When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, whom she knows will be worried about her. But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried. Alice is the mother of three children and her hostile husband is in the process of divorcing her. Alice has lost ten years of her life.
In the days that follow, small bubbles of the past rise to the surface, and Alice is forced to confront uncomfortable truths. It turns out forgetting might be the most memorable thing that's ever happened to her.
©2010 Liane Moriarty (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
This was a really enjoyable book. A fascinating premise of a woman who loses 10 years of memory and is shocked by the woman she has become. The story unfolds as she adapts to the world created by her 'new' self and those around her adapting to her 'old' self, all while snippets of her memories return. This will make you laugh and cry and think about what decisions have made us the people we are now. Caroline Lee is a wonderful narrator and this book was a joy.
I absolutely loved this book, in fact I have enjoyed every Liane Moriarty novel I've read. Caroline Lee reads with a refreshing Australian accent. Addictive , hard to put down.
The story is quite cute, I loved the device of narration through a number of characters. The woman who reads this captures each voice perfectly and her tone is incredibly sweet. A delight to listen to
Loved the story, not overly keen on narration, a bit too squeaky and irritating.
Would definitely read more of her books though.
I am sorry but this narrator's voice is just plain annoying!! I really cannot understand how this was produced with this narrator! Please re-record!!
"Good, but not as great as her others."
I expect a big exciting twist in liane moriarty books, and this one didn't really have one! The conclusion felt like a bit of an anticlimax. As usual though, a Step above the usual chick lit with likeable characters and an engaging story.
"Didn't want it to end!"
Yes I probably will listen to it again
I loved the concept of the book. It was so well written and believable.
I liked all of them but my favourite was Franny
Imagine skipping 10 years of your life
I'm just new to listening to Liane Moriarty and I lust love her stories! This is my second book of hers, I listened to My Husbands Secret and loved that's. This one I enjoyed more and didn't want it to end.
"A wonderful reshreshing honest and beautiful book."
Yes, the Australian narrator nailed the funny moments and accentuated the personalities of the main characters
None so far. It was very different and a real opener to how we can change in 10 years, why and how everyone has a different perspective on things
I loved Elizabeth and her "homework" to her Doctor
WhenAlices senses were overloaded in the hospital by frangrance. Sense of smell is very emotive and it captures this perfectly
"Realistic, funny and touching"
I could hardly stop listening. The story seems very true to reality. I love the way the author interprets her characters, so honest and sometimes very funny. And of course I love Caroline Lee as a reader. It's so easy to listen to her. She is a very talented lady.
"What Alice Forgot"
Really enjoyed this book. It was engaging, the characters were well described and realistic. In book form I would have found it hard to put down.
"Love this book"
One of my favorite of Liane Moriarty's books, I have just listened to this for the second time. Entertaining reflection on families, live, being a parent and love overt time. One of Australia's favorite authors, I'd you haven't read this do so immediately!
"Fantastic, lovely , interesting"
Wonderful story , I found it hard not to listen all the time. Great narrator.
"Another great novel by Liane Moriarty"
Liane Moriarty is such a wonderful author. Her characters are well written and I always feel like I get to know them. I usually don't like books that switch narrative throughout, but Liane does it in such a smooth way, and I enjoy hearing the story from the different character's perspectives.
I didn't like What Alice Forgot quite as much as Big Little Lies or The Husband's Secret, but it was still a very engaging story. I loved how the story ended. It actually made me tear up a bit. Liane writes with just the right amount of humor and emotion that always keeps me very engaged.
I truly love Caroline Lee's narration. She is a wonderful reader, and brought each character to life. I wish she had read all of Liane Moriarty's books.
I would recommend Liane Moriarty as an author to anyone. It's a very fun ride following all the twists and turns of her stories from beginning to end.
"Another gem by Liane Moriarty"
I find Liane Moriarty's work to be incredibly moving and authentic. I would recommend this along with the other two books I've read by Liane: Big Little Lies and The Husband's Secret. If you liked those books, I would say this is well worth the credit.
She captures the human experience in a way that's very meaningful to me. The love, the anticipation, the vulnerability, the surprise.
Elizabeth's whole storyline moved me because I am infertile. The moment when Alice said, early on in the book, "She looked like she lost a battle she thought she'd win" really resonated with me. This book meant a lot to me!
I have now listened to two books by this author and have enjoyed both. The narrator, Caroline Lee, is very good particularly when reading the children's parts. It is a story about a family and a marriage set in Sydney, Australia which makes a change from the usual USA or UK. The story is satisfying with a good beginning, middle and end. What more can you ask for unless you are wanting something highbrow to listen to?
"A must listen"
The narrator Caroline Lee makes this book. She bring all the characters to life. The story is really easy to listen to and very funny in parts.
The story is really easy to listen to and entertaining.
"This was a delightful surprise"
I loved this and it's not my usual sort of read. I chose it after reading Little Lies, which I enjoyed but this was even better. What could have been a very contrived story line was rendered captivating by the freshness and humour, beautifully brought to life by the narrator. It would be hard to read without considering what our ten-years-ago self would think of us now!
"What a moving and entertaining book!!"
I love this author. A very witty yet emotional story. As usual I will miss the characters and look forward to her next book :)
"Thought provoking, difficult to put down"
Makes you think!
How useful it is for us to take a step back and look at our own life's with innocent eyes
I really enjoy listening to Caroline Lee. I liked Frannie best
If I could have done. I would have.
A really excellent book. I want another to listen to now!!
"How life changes our personality"
How she came to realise how much she had changed over the last 10 years. How it changed how she veiwed others, how other people viewed her, and her outlook on life. It really made me think how I might have changed over the last 10 years!! I sort of guessed how the story might end but it was still nice to hear the happy ending - and for her sister too.
Possibly, 'Before I go to Sleep' only because the main character in that had also lost her memory, but the story lines were quite different.
annoying, high pitched, irritating. (I see that she narrates most of Lianne Moriartys books and for that reason I could not listen to another!!)
O would some power the gift to give us to see ourselves as others see us.(Robbie Burns)
Really good book and worth reading, but only listen to it if you can endure the narrators irritating voice!!
I really enjoyed this book, i felt quite emotional towards the end, and I enjoyed all the characters subplots and storylines.
This is an excellent listen/read. An unusual story, not predictable (apart from the end as it came along). Really good, likeable characters.
"It's an old idea but works well"
Character suffers bang on head and forgets what time they live in. This is an old idea but What Alice Forgot is a very good example. Loved the interaction between Alice and her sister in particularly. The story will probably make any mother who listens think hard between their pre baby and post child selves, it certainly did for me. If only we could go back and tell our childless selves what parenthood really means!!!
"Sometimes we all need a wake up call like this!"
I only never listen to a book once
Before I go to sleep - both deal with memory loss
Compares well to others
It made me think about how we turn into people we don't always want to be
This is the 4th Liane Moriaty book I've listened to - she is an excellent writer and really understands human nature
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