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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
(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?
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."
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.
It's perfectly "enjoyable." Just not deep, but I knew that going in.
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.
Unusual story and Einstein was very witty. I would love to own a dog like that boy!
Everything! Great narration.
The narration was astounding - the voices and acting for each character brought this story to life.
Einstein reminded me of a dog I once had, who seemed almost human.
Have not but now will search them out.
It wasn't riveting to the point where I felt I needed to listen to "just ten more minutes" but so enjoyable to pick up each day.
This was not a book I sought out, it was a daily deal and usually those are tolerable, sometimes OK. That's why I was surprised to find a totally engaging story, told my remarkably talented narrators.
The concept of this story is really quite clever but the writing itself is awful. To say it is sophomoric would be too complimentary; juvenile is more descriptive. I won't even go into the poor grammar which I find inexcusable in a book reaching publication. Life's short, too many good books, don't waste your time with this one.
I loved the story line.
Emily and Einstein is the perfect name
This is a great listen. I normally listen while I do yard work but this was one that I just couldn't put down
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. It was fun to listen to and had a message.
I'm married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Love to read books, and love to listen to audio books. Genre's UF/Sci-Fi/ dystopian/ fiction and mystery/thrillers
I absolutely loved every minute of this book...:) Linda Francis Lee is 3 for 3, so far I have enjoyed all of her books on Audible.
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