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Zoe knows that it wasn't really her fault. Of course it wasn't. But if she'd just grasped harder, run faster, lunged quicker, she might have saved him. And Edward doesn't really blame her, though his bitter words at the time still haunt her, and he can no more take them back than she can halt the car that killed their son.

Two years on, every day is a tragedy. Edward knows they should take healing steps together, but he's tired of being shut out. For Zoe, it just seems easier to let grief lead the way.

A weekend in Paris might be their last hope for reconciliation, but mischance sees them separated before they've even left Gare du Nord. Lost and alone, Edward and Zoe must try to find their way back to each other - and find their way back to the people they were before. But is that even possible?

©2016 Leah Mercer. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Tragic story

A story of tragedy and grief. A little long and repetitive. Female narrator was a bit harse to listen to. I found myself skipping parts. Okay for a few bucks.

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Redundant & un-intriguing

Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Mattacks and Henrietta Meire ?

Yes

What character would you cut from Who We Were Before?

All of them, or definitely redefine their roles.

Any additional comments?

A bit redundant, drug out and obvious for my taste. It doesn't compare at all to it's competitors.

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Incredibly depressing

I read the description so had an idea that it was about overcoming tragedy and I was interested in that story however I didn't realize the entire book would be about tragedy and sadness. it was absolutely depressing with very small moments of even normalcy let alone happiness. It was very difficult to get through and I didn't want to return to the story everyday. It was told in an interesting way through both characters pov which I liked but that was about it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Heavy, Sad Book of Life Tragedy and Healing

Didn't enjoy this book, but found myself wanting/ needing to finish to learn the emotional state of the characters in the end.

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Such a good read!!

This was so good, I really enjoyed it!! I liked how each chapter was told from the other person, either Edward or Zoey's perspective, like how it could have been the same day but we were seeing it through the other person's eyes. It really hoes to show how much losing a child can tear two people apart and they have to really find themselves again before they can come back together and be a couple.

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Who We Were Before

If there was ever an argument for open communication as a couple this book personifies it. Was a good story with good character development but holy crap people just talk to each other for goodness sake! Tell each other how you feel....therapy....seriously, you both need therapy!

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Very Emotional story

This is the moving story of a couple who are trying to cope with their son's tragic death. The story is told using two alternating points of view of each of the parents. Most of the story takes place during a weekend trip to Paris, with flashbacks telling the story of how they met and married. Its’s heartbreaking and intense, because we are able to understand and sympathise with the characters' suffering, motivations and actions. I enjoyed the audio version very much. The reading of both characters was excellent.

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Sad but worth the story!

I really enjoyed this book-in a way, it reminds us all of what we can let go and not work on in a marriage- vs: what we should be willing to do to save our "ever after" and "forever" vows!Although Edward and Zoe had terrible sadness, it could may give hope to many marriages, if we would just let it happen!!I

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Horribly Heartbreaking.

I thought the idea of the story was a good one. It was exicuted poorly, however. This is a horribly sad story without any resolve at the end. I kept looking at the time remaining in the story, around when there was about 20 minutes left, and I knew there would be a sad ending. I'm quite disappointed.

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Exhausting

This was a very difficult book for me to read. It was tragic, exhausting and terribly depressing. I gave it four stars because it was well written, but the story was too sad for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-20-16

It was fine

Would you try another book written by Leah Mercer or narrated by Simon Mattacks and Henrietta Meire ?

I like the idea of the story but I don't feel that it acheived it full potential.

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

The idea of being lost in a strange place was interesting although asking someone for help would have sorted it out a lot quicker.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The female narrator was a little annoying, it sounded a bit unnatural, like she was reading it from a sheet for the first time.

Did Who We Were Before inspire you to do anything?

Go back to Paris.

Any additional comments?

I didn't dislike the book but I felt dissatisfield once I'd finished it.

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  • Marilyn
  • 05-22-18

A real page turner!

Loved this book from start to finish. So sad, and yet so true to life. I couldn't put it down. Excellent read.

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  • Dan
  • 10-07-16

horrible

narration is good, but the story is horrible, my review is on Goodreads and partially on Amazon

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-13-16

Great listen

Thought provoking brilliance from start to Finnish, best I've listened to for a long time

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  • Vanessa
  • 11-24-16

Excellent Narration of a Very Sad Story.

A well written story that is extremely well narrated. Not a book that will lift the spirit, not shed so many tears in years. Will certainly look out for more audio books by this author - maybe a more cheery sequel?

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  • Elizabeth Moser
  • 11-29-16

a wonderful read.

i enjoyed the structure, gradually unfolding in response to events and stimuli. easy to listen to voices, expressive and convincing. l am sorry to have finished it.