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You Should Have Known Audiobook

You Should Have Known

Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: She lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them.
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Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: She lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them.

But weeks before the book is published a chasm opens in her own life: A violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

©2014 Jean Hanff Korelitz (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Alisyn 07-17-14
    Alisyn 07-17-14
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    "Anti-climactic and meandering"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator and a better story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jean Hanff Korelitz again?

    Probably not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christina Delaine?

    Anyone with more variation in their tone. She sounded more like a non-fiction voice than a fiction voice. It lent itself well to this boring story.


    What character would you cut from You Should Have Known?

    Maybe the main character because she was so clueless about being in a story.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, I kept waiting for the story to come together. I expected a spicy story about women and men missing the signals and the signals being a main part of the story. Instead, “you should have known” signals were sprinkled very sparingly throughout the story. Most of the story is full of unnecessary, mundane details that never led anywhere except to me eventually listening to this book at 2x speed! I never, ever do that. I just wanted to get to the end to see if this story came together, it didn’t. The story overall is a poorly executed mediocre book idea. I would have given it less than 2 stars, but while the story fell flatter than flat, it was still fairly well written (so 2 stars for technical skill). I'm honestly at a loss as to what all the hype is about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 06-14-14
    Susan 06-14-14
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    "loved this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Slow to grab my interest, but I'm very glad I stayed with it. Once I got into the story, I couldn't put it down (so to speak). Good narrator. Characters very interesting and believable. Twists and turns that were surprising, then made sense.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You Should Have Known?

    When Grace met her husband's family.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Delaine – was your favorite?

    Grace


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

    There were so many. one was when Grace and Henry were talking about what had happened.


    Any additional comments?

    If you get through the dryness of the first half, you will be rewarded!

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    Alison 05-29-14
    Alison 05-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great premise, unexpected plot twist, a fun listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved the premise for this story and the irony inherent in a marriage counselor whose husband ends up being a murderous adulterer. Also always fun to see a perfect character get dragged through the mud. Some sections of the book were slow, though. The plot was so good you just wanted to get back to it whenever the story deviated to background.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, a fun story to listen to. There's a lot of reference to that Upper East Side lifestyle we've all seen a million times, so that part gets a little tedious as its very unoriginal but the plot is fun. There were times I wished it moved a little faster, but she did have me hooked enough to want to know what happens.

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    H.llary 10-25-15
    H.llary 10-25-15
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    "Absolutely loved it"

    I loved it! The suspense killed me and there are a few things you never would've seen coming! Overall the only thing I would like is more! I couldn't get enough!

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    Linda 10-22-15
    Linda 10-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There was no mention of the couple's bank account and whether the husband dove into it as it is in most stories along this same line.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jean Hanff Korelitz? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would read another book by this author. I think she show great potential.


    What does Christina Delaine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    One thing that comes to mind is that some times when interjecting your own voice in the written word,, you may miss some of the sarcasm that you catch when you listen to the audio version.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly, but it is a little too predicable to be a great movie.


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    James B Douglass 06-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    Lots of twists and turns. Long but totally held my interest. Could not put it down. Quite addictive.

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    Amber 05-26-15
    Amber 05-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    could have been easily a 10 hr read. Very drawn out and predictable. Ok story line.

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    Midmom 05-25-15
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    "Strong start then got slow"

    Strong start but then got really slow. I was more interested in Jonathan's whereabouts than Grace's thoughts and feelings.

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    Kate Gallagher Nashville, TN 05-16-15
    Kate Gallagher Nashville, TN 05-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good suspenseful listen"

    The story doesn't sound that great but the character development is really good so I ended up wrapped up in them emotionally even though the story wasn't really propelling me forward.

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    Erika Shaffer Seattle, WA 03-23-15
    Erika Shaffer Seattle, WA 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great listen that I sped through"
    What made the experience of listening to You Should Have Known the most enjoyable?

    I didn't know anything about the book aside from the basic premise and it was great to experience it without future knowledge. I did find the main character so annoying at times, but I think we were supposed to think she was overly uptight and set in her ways.


    What three words best describe Christina Delaine’s voice?

    She is a bit breathy for me but I got used to it and it worked!


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