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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Hope 09-29-14
    Hope 09-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Sweet, Uncomplicated Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Emily and Einstein the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    I actually enjoyed the beginning of the book a lot.


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

    Dan John Miller was very animated as Einstein. He was enjoyable to listen to as the Einstein character.


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

    Einstein... he basically narrates the book. You actually reflects on his time as a human, and you also see his perspective as the dog.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lilian Santos 09-04-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved this book"

    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.

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    Catherine 09-02-14
    Catherine 09-02-14
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    "A Book with Depth and Excitement"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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)


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    DonnaRussell Tempe, AZ, United States 08-20-14
    DonnaRussell Tempe, AZ, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Easy Listen"
    If you could sum up Emily and Einstein in three words, what would they be?

    pleasant, pedantic,


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    Amazon Customer 08-15-14
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    "Wonderful"
    Would you listen to Emily and Einstein again? Why?

    Yes


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

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the man picked her up in the lobby


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful book. The characters are true to life.

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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

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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.

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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.

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    Kelly Krenkel 07-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    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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