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What Alice Forgot | [Liane Moriarty]

What Alice Forgot

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine 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 thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.
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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

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-26-15
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-26-15 Member Since 2015

    How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!

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    "Philosophical and still fun!"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 04-03-14
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "What I want to Remember"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    My rating is closer to a 2.5, but some one with higher sentimentality may rate it higher. I would recommend to anyone who has gone through serious marital disputes and for anyone who has had difficulty with motherhood with the clause that they have walked away from these challenges with fairy tale endings.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was what kept me through the lulls in this book.


    What character would you cut from What Alice Forgot?

    All the characters weave the story line but however endearing the grandmother and her boyfriend's part may be extra.


    Any additional comments?

    Most people enjoy a happy ending, but I prefer one that would have delivered a stronger Alice. There are some wonderful times of introspection by the characters. At these times the book sparks inner reflection as well - at the things we should keep, those we should change, and those we need to learn to accept. At these times the characters - Alice and her sister - made me feel like I had two allies. This is all undone at the end. The story seems to convey "life doesn't always turn out as expected" and "that's okay" but the end betrays it all.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie L. Quinn Kulpmont, Pa, USA 09-26-14
    Jamie L. Quinn Kulpmont, Pa, USA 09-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I couldn't get through this one"

    I really loved two other books by this author but I couldn't seem to get into this one. I'm going to check her other books because she is a great author but I don't think I'll listen to the narrator again. She didn't change her voice at all so it was hard to follow which character was talking or thinking.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JustMe Killen, AL, United States 09-23-13
    JustMe Killen, AL, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVED!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to What Alice Forgot the most enjoyable?

    Although this book is fiction, I found a much deeper meaning in the idea of how one's life might be changed if a person had the opportunity to forget past disappointments. The idea that one could suddenly have no memory of a friend's betrayal, the disappointments that had clouded the happiness in a marriage, or the stresses of the past decade of life. As a Christian, I found this concept very thought-provoking and made me want to work even harder to be a good forgiver and not allow those negatives of daily life to cloud my life and relationships.

    As for the obvious, the story was gripping and entertaining. I found it very easy to imagine being in the place of the main characters. I enjoyed this book so much, I have already downloaded the other two by this author!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alice...because her situation was a perfect example of why we should not store up hurts and allow them to get between us and the people we love.


    Have you listened to any of Tamara Lovatt-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved to tears quite a few times during the book and I don't cry easily! I found this a very "deep-thought-provoking" book!


    Any additional comments?

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    L. Calder 06-09-14
    L. Calder 06-09-14 Member Since 2014

    Gardening Geek

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    "Oh my this book is good"

    Liane Moriarty is one heck of a story teller. And Tamara Lovatt-Smith was an engaging narrator. This dynamite combo made for a funny and touching narrative to which I could not stop listening, sleep be damned! If a detail was missed or a character mis-placed, I rewound back until I heard it all, every word. So well constructed through dreams, thoughts, flash backs and of course present dialogue, the novel is a joy, even to finish! You actually don't yearn for more. She's parceled out a perfect portion of literature. Not easy to do, making me ardently admire her skill.

    Having just heard a true story of a woman who had been in a coma after a car accident, who upon waking found she'd lost the last two years' memories, listening to Moriarty's book I felt she very realistically portrayed what goes on in a mind wracked by amnesia. Both the real car accident woman I read about and fictional Alice had to reckon with the woman they'd become from the perspective of their younger selves. And both came to similar conclusions about their lives and whom they wanted to be. And both felt, in the end the amnesia was a rare gift. Found this intriguing; this tale can't help but make you ponder what you might feel faced with a similar situation. Not a bad life exercise?

    In What Alice Forgot, Alice comes to after a fall, in her 40 year old body, but with the mind and character of herself at 30. Utterly fascinating how Moriarty has Alice cope with such a situation. Also dealt with, in the novel, from many viewpoints, how women ruled by biological clocks have to maneuver through marriage changes after children, the myriad of job complications and the heartbreak of infertility, older couplings, female relationships and their far reaching impacts on our lives and much more.

    These issues are dealt with touching empathy and frankness. Moriarty wove us through a web of many characters of all ages and brought us to a delicious end. No easy task. Bravo Liane. 5 stars for sure.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 02-28-14
    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2010

    I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.

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    "Think about it..."

    Ok - so I am like a lot of people and I see my relationship and want to know what I can do to make it better. Sometimes I read a book about relationships... but usually found in the self help section... but THIS BOOK - this is a book that can very possibly give you insight to your own relationship.

    I loved this book - I loved the premise, the narrator... the story. I loved the ending - heck... it's a great book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 01-10-14
    Amber 01-10-14 Member Since 2015

    I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.

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    "Fictional Amnesia is Fun!"

    I recently listened to "The Husband's Secret" (Moriarty's latest book) and enjoyed it so much that I needed to find something else of hers to read. I didn't know that I could like chick-lit so much. Is this chick-lit? I felt like it was smarter than what I typically think of as chick-lit. Maybe it could be called contemporary fiction for women, but is that just chick-lit in the end?

    I really like Moriarty's formula. She creates an interesting event that her stories revolve around. Her books are suspenseful with side plots that also have hidden secrets. In this book, Alice bumps her head at the gym and forgets the last ten years of her life. AMNESIA! What a interesting and soap opera thing to have happened, minus all the bad lighting. So instead of knowing that she is 39, Alice thinks she is 29. Of course, Alice's life has change a lot over the last ten years and not necessarily for the better. We get to see in time all of what Alice has forgotten about her own life as well as those close to her. Her sister and grandmother also play significant roles in the book and narrate sporadically. Maybe the amnesia twist is over the top, but I think that Alice's reaction to the event and to those close to her was convincing. I thought it was smart and well executed on the author's part. I didn't love the ending, it was a bit drawn out and slow, but it didn't leave anything unresolved. Overall, the book was heart-warming and heart-breaking with a bit of humor tossed in.

    I don't think this will appeal much to men. It gets a bit dramatic and focuses on the thoughts and feelings of 3 different women. It's a bit "girly". And, like I stated before, this isn't a book that you would call literary, even though I think Moriarty has well thought out plots and dialogue. I enjoyed the narration by Lovatt-Smith, especially her Australian accent. I thought she was charming. If you are a woman that enjoys chick-lit or contemporary fiction, then I think you will enjoy this listen/read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    K. parkinson 01-16-15 Member Since 2015

    Hello

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    "Unforgettable!"

    What Alice forgot is the story of Alice Love, a 39-year-old mother of three who goes to the gym and passes out during her spin class, hitting her head and forgetting the last 10 years of her life. A lot has happened in that ten years, she's had three kids, become a lot more fit, and separated from her husband Nick, who ten years ago she was madly in love with. This is my favorite of Liane Moriarty's books. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She does such a great job with her character development, you really feel like you know and care about these people in her stories. There is some strong language in this book, so be forworned. Other then that, I highly recommend What Alice Forgot!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    WorkinToPlay 10-08-14
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    "A wonderful story with great narration"
    If you could sum up What Alice Forgot in three words, what would they be?

    Consider what reminders a visit to the past might conjure up to change our perspective in our present lives.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "The old Alice" - she was sweet and innocent and idealistic with no thoughts of grandeur


    Have you listened to any of Tamara Lovatt-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but would like to


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The telling of this tale made me very thoughtful.


    Any additional comments?

    This book made a very long trip very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shoeaholic1207 09-29-14
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    "couldn't stop listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of What Alice Forgot to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book; only listen, but none the less the narrator brought this book to life for me.


    What other book might you compare What Alice Forgot to and why?

    Nothing compasses this book. I loved the epilogue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she was in the kitchen with her husband right before Olivia came down stairs. That innocence was breathtaking.


    If you could rename What Alice Forgot, what would you call it?

    What Alice needed most.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to thank the narrator for speaking life into this book. I couldn't have done it better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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