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How Not to Die Alone

Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Smart, darkly funny, and life-affirming, How Not to Die Alone is the bighearted debut novel we all need, for fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, it's a story about love, loneliness, and the importance of taking a chance when we feel we have the most to lose.

"Wryly funny and quirkily charming." (Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters)

Sometimes, you need to risk everything...to find your something.

Andrew's been feeling stuck.

For years he's worked a thankless public health job, searching for the next of kin of those who die alone. Luckily, he goes home to a loving family every night. At least, that's what his coworkers believe.

Then he meets Peggy.

A misunderstanding has left Andrew trapped in his own white lie and his lonely apartment. When new employee Peggy breezes into the office like a breath of fresh air, she makes Andrew feel truly alive for the first time in decades.

Could there be more to life than this?

But telling Peggy the truth could mean losing everything. For 20 years, Andrew has worked to keep his heart safe, forgetting one important thing: how to live. Maybe it's time for him to start. 

©2019 Richard Roper (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Just the kind of book I wanted to read in these times. Charming, empathetic, witty, emotional, and hopeful, Roper’s cast of quirky, vulnerable characters make for a truly warm and affecting debut." (J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest)

"Richard Roper uplifts the human spirit and shows us how to embrace life and hope in his wickedly witty debut.” (Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper)

“Quirky and heartfelt.... Andrew's past traumas are revealed gradually, and the reasons behind his isolation are heartbreaking and poignant. A moving and funny look at grief, hope, and the power of human connections.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Funny and touching

Loved this comic novel about loners, office politics and overcoming heartbreak. The author ‘s voice is authentic and the narration superb. One of the best books I have heard in a long while.

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So funny and sweet

I so enjoyed this book. It has a funny, dry humor, but also a sad story. Really good narration. Just a nice story.

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Better than a movie 5 stars!

This was an amazing novel. I found this book more entertaining than most movies produced these days. The story is fantastic. The characters well developed and the narrator was fantastic. Some parts Andrew’s story hit a little close to home for me so I was able to relate with the protagonist very well. I highly recommend this audio book.

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Loved it

I almost never write reviews but I loved this book so much. The story was told with such honesty and also with laugh out loud humor. The main ideas of the solitary lives that are led by so many and the need for human contact really made me rethink some of the people and relationships in my life.

I loved the awkward moments that turned into opportunities for connection.

Extremely well written, I look forward to more from this author.

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Bravo you poor Bloke!

Leave it to a British author to tell me about this poor bloke with a wanky job and sad past and make me smile throughout the telling. Definitely deserves belongs on the “Up” Lit shelf. ❤️

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Loved everything about this book

This book was entertaining from start to finish! I loved the whole premise of this story. The author perfectly timed each plot point and the pace of the story was just right. I can't wait to hear more from this author and this narrator!

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Not quite what I thought

When I read the synopsis I thought this might be a good book to listen to as I go about my chores, etc. I was a bit off-kilter when I first started listening because I recognized the narrator from the girl with a dragon tattoo series. Eventually got over that but part way through I almost quit. Too depressing. Overall it’s a good book but I don’t feel the need to listen again.

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Loved It

I was surprised that I had as much fun listening to this as I did. It was sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes funny, and often unexpected. For those who like reading well written characters, I highly recommend.

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Good but Not Great

"How not to die alone" was interesting, well written and often funny, but the main character could have gotten himself out of his predicament so many times with just a bit of courage. For this reason, I found myself getting exasperated with him and found the entire scenario a little too far fetched to give it more stars. I would be willing to give this author another chance however, and as always Simon Vance's narration was excellent.