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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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    Allison M Garcia Flores 03-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not What I Consider a Thriller"
    What did you like best about Before I Go to Sleep? What did you like least?

    I would call this book more of a psychological drama than a thriller. Maybe it would "read" better than being listened to. That isn't to say anything negative about Orlagh Cassidy's performance. It was fine. It's the story and the premise that just never got to the "suspense" and "thrill" I was looking for in this book. Sure, it takes a little while to figure out what's going on, but I was never on the edge of my seat trying to figure it out. It's technically well written, just not the genre I was looking for. No thrill and very little suspense for me.


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    Kendall 02-22-17
    Kendall 02-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A little repetitive at first, but worth it!"

    I enjoyed this book without a doubt. I definitely didn't expect the twists, though I knew something was wrong...
    The beginning was a bit frustrating because a certain fact was made clear the first time. The need to keep repeating certain realities was a turn off... Eventually the plot picked up and it was well worth pushing through.
    Definitely creepy and scary to think about. Solid read.

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    Gregory S. Wilder Lexington, KY USA 02-14-17
    Gregory S. Wilder Lexington, KY USA 02-14-17 Member Since 2012

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    "UGH - Painful"
    What would have made Before I Go to Sleep better?

    Not sure anything could make it better.


    What was most disappointing about S. J. Watson’s story?

    Kept waiting for the big reveal. Was so slow and painful. Kept hoping it would end strong, but didn't. Dont get all the good reviews.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a slow and painful story. Too long. Too repetitive.

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    Jacqueline Taylor 02-02-17
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    "Ending was a bit ambivalent"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not sure. The story was good, but the ending left me... eh.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The growing history of the main character as she discovered the truth and facts of her life. The biggest problem is the writing isn't consistent with a diary/journal which is what she is writing. She is a writer, so you can give a little credence to some of the flowery language, but it is a stretch to think anyone who has limited time to write would spend that much time on minuet details.


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but she was good in this.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It was alright. I don't feel like I want my time back, but I wouldn't recommend it over some of the other books I listen too like "Behind Closed Doors" which was excellent.

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    JW Floyd, Iowa 01-10-17
    JW Floyd, Iowa 01-10-17

    JD

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    "Could. not put down"

    excellence
    a well written book. one of the best i have read in some time. the ending really shocks one to its core.

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    Amazon Customer 01-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Went out of my normal genre for this: Very Pleased"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written story, and very well narrated. I would recommend this to someone that either likes psychological thrillers, or stories where the main character has forgotten who she is.


    What about Orlagh Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    Orlagh Cassidy is likely the perfect voice for this.


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    Nick 01-07-17
    Nick 01-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Probably easier to listen to than actually read..."

    The premise was interesting but there are definitely moments that you have to suspend logic. So much of what happens leaves you scratching your head and saying to yourself, "there's NO way".

    There was a lot of repetitive dialogue and phrasing. The worst was the "Ben" character... Although the narrator did an excellent job overall, the "voice" she used for him was highly annoying. And it seemed he was set on "replay". He said the same phrases over and over and was just irritating from start to finish.

    My biggest complaint was one mentioned in a previous review... the "F bomb". It was used WAY too much to the point of distraction. Very unnecessary and disappointing.

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    Gwendolyn 01-06-17
    Gwendolyn 01-06-17
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    "Slow start"

    This one started slow for me. Just as I was thinking I might give up, it started gripping me. I'm kind of wondering if it was the narrator that put me off a bit since some narrators can't pull off suspense.
    Anyway, I loved the story and loved the ending. I will be looking for more from this author.

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    msquibbs Roseville 12-24-16
    msquibbs Roseville 12-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I'm glad I gave this book a chance."

    After reading the comments I decided to give this book a try. I'm glad I did, it was read well, she did a great job. The story had some slow parts but overall it was a good book.

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    Chris Jefferson City, MO United States 12-18-16
    Chris Jefferson City, MO United States 12-18-16 Member Since 2015

    Book lover. love a great mystery or thriller. Currently a Warehouse Supervisor at Scholastic where we distribute books all over the world.

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    "Excellent Suspense Amnesia Thriller"

    I would describe this book as 50 First Dates meets The Girl On The Train. Not comparing it to 50 First Dates because of the comedy but the subject matter. A main female protagonist who suffers from amnesia and remembers almost nothing about her life. Christine wakes up in someone else's bed with someone else's husband when she makes it to the bathroom just to realize she has no idea who the person in the mirror is.
    What a way to start a book. The mystery starts to unravel slowly throughout the story. Who is Christine who is this man she woke up next to and what happened to the last 20 years of her life can these memories be retrieved can she figure out where she is and who she was in bed with and how did the memories get lost in the first place. All these questions are brought to light in this story and you will learn as you read that you do not know the true nature of any of the characters even the one telling the story.
    All will be revealed and many readers will not see the twist and turns coming. Just enjoy the ride through this great story.

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