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
Not as good as Liane Moriarty's other works, but still solid effort. Good narration and engaging throughout.
Liane Moriaty has a way of making very real characters present very real issues in a thought provoking and clever way. Caroline Lee brings these characters to life. They are the pole next door, your old school teacher, the guy at the coffee shop...it's li,ke walking through your own life but with your eyes and ears really wide open!
onto my third and still going. Big Little Lies is the best though!
Caroline Lee makes the characters real. She has a fabulous sense of timing. I can see that she and the author must have a very good understanding of each other
the realisation that time changes most things but not who we really are pops up many times during the book and it is a simple but refreshing and somehow deeply comforting
read this book. she tells a great tale in a very clever and moving way and the narrator is all these characters, just as you might read (or hear) them yourself.
This is the second book I have listened to by Liane Moriarty and read by Caroline Lee. The narrator does an excellent job and really enhances the book. Always a plus when that happens. I liked the twists and turns in the plot and imagine if this really did happen.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
A good story of a marriage that has gone wrong and how there's simplicity in fixing it if only we could forget the past.... Which Alice did! A story of a normal life, the climb up the corporate ladder and how material things get in the way of love and life. A lovely read!
Live life Joyfully!
Absolutely! Mind-shifting! Take a little time and walk in the shoes of the main character, it's a fun and moving read!
The premise, you wake up from a head injury and you have forgotten the last 10 years - what assumptions about your relationship then would you make now! Beautifully written!
Energy and fun! She brings the humour out fabulous!
Love Liane Moriarty and this is a favourite amongst her novels
"Thought provoking and a really good read!"
This was a very clever book, I loved the way all the characters had a part in the narrative and even though some chapters were very short, it all works! I found the way Alice coped from being supermum to forgetting 10 yrs thought provoking, touching and laugh out loud funny.
Read it, it's really good. X
"Loved it! Couldn't stop listening to it!"
A really entertaining story. First time I listened to this narrator I didn't like her. Now she's my favourite! I loved the book!
I would imagine this story would not have such a profound effect on most people as it has on me but it opened a pathway to understanding my own long-buried memories and for that I am grateful. It was a well crafted insight into how our personalities are moulded and transformed by our life experiences and how those experiences affect the way we deal with events. The 'younger' Alice deals with her children and relationships without the benefits or hindrances of 10 years worth of life experiences. This book was far from the heavy read I may be implying. The story was told with empathy and humour and was very enjoyable. I immersed myself in it very easily. At first the reader's particular Australian accent was a little harsh and uncomfortable to listen to. However, it was appropriate and well read and became an integral part if the whole experience of listening to the book. Highly recommend.
Lovely book, good story with an excellent narrator. SPOILER ALERT. I was irriratated that Elizabeth became a positive character only once she became a mother. . (Same applies to Fran who became an honorary grandmother) Up until the miracle and lasting pregnancy (bet you didn't see that one coming), the fertility issue had been dealt with in a blackly comic and realistic manner. It greatly enhanced the book for me. Let's for once have a positive female character who has no children and who does not end up having children in order to tidy up a book's ending. After all, there are one in five of us girls in UK and USA who reach our 40s without having children! I would recommend this book to my friends and include a warning about the miracle baby cliché.
"A nail biting and heart warming story!"
I absolutely love this! Well what else could you expect from Liane Moriarty?!
It was a slow read, I must admit, but that being said, I couldn't put it down. The complexity of love after marriage. The soothing familiarity that you can feel with no one else. The epilogue is my absolute favourite. It was real. So many twists and turns, it basically made me dream about the end. I kept trying to impatiently finish the puzzle. I hate myself for doing that! Such an amazing story that you won't regret picking it up.
The story moved along at a gentle pace, giving insights into Alice's life and family through different perspectives. As usual from Liane Moriarty, there are great social observations. I couldn't predict the outcome - kept me guessing right up until the end.
I listened to this via Audible. The narrator was good and enhanced the story.
"10 years lost. Now that's a thought!"
Just imagine if you couldn't remember the last 10 years of your life. A thought-provoking listen about the choices you make in your life and how what you imagined your life being in your late twenties, may be totally different 10 years on. I loved all the different characters who had struggles of their own, despite not losing their memory. The narration at times was slightly jarring and was hard to differentiate from all the characters, but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story.
Wasn't expecting Australian story or narrator
Why didn't spec say it was an Australian based story / narrator
"An enjoyable audio book"
I like Liane Moriarty books except the way they end. Always interesting characters and very witty story telling.
"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.
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