If your old life vanished completely, should you try to get it back or create a whole new one? That's the intriguing question at the heart of Catherine McKenzie's Forgotten.
The smart, funny, and provocative story of a woman who returns home after being stranded for months in Africa by an earthquake, only to find that everyone in her life believed she was dead and moved on, Forgotten is captivating and thought-provoking contemporary women's fiction from the author of Arranged and Spin - a fresh and witty tale that will not be soon forgotten.
©2012 Catherine McKenzie (P)2016 Catherine McKenzie
"For fans of The Good Wife, Catherine McKenzie's Forgotten is a pure, page-turning pleasure." (Gwendolen Gross, author of The Orphan Sister)
"By turns hilarious and heart-tugging.... A thoroughly enjoyable read!" (Juliette Fay, author of Deep Down True)
Because tales should be told.
Definitely, this book is well-written with interesting characters and an original plot.
It tackles the problem of what makes your life worth living in an original way. In the story, Emma sorts through influences of society, her mother, and the imprint her father's abandonment left on her and finds herself.
That is a hard choice. There are lots of good scenes, but I think my favorite is when Emma comes home from Africa on a wintry cold day to find her apartment has been leased to a total stranger. Her pictures and many of her belongings are gone. Her bank account has been frozen. She has no money. The brilliance of this book is that this scene is funny and poignant. It is touching, but not heavy. It is funny first, and then thought provoking. Great book.
All of the characters are well-written, but Emma is my favorite. She is an ambitious lawyer who likes a challenge. She went to law school to learn to argue so well that she would never again lose an argument. Yet, she takes a month off to go to Africa to fulfill the dying request of her mother. Very likable character.
This is for an adult audience. Some steamy sex scenes. Great book. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Yes. Narrator was great. I enjoyed the story, although I didn't love it. It kept my attention and the characters were interesting.
It was somewhat predictable... maybe add a little more conflict somehow.
She was great! Tone, narration, enthusiasm... she made the characters come to life.
I would be interested to see what happens to the characters, especially Emma as she truly settles back into her "new" life.
Audiobook reviewer at MyBookHype dot com
Oh, this book was so sweet, light and easy to listen to. It was filled with a great sense of humor and not long into it, I knew I had found another favorite author and narrator.
Emma has lost her mother to cancer and fulfills her dying wish about going on a one month trip to Africa. Due to an earthquake Emma is stuck in Africa for 6 months without much communication to the world outside. Her friends and co-workers think she died in the earthquake and when she finally returns, she finds herself in the most horrifying nightmare of picking up the pieces of the life she left behind.
I loved the storyline and it is very well developed and so is the characters. I loved the way how I could feel Emma in my bones with her thoughts and worries. The dialogue is also top-notch and extremely humorous! It's a tragic story told with many funny elements.
It's hard for me not to give this book 5 stars because I really enjoyed it to the fullest. However, I was left with many unanswered questions and loose ends. A part of me wish there would be a sequel - or just a little novella, to fill me in with these loose ends. I thought it ended very sudden, even though it had the ending I was hoping for. That's why I'll give it 4 stars (4½ if I could!) for the story, but I still consider Catherine McKenzie to be an amazing author.
Narrator Kristi Burns also did an amazing performance. She made me feel I was watching a movie or TV-show. I kept getting images in my mind throughout the story, like I was watching it on screen or was a fly on the wall. Kristi is very authentic in her narration and draws you into the story, like everything seems natural to her. She's now on my top favorite narrator list!
*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. Read all my reviews at mybookhype dot com
Professional Actress and Audiobook Narrator. Lifetime Story Teller.
Catherine Mckenzie's novel is sweet and simple. I enjoyed that it held many genres including comedy, romance, and mystery. It was well written and an enjoyable read. The only thing I wanted is a little more closure in the end for the main character, but that's personal preference.
Narrator Kristi Burns did a fine job narrating the book. She had great pace and rhythm. However I wasn't a fan of some of the male character voices. More is less for me.
I was hung up, however, on the editing/quality of the audiobook. It was obvious where narration edits were done as the audio quality, tone, and volume did not match. There were also several mouth noises that threw off the fluidity of the narration.
Overall, a nice story.
I would recommend it to someone looking for an easy going read.
This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
What a fun book with a plot that I haven't seen before. Returning home after 6 months in Africa, Emma finds that everyone thought she was dead. But the story isn't the sad book that you might think it is. Instead, Catherine McKenzie gives you the fun, light-hearted and quirky side of the story. Kristi Burns narration of this story is spot on. She does an amazing job!
I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
I'm an avid audiobook fan reading contemporary, romance, YA, PNR, fantasy and sci-fi. I review for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
I would class this as women's fiction. The audiobook was based on a very interesting concept. Emma, the heroine went on a trip to Africa and because of a natural disaster, everyone presumes she's dead. When she returns to pick her life back up, she can't. I thoroughly enjoyed the intrigue in the early parts of the book but equally liked reading life beginning to return to some normality. The relationships in this book are hugely complex and betrayal is on the menu from multiple angles.
Emma herself was both an empowered character and wishy washy at times. However, I think her experiences earned her the chance to be weak in certain situations. Dominic was at first a bit of a hero in my eyes but later he annoyed me. Craig left me frustrated.
This is my first book by Catherine Mckenzie but I will be reading more by her.
This was a well narrated story with emotions captured well and a pleasing voice that seemed to fit the character.
The author provided a copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.
Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
You know you're into audiobooks when pondering a particular book's length makes you think of hours rather than pages.
Despite its provocative premise, "Forgotten: A Novel" is less concerned with running away from the past than it is with confronting it. Thus, instead of having her protagonist out wandering some abandoned highway, tattered suitcase by her side, author Catherine McKenzie would prefer that a stand be made right at home. Yet, such a confrontation need not be too overly traumatic, and at the end of the day, it's really not. Originally published in 2012 (but with a decidedly late-90s vibe), this is the sort of light-hearted guilty pleasure, perfect for lulling away a lazy Sunday afternoon while playing on the Internet or sorting through one's sock drawer or some other such domestic frivolity. If it were a movie, it would be a chick-flick and might star Thora Birch opposite Tom Hardy.
The central character, the spunky yet perennially pensive Emma Tupper, is a strong, independent woman, who nonetheless could use a little help once in a while. She seems to inhabit a special universe where everyone and everything somehow seems to relate directly to her. For instance, after she appears on a segment of a morning news program, random strangers from then on accost her with, "Hey, you're that lady that was on that show, aren't you?" It adds up to a kind of "movie logic," where a character turns on a TV just as a relevant news report is being broadcasted, thus nudging the plot along.
Plot points, in one way or another, often pivot around someone coming to Emma's rescue, even in minor crises, such as needing to avoid a long line at the impound lot. (A more substantial rescue occurs early on in the novel and doubles as a romantic "cute-meet.") But, though the trials she must endure are arduous and the villains, pesky, never for a moment does one doubt that everything will work out in the end. It's that sort of novel: fairly predictable yet not of the roll-your-eyes, unpleasant variety. There's even time for a mystery subplot involving stolen art.
Narrator Kristi Burns, an established voiceover artist with various and diverse credits under her belt, perfectly inhabits the characters, here, and provides just the right tone. At this point, I am obligated to inform you that I received this audiobook free-of-charge in exchange for an Audible review; that being said, I had a wide range of books to choose from in this regard and happily chose this one after listening to an audio sample of Ms. Burns' performance. It has proved to be one of my better selections according to my girlfriend, whose attention was hijacked almost immediately after I tapped "play." It wasn't long before she would pester me to play "that book" whenever the opportunity presented itself. The entire book was completed in a matter of days. Overall, I'm quite certain that she enjoyed this novel much more than I (she laughed throughout and was entirely engaged with the plot, trying to predict outcomes); however, it wasn't an unpleasant listen for me, either, and I'm happy I chose it.
I was drawn to the premise and wondered how easily can we all be forgotten after months? I read this for review and looked forward to putting in my headphones whenever listening to this book. Predictable? Yes but in a good way. Chick lit with a twist. Narrator was excellent and the dialogue witty. Will read this author again!
A story that will transcend the depths of your wildest dreams.
Have you ever felt like starting over, anonymous? Ever felt like being able to run away from everything, to no longer exist, to be wiped off the surface of the Earth? Whilst still actually living and breathing, just sort of forgotten about. I've wanted this chance: those days when your family pesters you, you have a huge list of errands, and someone keeps adding more to your load. When you just want to sleep in, lie under the covers. No ringing phones, forever undisturbed- until you choose to make a ripple in the silence. What a dream, right? Who wouldn't want to take that chance. I don't want a day, I want-need-a week.
Emma is granted this grand opportunity when she returns from a trip to Africa, five months too late. She was only supposed to go away for one month, but when an earthquake makes return flights near impossible, she stays longer. When she returns, she discovers that the world believes she's 'missing, presumed dead.' Can you imagine the craziness? Her credit cards no longer work, there is no huge welcome home party, and her best friend travelled to Africa- to find her.
She makes her way to her apartment, only to see some strange man moving in! Her stuff? All gone. The strange man, Dominic allows her to stay in her own apartment, they become close, friends, though it isn't easy. Still, how will she integrate back into her own life, how does she make herself known as a living person? Will she? Or will she go anonymous? And what about her lawyer job? She was supposed to make partner at the firm, after all. And what is the stranger's story? Is he safe?
This is a crazy novel, funny and adventurous. In it, you'll meet a lawyer who actually likes her job. If that's not unbelievable enough, just think how you'll deal with your partner, who believes you've passed on, dating your enemy. It's a safe bet that you'd be pissed. Hell, I was pissed for Emma. It's also a safe bet that this book will make you smile, angry and very curious, especially about the new guy in the picture.
I loved this book, definitely a favourite. I knew that from the first page, but it was confirmed with the reference to The Mentalist. I love the show, Patrick Jane is a legend.
Anyway, I especially liked how Emma dealt with all the stuff, all the change, in her life without asking "Why me?" That's some strength. Her whole character was endearing, even when she was being nosy and prying into Dominic's business. I also adored her relationship with her late mother, their memories, the story behind her first car. It was so touching and was made to feel very real by the narrator, Kristi Burns. There was feeling in her voice, throughout. It was sentimental, passionate and then, drastically light at other times.
All in all, this book was perfect- there was good office humour (reminded me mostly of the TV drama Suits- I'm a huge fan), then there was how none of it was cliché, well just a little bit. From the first moment Emma lays eyes on Dominic she doesn't regard him as 'gorgeous', purely as the intruder. There are no moments when her heart skips a beat upon hearing his voice, instead she gets angry at his words claiming the apartment is his. This was more realistic, and believe me I don't mind clichés (not that much) but I was more in the mood for something more real. A criterion, this book more than fulfilled.
I received this book through Audiobook Boom.
Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!
Upon the death of her mother, Emma Tupper goes on a trip to Africa that was supposed to last one month. She gets sick shortly after her arrival followed by a major earthquake. It is six months before she makes it back home and is presumed dead. The law firm where she was expecting to make partner has moved her arch enemy into her office. Her boyfriend has now hooked up with said enemy. The apartment where she lived has been rented out to someone else. Her best friend has gone to Africa to look for her.
In a nutshell, the life she had is gone.
Kristi Burns does a fantastic job with the narration. She just tells the story. No over the top drama, no larger than life characters. She let's the listener feel the despair.
I was gifted a copy of this book for an honest review. I highly recommend it.
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