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All That's Left of Me

A Novel
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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From the author of What Remains True comes an emotionally captivating novel about a woman who wishes away her troubles but doesn’t anticipate the cost.

I wish...

It starts with a simple wish, and Emma Davies hardly notices when it comes true. She’s too preoccupied with a life she isn’t happy in - the spark in her marriage has fizzled, her career is headed nowhere and her boss is a misogynist. Her teenage daughter has grown distant, and her heart breaks daily for her teenage son with cerebral palsy. But soon Emma discovers her wishes are coming true, and she realizes that she has been given the power to change her life. Either that, or she’s going insane.

Emma begins testing her newfound gift, making calculated wishes and learning one important rule - once granted, they cannot be undone. Over time, she grows bolder as she builds up to the one wish she both fears and desperately longs to make. But when Emma finally gets everything she’s asked for, will it be worth the price?

©2018 Janis Thomas (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Maybe it gets better?

I didn’t finish this book - I just couldn’t get past the negativity of the main character. The mood of the narration fit the mood of the story, but I just couldn’t get past the main character’s complacency with her life.

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The end justified the means

If you are like me, and find the negativity of others exhausting, you may not listen to this whole book. Several times I came very close to stopping the book because I seriously doubted I could handle waiting for the negativity to just stop already! It was the high ratings and positive reviews of other listeners that gave me just enough hope to keep on going. The narrator was so good at using exactly the tone that the author intended, that the depression experienced by the main character was palpable. So, you may be wondering if the review you are reading is correctly matched to the number of stars used for the rating. I'm not sure I can explain it myself. But when the character's suffering, and therefore my suffering, finally eased, the relief I felt actually provided a kind of pleasure. Additionally, there was a poignant message effectively being conveyed. If I were to have rated this book 1/3 of the way through. I probably would have given 2 stars all round. But the last third brought it around to sufficiently warrant the 4 stars. The narrator, who so adeptly sounded down-trodden and depressed, was ultimately very effective at performing precisely the part she was given.

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Great book with excellent narration

This book kept me interested from the beginning. The narration was excellent. A definite must listen to.

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Starts out interesting, ends predictably

I really enjoyed the first three quarters of this book. The ideas were fascinating, and the unintended consequences of the choices the main character made were very interesting. But. The last couple of chapters were predictable to the point of silliness. I would have enjoyed it more if the ending she chose were forbidden and the author would have to resolve the crises created by the choices at the beginning of the book a different way. Or that the end was extended more.

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  • squishy
  • Hemphill, TX, United States
  • 07-30-19

You’ve GOT to be kidding?!

This started out pretty good, interesting premise, could’ve been a lot of fun. Like having a Genie in a bottle. When mom (forgot her name already) finally realizes, after 4 HUGE life changing events, that she is wishing them, she just goes kinda stupid. Instead of thinking about the consequences or being smart about the wishes, she does some pretty dumb wishes. It just gets frustrating. Meanders around a lot. The worst is her feeling BAD after wishing away her sons caregiver after she witnesses a pretty horrible action. Ohhh, did I do the right thing? Seriously, mom? There is a lot of dysfunction with her ex, her current husband and daughter that just fills the story with constant angst it gets very tiresome. We get a little glimpse of how, why these wishes are happening but only enough to be frustrating. The final straw for me was the “safari” trip. SPOILER! So with these wild animals theyre told they must be calm, no loud noises or sudden moves. Remember he has CP, thats what ppl with CP have a hard time doing, slow controlled moves! And yes, there is an incident with ppl staring and little girl screaming “he scares me” So as a special treat, the guide thinks its a good idea to let him hold a lion cub, the size of a Labrador, in his lap!! (he tells them again, no quick moves) WITH the mother lion close! He gets a cramp, flails about...Well you can guess the rest. The stupidness of this almost made my head explode. I just turned it off, enough was enough. Idk the ending, I don’t care! I know this review is all over the place but so was the story! Could have been really interesting, instead it just pissed me off!

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Marvelous, spooky story, wonderfully narrated!

What an interesting story! A woman finds her wishes coming true - and irreversible. Listen yourself for an unforgettable story.

This is the first book I remember listening too by Angela Dawe. It moved listening to an audiobook into a whole new level for me. She reads with such attention to detail that even the details of conversation became clear as I listened. She captures the emotions of each character as I felt they would be expressed.

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  • Sekai
  • CONCORD, NC
  • 07-09-19

Deep. Moving. Emotional.

Woah! What a book! How many ppl want a few wonderful wishes?? What harm can it do?? What's the worst than can happen?? This book will make you wonder will you make those wishes & can you hear the consequences?? 5 🌟

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MADE ME THINK ABOUT MY LIFE . . . .

The narrator-- Angela Dawe-- has, at times, a monotone, depressing air about her. There are portions if the book that, if read by someone else, wouldnt seem nearly as dark and flat as they do. However, the story-- written by Janis Thomas-- is FABULOUS!

What mom hasn't thought of all the ways her life just sucks--- the kids don't behave the way you raised them, your home needs a face lift, careers are often chosen for, not what INSPORES us, but what is convenient for us . . . .

This mom is FINALLY able to do something about all that ails her. But she quickly finds out that life is NEVER perfect--- even if we get everything single thing that we could wish for.

Throughout the book, and definitely at the end, I found myself having to take a really tough inventory of my life. And because of Ms. Thomas' work, I've made a vow to:
1. Change the way I think about things
2. Start loving what I have--- and not what I believe I SHOULD HAVE
3. Love the important people in my life like it's the only obligation I'll EVER have to fulfill

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Dang!

Ok, so the beginning is hard. You have to wait that out. I actually skipped a few minutes because it was too deep for me. I understand necessary development of character, so it fits.

It's a gripper. Don't start this if you need to sleep. I kinda knew what would eventually happen, but for once I was happy to just listen and let the story get on with its self. A rarity.

The narration was awesome.

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Wow!

I love this Audible book. The story gets more interesting. The characters feel so real. If you’ve ever wished for something please read or listen as I did to this truly amazing story.

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  • Mrs
  • 09-25-19

Unlistenable

Very rarely do I give up on a book and return it, but I couldn’t imagine continuing after about the first laboured half hour. Such nonsense and so poorly written. I gave it one star because it wouldn’t let me give it no stars!