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The Hypnotist's Love Story

Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (422 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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

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  • Amanda
  • macquarie fields, Australia
  • 15-07-2015

Great story wonderfully read

Brilliant as ever..Moriarty and Lee go very well together. The characters are so real. The stories so believable.

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Nice listen

What did you like most about The Hypnotist's Love Story?

Nice story .. an easy listen

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hypnotist's Love Story?

The story line from the stalker

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

Excellent voice to listen to

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Tragic story of lost love

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Nothing happens

Usually a big fan of Liane Moriarty but this was terrible. Just dragged on and on. Didn’t really find the characters interesting or very likeable. Was waiting for something to happen so hung in there, sorry that I did.

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Quality soap opera

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.

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  • Cil
  • 07-07-2015

Confronting, overly long in parts but not a bad story.

You kind of wander half way through where the story has to go to next, you become frustrated with the characters and for a little while you dislike most of them. Then you are forced to reflect and reason through the choices of the characters and consider your own decisions. It does make one go full circle and develop empathy by the end of the story. Worth pursuing.

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Interesting, quaint, very Sydney

What did you like most about The Hypnotist's Love Story?

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.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

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.

Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes; her beautiful Australian voice is excellent in this and the Secret garden Revisted one.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Trance your way out of this one

Any additional comments?

A really good Australian story.

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A joy to read

What made the experience of listening to The Hypnotist's Love Story the most enjoyable?

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!

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Oh I just Loved It!

One of the best...but I love all Liane's books. I can't get enough of them!

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Loved it!

I think this Liane Moriarty has been my favourite! Typically well written & aurated. The story & characters were so wonderfully brought to life (although Patrick annoyed me at times). Liane tells a very descriptive account of stalking from both sides of this soul destroying act. Just fabulous, and so quintessential Liane Moriarty

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2nd Liane Moriarty book

Line the story and characters Lane creates. I've been spoiled listening to Jeff Harding read Jack Reacher novels. He creates definate voices for each character, Male and female. I was sometimes confused on listening to this book which main female character I was listening to.

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  • Moonglotexas
  • 21-01-2014

Entrancing, mind- shifting!

What made the experience of listening to The Hypnotist's Love Story the most enjoyable?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved both leading ladies actually, but it think the hypnotherapist wins out.

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was realistic and yet serendipitous, love those endings.

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  • Karen Campbell
  • 15-05-2012

Very enjoyable

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.

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  • Kath of Oz
  • 20-05-2014

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,

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  • Dedre
  • 07-03-2018

Quite boring

I cannot recommend this book. It is childish and boring. The characters mind set is psychological off and monotonous

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  • jennifer smith
  • 09-01-2018

The Hypnotist's Love Story

A really good story, beautifully written by Liane Moriarty and wonderfully read by Caroline Lee.

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  • Rexi
  • 05-12-2017

A beautiful tale of necessary learning.

I love this narrator so much. She brings so much grace and kindness to these worlds.

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  • Christine
  • 03-12-2017

This was truly boring

I waited for the book to start, but it never did. Then it ended. Thankfully.

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  • Shelley Olson
  • 02-01-2017

Interesting save the repeated self-talk

If you could sum up The Hypnotist's Love Story in three words, what would they be?

The human condition

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hypnotist's Love Story?

The moment the stalker ex is in their bedroom. She is hard to sympathize with until you get the whole picture.

Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Tammy Sheedy
  • 07-09-2015

Enjoyed it!

I Enjoyed this book even more than I thought I would. I also learned a few things along the way.

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  • mgn
  • 28-08-2015

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.

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  • Catherine
  • 23-11-2014

Brilliant

Where does The Hypnotist's Love Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favourite?

Both were good.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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!

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • primrose
  • 13-12-2013

Credible and very well observed characters.

Would you listen to The Hypnotist's Love Story again? Why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

I felt that the Hypnosis elements were well researched and totally credible. Good story.

What aspect of Caroline Lee’s performance might you have changed?

Its difficult to explain her shortcomings, as this is a very subjective view, but I do find her voice a tad grating.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, but I did enjoy the emotional challenges.

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  • Ann D
  • 10-08-2014

Great listen or read.

Where does The Hypnotist's Love Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was surprisingly good and well researched.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Heidi
  • 02-04-2014

Thought provoking

If you could sum up The Hypnotist's Love Story in three words, what would they be?

Sensitive, touching, rewarding

What other book might you compare The Hypnotist's Love Story to, and why?

It is quite unique

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

Her voice varied slightly between the two main female characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Saskia reflecting on her relationship with hew step -son before it was cut short.

Any additional comments?

My sympathies and thoughts changed towards Ellen, Patrick and Saskia several times throughout the story of their intertwining lives.

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 17-03-2015

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!

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  • Mrs
  • 13-10-2014

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"

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  • newyorkhereicome
  • 18-03-2014

Great to begin with but sadly that didn't last.

Would you try another book written by Liane Moriarty or narrated by Caroline Lee?

I would on both counts

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Fiberfan
  • 10-06-2015

Well told, a little boring.

I kept listening, because I expected some interesting twist in the story.
It is a nicely told story.

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  • Beth
  • 09-08-2016

Loved it

A really nice story and written very well. Hooked from beginning to end! Definitely would recommend :)

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  • elouise
  • 03-12-2015

Brilliant just like her others

I love liane Moriarty, I always feel sad when her books finish and this one is no different. Caroline Lee's narration is amazing! My kids have perfected the Aussie accent after listening with me :-)
The thing I love most about Liane's books is the characters, I fall in love with them and I feel like I'm losing friends when they end.

This story was amazing

Thank you x

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