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
Emily is a sweetheart, happy and waiting for her husband, Sandy Portman to arrive after work. He made a point to tell her he would be home after work so she happily prepared his favorite meal in anticipation. Unfortunately, on his way home to meet Emily, Sandy was struck and killed in a tragic accident. Before the funeral was even over she received the shocking news that her in-laws were making plans to evict her from her Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But nothing was more devastating than slowly uncovering the truth that she never knew Sandy at all, that her entire marriage with him was made up of lies.
*** I originally picked up this audiobook at the suggestion and praise of a friend, who being a dog person like myself, thought I would find it a wonderful audiobook. Naturally, the dog on the cover also helped me to make the selection.
I didn’t know quite what I was expecting, but it was quite a journey that Emily took in discovering a lot about herself and the man she had been in love with. Suffice it to say that I found myself not liking Sandy Portman very much at first, although he did begin to grow on me after he began to understand himself after he was given a second chance at life.
During her grieving, Emily found some comfort in the adoption of Einstein, a rather scruffy looking dog at the pound which Emily had been volunteering at. Through the caring of Einstein, Emily could sob all her heartache out, and it almost seemed as if Einstein understood all that she was going through. As it turned out, by taking Einstein out to the doggy park Emily meets a very handsome and gorgeous young man. A young man Emily tried her best to smother her budding interest in only to find that they were actually neighbors in the Dakota.
Bottom line: EMILY & EINSTEIN was a delightful story both emotional and touching, with several laugh out loud moments coming from Einstein. Fun and very entertaining.
Marilyn Rondeau, for www.ck2skwipsandkritiques.com
This isn't a bad audible, just not quite good. The story is ok, I think, but the narration gets in the way. The physical and personality descriptions of the characters don't match the voices. This mismatch was extreme enough to get in the way of my enjoyment of the title. Before you purchase, take a listen and realize the male narrator is supposed to be GQ handsome with blond hair. I guess I just wouldn't recommend this on audible. I don't know if it would be good in print.
It didn't take long for me to start to enjoy each character in the book, which always makes a book more enjoyable for me.
I actually enjoyed the beginning of the book a lot.
Dan John Miller was very animated as Einstein. He was enjoyable to listen to as the Einstein character.
Einstein... he basically narrates the book. You actually reflects on his time as a human, and you also see his perspective as the dog.
This was a fun little "listen" for a weekend. It was easy to listen to, stop, and pick back up while working on another project.
It is the story of a man/husband who dies and lives in the body of a dog (Einstein). It is sweet and adorable but interesting. It shows you also a bit of the publishing world.
I would recommend this audiobook to my friends because the story line is different and exciting. This book (without revealing any spoilers) had so many different aspects to it and you got to see essentially how all of the characters were feeling about the situation at hand. The author did an excellent job to make sure the characters were feeling according to their personality and not because she needed to have multiple different angles.
My favorite moment is when Emily gets back on her feet and moves on with her life. You see that she doesn't hold onto anything that she doesn't need and Sandy helped her move on her way. You also see how she has grown since the accident and how she has carried the accident with her as a learning experience rather than a burden. You find that with little help for anyone other Sandy, she has to push forward on her own.
My favorite scene is the final scene when she runs the marathon. (Not trying to give an spoilers so I will leave it at that)
Jordan was the most memorable character. She was flaky, she was abrupt, and she was definitely not appropriate. You find however, that she is hurting just as bad as Emily for different reasons and you see how she is affecting everyone around her. She still stays the same old Jordan through out the book even though Sandy too tries to help her cope with her problems.
Overall the book was EXCELLENT. I loved the fact that they had to voice actors narrating the book, I also loved the fact that the book wasn't typical. Some of the areas were, but overall the book showed growth and depth within the characters. You feel for Emily and Jordan as well as Sandy through the tough situation that they are all facing. However, you see how everyone in the book grows from it and becomes better people from it.
So this isn't great literature, but it is a pleasant story that has a nice ending that is about what you would expect. I found it very relaxing.
After the party and the anger in Einstein is so like any selfish self centered man. He reveals what a jerk he is and he doesn't see it.
When the man picked her up in the lobby
This is a wonderful book. The characters are true to life.
The trials Emily seamed to overcome all of them
When Einstein finally found peace
Great great great book
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.
Not sure, because I only heard it - did not read it. Maybe the cliches would have been less noticeable - not sure.
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.
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.
Love to listen to recorded books while driving, gardening and cleaning house!
A true literary surprise.
I particularly liked how Einstein suffered physical discomfort when he began behaving selfishly.
My favorite scene was when Einstein showed Emily the dirt on his human mom.
Oh... if only I had 12+ hours to sit and do ANYTHING, it would be to find out what Einstein would do next!
There is hope... even if you're a dog.
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