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  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,015

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over - she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

had a bit of a problem with the performance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-14

After listening to quite a number of brilliant narrators that are able to make the different characters sound so different that you "recognize their voices" I struggled with Tamara Lovatt-Smith's performance. Without barely a break, the narration switches between Alice, her sister and her granny, but her voice is exactly the same! It always took me about 2 sentences before I caught on that the scene had changed. The seamless change of perspective without a clue but the words themselves really irritated me for a great part of the book.
Also although the narrator herself is of Australian origin, I didn't hear that. She sounded almost British to me and didn't suit the story in my eyes.
Sorry, but I don't understand why the performance got such high marks.
The story itself was quite enjoyable and saved the audiobook for me.

82 of 89 people found this review helpful

  • Up the Line

  • By: Robert Silverberg
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Being a Time Courier was one of the best jobs Judson Daniel Elliott III ever had. It was tricky, though, taking group after group of tourists back to the same historic event without meeting yoruself coming or going. Trickier still was avoiding the temptation to become intimately involved with the past and interfere with events to come. The deterrents for any such actions were frighteningly effective. So Judson Daniel Elliott played by the book. Then he met a lusty Greek in Byzantium who showed him how rules were made to be broken....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I love time travel stories, but...

  • By Alexandra on 07-12-14

I love time travel stories, but...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Before I start, I want to say that I love time travel stories. And I don't have a problem with graphic sexual descriptions. So what spoilt this one for me? I read a review that said "if one forgives the pure and uncontaminated 1970's male chauvinism". I wasn't sure what that meant and didn't take it too seriously. Now I know - and - sorry - as a woman I can't overlook that aspect. The women just aren't real. They seem to be Silverberg's wildest dream. In fact they are men with female sexual organs. They are described by their desirable physical attributes and their dominant role is as sexual partners. All the men ever seem to want are sex and drugs. I do believe that some young men are dominated and driven by their hormones, but even they must have other characteristics. So in short: all the characters retain a plastic unreal feel to them and don't come alive. After a while I found all the casual sex that was going on more irritating than anything. And to female readers: It doesn't read/sound erotic to a woman! It's more like "So I followed her upstairs and we sexed." Or "She expressed her wish to be had and so we got it on..."In between all that there does seem to be a story that might be worth listening to, but after 2 hours I just didn't want to get through all the nonsense any more.To answer the lead question: I need characters that come alive.

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Silverberg again?

no

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Palimpsest

  • By: Catherynne M. Valente
  • Narrated by: Aasne Vigesaa
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

Between life and death, dreaming and waking, at the train stop beyond the end of the world is the city of Palimpsest. To get there is a miracle, a mystery, a gift, and a curse - a voyage permitted only to those who’ve always believed there’s another world than the one that meets the eye. Those fated to make the passage are marked forever by a map of that wondrous city tattooed on their flesh after a single orgasmic night. To this kingdom of ghost trains, lion-priests, living kanji, and cream-filled canals come four travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing as always!

  • By Sarah Prentice on 04-13-16

not erotic

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-14

What disappointed you about Palimpsest?

It was hard to follow.
There is no erotic atmosphere.

Would you ever listen to anything by Catherynne M. Valente again?

probably not

Any additional comments?

It is poetic, no doubt, but there seems to be no real Story. I stopped listening after 2 hours. I think by that time one should be into a book. If not, I do not torture myself.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful