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
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.
The switches between characters points of view.
Yes, although sometimes Cassandra got too whispery.
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.
The premise was ridiculous.
It was predictable all the way.
They were OK but they did not have much to work with,
The heart on the wall.
I bought this book in a $4.95 sale. Big mistake. I always finish a book. I listened to this one on 2X normal speed to get through it as quickly as possible.
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.
Yes definitely, this was my first one at a sale
Can't think of anything
Definitely. Could do all my cleaning with her stories
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
It was a fluffy summer read and it did hold my attention.
Probably not. I found the characters to be not only 2-dimensional, but inconsistent. I found the book disappointing overall.
I didn't really warm to any of the characters.
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.
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.
A great insight into dysfunctional relationships in a fun way.
Two voices, two points of view of the same experiences that sometimes have no relationship to each other.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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)
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
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.
I'd bring Einstein to my house and feed him in a heartbeat.
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