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What Alice Forgot

Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24,847 ratings)

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From the number one New York Times best-selling author of The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies

A “cheerfully engaging”(Kirkus Reviews) novel for anyone who’s ever asked herself, “How did I get here?”

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over - she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. 

Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over....

©2011 Liane Moriarty (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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  • Judy
  • New York, NY
  • 03-04-13

Unforgettable! I loved this story!

I loved this story! We got the view point from three different people: Alice, her sister and Frannie. I think it was just creatively done and it was a multidimensional story with the three viewpoints and you not only got to know Alice through their eyes, you got to know the other two and what they've gone through in the present and in the past.

One negative of the audiobook version which could be overlooked because the story was just beautiful. I didn't love the narrator unfortunately. In fact, in the beginning, I didn't really realize when Alice's viewpoint switched to her sister's viewpoint....the narrator had the same exact voice and tone for both of them.

172 of 183 people found this review helpful

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The great do-over!

This book made me squirm uncomfortably and put it down occasionally just so I could do a little soul searching. This story is so cleverly told through hindsight and foresight and answers that universal question: if I could go back would I make the same decisions? It brilliantly points out that the obvious choice, the easy choice and the smart choice while easily discernable from the outside, on the inside, with circumstances and issues nagging at you - - the choices are much more difficult. And while the characters and narrators are Australian, the circumstances are universal. I *think* this might be more appealing if you have a few years under your belt, but I sure as heck would have loved to have read it 10-years ago!

Loved it.

101 of 108 people found this review helpful

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OK

Seemed pretty long and drawn out. The ideas about divorce were very thought provoking. To bad it took so long to get there.
It would have been nice to have a little change of voice for each character. it just ask sounded the same and if you weren't paying close attention, you couldn't tell who was speaking.

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had a bit of a problem with the performance

After listening to quite a number of brilliant narrators that are able to make the different characters sound so different that you "recognize their voices" I struggled with Tamara Lovatt-Smith's performance. Without barely a break, the narration switches between Alice, her sister and her granny, but her voice is exactly the same! It always took me about 2 sentences before I caught on that the scene had changed. The seamless change of perspective without a clue but the words themselves really irritated me for a great part of the book.
Also although the narrator herself is of Australian origin, I didn't hear that. She sounded almost British to me and didn't suit the story in my eyes.
Sorry, but I don't understand why the performance got such high marks.
The story itself was quite enjoyable and saved the audiobook for me.

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  • Yvonne
  • Auburn, Alabama
  • 09-25-13

Loved...

I read The Husbands Secret ...after it being reviewed in People Magazine. I loved it and then came to look for her other books. I didn't love the concept of this book when I read the preview...but, I really loved it. Loved it as much as The Husbands Secret. So, much so I immediately downloaded the next one, The Hypnotist.
It was a very thought prevoking book... great story...interesting concept. Loved the characters, the humor, the emotion. Highly recommend!

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  • Elisabeth
  • Durham, NC, United States
  • 12-15-12

Clever and Fresh, but Painful

This book gave me pause. It made me stop and think about spouses taking each other for granted in the day to day and the long term effect that can have on a marriage. Am I guilty? Though the plot for What Alice Forgot is highly unlikely, Moriarty weaves the tale convincingly and left me tearful in several places. It is painful (but well done) following Alice post injury as she discovers that her marriage has fallen apart, yet she is in the happy mindset of her marriage from 10 years prior. Clever and fresh, What Alice Forgot is a satisfying, well written book.

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Philosophical and still fun!

On several occasions my wife has asked me, "where do you see yourself and us in the next ten years?" But never once have either of us dared to wonder if our younger selves would be disappointed or pleased having viewed our lives ten years hence. So with that said its fair to say again that this book got me thinking...

Liane Moriarity' genius of creating charismatic characters, remarkable dialogue and mysterious situations doesn't overshadow the fact she is one of the centuries best persons of letters. Her works are as deep as they are entertaining.

So this book captured my imagination from the first chapter and held it throughout its entire length. It challenged me, encouraged me, thrilled me, all while keeping a warm smile on my face.

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Waiting for the narrator to perform

I could barely make it through this story before by narrated who ever narrated it. Excruciating to listen to.

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  • Andrea
  • Pennsylvania
  • 10-27-13

different and interesting

Read The Husband's Secret by this author first and enjoyed the author's style and humor so much, I am working my way backwards with her previously published novels. I enjoyed this very much as well. It makes one reflect on what they would do in a similar situation and I thought the overall story was different. Being a little picky on the narration, I am thinking that the narrator didn't change her voice enough for the different characters, but overall her voice was cute and pleasant.

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Entertaining, but disappointing and frustrating

****(No spoilers, recalling only first chapters )***

Why would anybody feel like this book gives a perspective to relationships? Remembering how great things were when they first started doesn't save a relationship from its problems in the present.

The protagonist suffers from amnesia as she loses past 10 years of her life, thinking that she is 29, instead of 39. 29! but from her thought process you would have guessed that she lost 20 years and thinks that she is 19!

This 29-year-old married and pregnant woman with a mortgage and a job is entirely helpless. She cannot do ANYTHING without her husband, even have a conversation with other people aside from her sister. For the first chapters all she thinks about is how Nick can fix everything. And OH HORROR, she finds out that at 39 she is divorcing him. She is clearly suffering a serious head injury and her "29-year-old self" doesn't think to schedule a dr's appointment about that. Her entire personality in the past wasn't endearing and darling, as she had thought for some reason, but frustrating and needy. YET somehow, in those 10 years she can't remember, she becomes the polar opposite of herself.


The book had really frustrated me at times because of how ridiculous it all seemed. Her soon to be ex-husband says "what the fuck" to her as she calls him from the hospital, and she still goes around thinking that she can and should get him back, telling people that they are no longer getting a divorce, without having any information on the reasons for the separation in the first place. I mean, he expresses no concern for the mother of his children being in the hospital...doesn't that give some clues to the nature of their current relationship?!




****Spoilers****

The most annoying thing is that after 3 days of her being an "old Alice", her husband wants to "give it a try". Is that supposed to be romantic?

She wakes up as an insecure 29- year-old, immediately assuming that everything is her fault, and that she is the bad wife, mother, sister, daughter, who ruined all her relationships.

Of course, as we find out, it's not true. She isn't solely responsible for where her relationships are currently. In fact, she has done her fair share of work. However, her feeling guilty, wrong, confused, and disoriented for that week is what made her husband interested in working things out. AND they end up together in 2018?! The book should have ended without the epilogue. It was far more realistic and mature.

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