When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, whom she knows will be worried about her. But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried. Alice is the mother of three children and her hostile husband is in the process of divorcing her. Alice has lost ten years of her life.
In the days that follow, small bubbles of the past rise to the surface, and Alice is forced to confront uncomfortable truths. It turns out forgetting might be the most memorable thing that's ever happened to her.
©2010 Liane Moriarty (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
This is my third Liane Moriarty book. After thoroughly enjoying The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies, I couldn't wait to jump into another. WJF did not measure up to the other two.
This is my second book by LM and like the first one I really enjoyed it.
It is very well written. The story has depth and made me think: who would I be without my memory of who I am?
LM has a witty humor and an ability to write about human emotions & thoughts so we can instantly relate and recognize ourselves.
I've also "read" The Husband's Secret by Liane and loved that one, though it was a bit more tragic than this one overall.
Gina. It's always about Gina.
I love Caroline Lee as a narrator. There is another version of this book that is more widely reviewed by a different author but is 2 hours shorter? Due to pace? I choose this version specifically for Caroline's great work.
I love to read, ummm, I mean listen :)
Great from the start. Totally love and recommend. The narration was fantastic and I the characters were amazing. Sorry to see the book end of
Haven't read the print version
Liane (and Caroline) make me laugh, think, feel sad, feel aligned with the characters, just enjoy the whole story.
Alice, but also her sister Elizabeth, and the children. Also enjoyed the men's characters - very true to life - both the wonderful and the challenging!
Thanks to Liane for writing these creative stories, and bringing characters that are so real to life. I have enjoyed many of her books. And Caroline reads her books very well - her voice suits the characters in Liane's stories.
I couldn't put it down. Would highly recommend. Heaps of laugh out loud moments and well portrayed emotion that brought s tear to my eye. Thank you.
"A nice surprise"
I've had this in my wish list for a while, but didn't get it because I really couldn't be bothered to listen to another vapid chick lit with no substance. This is not one of those books. Yes, it's cheesy and cliche, but the narrator brings this story to life. If you're unsure, I would definitely recommend you give it a go.
"Great chick lit"
If you are looking for an easy read - great characters and good story line with a happy ending then this is one for you.
Once again another brilliant book by Lianne Moriarty. I've both read and listened to her books and loved every one
"A wasted storyline"
The plot and idea of this book is fantastic, and it helps you reflect on how you may have decided differently as your younger self. There are two things that ruined this audiobook for me: the first one was the performance. The narrator had this super annoying habit of loudly swallowing in between sentences, taking a loud breath in, and she also made noises as if she constantly had this need of swallowing her excess saliva. Sorry to be so descriptive, but this totally ruined the book for me. I listened to many audiobooks and never had this issue before. Secondly, the plot is full of cliches - the sister dying to have a baby and of course her career isn't enough at all; stay at home mum spending hundreds of dollars of the husband's hard earned cash on extravagant things; son being very brainy and keen on science but the daughters are either adorable and speak like "darling mummy" or enjoy baking like nothing else. All in all, it is a wasted storyline. I would probably recommend getting the book itself and fast forwarding when needed!
"Enchanting complex and thought provoking"
Excellent narration really enhanced the experience
Liane Moriarty is a clever and entertaining writer a great listen highly recommend you give her a try
"Makes you think!"
An interesting story which makes you think about relationships.
Alice's understanding that it's so easy to bicker with the one you love without realising the damage you're doing.
Alice was my favourite character.
If only it was possible to be the person you once were ..
I loved this book. It was a good story, and made me think about my relationships. It made me question the type of person I am, and to make me think about how I'd grown and matured not always for the better.
"An enjoyable audio book"
I like Liane Moriarty books except the way they end. Always interesting characters and very witty story telling.
"Sometimes we all need a wake up call like this!"
I only never listen to a book once
Before I go to sleep - both deal with memory loss
Compares well to others
It made me think about how we turn into people we don't always want to be
This is the 4th Liane Moriaty book I've listened to - she is an excellent writer and really understands human nature
"Entertaining but forgettable"
Good to listen to but a bit of a disappointing conclusion. The premise was interesting especially when you consider how much changed over the 10 year period that Alice lost due to amnesia; mobile phones,texting, social media but most of all how self obsessed the general population had become in a quest for the perfect appearance. Along with the main story there's also her sister's story told in excerpts to her psychiatrist, this was interesting. Then there was Frans story told in the form of blogs but this didn't add much to the book.
"Almost Refund Worthy"
I found myself having to drag myself back to this book. The story was predictable start to finish. The only thing that saved it was the narration.
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