This wonderfully perceptive new audiobook is about the lines we'll cross for love. It's about the murky areas between right and wrong, and the complexities of modern relationships.
The Hypnotist's Love Story is about the mild craziness that lurks behind the facades we present to the world, especially when it comes to love.
Ellen O'Farrell is an expert when it comes to human frailties. She's a hypnotherapist who helps her clients deal with everything from addictions to life-long phobias. So when she falls in love with a man who is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend 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. Saskia has been masquerading as a client, and their lives are set to collide in ways Ellen could never have predicted.
©2011 Liane Moriarty (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Brilliant as ever..Moriarty and Lee go very well together. The characters are so real. The stories so believable.
Nice story .. an easy listen
The story line from the stalker
Excellent voice to listen to
Tragic story of lost love
The obsessive nature of both women was well portrayed and the stalker woman was by at the more interesting to me; a tad therapeutic but a good mid-range read. It explores relationship development well if not a bit clichéd with the husband-to-be's family. A thoroughly decent and curious novel.
I would have had a Stronger development of the male character, to show how emotionally illiterate he was, but earlier... Perhaps showing his rigidity through his work a little more.
Yes; her beautiful Australian voice is excellent in this and the Secret garden Revisted one.
Trance your way out of this one
A really good Australian story.
I love Liane Moriarty's books - this one possibly the best so far. The pace of this book is excellent. Her characters are so easy to relate to. Caroline Lee's narration is just perfect for this book. Kept listening until the early hours - just couldn't stop!
Enjoyed this book. Again Moriarty captures the experience from multiple characters and it is never a clear sense of right amd wrong and she shifts our empathy from one character to another. Loved the glimpse into the world of hypnotism. Sad I've run out of Moriarty books to read.
This was my second book written by Liane and narrated by Caroline and enjoyed both performances immensely.
Easy to listen to, intriguing story lines. Just what I need to shut the world out :)
Now, I shall start my third.
I have listened to nearly all of Liane Moriarty's books while I travel for work. I was so disappointed with this book. I found the supposed victims in this book - Patrick and Ellen impossible to like or even relate to. My favourite character was by far the stalker. I couldn't listen to it all it was so blah blah blah. I went online to read a review to find out how it ended which was also blah
I had never read or heard an example of so-called chick lit before and did not think I would last the distance, but this got me in and I enjoyed it. I am a rather conservative male reader of 72, by the way.
"Entrancing, mind- shifting!"
The character development is exquisite and I came to love all the main characters even the "bad" ones. Such a balanced view on each drew me into each twist and turn and finding myself with divided loyalty.
I loved both leading ladies actually, but it think the hypnotherapist wins out.
Caroline Lee allows one to savour the beautiful, lyrical nature of the writing and fully absorb the characters without rushing to keep up with the action.
The ending was realistic and yet serendipitous, love those endings.
Liane Moriarty is one of my favourite authors. Her characters are believable with understandable moods, motivations, and actions. They are real people who find themselves dealing with an unusual situation. Caroline Lee's narration is pragmatic and well paced so she is a perfect match for the book. The story line is quirky and interesting. It may not be gripping but the story develops at a good pace so it is always easy to listen to. I smiled and laughed as I listened and felt sad but satisfied when it ended.
"Marvellously original characters"
Ellen, the central character of this delightful, funny and elegant story, is refreshingly different. Caught in a relentless self-awareness that therapists must find so hard to shrug off, she is charming, disarming and sometimes very funny. Here are people who, like so many of us, try to live good and careful lives, but run adrift without really knowing why. But Ellen collects herself and presses on, finding a way through with her mix of philosophy, restraint and willingness. The very wholesomeness of her expectations keeps us taught with fear of their failure.
The stalker in this story, Ellen's opposite, is skilfully and compassionately drawn and remarkably real and familiar to us as readers. Who among us has not been at least some way down the path of the stalker? We are taken into her world of pain and injustice but not left to find our own way out.
Many levels of emotion, humour and philosophical exploration in this clean, gracious story,
"Interesting save the repeated self-talk"
The human condition
The moment the stalker ex is in their bedroom. She is hard to sympathize with until you get the whole picture.
The fact we are in the minds of more than one character means we are seeing the world through their own lens - a good approach for this type of story. The truth is there are different perspectives on love, loss, and life and even on the reasons there is a relationship struggle. Each character's lens differs from that of another player when describing the same event. It allows us to do what we are loath to do: consider all sides of an issue we may be facing too.
It is a book about family, how precious family history is within the context of community. It is also about the impact and longevity of the written word
Nothing - she is fantastic. My only problem was that the book I listened to before this one was also narrated by her, but the shift to a different story did not cause concerns, attesting to her strength of characterizations.
This is a story for someone wanting to reflect on the promises we make and break in relationships, and how a loss of a partner can leave the survivor with a sense of responsibility all out of proportion. Or does it? It asks some tough questions and even answers some of them. It is a book worth exploring in a book club or with those willing to reflect on these characters and life more generally.
I Enjoyed this book even more than I thought I would. I also learned a few things along the way.
"Good But too long"
I liked the theme but really got bored w the over-long stuff in the middle. Just not necessary. Total of 28 chapters where the first ten and last four are required. Rest absolutely not needed.
"Fifth book ! Fifth five stars !"
This is the fifth book I have listened to by Liane Moriarity ... And I have enjoyed every single one !
The dialogue and humour.
The Rosie Project. The humour
Simple, realistic and memorable
Spoiler Alert!! I was surprised at the ending...
"a really good listen"
The narration was very easy to listen to. Plus it was a great story
I liked the characters in the story, it was really interesting
This is my 3rd book that she has narrated, I've loved all of them
The hypnotist and the stalker
It was a great listen, I didn't want it to end. This is the last of liane moriarty audiobooks available for me to listen to, so I feel a little lost for another book now.
One of the best, everytime I had to pause my Ipod, I did so reluctantly! It was quite a fast pace and I always wanted to listen more to find out what would happen next.
It was interesting throughout. Each of the characters were different. Some of the lines made me laugh out loud. The storyline was excellent and just when you think you know what's going to happen next, it takes a different turn.
Both were good.
Don't want to give anything away, but I finally felt sorry for Saskia and was glad when she found that there was life after a failed relationship and other people actually liked her!
Have listened to and loved each of Liane Moriartys books that have been available to download through 'Audible' I have listened to them all and am disappointed that there are no more. I think she has written more, but some are not on 'Audible' Liane Moriarty is very witty, sometimes her characters come out with some hilarious comments. The different personalities are very intriguing, and others can remind you of somebody you know. Her books are a must for women in their 30s, 40s + 50+ Liane Moriarty really brings the personalities to the fore and she certainly knows how womens minds work.
"Credible and very well observed characters."
This book has the ability to enthrall and grip from the very beginning. As a Hypnotherapist I approached it with some misgivings, but enjoyed another book from this author so gave it a go. The story has real credibility and unlike many others it does not gloss over real issues and leave you feeling that it could never happen to real people. The emotional responses are totally believable and very well observed.
I am not crazy about the narrator but she does a good enough job on this, although she does "grate" on me a little.
I felt that the Hypnosis elements were well researched and totally credible. Good story.
Its difficult to explain her shortcomings, as this is a very subjective view, but I do find her voice a tad grating.
No, but I did enjoy the emotional challenges.
"Great listen or read."
It was surprisingly good and well researched.
Liane Moriarty is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I really enjoyed this book, as I did 'The Husband's Secret' and, as I am doing with 'What Alice Forgot'. They are all different, easy reads, intelligently written with well drawn characters.
"Great to begin with but sadly that didn't last."
I would on both counts
I really enjoyed the first 1/3 to half of the book but after that it was as if the writer ran out of story. I thought at one point that the book had come to an abrupt end but then saw I had over 3 hours to go so smiled to myself and waited for the twist that must be coming. Nothing came. Just a 3 hour very long winded end.Real shame.
Nothing really happened
Put some meat into it
The child or at least the way the narrator put on the childs voice
Sensitive, touching, rewarding
It is quite unique
Her voice varied slightly between the two main female characters.
Saskia reflecting on her relationship with hew step -son before it was cut short.
My sympathies and thoughts changed towards Ellen, Patrick and Saskia several times throughout the story of their intertwining lives.
"A beautifully crafted story"
I love Liane Moriarty's books and am gradually working my way through them! They are a pleasure to listen to!
"My first dissapointing read by Lianr Moriarty"
This the fourth book I have listened to by this author, and was disappointed. The story line was most dragged out and could have been finished in less time.
Perhaps this was because it was one of her earlier works.
I loved the latest "Little Lies"
"Well told, a little boring."
I kept listening, because I expected some interesting twist in the story.
It is a nicely told story.
"Thank you for this book."
loved it! It makes you think about relationships from all sides, and made me realise I have been all sides.
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