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Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances | [Linda Francis Lee]

Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.
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He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

Suddenly, Emily is forced on a journey to find out who her husband really was... all the while feeling that somehow he isn't really gone. And what if he isn't?

Angry, hurt, and sometimes betrayed by loving memories of the man she lost, Emily finds comfort in a scruffy dog named Einstein. But is Einstein's seemingly odd determination that she save herself enough to make Emily confront her own past? Can he help her find a future - even after she meets a new man?

©2011 Linda Francis Lee (P)2011 Tantor

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    Randy Ouellette 08-13-14
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    "Great feel good book."
    What did you love best about Emily and Einstein?

    The trials Emily seamed to overcome all of them


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Einstein


    What does Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The expressions


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Einstein finally found peace


    Any additional comments?

    Great great great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Taliaferro 08-08-14

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    "Amusing premise, but too many cliches."
    Would you try another book from Linda Francis Lee and/or Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell ?

    Yes


    What was most disappointing about Linda Francis Lee’s story?

    The main character is a book editor, and although she often describes something as being a cliche that she would delete as an editor, it appears that the editor of this book did not see fit to do the same.


    What does Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not sure, because I only heard it - did not read it. Maybe the cliches would have been less noticeable - not sure.


    Could you see Emily and Einstein being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A movie, yes. While listening to the book I occasionally I thought it might have been written with that in mind. I think it would really make a successful movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the idea of the shallow jerk of a man having to live in the body of a dog… and how he ended up becoming a much better human being.

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    Laurie 08-07-14
    Laurie 08-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Love to listen to recorded books while driving, gardening and cleaning house!

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    "Some men are dogs...and some poor dogs become men!"
    Where does Emily and Einstein rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A true literary surprise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Emily and Einstein?

    I particularly liked how Einstein suffered physical discomfort when he began behaving selfishly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Einstein showed Emily the dirt on his human mom.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh... if only I had 12+ hours to sit and do ANYTHING, it would be to find out what Einstein would do next!


    Any additional comments?

    There is hope... even if you're a dog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Haynes 07-31-14
    Kim Haynes 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "It was interesting enough....."

    It was interesting enough to keep me awake on a long drive, but too unrealistic for my liking. Reincarnation as purgatory, good works getting you to "the other side," but never recognizing God.....bottom line is it's probably not a good choice for someone with strongly held religious beliefs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Krenkel 07-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Weak Female"
    Where does Emily and Einstein rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Middle


    What did you like best about this story?

    The switches between characters points of view.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell ?

    Yes, although sometimes Cassandra got too whispery.


    Any additional comments?

    It would have been nice if Emily, who is supposed to be a strong female, wasn't projected for the entire book as a weak-spined female who sounds like she is whining and whispering all the time.

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    Amanda United States 07-27-14
    Amanda United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Oh please….seriously?"
    What disappointed you about Emily and Einstein?

    The premise was ridiculous.


    What was most disappointing about Linda Francis Lee’s story?

    It was predictable all the way.


    What didn’t you like about Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell ’s performance?

    They were OK but they did not have much to work with,


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Emily and Einstein?

    The heart on the wall.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book in a $4.95 sale. Big mistake. I always finish a book. I listened to this one on 2X normal speed to get through it as quickly as possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yoli G 07-25-14
    Yoli G 07-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great STORY!!"

    I THOUGHT THIS WAS A GREAT STORY. I LOVE HOW EMILY ROSE FROM DIFFICULT SITUATION AND TRUIMPHED AGAINST ALL ODDS. I LOVE THE CHARACTER OF EINSTEIN.

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    Marlène United States 07-23-14
    Marlène United States 07-23-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Most entertaining"
    What did you like best about Emily and Einstein? What did you like least?

    The relationship between reincarnated boyfriend and main character. Hilarious in a not so funny story. Depicts people not always on their best side which is refreshing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Linda Francis Lee? Why or why not?

    Yes definitely, this was my first one at a sale


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Can't think of anything


    Was Emily and Einstein worth the listening time?

    Definitely. Could do all my cleaning with her stories


    Any additional comments?

    Some events in the story are forseeable and slightly cliched but totally acceptable. Lovely comprehension of the way the male gender works, hilariously spot on at times

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    APR Boston, MA 07-23-14
    APR Boston, MA 07-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great premise, disappointing execution"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a fluffy summer read and it did hold my attention.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Linda Francis Lee? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I found the characters to be not only 2-dimensional, but inconsistent. I found the book disappointing overall.


    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    I didn't really warm to any of the characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


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    Wes1961 Charlotte, NC USA 07-20-14
    Wes1961 Charlotte, NC USA 07-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Val

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    When I realized that part of the narrative was a dog, I wasn't sure I would finish this book. I thought it would be a waste of time. I decided to give it a chance and I ended up liking the book more than expected. I still find Sandy coming back as a dog strange though.


    What does Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed their voices and they gave me more insight into the characters. They were what kept me listening. I know I would not have finished this book if I had read it.


    Do you think Emily and Einstein needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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