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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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    Yvonne Panama City Beach, FL, United States 09-25-13
    Yvonne Panama City Beach, FL, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    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!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 12-15-12
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Clever and Fresh, but Painful"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela United States 08-09-13
    Pamela United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2004

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "The great do-over!"

    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!

    Loved it.

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    Gwen Killen, AL, United States 09-23-13
    Gwen Killen, AL, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2005
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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?

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    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Judy New York, NY 03-04-13
    Judy New York, NY 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Unforgettable! I loved this story!"

    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.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer United States 08-15-12
    Jennifer United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Favorite listen so far this year!"
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    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!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 01-19-14
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2005

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Love, love, love this book!"

    Liane Moriarty is my new favorite author. After listening to, The Husbands Secret, I decided to try another of her books and I enjoyed this one even more. The concept of waking up and thinking you are 10 yrs younger was fascinating to me. It made me examine my own life and think about what my 10 or 20 or 30 yrs. younger self would think of me now. I like the way the author builds suspense and keeps us guessing. She is great at building realistic characters and tells the story from many viewpoints. It's also interesting how one of the main characters is deceased. The narration was great. I highly recommend this book and my book club is reading it this month, so far the reviews are great!

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    Britney Frederick, MD, United States 07-12-12
    Britney Frederick, MD, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I want more of Liane Moriarty!"

    I loved this! It was clever and entertaining! I recommend this to anyone wanting a good chic-lit read!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Pennsylvania 10-27-13
    Andrea Pennsylvania 10-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "different and interesting"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mom of 3 San Jose, CA 05-01-12
    Mom of 3 San Jose, CA 05-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A good "read" - didn't want it to end"
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    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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