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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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    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

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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

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    "Okay story"
    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


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    Linda 07-19-14
    Linda 07-19-14
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    "Smart and entertaining- so fun!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    A great insight into dysfunctional relationships in a fun way.


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

    Two voices, two points of view of the same experiences that sometimes have no relationship to each other.


    Any additional comments?

    This was just a fun book to listen to. The narration was excellent, good solid story with an interesting twist. You may question your relationship with your own pet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Amelia Courthouse, VA, United States 07-18-14
    Dawn Amelia Courthouse, VA, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Sweet premise that just didn't quite make it"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was recommended by a fellow book club member who felt it was charming and warm. I like charming and warm, so I gave it a try. Couldn't do it. I grabbed a blanket and still couldn't get warm. The narration was certainly problematic, but truly, maybe there wasn't enough sophistication to work with. I'm not sure why I expected more, though my own labrador is pretty darn sophisticated, so maybe that's where I went wrong. To be fair, it's a fast listen/read, predictable and likely tame enough to not disturb those with an artificial heart apparatus, so with that in mind, it can fill a few hours on the road. (You can leave it running while you grab a bite to eat, you won't miss enough to matter)

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    Mon San Francisco, Ca 07-03-14
    Mon San Francisco, Ca 07-03-14 Member Since 2010

    12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

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    "A dog turns into a dog"
    What did you love best about Emily and Einstein?

    I found lots to like about this audiobook. It was pretty funny and the narration was great. The best bits are when Sandy has to come to terms with being a dog and live life as a dog, and well do those things that dogs do. That was probably the best part of the story and when I laughed the most.

    As the story unfolds you are told that Sandy was totally privileged and never really had to work hard at anything. He did fall hard for Emily in the beginning because she was a challenge but didn't appreciate her once married. So - when he suddenly passes and he comes back as a dog, most literally and figuratively he has to figure out how to make things right with Emily. And if it wasn't challenging enough being a man, imagine him trying to make it right as a dog. This self discovery bit while funny also got tiring because Sandy and Emily's relationship was never really explored and so I didn't get why he didn't like her. I didn't know where the breakdown happened in their relationship. You just get to hear that he was sick of her and didn't care for her without any real background It was a bit of a disconnect for me. It's as if the story had originally been longer and more developed and at the end was edited so severely to leave out some major key points.

    But besides THAT, really enjoyed this book and still recommend.


    If you could take any character from Emily and Einstein out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd bring Einstein to my house and feed him in a heartbeat.


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    Amazon Customer Pennsylvania 07-02-14
    Amazon Customer Pennsylvania 07-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun and original"
    Would you listen to Emily and Einstein again? Why?

    I might listen again in a few years because it was fun and motivational. I really liked how she picked herself up by the boot straps and took control. I also enjoyed the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked so much in this book... The New York book industry setting, Emily taking up running, the swank New York apartment ... But mostly I loved the dog...her arrogant dead husband locked in a dog's body. And he just never gets over himself... Arrogant even with paws!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when she runs the marathon, hits "the wall", collapses... Then at her very lowest she has a revelation and her life turns around!


    Who was the most memorable character of Emily and Einstein and why?

    This is a no-brainer... EINSTEIN! Einstein is her deceased husband stuck in a dog's body... Heaven's way of giving him a second chance to redeem himself. But being the arrogant man he was, it takes nothing short of a miracle to help him see the light. It was also fun to see the "man" transform mentally into a dog. Very clever!


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was great... And I really loved the male/female duo... I don't like when male narrators have to create women's voices... Too weird. And vice versa with women. This book lent itself perfectly to the male/female narrators.

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    Janels Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 06-28-14
    Janels Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 06-28-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Learning life lessons from a dog, and as a dog"

    (spoiler alert?) Emily becomes a children's author, and writes books about just what this book is about. It is predictable, allegorical life lessons, as though written for children. Children would be better at suspending belief with a dog angel. The pure of heart triumph, and the impure are shamed.

    I don't know if it was just my recording, but it is the only book that I have heard that repeats phrases and sentences occasionally. Bad job of editing?

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    Irma Plymouth, MN, United States 06-26-14
    Irma Plymouth, MN, United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Delightful!"

    Fun, light reading. This book engages the imagination and hooks the reader to follow the story to the end. Unrealistic as the story may be, it makes the reader wonder "what if it really could happen like this."

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    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 06-21-14
    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 06-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A little predictable, but a fun read"
    Would you listen to Emily and Einstein again? Why?

    Hmm, no I would not listen again because the story drove the listening and now, well, I know the story. But I loved the dog angle. Just because it's a "fun" read, and not a great literary work, doesn't mean it wasn't a great distraction for long commutes.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It's perfectly "enjoyable." Just not deep, but I knew that going in.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performances were actually really great - even to the mimicking of one another's sub-characters. So, if Tatiana sounded one way as interpreted by Cassandra, she sounded similar as interpreted by Dan. Good trick. There are actually several places where editing failed and the same line was read over again. Not the readers' faults though.


    If you could rename Emily and Einstein, what would you call it?

    Good title.


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