The Art of Remembering

Narrated by: Heather McRae
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Professional ballerina Ailsa MacIntyre is at the peak of her career when her world is shattered by a shocking diagnosis. Life-saving surgery leaves her with a fractured memory, little recollection of her husband, Evan, and none of her career as a principal dancer. 

While recuperating at home, Ailsa hears beautiful music coming from the apartment upstairs, and the sound of the grand piano at the hands of a talented new neighbor sparks her muscle memory. As her recovery progresses, the broken pieces of her past gradually re-emerge, a picture not quite as idyllic as Evan would have her remember. Ailsa must navigate the conflicting visions of her past, and potential future, as they collide.

©2019 Alison Ragsdale (P)2019 Alison Ragsdale

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Amazing Ailsa! Sacrifices for her dancing, manages a marriage then a tragic diagnosis turns her life inside out! Unputdownable! I recommend

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Poignant & beautiful!

The Art of Remembering is a beautiful piece of Woman’s Fiction & I was honored to be chosen to review an audiobook copy for Alison. I’ll share a brief synopsis: Professional ballerina, Ailsa MacIntyre, is at the peak of her career when her world is shattered by a shocking diagnosis. Life-saving surgery leaves her with a fractured memory, little recollection of her husband, Evan, and none of her career as a principal dancer. While recuperating at home, Ailsa hears beautiful music coming from the apartment upstairs, and the sound of the grand piano at the hands of a talented new neighbor sparks her muscle memory. As her recovery progresses, the broken pieces of her past gradually re-emerge, a picture not quite as idyllic as Evan would have her remember. Ailsa must navigate the conflicting visions of her past, and potential future, as they collide. This story is emotionally powerful, dealing with loss & grief, yet there’s something beautifully simple about the way it’s told. It came off very raw & authentic to me in a way that just pulled me in deeper & deeper. I especially loved the insight into the world of professional dance & the protagonist, Ailsa, narrated by Heather McRae & her stunning Scottish accent 🙌🏼 Overall, I felt deeply satisfied after finishing & I’m about to deep dive into Alison backlist! Highly, highly recommend! 📚available on KindleUnlimited.. ***Thank you Alison Ragsdale for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review! I loved it!*****

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A quiet, melodic, moving tale

The Story: The opening of The Art of Remembering has a slow, mellow beginning, swirling the reader into the world of a dancer. The visuals are strong, and the beautiful narration made the scenes feel authentic. Ailsa reveals herself gradually, gently unfolding her mind and heart to the reader, which made me empathize with her and yearn to know her better. Evan divulged his mind and heart more readily, and I found it difficult to connect with him. Audio Narration: Heather McRae has a beautiful soothing voice, offering a confident Scottish accent. She poses various character voices with believability and clarity, is easy to understand, and gives the story genuineness. Audio Production Quality: The production quality of this audiobook is clear, without any distractions. Crisp, clear narration. Overall: The Art of Remembering is a quiet, melodic tale, carrying depth and emotion. I was pulled into the world of dance, the dedication of a dancer, and the sacrifices and rewards of following a passion. The story is slow-moving yet kept me reading. Great title, moving story, and compelling inspiration [Author’s Note.] Source: I received this audiobook at no cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.