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The Hypnotist's Love Story | [Liane Moriarty]

The Hypnotist's Love Story

Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the critically acclaimed What Alice Forgot comes a wonderfully fun, insightful novel about the crazy things we do for love.

Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst.

When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all? Actually, that’s kind of neat." She’s more intrigued than frightened. What makes a supposedly smart, professional woman behave this way? She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

©2012 Liane Moriarty (P)2012 Penguin

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    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-05-13
    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-05-13

    I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!

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    "Strange and interesting love story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The only thing I would change was the would be the exchange between the characters. The story changes points of view between Ellen, the hyptnotist. Who is now involved with Patrick, and Saskia, Patrick's ex who is now stalking him.(Saskia even goes as far as to become a secret patient of Ellen's practice.)The narrator never says "Saskia" or "Ellen" so the listener never knows who's talking at the time. She just glides from person to person. So I had to listen closely to figure out who is talking. This made the story hard to follow and annoying, for almost the first half of the story. Until the characters really developed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hypnotist's Love Story?

    I think the biggest momment is when Saskia breaks into Ellens home in the night and the big confrontation. Up until then, Saskia always kept her distance.Except for being her secret patient, of course, And this was a big turning point in the story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked the story as a whole. These are two women that I had an immediate empahy with. They're real, and failible. With real insecurities. Two girls that otherwise would probably be friends. As I stated before, I just didn't like how the reader slide from one character to the other without a pause.


    Do you think The Hypnotist's Love Story needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe, I would love the find out what happened to Saskia, and if she actually finds a love of her own.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, a good story. Just listen closely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    diane 11-24-13
    diane 11-24-13

    graphic & fine artist

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    "ok read - a little slow"

    started off kind of intriguing - then got slow and predictable..
    I liked "The husband's secret" much better..

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    ellegreenland Seattle, WA United States 11-16-13
    ellegreenland Seattle, WA United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2010

    mzzelle

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    "Pure fun!"
    Would you listen to The Hypnotist's Love Story again? Why?

    I'm not a re-listener, but I truly did enjoy every minute of this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ms. Moriarty creates such likable characters, with interesting jobs and lives. She's downright funny, but there were many poignant moments as well.


    Have you listened to any of Tamara Lovatt Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but would in a heartbeat after hearing her in this one.


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

    There were several - it was so easy to identify with the characters, each in a different way.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Georgia 10-09-12
    Georgia 10-09-12
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    "Really good book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really like the story and I like the way the author writes. I liked her other book as well. I was very sad when it was over.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RENEE ROSSI 10-15-14
    RENEE ROSSI 10-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I love her!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was wonderful for a person like me. Highly analytic and fun to read! I love books where there is no villain and no heroin, no black and white, and this book delivered. I loved the characters and loved that I could relate to both! Although Saskia was a very exaggerated bitter ex-girlfriend, I found myself really relating to her! I loved the book, its emphasis on the power of perception and living in the gray area of life. Beautiful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marijke Vroomen-Durning Montreal, QC 10-07-14
    Marijke Vroomen-Durning Montreal, QC 10-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Too long and dragged out"

    I enjoyed the story to a point. I found that it dragged too long and became tedious towards the end. It could have used a good edit to remove the extra parts that weren't necessary. Took away from a decent story.

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    Keri 09-23-14
    Keri 09-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great one from Moriarty.."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would most definitely recommend this book to friends because it is a fun and sweet love story. It isn't your usual fluff. Moriarty has such a great way with words.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They all had their good traits but I would have to say The Hypnotist was my favorite character with all of her talents and quirks, you can't help but pull for her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the scenes from the beach where she starts to see a future with a family of her own.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Hypnotist's Love Story and why?

    The most memorable character would be The Hypnotist but her stalker was intense and also memorable. It is hard to chose.


    Any additional comments?

    I have become a big Moriarty fan. Especially on audiobooks when Tamara narrates the story. Her voice is like silk. I can't wait for the next one with this team!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. G. Schadowsky Arizona 09-22-14
    S. G. Schadowsky Arizona 09-22-14 Member Since 2013

    goodlife guide

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    "Charming love story"
    Any additional comments?

    Fun and quirky characters make for a charming read. Great scenery in Australia makes a dreamy ambiance. Narration was wonderful too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ginny 08-27-14
    Ginny 08-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Crazy Good Fun"
    Where does The Hypnotist's Love Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An easy to follow, entertaining, fun listen. I could not wait to get back to my earbuds.


    If you could take any character from The Hypnotist's Love Story out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Hypnotist, to have a session!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 07-30-14
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "ENJOYABLE READ."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hypnotist's Love Story to be better than the print version?

    I HAVE ONLY READ THE AUDIO VERSION.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Liane Moriarty? Why or why not?

    MAYBE. I THINK THE STORY WAS INTERESTING. DEPENDS ON THE STORYLINE.


    What about Tamara Lovatt Smith’s performance did you like?

    SHE WAS EASY TO LISTEN TO.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    TWO DIFFERENT VIEWS


    Any additional comments?

    I FOUND SASKIA TO BE A SYPATHETIC CHARACTER AND SHE MADE THE BOOK MOST INTERESTING.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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