What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over? Alice Love is 29 years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually 39, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce. A knock on the head has misplaced 10 years of her life, and Alice isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.
©2011 Liane Moriarty (P)2011 Penguin Audio
I loved this story! We got the view point from three different people: Alice, her sister and Frannie. I think it was just creatively done and it was a multidimensional story with the three viewpoints and you not only got to know Alice through their eyes, you got to know the other two and what they've gone through in the present and in the past.
One negative of the audiobook version which could be overlooked because the story was just beautiful. I didn't love the narrator unfortunately. In fact, in the beginning, I didn't really realize when Alice's viewpoint switched to her sister's viewpoint....the narrator had the same exact voice and tone for both of them.
I read The Husbands Secret ...after it being reviewed in People Magazine. I loved it and then came to look for her other books. I didn't love the concept of this book when I read the preview...but, I really loved it. Loved it as much as The Husbands Secret. So, much so I immediately downloaded the next one, The Hypnotist.
It was a very thought prevoking book... great story...interesting concept. Loved the characters, the humor, the emotion. Highly recommend!
This book gave me pause. It made me stop and think about spouses taking each other for granted in the day to day and the long term effect that can have on a marriage. Am I guilty? Though the plot for What Alice Forgot is highly unlikely, Moriarty weaves the tale convincingly and left me tearful in several places. It is painful (but well done) following Alice post injury as she discovers that her marriage has fallen apart, yet she is in the happy mindset of her marriage from 10 years prior. Clever and fresh, What Alice Forgot is a satisfying, well written book.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
This book made me squirm uncomfortably and put it down occasionally just so I could do a little soul searching. This story is so cleverly told through hindsight and foresight and answers that universal question: if I could go back would I make the same decisions? It brilliantly points out that the obvious choice, the easy choice and the smart choice while easily discernable from the outside, on the inside, with circumstances and issues nagging at you - - the choices are much more difficult. And while the characters and narrators are Australian, the circumstances are universal. I *think* this might be more appealing if you have a few years under your belt, but I sure as heck would have loved to have read it 10-years ago!
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
On several occasions my wife has asked me, "where do you see yourself and us in the next ten years?" But never once have either of us dared to wonder if our younger selves would be disappointed or pleased having viewed our lives ten years hence. So with that said its fair to say again that this book got me thinking...
Liane Moriarity' genius of creating charismatic characters, remarkable dialogue and mysterious situations doesn't overshadow the fact she is one of the centuries best persons of letters. Her works are as deep as they are entertaining.
So this book captured my imagination from the first chapter and held it throughout its entire length. It challenged me, encouraged me, thrilled me, all while keeping a warm smile on my face.
After listening to quite a number of brilliant narrators that are able to make the different characters sound so different that you "recognize their voices" I struggled with Tamara Lovatt-Smith's performance. Without barely a break, the narration switches between Alice, her sister and her granny, but her voice is exactly the same! It always took me about 2 sentences before I caught on that the scene had changed. The seamless change of perspective without a clue but the words themselves really irritated me for a great part of the book.
Also although the narrator herself is of Australian origin, I didn't hear that. She sounded almost British to me and didn't suit the story in my eyes.
Sorry, but I don't understand why the performance got such high marks.
The story itself was quite enjoyable and saved the audiobook for me.
This was my second Liane Moriarty novel, having just finished Big Little Lies last week. I loved the thoughtfulness it presented to my own life, thinking back, wondering if I had regrets. It brought to mind a quote of, I think CS Lewis, something to the effect that even though nothing is different day after day, that after years gone by, you have a totally different life. Such a great story, great characters, and a superb narration. I am off to find another by this author.
Read The Husband's Secret by this author first and enjoyed the author's style and humor so much, I am working my way backwards with her previously published novels. I enjoyed this very much as well. It makes one reflect on what they would do in a similar situation and I thought the overall story was different. Being a little picky on the narration, I am thinking that the narrator didn't change her voice enough for the different characters, but overall her voice was cute and pleasant.
I loved What Alice Forgot. This was really a story about someone finding herself again, but played out in a completely unique way. I have been recommending this book to everyone. Get it - you won't be disappointed!
This one reeled me in completely. I only listen during exercise and couldn't wait to exercise (for a change!). I loved how the story unfolded, little by little, changing perspectives. Also loved how it made me think about how relationships change, little by little, over the years, and how much we take for granted.
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