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  • By: Ceridwen Dovey
  • Narrated by: Jason Chong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,277 ratings)

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Once More with Feeling

By: Ceridwen Dovey
Narrated by: Jason Chong
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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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A Beautiful Book

A lovely book that gently takes us through a phase in life some of us feel anxious about facing. I enjoyed the humour and felt compassion and empathy for the characters. Well written. I appreciate that I was able to read it as a free download on Audiobooks and will support you as a writer by purchasing your other books. Thank you.

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An absolutely delightful gem

What a beautiful book. It had me both chuckling out loud and then later crying while I listened. Highly recommended. Great narrator.

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Cute. Nice Aussie references and great narrator

This story was a nice easy listen while I worked.

I enjoyed the Aussie references and humour. I thought the narrator was brilliant with his versatility with character voices.

A nice story of family values, love and the reality of life.

While it won't go down as one of my favourite books ever I really enjoyed it as an easy listen and recommended it to my Mum.

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Thought provoking and Beautiful.

I loved this book. The author has navigated their way through a sensitive topic with love and respect. A beautiful story with thought provoking undertones.

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A mellow, rich story - excellent narration

Another very enjoyable audiobook, covering many familiar themes with humor and sensitivity. I liked the Australian "vibe" and descriptions of Sydney, the beaches, the environs.
I have awarded 5 stars for the narration, despite his inability to correctly pronounce "library " or "librarian!" In every other way, it was excellent.

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Tears aplenty

Such a beautiful and heart warming story, introducing us to characters that show us that you’re never too old to grow!

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Highly recommended reading!

What a fabulous story! So very well researched, engaging and entertaining all at the same time. It explores topics such as society's deplorable attitudes towards it's more senior citizens, the heart-wrenching pain of dementia for both the sufferer and their family, finding love and excitement in old age and finally euthanasia. Now this might sound like quite a miserable list of topics, but the author discusses them with love, warmth and a good sprinkling of humour. :-D This book is a must-read for everyone - particularly those who want to embrace an adventurous and enjoyable life when they too get older.

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Cute. Saw a world I don't often think about.

This hook had me hooked from the beginning. Was going though a phase where nothing would engage me properly.

As a Australian living in NZ I enjoyed being transported back there for a time.

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Lovely

I really thought it was lovely to have a story about older people. The characters were very well developed too.

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Magic

This beautifully written and narrated storey has to go down as one of my favourites.. Funny and heart wrenching.. So moving .. loved it from start to end

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • PrincessBride
  • 26-09-2020

hilarious and heartfelt

This book, about man making his way through the end of his life, is both funny and thought provoking. it touches on deep issues and lightens up heavy ones. a very worthwhile read.

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  • Geoffrey Meyers
  • 03-09-2020

Blown Away

I absolutely loved the story as well as the performance. It really made me more compassionate towards people whose stories I don't know. The author writes with a simple and beautiful empathy. I couldn't recommend this more!

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  • 26-05-2023

Precious and beautiful


Warning, do not listen if recently bereaved or going through a difficult time as there are some parts you may find too raw.

This book is not what I was expecting, but I loved every minute and listened in one sitting.

I cried and laughed and now it’s over I feel bereft of all the characters.


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  • Bob Wheeler
  • 13-02-2024

Unmissable

Enjoyed every sentence from start to finish. A simply wonderful book. I absolutely loved it.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 30-11-2023

Truly enjoyable !

I really enjoyed Jason Chong’s interpretation of this story that takes a surprising twist. It’s the first time that l listened to a story on getting older. Good balance between depth and humour !

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  • Jules
  • 13-11-2023

Wonderful story

Oh my goodness. How I enjoyed this read & loved the characters. A bit of an education & great narration. Loved the ending too.

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  • A. Shorten
  • 11-11-2023

Lovely warm hearted

Really enjoyed the storytelling, it was a really warm hearted listen! I highly recommend this lovely book.

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  • 06-10-2023

loved, loved this very different and moving story

The characters were so believable, inspirational and poignant. So enjoyed it! A different perspective. Brilliant.

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  • Ms H.
  • 01-07-2023

Brilliant! An unusual story line, brilliantly written and narrated.

The story line was unusual and fascinating.
Excellent characterisation, with no clues as to how the story would develop. The story kept me interested all the way through, I loved it even though it covered a challenging topic. Thanks Ceridwen 😀

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  • James Raine
  • 16-04-2023

Lovely story

I really enjoyed the story and narration.
The characters were extremely warm and the description was very vivid.
At some point, towards the end, I was confused as it moved from story to story.

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