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Before I Go to Sleep Audiobook

Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

"As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.
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"As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...."

Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.

Welcome to Christine's life.

©2011 S.J. Watson (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Cynthia Curran Minneapolis, MN 10-20-11
    Cynthia Curran Minneapolis, MN 10-20-11
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    "absorbing and unique"

    The narrative concept of this novel is unique and clever in execution. It is rare that an epistolary style can be maintained without becoming intrusive and artificial. Having said that, though, the ending disappoints and feels rather rushed. Most works in this genre have this problem but I don't know the answer. I would be angry if authors didn't tie up the questions with a plot conclusion but I am rarely satisfied. This ending was no exception--a bit too neat and unlikely--but the book itself I really enjoyed enhanced by a talented reader.

    It may be that the novel works so well because the author clearly is taken with the definition of self. Are we the sum of our memories or is personality something contained and separate?

    It is rare that I get so caught up in a novel that I listen to it straight through like I did this one. My final opinion is that this novel is sort of like life: absorbing in spots and at times terrifying but ultimately unsatisfying. :)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JIMENA LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 01-28-13
    JIMENA LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Would not recommend, stretched too long"

    The plot was not too bad but the whole story was weak. This could have been a 3 or 4 hour book but it stretched way too long. Not enough substance to keep it going. Really depressing and repetitive. I would not recommend this book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra 04-22-16
    Alexandra 04-22-16
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    "Boring"

    Starts off well, but by chapter 3 or so becomes a complete snore! There is no true suspense just the meanderings of an amnesiacs mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brook 10-15-15
    Brook 10-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Pacing is soooooooooo sloooooooooooow"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Nope.


    Would you recommend Before I Go to Sleep to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'm afraid I'm not a fan. This felt a lot like a novel that should've been a short story -- or a novella at most. The pacing was glacial, and unfortunately the characters weren't nuanced or well-developed enough to bear up to that level of scrutiny. Just not much there there. And you'll see the end coming from around the third chapter on. Not a terrible book but definitely not an inspired one either.


    Was Before I Go to Sleep worth the listening time?

    Nope.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 09-05-15
    Jennifer 09-05-15
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    "Disappointed"

    It was a good book but it felt so dragged on. I felt bad for Christine but I could not stand Orlagh Cassidy's voice , it made Christine sound like she was whining rather than distressed or scared . I think, in my opinion , had I read it on my own first or heard another person reading the story I might I have liked it better . It was suspenseful but no thriller .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 07-20-15
    Jennifer 07-20-15
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    "Drawn out and repetitive"

    This story is seriously drawn out. The first half of the story is the same thing over and over. You could read the first two chapters and then skip to the last three and not miss a beat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 06-26-15
    Julie 06-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent! Exciting, absorbing,satisfying."

    Great book, absorbing story , couldn't stop listening to find out what happens. Recommended for anyone wanting a really absorbing book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    starshockeymom Baltimore 06-18-15
    starshockeymom Baltimore 06-18-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Great story!"

    Really likeed this story very engaging and kept me guessing. I would recommend to friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 06-17-15
    Tom 06-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "One To Captivate"

    Compelling story..riveting suspense throughout. Brilliant tour de force that Mr. Watson created such a convincing female persona as Christine to bring us through this cerebral thriller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Macky San Francisco, CA 06-10-15
    Laura Macky San Francisco, CA 06-10-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great story with narration making it come to life!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Before I Go to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Yes actually I would. The narrator, Orlagh Cassidy is really fantastic. She made the story so much more mysterious. I've never thought of this until after I finished this book, but a good narrator who obviously knows the story can really lead you on with their voice. I could not "put my earbuds" down.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't want to give it away here so I'll just say that I liked Christine best.


    What about Orlagh Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    Everything. The mystery in her voice was excellent. She did not give anything away and made me wonder the entire time what was really going on. I loved her performance and am now looking for other books narrated by her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Keeps you wondering!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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