will enjoy this listen/read.
Never without an audible book on my phone!
My first Liane Moriarty book. What a nice surprise! Definitely a step above chic lit. Engaging, humorous and thought provoking. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It just kept ending...3 or 4 times. I thought the conclusion would have been better if the author stopped with the first ending.
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.
I am retired and I love having more time for audio books. I also enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and genealogy.
I spent about three days immersed in Alice's story. It's all about amnesia, marriage, divorce, infertility, having children--life! Basically, it is what I call a "relationship book." No monsters, no non-stop action, no murders. However, there certainly was a slowly unfolding mystery. The story held me spellbound, and I never lost interest.
I was particularly charmed by the narrator, Tamara Lovatt-Smith. Her delightful Australian accent, along with a perfect take on Alice's personality, made me love listening to this story. Her voice remained in my head the next day after I had finished my listen.
If I had a minor quibble, it would be that Ms. Lovatt-Smith should learn how to do different voices to make the narration a little easier for listeners. I am sure this will come in time.
The next time I get the craving for a "relationship" book, I will certainly turn to Liane Moriarty. And hopefully, to Ms. Lovatt-Smith.
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 .
This book was horrible a waste of a credit !!!! Terrible stoyline
Not have written this
the voice of the narrator was annoying
none hated it deleted off my phone immediately
would not recommend
I liked the theme - story line.
I thought the one character was a bit whiny and wonder if I was reading it instead of listening I may have "heard" her differently.
I was waiting for some twist or turn which didn't really happen - events that happened throughout were somewhat predictable.
The plot of this book seemed interesting . With the exception of occasional moments, I was unimpressed. I felt the author was just trying to stretch the suspense by sheer volume of writing as opposed to good story-telling. I did not laugh once, and the plot was just a mess. Great narrator, though. She did what she could.
This was a wonderful listen. I'm single, no kids and don't live in suburbia so I shouldn't even be interested in this book. But it is a book every sister, brother, husband, wife, good friend and person should read. There are some reviews that didn't like the narrator because she didn't change her voice for various characters. Don't fall for that criticism. The narrator was reading the book - and did a great job. There was no need for a performance - the story was the performance. I don't like love stories, but this was a story about life and recognizing the important things in life - before it is too late. Brilliant translation of "don't sweat the small stuff" and "be your own person".....one of my favorites and I will reread year after year!
This is the best book I've read in a very long time
I want to say its a top 5... Which is hard to do as an avid reader.. This book told the story .. A very realistic story.. From ALL angles... And through those angles and point of views you got to know each character.. And love them for who they are. Its nice to find a book that is believably realistic but also makes you put yourself in the shoes of the character by thinking beyond YOURSELF....
WRITTEN BEAUTIFULLY.... THANKS FOR THE RIDE