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Once More with Feeling

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Narrated by: Jason Chong
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Arthur MacDonald, 85, is having an end-of-life crisis. His beloved, dying wife of over 60 years no longer knows who he is. His older brother still has all his hair and a wife almost half his age. The man his middle-aged daughter is dating has a ponytail. 

His teenaged grandson wants to cook desserts for a living. And his daughter wants him to move into Silvermine retirement home. Then Arthur meets the gorgeous, radical, 80-something-year-old Robbie and learns that nobody is ever too old to fall in love all over again.

©2020 Ceridwen Dovey (P)2020 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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unexpectedly funny and sad all at once

I cried at the end... something I haven't done listening to a book in a long time. beautifully written and narrated

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Really enjoyed it

I found it an honest and open story, one I could actually relate to as I’m sure many people could.
Great narration loved it, will listen again

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  • Forrest
  • 29-05-2020

Moving

Frequently tears came to my eyes as I listened to this lovely story. I’m not sure about the choices ... but I certainly respect the right to choose. Thank you for a moving and thought provoking experience.

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  • dawn
  • 01-06-2020

Wonderful on so many levels

one of the finest books I've ever experienced! this book has a wealth of life packed into it.

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  • Shoppermom
  • 11-06-2020

A lovely visit with an elderly Australian gent

This book was lovely, and it had me humming Waltzing Mathilde for days. (Don't worry - the song is never actually sung, in case you're averse.) There's something gutsy about a man who's tried his best, loved well and long, and is still able to look back, honestly assess his mistakes, and bravely reach out for some last minutes of joy. I was sorry to come to the end.

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  • Angela
  • 07-06-2020

Sigh...

There isn’t much I can say to fully praise this book without giving things away, but this might have been one of the funniest, kindest, thoughtful and most honest books I’ve ever listened to. Each character was so fully realized and constructed that in the end, I felt I had to leave my own family. This thought provoking book is a must read for anyone who loves life, laughter and thinking.

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  • IsabelS
  • 31-05-2020

Heartfelt

I enjoyed the easy flow of the story. Loved the characters and the narrator is great. Overall just a sweet story.

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  • Helene
  • 29-05-2020

Moving and heartfelt

A wonderful genuine multigenerational story with heart. Gets you thinking about the important things in life, getting relationships and priorities in order, and living each day as if it were your last. I’m writing letters to my sons now! Highly recommend this audio book.

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  • PatioS
  • 28-06-2020

Great writing, difficult subject

First, I will say that this was a deeply moving story for me. I loved the humor splashed in, especially the final driving exam - Give’em hell Arthur!
This is the first book I’ve heard Jason Chong narrate and I enjoyed his delivery of each character. Well done!
Would I consider this a typical romance...not by a long stretch. But is was such a sweet story, I’m glad it was featured in the Audible Escape package.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-06-2020

AMAZING- UNEXPECTED- a GIFT

One of the 'real-est' depictions of a couple /family dealing with one member with Dementia while being life affirming. So accurately depicts the downgrading of the elderly to invisibility.

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  • Carolyn Philpot
  • 01-07-2020

Delightful easy listening

I think to best understand than in this book you need to be in your senior years to appreciate the storyline and content to its utmost. Realistic situations and emotions are shared by the main character who is an elderly man walking down his last road in life. There were a few chuckles and a few tears. Well done C. Dovey. Narrator was excellent. Loved his accent.

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  • Tracey Charleson
  • 28-06-2020

Surprisingly entertaining

I actually restarted the story after putting it aside. I was surprised with a lighthearted and serious love story. it made me laugh. I drove home without needing to distract myself with food. I listened intensely as I too will get that old and have to think about the same things. a different kind of love story.

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