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Landline

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Judi Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-18-14
    Judi Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Its not Eleanor and Park or Fangirl but its good"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 07-12-14
    Jennifer 07-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved this book!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Landline to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What other book might you compare Landline to and why?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kparkerg Brooklyn, NY 06-17-16
    kparkerg Brooklyn, NY 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "If I hadn't liked the B-Plot So Much..."
    What would have made Landline better?

    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.


    Has Landline turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rebecca Lowman?

    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 character would you cut from Landline?

    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..."


    Any additional comments?

    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...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 01-04-15
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2008

    The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.

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    "Hate the Cover, Love the Book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    workout girl 09-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Just Ok"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It started out good, but then lost steam, somewhat dragged


    Has Landline turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not at all.


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

    I Love Rebecca Lowman, she is one of my favorite narrators. She brought emotion to the book.


    Was Landline worth the listening time?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Pennsylvania 08-26-14
    Andrea Pennsylvania 08-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Eleanor and Park was better"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 08-17-14
    Trish Virginia 08-17-14 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Let's Plug In Our Landlines!!!"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-01-14
    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I love the Rainbow Rowell/Rebecca Lowman combo"

    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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Greenwood, IN, United States 07-25-14
    Tara Greenwood, IN, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "This one was personal"
    Would you listen to Landline again? Why?

    Probably not - but only because I never re-listen to books.


    What other book might you compare Landline to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Lowman – was your favorite?

    All of them. I love Rebecca Lowman, full stop.


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

    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle 09-03-14
    Regina Seattle 09-03-14 Member Since 2016
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    "What a disappointment"

    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.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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