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Publisher's Summary

From international bestselling author Marc Levy, the most widely read writer in France today, comes an unusual and charming love story that reunites a father and daughter, and past and present, in the most unexpected ways.

Days before her wedding, Julia Walsh is blindsided twice: once by the sudden death of her estranged father...and again when he appears on her doorstep after his funeral, ready to make amends, right his past mistakes, and prevent her from making new ones.

Surprised, to say the least, Julia reluctantly agrees to turn what should have been her honeymoon into a spontaneous road trip with her father to make up for lost time. But when an astonishing secret is revealed about a past relationship, their trip becomes a whirlwind journey of rediscovery that takes them from Montreal to Paris to Berlin and back home again, where Julia learns that even the smallest gestures she might have taken for granted have the power to change her life forever.

Revised edition: Previously published as Toutes ces choses qu'on ne s'est pas dites, this edition of All Those Things We Never Said includes editorial revisions.

©2008 Marc Levy (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2017 Chris Murray.

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  • Nicki
  • Livermore Falls, ME, United States
  • 03-10-18

Loved

So many reviews commenting on the cliches and romanticisms of the book. But I have to say I loved every second of it. So much so that I stayed up till 3 am to listen to the last 3 hours. I cried so hard at so many of the conversations Julia had with her father, at her disappointments, her reunions. I only wish they had explained everything- though I suppose leaving something up to your imagination is a good thing.

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What a story!

A fun 'what If' story. I scoffed at the writer's imagination at the beginning but decided to keep listening, as the reader was really good. Good decision! Beautiful love story and exciting history pertaining to the fall of the Berlin Wall. I could hardly put the book down. The author made you feel as if you was one of the two main characters. Read it. You'll like it!

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Really disliked this

Didn't finish, despite several attempts. I thought Julia acted like a spoiled child, and her interactions with her father descended into bickering that was hard to listen to. Maybe if I'd stuck it out I'd have liked it better, but I just couldn't force myself to do so.

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Interesting read

So this was proposed the 4th book I picked out in the last 2 weeks that have a clear connection to my life. Quite eerie. I truly enjoyed reading this book and would have given it 5 starts if it would not have been for the 1 piece of incorrect information that East Germans lived in constant fear. The passage where Julie talks about her finally understanding the horrors of him growing up in the Eastern block were disappointing. The author portrayed East Germans and Eastern Germany in a light that’s simply not true. I grew up in East Germany and life was not as he described it (in regards to the fears, Stasi, etc.) Otherwise interesting, fun but also thought provoking read. ... I’ll take it her father never died? Strange open-ended ending the way he left.

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Love, Love, Loved it!

It was a sappy love story that absolutely pulls at the heart strings. I couldn't put it down .

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 11-27-17

OK book. Fabulous narration..


I loved this book and I hated it. I loved the story of Julia and he father Anthony. And I loved Thomas, her first love. And Stanley, her best friend. I even liked Adam, her fiancé. What I didn’t like was after all she went through trying to find Thomas (she thought he was dead) after 18 years apart, then finding him in Berlin, then going to bed with him, then leaving him and going back to New York to try to straighten out her life with Adam, I thought was totally ridiculous.

I think if you eliminated all the italics in the book it would have been a 5 star. BUT there was just too much time spent on Julia and her two friends driving from Paris to Berlin and all the checkpoints they went through and a long drawn out story of what happened at each point, just pages and pages of unnecessary crap. It made the story longer but it kept me skimming a lot, just to get back to something that had to do with the real story.

So, Anthony’s funeral was held the same day Julia was supposed to marry Adam so the wedding was cancelled. The next day Julia got a crate and a robotic form of her father was inside the crate and a remote to turn him on. That’s where the story really started, not with an 18 year old Julia gallivanting across Europe to see the Berlin Wall come down. However, by the end of the book you never really knew if Anthony was a robot or her real father playing a trick on her. While she was gone his crate was opened and he stepped out and went to his car and took off, never to be seen or heard from again. Total bummer.

I must say, there were some long narratives by Anthony that were well done and very poignant. They were very believable when it came to him talking to Julia, saying all the things he’d never said and giving her some excellent advice. It was sad that Julia was pretty nasty to her robot-dad through almost the whole book though.

There was a slight sex scene but nothing too descriptive, and a few swear words.

As to the narration: Amy McFadden was simply awesome. Her voices, her laughter, her crying, everything was as it should be when narrating a book. Lately she's been a hit or miss with me but this time she was a real hit.

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Ten Stars Worthy.

As a parent, as a daughter, as a spouse - this book hit on every one. The writing is exquisite and the narration was perfect. I'll re-listen to this book many times.

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 11-18-17

Julia and Her Dad—What A Story

Wow! This is my 2nd novel by Marc Levy and it is just as good as the first one I read, P.S. Paris. He has a knack for romance. Julia is engaged to marry Adam, but there is no zip in their relationship although she doesn’t admit this even to her best friend, Stanley. She comes home to her apartment to find a surprise. Her father, Anthony, whom she has not had any contact with for 20 years awaits her. He wants to make up for his absence from her life by showing her what she is missing. He takes her on a whirlwind trip to Montreal where she discovers a photo sketch of her lost love, Thomas, who she thinks died in Afghanistan. Her father watches her space as she sees the sketch and stands transfixed for 15 minutes. He asks her if she is sure she loves Adam. Of course, she is testy and says how would he know how she feels. He shrugs his shoulders and says okay. He tells her that Thomas didn’t die. He gives her a letter written by Thomas as he recovered from the almost deadly wounds he received in Afghanistan. Her father didn’t think a boy from East German was an appropriate man for his daughter so he had shown up, punched Thomas in the jaw, and grabbed his daughter and made her go back to New York. She never forgave him. So, now he takes her back to Berlin to see if Thomas is there and to see if the connection still exists. This is a terrific story of al father’s love and the difficult relationships that can exist between children and their parents. It is a love story, a story of acceptance, and a story of love. It is a very different approach to a romance and not a typical one. I loved every minute of it. I listened mostly on audible and the narrator, Amy McFadden, is a good selection for the characters. Marc Levy is a wonderful author but the translator, Chris Murray, is to be commended. He does a wonderful job of capturing the nuances.

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  • SandyC
  • Nashua, NH, US
  • 03-05-18

It could have been better

I’ll say I had higher expectations for this story by the synopsis. It could have been so much more. But the preposterous leap of faith for what was at her door-and then to argue and be a jerk with the whole time-made no sense when the week wrapped up. And then without spoiler-why oh why that ending in the car??? No not a fan. After losing my dad (today is his anniversary)-I just can’t buy that this girl would be like that. Or that that rift would last a lifetime. No o would t recommend this book. I had to listen to it at warp speed to get through it.

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