The Hypnotist's Love Story

Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt Smith
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
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From the author of the critically acclaimed What Alice Forgot comes a wonderfully fun, insightful novel about the crazy things we do for love.

Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst.

When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all? Actually, that’s kind of neat." She’s more intrigued than frightened. What makes a supposedly smart, professional woman behave this way? She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

©2012 Liane Moriarty (P)2012 Penguin
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  • 01-23-13

a twisted love story...so interesting!

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If you are someone who enjoys books about relationships & character studies, then this is the book for you. It's about what happens when a relationship ends, one party refuses to accept it, and how this affects the other persons new relationship.

Saskia and Patrick dated for 3 years. When he broke up with her, she simply refused be left and begins stalking him and his son. It's not with any violence--she just refuses to let him forget her, them, what they were. When Patrick falls in love with Ellen, she wants to get to know Ellen, as well and proceeds to, under the guise of a new client at Ellen's hypnotherapy practice. It's a story with lots of layers--Saskia and Patrick, Ellen's burgeoning interest in Saskia, Patrick and his family, Saski and Patrick's son, Ellen and her family, Saskia and her mother, Saskia and her lack of friends......they all play into the why's of how this 3 year stalking begins and ultimately what ends it.

It was funny, sad, interesting and insightful. Liane Moriarty really let's you get into the heads of Saskia and Ellen and what drives them and how they view their relationship with Patrick. She somehow made Saskia's stalking seem innocent and funny and a mind-game all at the same time. I felt for her and was appalled by her behavior at the same time.

Tamara Lovatt Smith's narration was excellent! She somehow walked the fine line between making Saskia likable and just short of manic. She really captured all of the characters well--so hard to do, especially in a book with many characters of different ages.

Loved it!

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Fabulous!

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Loved this book. it is quite the suspenseful love story with the perfect amount of fun woven in! Just as good as What Alice Forgot!

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Not Moriarty's best

This book was just OK. I found myself not being able to put the book down because I wanted something exciting to happen that never quite happened. A nice ending and a quick read.

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Good premise, average execution

I liked the underlying premise of the book - What happens when you love someone and you break up or that person dies? Do you ever stop loving them? Is the expectation that you should "get over it" realistic? The exploration of this question was quite good, but in other areas, the novel fell short. It was too long and rambling and the character development was not as deep as Moriarty's other books. The audio narration was excellent.

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UNUSUAL STORY, WONDERFUL NARRATOR - AUSTRALIAN HIT

What did you love best about The Hypnotist's Love Story?

The plot and characters are unusual (including a female stalker) that somehow all show varying levels of humanity, always with humor. The story is extremely well crafted, and the Australian accent of the narrator (and setting of the novel) adds to the charm.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The protagonist - the author does a great job of layering her emotional portrait.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't laugh or cry, but I cared about the characters.

Any additional comments?

I've already recommended this book to several friends as a fun, captivating read.

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not her best but still decent

I love Liane Moriarty and I loved the narration by Tamara Lovatt Smith, I also loved, The Husband's Secret and What Alice Forgot. This book was not as good as the other two but not without some entertainment value. The plot was predictable, not all the characters likeable and we had to hear endless psychoanalysis of each character. However, the narration made it all easy to listen to and it wasn't a total waste of my time. I am sure I would NOT have enjoyed reading this book, but to listen on the treadmill, it was fine. I wouldn't rush out and get this one but if you need to use a credit, its not a total waste.

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Perfect light read

Loved the performance and the story. It’s a light book and good chaser after a heavy story. Kept me hooked.

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One of Liane Moriarty’s Best! Highly Entertaining🎭

If you could sum up The Hypnotist's Love Story in three words, what would they be?
Suspenseful yet soothing!

What other book might you compare The Hypnotist's Love Story to and why?
Big Little Lies, also by this author.

Have you listened to any of Tamara Lovatt Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but i think I'd like to! She has a mild lateral lisp, but after the first few minutes that didnt bother me, and her performance was wonderful overall. I especially loved the raw emotion she poured into Saskia.

Who was the most memorable character of The Hypnotist's Love Story and why?
Saskia, because perhaps we all have the capacity for obsession, just as she has.

Any additional comments?
Hearing the story alternately told from the stalker's viewpoint made it a far more riveting tale. This was one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to! Loved it! So un-put-downable that i had to download the Kindle book to read on my device at night....couldnt wait until the next morning's commute to discover what was going to happen!

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Lovely, light read

If you’re looking for a suspenseful plot, or a story that keeps you up all night reading, this isn’t for you (try Moriarty’s Big, Little Lies or My Husband’s Secret). However, I loved this story! I almost didn’t buy it based on a few negative reviews, but I’m so glad I did! The book has a slow, rhythmic pace that I really appreciated and, like all of her stories, has profound insights into human nature and relationships. She unpacks jealousy, addiction, heartbreak, and pride... can’t wait for a year or so to pass so I can read it again. Narration was lovely.

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Cute story

In the process of reading all the books by this author. Read "The Husband's Secret" first, then "What Alice Forgot" and then this one. Love the writer's style and humor in all her books. Enjoyed the hypnotist's career in the story, but I think I got a little frustrated waiting for things to get resolved; therefore, I am subtracting one star. It is worth the credit if you enjoy Liane Moriarty.

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