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Love Anthony | [Lisa Genova]

Love Anthony

From the award-winning New York Times best-selling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life. Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.
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Publisher's Summary

From the award-winning New York Times best-selling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life.

Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.

Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old severely autistic son has recently died. Her marriage badly frayed by years of stress, she comes to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy of her Anthony's short life.

Beth, a stay-at-home mother of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband’s long-term infidelity. In an attempt to recapture a sense of her pre-married life, she rekindles her passion for writing, determined to find her own voice again. But surprisingly, as she does so, Beth also find herself channeling the voice of an unknown boy, exuberant in his perceptions of the world around him if autistic in his expression - a voice she can share with Olivia - is it Anthony?) - that brings comfort and meaning to them both.

©2012 Lisa Genova (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Judith TONAWANDA, NY, United States 12-21-12
    Judith TONAWANDA, NY, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what I expected."

    Olivia cannot move on with her life until she understands the reason for Anthony's life and death as an autistic child. Then she meets Beth who is writing a book about a boy speaking through her to his mother. As Olivia pours through her journals about life with her son, Anthony, his story comes to life through two different perspectives.

    The story was entertaining but I had a hard time believing that someone could write an book on a subject that they hadn't researched and come up with a paranormal channeling experience giving a non-verbal child a believable voice that has the vocabulary of an adult.

    Although I did enjoy the story of Beth and Olivia's relationship, I found parts of it teadious and farfetched. I enjoyed Genova's first two novels, Still Alice and Left Neglected , much more, which were entertaining and educational at the same time.

    I will still be on the look-out for the author's next novel because I was so blown away with "Still Alice"

    Posted from Goodreads.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Golden, CO, United States 01-21-13
    Donna Golden, CO, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Too unbelievable."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I like my novels to feel real. This one did not.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was predictable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator's voice was not consistently at the same level of volume, especially in the beginning.


    Do you think Love Anthony needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No follow-up book would improve this story line.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading Lisa Genova's previous 2 books and liking them very much, this book seemed very juvenile for her writing abilities. I was very disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Canada 10-04-12
    Sheri Canada 10-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Sorry Debra - the Narration Didn't Cut it."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend in print form because I think it would be a more enjoyable read than listen.


    What aspect of Debra Messing’s performance would you have changed?

    I found the audio version somewhat confusing because the narrator did not give enough differentiation to each of the different women "character voices." So I often found myself confused about who was speaking in that particular chapter. This is a book that would have been better served with a variety of narrator voices I believe.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I think this would make a very beautiful screen adaptation.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little disappointed in "Love Anthony" as compared to Genova's "Still Alice." I see what she was aiming for, but the plot was just more convoluted. Again, perhaps a different narration style would have helped.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Hess La Quinta, CA 10-05-13
    Ann Hess La Quinta, CA 10-05-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Great book by wonderful author."
    If you could sum up Love Anthony in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, insightful, well written


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anthony. Can't reveal why without spoiling the story


    What aspect of Debra Messing’s performance would you have changed?

    She fluctuated between a very soft voice and a more audible on. I kept having to turn the volume up then down. Somewhat distracting.


    If you could take any character from Love Anthony out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Beth. She was talented and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    You felt like you were actually present.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Goffstown, NH, United States 03-30-13
    Sandra Goffstown, NH, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved It"

    I loved this story. I was one of those books in which I was sad every time I had to stop listening. I'd even drive the long way home just to get some extra listening time in. I liked the main characters and looked forward to finding out about them and their lives. Both women, far from perfect, were forced to deal with life events beyond their control. I found Anthony’s story fascinating. It was a point of view that I have never encountered. The book contained a great deal of humor, friendship, discovery and pain. After finishing the story, and now months later, I have a feeling of missing these characters and hoping that they have found happiness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    margot New York, NY, United States 02-22-13
    margot New York, NY, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "loved the narration"
    Where does Love Anthony rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    the story was really good but it was really the narration that i loved here! would love for debra to narrate more!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Anacortes, WA, United States 01-20-13
    Carol Anacortes, WA, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "So Well Written/Read"
    What made the experience of listening to Love Anthony the most enjoyable?

    Deborah Messing does a superb job of narrating this book. It's very well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how this author really connected me with Anthony. I feel I understand this terrible disease a bit more now.


    Which character – as performed by Debra Messing – was your favorite?

    She read them all wonderfully.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the ending. It was incredibly powerful


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very moving story and a great listen, especially if you work with kids in any way or have a chlld with special needs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie A. Bajek Sidney, OH United States 01-02-13
    Connie A. Bajek Sidney, OH United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice story, poor narration"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Anthony?

    I liked the insight into Anthony's thoughts.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Debra Messing?

    Anyone else....I couldn't listen in the car, she kept fading away. The same boring voice for all characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Maidstone, SK, Canada 12-30-12
    Carmen Maidstone, SK, Canada 12-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Left wanting more..."
    What made the experience of listening to Love Anthony the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Anthony's perspective on being autistic. It was fascinating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the analogy of the rooms in Anthony's brain. It really got me thinking about the children I work with who have autism - it really resonated with me because it made so much sense!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was good in that Debra Messing had a calm and quiet voice that matched the tone of the story. However, I found the volume of her voice to be very inconsistent. I would crank the volume to be able to hear the narration but then the beginnings of sentences would be so loud they would hurt my ears. The sentence starting was not nearly as smooth as the rest of the reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Spoiler alert: I really wish I could have known three things at the end of the book: 1. How did Jimmy and Beth work things out? 2. What did Beth finally name her book? 3. Where did Olivia go?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rosemary Los Angeles, US, Canada 12-13-12
    rosemary Los Angeles, US, Canada 12-13-12 Member Since 2010

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    "As a fan of Lisa Genova's"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes theirs a lot of people that can relate to this book


    What other book might you compare Love Anthony to and why?

    house rules


    What does Debra Messing bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    soft voice to a tender topic


    Any additional comments?

    if you want to read a great novel that involves neurological disorders who better to write them but a neurologist themselves. I have read every book by Lisa Genova and with every book her writing improves. The author gives a voice to those that can not speak for themselves.

    As a fan of Lisa Genova's Still Alice, a moving novel about a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. I was anxious to see how she tackled the topic of Autism in, Love Anthony. despite the fact that I didn't fall as deeply in love with it as I did with still alice. it was still a wonderful book, this book did talk about autism but it was mostly about a lesson in life and how to deal with curve balls thrown at you.

    This book gives a startling and beautiful picture of the details of living with an autistic boy, and also stretches and deepens the understanding of its meaning

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    "Love Anthony"

    I enjoyed this book, but not as much as "Left Neglected" and "Still Alice" which I thought were more meaty. Nevertheless it is a good read, but somehow seems lighter in substance than the other two books. It was insightful into autistic spectrum disorder and described the little boy Anthony well. The back stories were not as well formed. I felt I needed to know more about the characters. Seeing Nantucket through the seasons made me want to visit.

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