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Gravity Is the Thing

Narrated by: Aimee Horne
Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
3 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Abigail Sorensen has spent her life trying to unwrap the events of 1990. It was the year she started receiving random chapters from a self-help book called The Guidebook in the post. It was also the year Robert, her brother, disappeared on the eve of her 16th birthday. She believes the absurdity of The Guidebook and the mystery of her brother's disappearance must be connected. 

Now 35, owner of The Happiness Café and mother of four-year-old Oscar, Abigail has been invited to learn the truth behind The Guidebook at an all-expenses-paid retreat. What she finds will be unexpected, life-affirming, and heartbreaking.

©2019 Jaclyn Moriarty (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

“Astonishingly wonderful and magical and moving and uplifting and different.” (Marian Keyes)  

“A brilliant, beautiful, hilarious, heart-breaking, extraordinary book. I say this without bias, only awe.” (Liane Moriarty) 

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Worst book I have ever read

This book started out so promisingly. Then gradually became a tedious, painfully pointless, poorly written story. I kept hoping it would get better but it never did. I can never get those hours of my life back.

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  • Jo
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 18-04-2019

Wonderful. Just wonderful

I just loved this book. The narrator was perfect - her intonation so well matched with Abby. The capture of the nonsensical conversations a mother has with her 4 year old child....The pain of loss.... The everyday metaphors of life. My new favourite listen

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Close but not quite

I did listen to the whole book but I nearly gave up a few times! I was really interested in certain aspects of the story and others bored me... it could have been so good! Too many lists and too much child-talk!

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Ridiculous

Couldn’t finish this book no matter how hard I tried and I gave it a dam good crack!!
If this is writing I could write a better book myself that’s for sure!!
Was nothing short of dull and ridiculous!
Prefer to read Lianes books any day!
This wasted my time & energy !!

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interesting

struggled to get through the verbosity but made me think about many issues in our lives

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Excruciatingly boring!

I persevered until 3/4 Of the way thru this book which got more and more..can't think of a word to give it justice...banal, boring, mind numbing. I usually enjoy Moriaty but definitely NOT this time. Waste of time and a ridiculous story theme. What were you thinking Jaclyn???

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Couldn’t finish.

I tried to like this book. I listened to about half way before I finally gave up, I could not pick up on an actual storyline and it was becoming tedious.

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  • KJ
  • Warners Bay
  • 26-05-2019

Wonderful, Suprising, Beautiful

Wonderful, surprising, beautifully written and narrated. An engaging story with relatable characters and narrative. I look forward to Jaclyn’s next release!

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Metaphors and whimsy

An uplifting novel full of poetry and metaphors. I connected with Abigail’s grief in a hopeful way. The reader was outstanding and her delivery of the streams of consciousness which were scattered throughout the book really set the mood.