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The Last Anniversary | [Liane Moriarty]

The Last Anniversary

Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger. And dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions.
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Publisher's Summary

Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one who got away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was going to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his Aunt Connie's house on Scribbly Gum Island - home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret.

Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger. And dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions. As Sophie's life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.

©2005 Liane Moriarty (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A stunner several shades darker than typical chick lit... Moriarty's prose turns from funny through poignant to frightening in an artful snap." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Travis Loveland, OH, United States 08-13-14
    Travis Loveland, OH, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Such a disappointment after "Big Little Lies""
    What did you like best about The Last Anniversary? What did you like least?

    The best part of this book was the storyline of the character, Grace. The WORST part of this was the performance. The narrator was absolutely terrible. Her dreary voice made me so depressed, and cast a web over the story that made it impossible to smile through. I cannot believe after the success of Liane Moriarty, that the producers could not figure out a better performer for this title. Wow! HUGE mistake!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Liane Moriarty again?

    Yes, because I love her books. The story here isn't that bad. It does tend to drag on a bit toward the end, and I wasn't exactly thrilled with some of the plot twists, but it was entertaining.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Heather Wilds?

    Caroline Lee is THE BEST reader for Liane Moriarty's stories, hands down. Because of this performance, I will likely never listen to Heather Wilds again. I can't imagine her reading anything in an appropriate manner.....except a eulogy at the world's longest funeral.


    Was The Last Anniversary worth the listening time?

    If I had something else I was really dying to read, I probably would have stopped listening, and returned the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was just REALLY disappointed with the performance here. The story was just okay, but the performance could have definitely made a positive difference on the overall quality. I cannot believe that anyone purposefully made the choice to use this performer as opposed to Caroline Lee, who does such a fantastic job on Liane Moriarty's works.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 08-05-14
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 08-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Moriarty"

    I wondered about this book because it was written in 2005 and not turned into an audiobook until 2014 (timed with the release of the author's new novel). Thought perhaps audiobooks had ignored it because it was not a very good example of the author's work...and almost ignored it myself. So glad I did not! Like in every Moriarty novel, the story is populated with everyday people who have to deal with highly unusual circumstances (two sisters find an abandoned baby and raise it as their own; an old lady leaves her island house to her grandson's ex-girlfriend...). Moriarty uses her unbelievable knowledge of human nature to make all the characters come to life with wit and compassion--and you feel like you know each and every one. The ending of all her novels are always a little sad simply because you have to say good-bye to the 'people' in them.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    carolyn 08-23-14
    carolyn 08-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Where's Caroline Lee? Tamara Lovatt-Smith?!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Moriarty's books are such a pleasure to listen to because of the brilliant narration of Lee and Lovatt-Smith in particular. The Australian accent is most of the fun!! This narrator lacks the rich accent and that is a real let down. Lee and Lovatt-Smith give such gifted performances. This new narrator is just not the right fit at all. Disappointed.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne M. McGowan 08-24-14
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    "Narration can kill an audio book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator who portrayed the personality of the characters. I have LOVED all of Liane Moriarty's other audiobooks, and the narrators (Caroline Lee and Tamara Lovatt Smith) led the listener through the stories with such life and personality in their performance, that I hated to hit the stop button when I arrived at work in the morning! Listening to this book was a completely different experience, and I found myself having to rewind for whole sections because I started drifting off into other things around me and missed parts of the story. The monotonous tone and odd inflection in the narrator's voice was like listening to a story read by my GPS or my iPhone's Siri. Is Heather Wilds an actual person, or was this some sort of software?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have Caroline Lee read the story!!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Liane Moriarty has a talent for revealing a story as layers of covering are removed. Although she let the cat out of the bag a bit early in this one, I still think I could have enjoyed the story if I'd read it or if it was narrated by someone else.


    Any additional comments?

    I still can't wait for Ms Moriarty's next book!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 08-22-14
    Rebecca 08-22-14
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    "Narration kills a great story"
    Would you try another book from Liane Moriarty and/or Heather Wilds?

    I truly enjoy Liane Moriarty. She's clever and in touch with ordinary women and their lives. Her stories have depth and humor and heart. They probe issues women face on a daily basis, but... Heather Wilds ruined the story. As another reviewer said, her voice is funereal. She drags the last few words of each sentence down as if she's mourning. As a result, subtle humor becomes not humorous at all and often her tone or inflection does not match the words she's reading. I'm not ordering the next Liane Moriarty book just because Heather Wilds is the narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Heather Wilds?

    Both Tamara Lovatt Smith and Caroline Lee were delightful to listen to, and matched Moriarty's writing well.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 08-20-14
    Patricia 08-20-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Narrators make all the differnce"
    What did you love best about The Last Anniversary?

    Love anything by Liane Moriarty


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Heather Wilds?

    No - I found her voice irritating after only a few minutes of listening


    Any additional comments?

    Wish Caroline Lee read this Liane Moriarty book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Chercheuse San Jose, CA, US 10-07-14
    Chercheuse San Jose, CA, US 10-07-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Could Not Get Past the Narration"

    The narrator reads in a kind of tense flatness distorting what seems like an odd, unappealing story. I did not get very far into the book. Cannot tell if a different narrator would have made the story more palatable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Daytona Beach, FL, United States 08-27-14
    Anne Daytona Beach, FL, United States 08-27-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Easy four stars"

    This book started a bit slow for me because it was a different style then I am used to. It was well written and a great story. Well worth my credit! I have another author I will look forward to. very original!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    debmom23 11-19-14
    debmom23 11-19-14
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    "Good story"
    If you could sum up The Last Anniversary in three words, what would they be?

    a typical moriarity


    What did you like best about this story?

    enjoyed getting to know the characters


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    the narration was not upbeat enough


    If you could rename The Last Anniversary, what would you call it?

    Truth be told


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CJC Calgary, Alberta Canada 10-28-14
    CJC Calgary, Alberta Canada 10-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Cute"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes but not audio


    Would you be willing to try another one of Heather Wilds’s performances?

    Maybe - I liked her voice but not her reading. Sometimes there was a ton of emotion and other times it sounded like just a bunch of unrelated sentences being read one after the other.


    Any additional comments?

    I had a lot of driving to do this weekend and this was a great way to pass the hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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