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On the Other Side

Narrated by: Carrie Hope Fletcher
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Number 1 Sunday Times best seller.

Your soul is too heavy to pass through this door;
leave the weight of the world in the world from before. 

Evie Snow is 82 when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It's the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she's become her 27-year-old self, and the door won't open. 

Evie's soul must be light enough to pass through, so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over 50 years. She must find a way to reveal them before it's too late. 

As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, she may also find her way back to the only man she ever truly loved....

Powerful, magical and utterly romantic, On the Other Side will transport you to a world that is impossible to forget. A love story like no other, it will have you weeping from the sheer joy and beauty of it all.

©2016 Carrie Hope Fletcher (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

 'Our go-to for spellbinding stories with a magical edge' Heat 

 'Reminded me so much of Cecelia Ahern' Ali McNamara 

 'Utterly enchanting' Jill Mansell 

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Simply Addictive

The sound of Carries voice is comforting and her story is marvelous. Romance captures your heart and make you want to hear more. I loved listening to it on my way home from work but once I arrived home it was hard to turn it off. I cant wait to listen to more of her books.

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wow! great job Ms. Fletcher!

amazing story and your naration was so smooth
I wished the story wouldnt end. so many talents, the world is blessed having you in it.

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Did not enjoy!

I did not care for this book but saw it through waiting for it to pick up! The story was ridiculous and in my opinion the author immature! I felt no sympathy for the main character at all.

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Needed More Work

For liking the premise as much as I did, I can't recommend this book to anyone. I've watched Carrie's vlogs in the past and enjoyed them, but i can't say the same for her book. I think an editor needed to offer more advice and cut some parts - especially the more over-the-top emotional scenes.

Most of the characters react in a very non-logical way. There's an attitude of "I'll get what I want, or I'll be miserable." There's no middle ground. The main character wants to be a professional artist, but works at a newspaper with misogynists who sexually harass her. Oh, also, this doesn't take place in a specific story line. That was confusing. It makes the heroine out to be completely incompetent or powerless.

She makes some decisions I don't agree with - for a 27-year-old. Most of the time she behaves like a child who doesn't know about paying for what you want.

So, no, I didn't care too much about this book. I gave it a 2 because I felt bad giving lower for Carrie. Hopefully the next will be better.

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Love the Love!

This story was fantastic. Not exactly what I would've picked, but found on a list of 2019 best books. Enchanting from start to finish, a story that's happy and sad and has love and loss. That the author narrated was a true bonus. Loved it!

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Just Ok

it was just Mmmllaaa not as predictable as most love stories. I didn't really really love it nor did I really really hate it

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had a wonderful time

I loved listening to this, and I think Carrie did an awesome job narrating. I do think the book is a little more suited to preteens and up.

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Wonderful

Absolutely wonderful! The writing style weaves more magic into this already magical story!!! Carrie has been one of my favorite youtubers for several years and I was kicking myself for not buying her books as they are being published on a yearly basis now. Always enjoy her voice so I knew I had to listen to it (much easier as well since I live in the US and her books aren't sold in stores here) can't wait until she does All They She Can See in audible!

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  • Amanda
  • 04-14-17

Enchanting tale

This is a book that you need to suspend reality to listen to. It is enchanting, whimsical and poignant, it tugs at the heart strings in a very unusual storyline and is unlike any other story I have read. I loved it .

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  • Angie
  • 03-05-17

Bit daft but a sweet story

Well narrated by the author herself this story was probably aimed at a younger audience than myself (52) it was rather like reading an English essay written by a school age girl. The story was cute imaginative and VERY cheesy with a predictable ending. I would recommend this to young teens. I laughed/cringed at the characters names too.

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  • Lanna @ Bloggers Heart Books
  • 02-25-17

Adorable to a fault

This is a bit of a marmite book. It's very, very sweet with twee names and an abundance of cheesy moments that some people will hate but many will love.

For me, overall, I liked it. The performance was fantastic and I definitely think this is one of those books that works better on audio than in text (I tried both).

I had a few issues with the book:

The timelessness Carrie was going for by not anchoring the story to any particular time period didn't work because the main conflict the story hinges on works in a historical setting where women had less rights and being LGBTQ+ was treated very differently...but without that historical setting, it vastly changes the story making Evie seem a bit spineless and putting too much value on the comforts of wealth.

I also wasn't fond of how the storyline of the gay character was done...it used his sexuality as a plot device for the straight characters story and we're supposed to think of her actions as noble like she's this great straight saviour and it just didn't work and really irritated me. Thankfully, the other LGBTQ characters were written well.

I loved the characters and enjoyed the magical realism for the most part.

Overall, I'd rate it 3.5 stars, but if I'm rating the audible narration I'd round it up to 4 because the performance was so good.

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  • Sam S.
  • 03-30-17

brilliant

beautiful story worded with such tenderness. I couldn't put it down. at one point got a bit teary and nothing makes me cry. the narration from the author was perfect and made the story alive. perfectly wonderful.

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  • rach43
  • 03-29-17

Heartwarming ❤️

I loved this book so light and easy to get into lovely story the whole thing was magical :)

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  • Lisa Caley
  • 03-23-17

Really Good Emotional Ride

the naration is good as you are able to differenciate between characters and emotions.
however sometimes confused with the storyline with timeline of events.
Overall i would really reccomend this book. It has a really good love story and plot twists with a spinkle of light humour. 5 stars

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  • C Peach
  • 03-16-17

Emotional and brilliant

I never could have imagined how much better this book would be with Carrie reading it. In fact, I thought the book could not get much better in general. Amazing story and Carrie's different voices and tones really bring it to life.

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  • Diana O'Neill
  • 03-14-17

Beautiful

Such a beautiful story and then on top of that Carrie has the nicest voice to listen to, it's just perfect

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  • Sarah Gilbertson
  • 03-12-17

Fantastical

Brilliant fantastical love story. If only we could all find our Vincent. I hope they are now very happy.

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  • nicola
  • 03-12-17

Magical

I have this story in hardback, paperback, kindle edition, and now audio book. It is such a wonderful story, I fell in love with the characters from the very first page, and I was captivated by a moving and magical story. Hearing it read by Carrie was fantastic, the story is hers so she made audio experience as perfect as the work itself.

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  • Jules
  • 02-28-17

Magical

Carrie has put every ounce of magic into this little book. Anyone, of any age, "with a heart" should read this book. A story of making the most out of the hand we're dealt and being willing to see the magic that's right in front of us.

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  • JHadgal
  • 08-20-17

Better than I thought surprising

I downloaded this unable to sleep one night not my usual book. Although an interesting concept it was actually quite lovely. Well written and perfectly narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-19

Amazing

Wonderful book, highly recommend to anyone. Carrie has done an amazing job with this book

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  • Dee
  • 08-15-18

Beautiful story!

I loved every bit of this book! Narration was great. The story so beautiful and championing the strength of love.

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  • Susanne
  • 12-26-17

Many goosebump moments..

A magical, emotive thought provoking journey. I loved it. A big Thankyou to author/storyteller Carrie Hope Fletcher!