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
The plot of this book seemed interesting . With the exception of occasional moments, I was unimpressed. I felt the author was just trying to stretch the suspense by sheer volume of writing as opposed to good story-telling. I did not laugh once, and the plot was just a mess. Great narrator, though. She did what she could.
This was a wonderful listen. I'm single, no kids and don't live in suburbia so I shouldn't even be interested in this book. But it is a book every sister, brother, husband, wife, good friend and person should read. There are some reviews that didn't like the narrator because she didn't change her voice for various characters. Don't fall for that criticism. The narrator was reading the book - and did a great job. There was no need for a performance - the story was the performance. I don't like love stories, but this was a story about life and recognizing the important things in life - before it is too late. Brilliant translation of "don't sweat the small stuff" and "be your own person".....one of my favorites and I will reread year after year!
This is the best book I've read in a very long time
I want to say its a top 5... Which is hard to do as an avid reader.. This book told the story .. A very realistic story.. From ALL angles... And through those angles and point of views you got to know each character.. And love them for who they are. Its nice to find a book that is believably realistic but also makes you put yourself in the shoes of the character by thinking beyond YOURSELF....
WRITTEN BEAUTIFULLY.... THANKS FOR THE RIDE
Story line was fun! Really enjoyed her transformation.
Her relationship with her kids after the first incident.
More emotion than what I would have read into it.
Alice, wanting to ask her what happened to her prior to the first incident, i.e.:, how did she alienate so many people and why.
There is virtually no change in the tone, sound, cadence, pace, anything in the narrator's voice. It sounded like one person the whole way through. I got so lost right off the bat. I'll try to start it over and see if I can catch where it is going.
I could not finish listening to it. It was to difficult to follow the narrator. I am surprised at how many high ratings it was given for performance. Makes me doubt reviews.
Love listening to audio books, as well as reading books on my kindle. Mostly Mysteries and Thrillers, but do like the occasional chick-lit.
This book lets Alice see her life through the eyes of three people. One(s), Her family and friends, Two, Old Alice, and Three, Current Alice. Never do you get the opportunity to see your life as a third person. Where you went wrong. Most of the time we are reacting to life and not paying much attention to what we've become. Looking back at your life with a different pair of eyes, and ask why you made the choices you did.
It really made me think, are our lives the way they are because we let events determine our future or can we direct that path without the world's influence.
I love, love, love reading and am absolut addicted to audio books since I started my first one in 2010. What a great way to enjoy the day.
I had some trouble getting into the story... Most likely because the narration did not really grip me and a lot of times I had a hard time focusing on the story if I tried to listen while doing something that needed attention too (baking and such). But I love the voice and the way how Tamara Lovatt-Smith carries you through the story, she has a good voice and now - after listening to the whole story it will be hard for me to find a new book.
I love love love the story... I normally would rather listen to quite different stories but for some reason that title caught my eye and so I bought it.
And I did not regret it one minute. So many moments I (a mother and wife myself) can identify and connect with. It made me laught sometime, sometimes rather sad and a lot of times I though... "O boy, better check my attitude ;). I am not good or experienced with writing reviews (you never would probably guessed 😂), but what I want to say: I really can recommend this book and hope you will like it as much as I did!
Just finished listening to the audible version and wonder if I should read the book. In so many instances I wasn't sure who was speaking and it was a little disconcerting. The story was good but this is my third Moriarty book and my least favorite. Big Little Lies was my favorite and I really enjoyed Husbands Secret. Will keep reading her books though.
I loved this story Interesting and unpredictable, it is an evolving history of a family life weaving its way through relationships and crises.. It is beautifully woven together into a tapestry composed of memories. hope and expectation. and touching nostalgia. Smashing stuff!
Possibly, but likely not.
I Have not.
The narrator mostly just read the words. Very little distinction between characters. Some portions depend on identifying the character(s) to make sense. I had to keep tracking back to identify whom it was. After chapter twenty I just didn't care.
I hardly think so.
The two male protagonists are named 'Nick' and 'Dominick.' That troubles me.The first 12-15 chapters are interesting because of the premise. Thereafter it is less engaging. I dislike having to work at identifying the characters, or slog through tedious trivialities that don't add to the story.Listening to this book reminded me of watching an acting cast doing a "read through," with no previous rehearsal or direction.
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