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
If I follow you, it's because I've glanced through your reviews and more than likely found books I've agreed with you on and also found at least one book that the majority loved, and you and I were less than thrilled with. I know I should follow you then for that next read that I will enjoy.
This is no Devil in the Junior League, nothing like that, which I loved, loved, and have been checking back to see when Ms. Lee would put something else out. I have listened and/or read her other books, so used one of my credits on this book. I think, myself, of having no knowledge of how a book is published, what editors do, et cetera, was one of the most interesting points of this book, i.e., getting a "good" book supported. Really and truly, enjoyable listen, good story.
All kinds of things woven in the relationships among the characters in this book.
Linda Francis Lee has written another great book. Emily & Einstein is different from her other books, but the author's voice and subtle humor are still evident. Throughout the book it is difficult to determine if you ever really like Einstein, the dog (due to a twist in fate, all is not what it seems), but in the end he does the honorable thing for Emily, his devoted owner. Lee takes us through the emotions in a moment in time for Emily. Anyone who has been through a terrible break up or death of a loved one will recognize themselves in this book as you slosh through the ups and downs of trying to regain balance. Lee does an excellent job in character development not only of Emily, but also of Einstein and Emily's sister, Jordan. Some of it was a little far fetched, but it didn't matter because Lee gave us pieces of our human condition, which is always captivating in a book. It is not wholly a happy ending, but it's real. The performance of the narrators was excellent, as was the switching back and forth of the point of view (Emily and then Einstein, etc.). While I think I still like the Devil in the Junior League better, this was well worth the time and money invested and I'm glad I read it.
I like Linda Francis Lee's other audiobooks, so I was hoping to like this one too. But......unfortunately, that didn't happen. The premise in a nutshell: Emily's husband dies and comes back as a dog named Einstein. His mind is in tact and he remains the pompous jerk that he was in life....but as a dog.
This is one of those books that could be an easy, middle-of-the-road listen if the narrators were good. I actually found Cassandra Campbell to be great. Her reading really gave some depth to the Emily character that I think could have been lost with a lesser reader. But, Dan John Miller, was terrible! He paused at weird times, pronounced things incorrectly (a brown stone, instead of brownstone) and had an uneven pace. It really took me out of the book whenever his reading came. I was wishing that CC just read the male part too.
Overall, not terrible.....just not great or as good as her other books.
I should have been more cautious when buying- the whole dog as a main character/narrator situation was not my thing.
That said, I thought the story was pretty decent within the confines. I knew from the start that I would not ever relisten.
Emily as a character was great and I thought both narrators did well.
I have so many titles in my library and perhaps I should go back and begin to listen to them all again. Would this be on the top of my begin again list? Well no, it isn't "The Pillars Of The Earth", but I truly enjoyed the many layers of this book.
When the dog was telling his part of the story.
Each time Einstein the dog had to "reevaluate" his thinking in order to "not fade away."
Being an extreme dog lover, it made me both laugh and cry. The idea that a man in a dog's body can better understand his human nature and fix his flaws is genius!
Emily and Einstein is a favilous book without any substance. It is a fun read but that is all.
This is the first performance by Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell that I have listened too. They did an excellence job with a very mediocre book.
Rarely do I listen to a book twice but this one has grabbed my attention. By the end I was sad to hear it finish. What an original idea and so well performed. There are a few glitches in the recording with repeats of segments but overall it is well worth your time.
This book was terrific. I'm now going to check out the author's other works. It was so creative and funny. Listened to it in 3 days! A lot of fun and brought a smile to my face when I listened to Einstein.
Both narrators were great. But you really can here Sandy's personality through Einstein which I may not have interpreted while reading.
I would take Einstein. My husband's dog is a little Bichon and I have a feeling his personality is much like Einsteins. I even told my husband to listen to Eistein's chapters for the fun of it.
I very rarely write a review, I do however simply press the "review button."
I never actually shed a tear......... no, never ..... except this time.
What a great writer and what a great story.
She did it all! Read it. Don't weep, it is good
I guess I am really in the minority in that, try as I might, I just could not like this story.
I found the story shallow and very unbelievable. I did not have a good time listening to this story. It is the type of story that might only be interesting to females, in my opinion. Even having a dog in the story did not help.
I found the characters unlikeable. Emily, the daughter of a strong feminist mother, was wishy-washy, weak, and indecisive til the very end. Her husband, Sandy, was despicable. Her sister was irresponsible and selfish. The dog had no dog personality (no spoilers here.) The themes of this story were boring to me, and I got so tired of Emily referring to her mother. I did finish the story and I felt the narrators did the best they could given a slow, boring story.
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