The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock

Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
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His life is perfectly regimented. Is there really room for something as unpredictable as love?

Oliver Clock has everything arranged just so. A steady job running the family funeral parlour. A fridge stocked with ready meals. A drawer full of colour-coded socks. A plan (of sorts) to stay trim enough for a standard-sized coffin. And in florist Marie, he’s even found the love of his life - not that she’s aware of it.

When a terrible tragedy takes Marie out of his life but leaves him with her private journal, he discovers too late that she secretly loved him back. Faced now with an empty love life, a family funeral business in trouble, a fast-approaching fortieth birthday and a notebook of resolutions he’s never achieved, Oliver resolves to open himself up to love - and all the mess that comes along with it.

But, with a habit of burying his feelings, can he learn to embrace his lovability and find the woman who will make him feel whole?

©2020 Jane Riley (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Oliver's obsessions took some getting used to

I thought Oliver was too self-absorbed and extremely immature for a 40 year old.

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Overall I enjoyed Oliver's story.

Overall well done. Great premise, most of the characters were developed well, if not occasionally slowly. I would have preferred multiple narrators, only because his female characters almost sounded identical to me.
It began to feel a bit tedious and repetitive about halfway through, and so I set it aside for a day or so and came back. I returned to power through it, but thankfully the pace and development picked back up and I was quickly re-engaged in the story.
I'm torn between thinking the lag was just poor pace or if it was intentional in order to reveal the tedium of Oliver's obsession alongside his revelation of that.
I read other reviews complaining the story wasn't resolved well, but I disagree. While not directly spelling it all out, I was content with the idea Oliver was moving in the right direction.

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A gem!

I usually don’t write reviews, but I enjoyed this audiobook so much that I thought a review might help others discover it. Oliver was such a likable character that I found myself rooting for him every step of the way. The story moved along at a good pace and the narration was perfect. Don’t miss this gem!

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  • Antony B.
  • 02-10-20

Brilliant,

im Dyslexic, listening to this book. make me uderstand why people get addicted. I played it twice over.
thanks