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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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    Catherine 09-26-11
    Catherine 09-26-11 Member Since 2014

    A reader. A writer. A listener. A lover of words and stories and adventures.

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    "Must listen."

    I was ready to give up on audiobooks again after purchasing three duds that I just couldn't get through. I had heard about this book and read the reviews carefully prior to purchasing it. It was very entertaining and the narrator did quite a good job. Overall it held my interest and, even though it faltered a bit through the middle and has been criticized for its ending, I have to say this is a good debut novel for Watson.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 09-18-13
    Sara 09-18-13

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    "A terrifying story"
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    This book is really scary on so many levels. The vulnerable main character suffers ongoing terrible abuse and betrayal. Heavy on the violence, sense of loss and abandonment. A page turner but a cautionary story that is more thriller than anything else. Haunting.

    42 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Arlene Boulder, CO, United States 01-30-12
    Arlene Boulder, CO, United States 01-30-12
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    "Interesting story - well-told"

    The story was engrossing and suspenseful, with a satisfying finish. I felt for the main character, Christine, and I was excited to see how she would adapt. The story developed believeably, and the ending didn't disappoint. Orlagh Cassidy did a great job of presenting the characters.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    R. S. Herron Pittsburgh 09-22-11
    R. S. Herron Pittsburgh 09-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Particularly Love the Narrator!"

    Having read rave reviews about this book, I chose not to read more than the basic synopsis. I had no idea what to expect. I'd never heard of the narrator, Orlagh Cassidy, and let me stress what a fabulous job she did, nailing the voices for each character, as well as all the emotional nuances. Although there were times I felt the story could have moved along more quickly, I realized later that the slow pace is what makes the whole thing work so well. Other reviewers have, in my opinion, made a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to the 'glitch' of the echo during a small portion of the audio. Yes, it's a bit annoying, but big deal. Bottom line is that this is not a book to rush through. Enjoy the experience, work your way through the echo glitch, and enjoy this wonderfully narrated and well crafted book.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    LucyZoe Moscow, ID, United States 09-21-11
    LucyZoe Moscow, ID, United States 09-21-11 Member Since 2017

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Kept Me Guessing"

    I loved this book and I recommend it to anyone who likes fiction with a bite. The author keeps your attention all the way through and you just can't walk away. It's frustrating at times because you actually begin to feel the main character's anxiety. It reminds me of "The Usual Suspects" in that you *think* you know what's going on...but you don't.

    There are quite a few unnecessary *f*bombs and sensational-like lines that have no effect on the story. We listened in the car and just laughed out loud at the silliness of some of the sensational lines. Be warned if you're listening without earbuds.

    I didn't notice the echo-issues other readers have mentioned. Sounded great to me.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Nail-biting story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! For a first novel, this book is gripping and a little bit terrifying. I couldn't put it down.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favorite character, but I had a least favorite (towards the end, anyway).


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

    This was my first for Orlagh, but it won't be my last!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending had me in tears. I felt so happy and sorry for Chrissy.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't plan to get any sleep!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 09-07-14
    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't put it down............."

    This is the best 'page turner' i have read in a long long whilte. Great book. Lock the front door, draw your blinds, download without delay..............

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Annette 06-21-11
    Annette 06-21-11

    I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...

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    "Interesting..."

    Part mystery, part chronicle of brain damage. The story pushes you to extrapolate and guess on the real story going on...the really interesting parts are less about her condition (amnesia that restarts every day)than the relationships around her and trust. The plot and culmination aren't shockingly surprising - but the exploration of what it's like to live in a world with lost memory grabbed my interest. The "trust" in others is the big issue. I'd have like more "strange" brain trivia and information mixed in perhaps...the time she spent in hospital is covered quickly but truly frightening...I guess I enjoyed it but would have preferred more about the early experience and less of the "Mystery" of whoddunit. Still it was pretty good, in comparison to many of the memory loss/manipulation tales out there. Maybe I'm being too hard on it, I did enjoy it, but i see the potential for a much better book inside here....

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Charlestown, RI, United States 10-21-11
    Tim Charlestown, RI, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't put this book down!"

    This book was so good! I couldn't stop listening to it. I was shocked when I found out (about 3/4 of the way through) that the author was a man...he did such a great job writing from the perspective of a woman. Also, the way he wrote the book made me feel like I was in Christine's confused mind! Intriguing read! The narrator did a great job also.

    13 of 16 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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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