A Life of Her Own

Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
3.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Australia's master storyteller comes an inspiring story about standing up for yourself, making difficult choices and chasing your dreams.

When knowledge gives you the power to change your life....

Alice Hamilton loved being a mature-age student, but now she's finished her university degree she needs to find herself a career. But the job market is tough, and it doesn't help that her partner, David, keeps reminding her about their sizable mortgage. When she's offered a role in a major real estate agency, she jumps at the opportunity. David is excited by her prospects in the thriving Melbourne housing market, and Alice is pleased that she'll be utilising her exceptional people skills.

But Alice quickly realises all is not as it seems. What is she doing wrong to be so out of sync with her energetic boss, Carmel Gold, agent extraordinaire? Alice is determined to make it work, but how much will it affect her values?

As everything starts to fall apart, a sudden visit home to the country town Alice escaped years ago provides an unexpected opportunity to get some perspective. Surrounded by people who aren't what they seem or have their own agendas, can Alice learn to ask for what she really wants...on her own terms?

©2019 Fiona McCallum (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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Whine, whine whine

The main character is always a victim, in every situation. She is so whiny and constantly complaining, and everyone she meets is a narcissist. The best was her horror over a guy getting frustrated with the xerox machine, she made it out to be like he held a knife to her throat. Then she was decimated by having to do an errand for her boss, and then she was destroyed that her boyfriend was aggravated that she kept quitting jobs. The story would have been far more credible if someone had eventually slapped her.

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  • Rod
  • 12-23-19

Disappointing and repetative

It’s difficult to sympathise with a one-note character, which is the downfall of what should have been a good read with a strong setup. Instead, A Life of Her Own is a repetitive read with a central character that’s too weak and frustrating to care about. It’s important to note that McCallum presents a realistic sense of oppression in the protagonist, Alice Hamilton, whose passive-aggressive boyfriend manipulates her regularly by chipping away at her self-esteem. Add an aggressive, manipulative boss at work, and poor Alice struggles to find her own self-worth. It’s a setup that offers a lot of potential but instead, Alice becomes perhaps the most unlucky woman in the world, moving from one manipulative influence to the next on a cycle that doesn’t show enough variation to be interesting. Jennifer Vuletic does a nice job in the narration of the audiobook. She has a real sense of character, particularly in showing the wide expanse of personalities, ranging from weak to strong, and making something of some one-dimensional personas. Fans of McCallum’s writing may prefer the audiobook version to breathe life into this disappointing tale. As an introduction to McCallum’s writing, this story doesn’t make me want to explore her further as an author, despite her popularity as “Australia’s master storyteller” (according to the Harper Collins website). It’s meant to be an inspirational story, but only inspired me to want to sleep.

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  • JACPJC
  • 04-29-19

They keep coming!

Loved it. Another great read by talented Austrian author. Can't wait for the next one