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What Alice Forgot Audiobook

What Alice Forgot

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What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over? Alice Love is 29 years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually 39, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce. A knock on the head has misplaced 10 years of her life, and Alice isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.

©2011 Liane Moriarty (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    Judy New York, NY 03-04-13
    Judy New York, NY 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Unforgettable! I loved this story!"

    I loved this story! We got the view point from three different people: Alice, her sister and Frannie. I think it was just creatively done and it was a multidimensional story with the three viewpoints and you not only got to know Alice through their eyes, you got to know the other two and what they've gone through in the present and in the past.

    One negative of the audiobook version which could be overlooked because the story was just beautiful. I didn't love the narrator unfortunately. In fact, in the beginning, I didn't really realize when Alice's viewpoint switched to her sister's viewpoint....the narrator had the same exact voice and tone for both of them.

    53 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela J United States 08-09-13
    Pamela J United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2016

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "The great do-over!"

    This book made me squirm uncomfortably and put it down occasionally just so I could do a little soul searching. This story is so cleverly told through hindsight and foresight and answers that universal question: if I could go back would I make the same decisions? It brilliantly points out that the obvious choice, the easy choice and the smart choice while easily discernable from the outside, on the inside, with circumstances and issues nagging at you - - the choices are much more difficult. And while the characters and narrators are Australian, the circumstances are universal. I *think* this might be more appealing if you have a few years under your belt, but I sure as heck would have loved to have read it 10-years ago!

    Loved it.

    48 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Auburn, Alabama 09-25-13
    Yvonne Auburn, Alabama 09-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved..."

    I read The Husbands Secret ...after it being reviewed in People Magazine. I loved it and then came to look for her other books. I didn't love the concept of this book when I read the preview...but, I really loved it. Loved it as much as The Husbands Secret. So, much so I immediately downloaded the next one, The Hypnotist.
    It was a very thought prevoking book... great story...interesting concept. Loved the characters, the humor, the emotion. Highly recommend!

    44 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 12-15-12
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Clever and Fresh, but Painful"

    This book gave me pause. It made me stop and think about spouses taking each other for granted in the day to day and the long term effect that can have on a marriage. Am I guilty? Though the plot for What Alice Forgot is highly unlikely, Moriarty weaves the tale convincingly and left me tearful in several places. It is painful (but well done) following Alice post injury as she discovers that her marriage has fallen apart, yet she is in the happy mindset of her marriage from 10 years prior. Clever and fresh, What Alice Forgot is a satisfying, well written book.

    45 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra 09-08-14
    Alexandra 09-08-14
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    "had a bit of a problem with the performance"

    After listening to quite a number of brilliant narrators that are able to make the different characters sound so different that you "recognize their voices" I struggled with Tamara Lovatt-Smith's performance. Without barely a break, the narration switches between Alice, her sister and her granny, but her voice is exactly the same! It always took me about 2 sentences before I caught on that the scene had changed. The seamless change of perspective without a clue but the words themselves really irritated me for a great part of the book.
    Also although the narrator herself is of Australian origin, I didn't hear that. She sounded almost British to me and didn't suit the story in my eyes.
    Sorry, but I don't understand why the performance got such high marks.
    The story itself was quite enjoyable and saved the audiobook for me.

    41 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Romance Reader Texas 02-23-17
    Romance Reader Texas 02-23-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Started strong, became annoying"

    Alice's blind bitterness really got on my nerves. Wouldn't recommend. Hopefully the movie will be better.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie CINCINNATI, OH, US 09-10-15
    Natalie CINCINNATI, OH, US 09-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Did not appeal to me"

    The story itself did not appeal to me. I spent quite a bit of time trying to imagine how a person could fall off a spin bike, so that was a distraction. There were a lot of other details that I just found ridiculous. For example, the friend (Alice's lawyer) who waited with her until the ambulance arrived but apparently never took any further interest in her "friends" condition after that moment.

    I didn't car for the performance. I don't mind a narrator with an accent, but when you are narrating for audio, it's best to be as neutral as possible. It took several mentions before I realized that 'Bob' was actually Alice's mom, 'Barb.'

    The jump of a decade in the epilogue was also jarring.

    I think I would prefer a book about traumatic brain injury and amnesia more if it was based on real events. Nothing in this novel seemed very realistic at all.

    I am giving it three stars because I finished it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-26-15
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-26-15 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Philosophical and still fun!"

    On several occasions my wife has asked me, "where do you see yourself and us in the next ten years?" But never once have either of us dared to wonder if our younger selves would be disappointed or pleased having viewed our lives ten years hence. So with that said its fair to say again that this book got me thinking...

    Liane Moriarity' genius of creating charismatic characters, remarkable dialogue and mysterious situations doesn't overshadow the fact she is one of the centuries best persons of letters. Her works are as deep as they are entertaining.

    So this book captured my imagination from the first chapter and held it throughout its entire length. It challenged me, encouraged me, thrilled me, all while keeping a warm smile on my face.

    26 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn 03-06-17
    Marilyn 03-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not her best"

    I was really disappointed by this book, after coming off reads like Little Big Lies, and My Husband's Secrets and was. Blown away by those two books and this was just a let down. I was totally bored for the most part and would have returned if I could. I can't understand the rave reviews this book received and I am a big fan, but this fell flat😯


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    Patrick 01-28-17
    Patrick 01-28-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointed with Alice"

    I must have been expecting a more profound enlightening from Alice. I picked this book because I wanted to be encouraged by a story of a wife and mom coming to appreciate what she has after loosing then regaining her memory. That did not happen. I'll not be reading anymore from this author. I don't enjoy her type of suspense or how she beats around the bush to finally reveal what was obvious hundreds of words ago. She also goes on and on about something mediocre then breezes past topics of universal importance like parenting.
    Finally, if your sensitive to the topic of infertility don't read this book. The way the author talks about it made me cringe for those who may be sensitive to the subject and unknowingly get into this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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