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After You Left Audiobook

After You Left

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Publisher's Summary

You want to know what the worst thing is? It's not the embarrassment, or the looks on people's faces when I tell them what happened. It isn't the pain of him not being there - loneliness is manageable.

The worst thing is not knowing why.

When Justin walks out on Alice on their honeymoon, with no explanation apart from a cryptic note, Alice is left alone and bewildered, her life in pieces.

Then she meets Evelyn, a visitor to the gallery where she works. It's a seemingly chance encounter, but Alice gradually learns that Evelyn has motives, and a heartbreaking story, of her own. And that story has haunting parallels with Alice's life.

As Alice delves into the mystery of why Justin left her, the questions are obvious. But the answers may lie in the most unlikely of places...

©2017 Carol Mason (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Bette 05-02-17
    Bette 05-02-17
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    "I kept thinking 'what the heck???'"

    For better or worse, After You Left will keep you on your toes. Is it a mystery? Well, yeah- but not the one you think it is. Is it literary? Maybe; some aspects of the book are quite fine while others are straight out of the chicklit handbook. Is it engaging? Yes- except when it isn't. And last, 'What did she say?' Narrator Knoweldon does an excellent job but in that whispery-childwoman voice that keeps me rewinding.

    Yep, I am ambivalent about After You Left. The story line seemed forced at times but the storytelling was excellent. I'll certainly try more Carol Mason novels because despite everything I've said, After You Left is better than 2/3 of the books I listen to.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 07-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I wanted to like this book but couldn't"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe someone with a lot of patience, who doesn't look for the narrator to match the character's voice.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carol Mason again?

    If she better fit a character, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The story's premise was good and well-intended, but the narrator was quite distracting. She couldn't emote well enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crystalew Anchorage, AK 06-16-17
    Crystalew Anchorage, AK 06-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Just good enough to not fall asleep on."

    This book has good bones. There's lots of good twist but the characters are boring and the story ends up being anti-climatic. One of the biggest problems was none of the characters had any fight. It's a book I want drama. I was extremely disappointed that I actually lost sleep listening to the last chapter. It just totally killed the whole book for me. I was looking for more closure from the Alice and Justin story but instead it was just a redundant telling of the E&E storyline.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "After You Left"

    Very dry and boring. Very little emotion. Things that don't matter to the story. Rambling

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patti B. 06-07-17
    Patti B. 06-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Nope"

    Why couldn't they end the story? They just left it all unfinished. Too long of a book to end without wrapping up any of the stories.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bridgie Graham 06-20-17
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    "Rambling story with grating narration "

    Try as I might I couldn't finish it and will ask for my first ever refund

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Babbs 05-16-17
    Babbs 05-16-17
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    "Go tell Alice"

    Okay I'm going to give up on these British writers. Clarified writers that are broken hearted romances. These women seem to believe that stand by your man even after being cheated on and dumped.
    Your husband run out on you during you honeymoon leaving you 5000 miles alone and you want him back?
    He don't call or text except 2 other times when she contacts him, but have no answers for why! After two weeks he comes back to pick up his clothes spins some story about a 3 mo. old sick son by former girlfriend he was not aware of until day before Alice and his wedding. So the son has an heredity illness that he now feels obligated to raise his son with former girlfriend .
    So I say F- him. This man ran with no consideration for her or his commitment to her. She did nothing wrong so she did not deserve his treatment. I guess at 59 I'm a realist so I say "love don't love nobody"
    British writers stop making women door mats, put on big girl panties and move on. Justin I call bull.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    BlessedinKC 10-17-17
    BlessedinKC 10-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The End"

    Now that I know the end I want to listen again...it go kind of confusing for a moment.

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    S n Wilson 09-22-17
    S n Wilson 09-22-17
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    "An original"

    Loved how this story turned, the complexity and the beauty of life. Wouldn't be surprised if there is some real life truth to the story - listen- indulge. It is like a complex red wine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen MANAHAWKIN, NJ, United States 09-03-17
    Helen MANAHAWKIN, NJ, United States 09-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Two Hours Too Long"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Takes a very long time for anything to materialize in this meandering story. From an advanced age (mine), it appears Eveline was "madly in lust" and the relationship had a rather fragile foundation but of course, this is a love story (more or less) so reality must not be allowed to interfere. Endless verbalization of feelings rather than flat out rage.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Both protagonists needed to have more backbone and be real women not the poor morose characters portrayed, for a lifetime in one case.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several in which the elderly men, who were the most lively in the story, interpret Wyeth's painting, "Christine". These were the most in depth characterizations.


    Could you see After You Left being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Probably not unless there was a little more excitement added.


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    "Can't get past second chapter. Perhaps I will try later"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Can't get past the second chapter. Maybe I will try again later, when in a more reflective mood


    What could Carol Mason have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less monotone


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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    Any additional comments?

    ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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