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Before I Go to Sleep Audiobook

Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

"As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...."

Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.

Welcome to Christine's life.

©2011 S.J. Watson (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Elaine Edwards 06-13-15
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    This one kept me hooked until the end. The narration was great and the story plausible and interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Miami, FL USA 12-09-14
    Christopher Miami, FL USA 12-09-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Had me Guessing throughout"

    I have heard of this story line before; this of course is a new spin on the old story. I found myself trying to figure out the mystery immediately. I figured it out mostly within the first half of the book, but there were some twists. What grabbed me and kept me listening was hte narrator. What an excellent voice and so well paced. If you are as avid a mystery/thriller reader as I am, you might guess the evolving storyline, but don't be totally sure of yourself. There are surprises. The biggest being the discovery of this incredible narrator!

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    Cynthia Curran 10-20-11 Member Since 2017
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    "absorbing and unique"

    The narrative concept of this novel is unique and clever in execution. It is rare that an epistolary style can be maintained without becoming intrusive and artificial. Having said that, though, the ending disappoints and feels rather rushed. Most works in this genre have this problem but I don't know the answer. I would be angry if authors didn't tie up the questions with a plot conclusion but I am rarely satisfied. This ending was no exception--a bit too neat and unlikely--but the book itself I really enjoyed enhanced by a talented reader.

    It may be that the novel works so well because the author clearly is taken with the definition of self. Are we the sum of our memories or is personality something contained and separate?

    It is rare that I get so caught up in a novel that I listen to it straight through like I did this one. My final opinion is that this novel is sort of like life: absorbing in spots and at times terrifying but ultimately unsatisfying. :)

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    A. M. Kobulnicky 01-05-17
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    "Redundant"
    What would have made Before I Go to Sleep better?

    Getting to the point quicker. I get it, endless repetition when one forgets all memories, but I literally wanted to jump ahead so badly.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure. After this novel, something suspenseful.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was fine.


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

    Annoyance.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kas 12-30-16
    Kas 12-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wasn't bad but wasn't great"

    It was unnecessarily slow and drawn out. There was only one line, written in the characters journal that kept me listening or I would've stopped and never finished it. The story wasn't bad but wasn't great. Worth it if it comes around on Daily Deal or you've exhausted all your other choices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Breck 11-02-16
    Breck 11-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring Female version of Memento"

    this is probably the most boring audiobook of which I have ever listened. The reader did a great job telling the story, but this really could have been a 50-page short story vs eight or nine hours of listening to a woman wake up, while about her memory loss, go to sleep, wake up, whine about her memory, well, you get it. Awful...

    was also obvious the author had a very difficult time trying to create a surprise ending which was pretty much expected from the first page

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    Stephanie E. O'Neill 06-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "An intriguing story with some suspense"

    I enjoyed this book, although I wouldn't describe it as one of the most suspenseful books I ever read (I found it on a book list of suspenseful reads). In any case, it was well done and held my interest from start to finish. The narrator is excellent. It's definitely worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 09-05-15
    Jennifer 09-05-15
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    "Disappointed"

    It was a good book but it felt so dragged on. I felt bad for Christine but I could not stand Orlagh Cassidy's voice , it made Christine sound like she was whining rather than distressed or scared . I think, in my opinion , had I read it on my own first or heard another person reading the story I might I have liked it better . It was suspenseful but no thriller .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 07-20-15
    Jennifer 07-20-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Drawn out and repetitive"

    This story is seriously drawn out. The first half of the story is the same thing over and over. You could read the first two chapters and then skip to the last three and not miss a beat.

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    Julie 06-26-15
    Julie 06-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent! Exciting, absorbing,satisfying."

    Great book, absorbing story , couldn't stop listening to find out what happens. Recommended for anyone wanting a really absorbing book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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