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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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    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 06-28-14
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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 06-26-14
    Irma 06-26-14
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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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    Patricia United States 06-15-14
    Patricia United States 06-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I Loved this book!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Unusual story and Einstein was very witty. I would love to own a dog like that boy!


    What about Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell ’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Great narration.


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    ellegreenland Seattle, WA United States 06-13-14
    ellegreenland Seattle, WA United States 06-13-14 Member Since 2010

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    "A fun surprise!"
    What made the experience of listening to Emily and Einstein the most enjoyable?

    The narration was astounding - the voices and acting for each character brought this story to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Einstein reminded me of a dog I once had, who seemed almost human.


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

    Have not but now will search them out.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Nancy United States 06-13-14
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    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.

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    Cathie Massachusetss 06-01-14
    Cathie Massachusetss 06-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the best books I'ves listen to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the story line.


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

    Emily and Einstein is the perfect name


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listen. I normally listen while I do yard work but this was one that I just couldn't put down

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    michelle page AIEA, HI, US 04-09-14
    michelle page AIEA, HI, US 04-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun enjoyable audiobook!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. It was fun to listen to and had a message.


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    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 03-19-13
    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2005

    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

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    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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