From the New York Times best-selling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply - but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her - Neal is always a little upset with Georgie - but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. Is that what she’s supposed to do?
©2014 Rainbow Rowell (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
I love Rainbow Rowell. I stumbled on Eleanor and Park and Fangirl and absolutely fell in love with her. I didn't listen to Attachments because it was impossible with all the email exchange. Not a book to listen to, only read. I was so excited for Landline to come out. So that said, I was disappointed. Not horribly. It was just a bit of a miss for me. It just never came together fully. I still loved her characters which are always brilliant (my favourite part of her writing) but the part of the story with the landline just didn't work for me. The conversations were great but then it just stopped. There was no sense of completion or connection or reason maybe. I am sure there was but I didn't get it. But man do I love her men. All her characters are wonderful but I have fallen in love with all her men!! There is a plainness and realness to the way she writes that just nourishes me.
The narration was perfect. Rebecca Lowmen, because of these books, has become one of my favourite narrators. And she is her best with Rainbow Rowell books. She becomes the characters. I love her female and male voices equally and she just seems to embody these characters and bring them to life. I listen to A LOT of audio books and often I tell people, "this is a good book but I would read it not listen to it because the narration isn't great." With Rainbow Rowell (with the exception of Attachments) I always tell people to listen to them because of Rebecca Lowman. I will still eagerly await Rainbow Rowell's next book but this one wasn't my favourite.
I haven't read the print version.
This is an original. That's why I loved it so much. It was like I was listening to a story about a different version of me. It's real (well, not the magic phone). It's real emotions. Real relationship troubles. Love is wonderful and awful. It's life.
I think a lot of the weaknesses in the writing (a grown woman mooning over her unsympathetic curmudgeon of a husband, never mind the admittedly ridiculous device by which she decides to reevaluate) were accentuated by the saccharine and plodding narration.
No... I think it's been coming for a while. It's fun to explore coming-of-age, and I can very clearly remember thinking boys were the end-all-be-all, but stories that deal with grown women so willing to set aside their obvious passion and career goals for a dude that's been grumbling along for fifteen years? Pass. Also, how redundant can a book possibly be? It's not like this was a third installment where she needed to remind us who is who.
Oh, God. I mean, that's mean. Who knows if it was her, or the director or production people? I have no idea why it was so slow, but I think she has a great voice, and clearly has an ability to flow between characters clearly. Having not googled her, I would imagine she's either been doing this a long time, or has some great voice and speech training. It just wasn't for me. Not with this book.
What? - the characters were actually great. her parents, the silly true-to-age kids, her younger half sis, Seth, her Bestie Writing Partner... I just feel like she would have been happier with him. I didn't get "Neal... (Sigh) Neal, Neal, Neal..."
Maybe in five years she can write Voicemail, and it will be all about how she finally leaves Neal and everyone lives happier ever after...
The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
Hate the cover, love the book. I get why this won the Goodreads award. Its real, it tugs at your heart, and yet it doesn't solve all the problems but leaves you with hope. Also, I can see why it would be popular with happily -- or even semi-happily -- married women (but do younger girls like it?) Interesting time twist that makes you think about your mate and why you fell and love and what you do to each other despite your best intentions, and why you stay married. Good stuff and hard to put down.
My only caveat is that I am not sure how teens will fill about this offering. It's a bit more about the marriage after a number of years, although it flashes back to the college dating years. It will probably resonate more with those who have been married a while.
Probably not. It started out good, but then lost steam, somewhat dragged
No, not at all.
I Love Rebecca Lowman, she is one of my favorite narrators. She brought emotion to the book.
A little too long. Cute idea but isn't enough to keep a novel going. Have read other Rainbow Rowell and liked the stories and characters better in those novels.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
I loved this story! It is well written, well narrated, and it's philosophy will stay with me--I'll just think of the landline :)
The novel is presented very well--told in the present, revealing the past through remembrances. And then the "magic phone"--the old yellow landline--throws a bit of time travel into the story. That sounds weird, but it totally works!! I began to look forward to the landline conversations almost as much as Georgie did!
I highly recommend Landline--I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely look for other books by this author.
I think I would love Rowell's style no matter who narrated her books, but Rebecca Lowman is such a great complement to her work. The premise of this book is a little far fetched but ultimately, it's about remembering why you fell in love with someone and fighting to get back to the magical days of a blossoming relationship. I hope Rainbow Rowell will continue to write adult books - though I'm also crazy about her YA books!
Probably not - but only because I never re-listen to books.
The humor and pop culture references remind me a bit of some of Jennifer Crusie's books, but the emotions here are a lot deeper and more complicated.
All of them. I love Rebecca Lowman, full stop.
This book hit pretty close to home for me. I'm around the same age as Georgie, I've been married roughly the same number of years to my college sweetheart, and I even have two kids around the same age. It ALL resonated with me so deeply that I almost couldn't stand it.
Having listened to Rainbow Rowell's "Attachments" and liking it a lot, I was massively disappointed in "Landline". The plot is silly, the pacing a snail's trail and the story super sexist.
The female narrator who bagged out on a Christmas trip to her husband's family is shown the error of her ways, even though her reason for staying home is the possibility of achieving her and her writing partner's life-long dream of their own TV show, only if they can write a couple of fast scripts in a week, Christmas week.
Reverse the sexes here and see how much sympathy a stay-at-home mom would get for considering divorce because her husband has a chance of his dream job, which he will lose if he joins her and their two kids for a trip to grandma's. He picks the job, and she wants to dump him, even though the family lives entirely on his income.
Only a working mom would feel so radically guilty about this, and the story agrees that she should! Wow, everybody.
I won't even go into the ridiculous conceit of her being able to talk to her husband 15 years earlier thanks to a magical landline.
"Attachments" seems to be a fluke.
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