Alice has been lying to herself for years, holding fast to the belief that the needs of her family far outweigh her own. But her outwardly successful marriage hides dark secrets, and for much of her life the children were the only reason she stuck around.
These days, though her successful banker son lives nearby, his young wife seems to do everything she can to keep Alice at bay. As for Alice's other son, he has always been something of a stranger and has been traveling for so long that Alice isn't even sure what continent he is on anymore.
Alice can't help but wonder if the effort she expends presenting a united front to the outside world is actually helping anyone and what would happen if she suddenly stopped pretending. Could life, like the novels she devours, hold surprises in its closing chapters? And if she did shake everything up by admitting the truth about her marriage, would anyone be on her side? Has the time finally come for Alice to put her own needs first?
For the first time in years, her heart is racing. Can Alice really change her life? Dare she even imagine such a thing?
©2015 Nick Alexander (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
An ingenuously crafted story with an emotional ending that caught me quite off guard and somewhat stunned! A book I won't soon forget! So well done! I loved it!
And, as always, Imogen Church does a masterful job!
Absolutely! I found it truly difficult to turn it off and finished it within 24 hours.
I loved all of the characters, except Ken.
It was faultless.
I am not inclined to cry in response to a book, but I did cry listening to this one. I was moved to tears at Matt's birthday present (I'll say no more to avoid spoilers). I was also quite moved at other moments.
This is the best story of family life I have read/listened to. It very effectively reveals the complexies and multiple perspectives to be found in family dynamics. It also shows the powerful impact of nurture (nature, nurture) upon the individual, whether that is on the developing child or on an adult in a long marriage.
"The other son"
Loved this book . Heartwarming and sad by turns and spot on with family relationships.
I have not listened to any other stories by Imogen Church and only ordered this because it was recommended and I wanted a change to my usual books. Initially I thought the story to be slow, but the characters became better rounded and the plot picked up.
I really enjoyed this!
It has unexpected twists to the story that took me by surprise.
I have never listened to any other books by this author, but there is a free Christmas sequel. I suspect this is because the story has a bit of an abrupt ending and you are left wondering what happened next.
Matt's birthday present. Touching!
Highly recommended. I did not listen to it in one go - it is too long for that, but it was unputdownable.
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Nick Alexander never fails to impress me as an author and The Other Son is no exception. There is a serious heart to this story with some important issues being addressed but, as always with Nick's books, I left the book with more concern about my friends, the characters. Don't expect an action-packed novel, although it does have its dramatic moments. Nick's real gift is in the construction of believable situations with well-rounded characters. Be prepared not to read a story so much as to live within the story for a while.
I also have to complement Imogen Church for the narration. Imogen manages to make the Canadian character sound Canadian rather than American which is most unusual
"Worth the time"
I liked this book and didn't find it to be a waste of my time. It kept my attention and the narration did not bother me thereby taking away from the story.
I would not know what to compare this book to but it is a book that was written well enough that it did not need 'twists' or surprises to carry it.
I did look for her other performances and shall buy some books when I see one I think I shall like. She has a lovely voice and accent.
I don't know what a 'tag' line is.
I totally enjoyed this book and it's narrator and I am quite picky. It is not one of these cheap, quickly written and sold for 99p books that are all advertising.
"A bit too close for comfort."
It has to be Alice.
Alice and Bruno having supper together.
No, like I said bought back many bad memories so needed a few breaks.p
For me it was very cathartic.
"I wasn't ready for it to end..."
When I first started listening to audibooks instead of reading (3 kids = no time to read anymore!) I worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as much as reading a book and using my imagination to picture the characters etc. This book just proved I had nothing to worry about. Even though you expect the story to be about 'the other son', it's really the story of 70 year old Alice, who escapes an unhappy marriage to angry, repressed Ken after many years. We follow her whilst she goes to visit her long lost son Matt in rural France. It's a story of self discovery and untold secrets (I never guessed hers!) I loved it. The narrator was outstanding, sliding effortlessly between characters and accents- Russian, Brummie, Canadian, she really brought this clever, touching story to life. I just wasn't ready for it to end and wanted to find out whether Alice would find her long lost love... any chance of a sequel Nick Alexander? I hope so.
"A woman's life"
From the beginning I wanted the wife to leave her husband, but listening to reality interviews I understand how difficult this is to do and therefore I had empathy with her
"An enjoyable book"
I liked the book it was diffent to what I was expecting . Credible and great characters
No, but enjoyed her performance
Never say never
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