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The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock

Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
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His life is perfectly regimented. Is there really room for something as unpredictable as love?

Oliver Clock has everything arranged just so. A steady job running the family funeral parlour. A fridge stocked with ready meals. A drawer full of colour-coded socks. A plan (of sorts) to stay trim enough for a standard-sized coffin. And in florist Marie, he’s even found the love of his life - not that she’s aware of it.

When a terrible tragedy takes Marie out of his life but leaves him with her private journal, he discovers too late that she secretly loved him back. Faced now with an empty love life, a family funeral business in trouble, a fast-approaching fortieth birthday and a notebook of resolutions he’s never achieved, Oliver resolves to open himself up to love - and all the mess that comes along with it.

But, with a habit of burying his feelings, can he learn to embrace his lovability and find the woman who will make him feel whole?

©2020 Jane Riley (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Muggle Mom
  • 05-04-2020

Kinda Sophie Kinsella-eqse

I really liked this novel - for some reason, it gave me an (early) Sophie Kinsella type of feel with the characters and plot. I appreciated that it didn't give the usual straightforward light romance plot. I appreciated a male POV from Oliver and his nuances with family, friends, love interests and his underappreciated job.

I loved the idea of the candles for departed loves ones that I'm going to google it to see if it is a real thing. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person to do this so I can't wait to see the search results.

Will recommend it to friends. I will also pick up other books by this author.

Great narration from the wonderful Steve West - didn't even know he was narrating but what a joy!!

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  • Mom
  • 22-03-2020

unexpected

At first I wondered if this would be a male Bridgette Jones. Then I worried it might be a bit too morose. In the end I flushing myself laughing crying and cheering for an unusual and hey very relatable character. I'm glad I took a risk.

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  • Cathy C.
  • 11-02-2020

A gem!

I usually don’t write reviews, but I enjoyed this audiobook so much that I thought a review might help others discover it. Oliver was such a likable character that I found myself rooting for him every step of the way. The story moved along at a good pace and the narration was perfect. Don’t miss this gem!

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  • steacher
  • 07-03-2020

The Elephant Under the Rug

What happened that Oliver Clock turned out as an adult the way he did? He has many fears: fear of being alone, fear of making decisions, fear of standing up for himself. In fact, if he had not inherited the family Funeral Service, where would he have been? At the age of thirty-nine, he pulls out his notebook and writes down resolutions: a sort of bucket list for facing middle age. He makes half-hearted attempts at each, even entering a relationship. There again, he leaves it to his girlfriend to make decisions for him. In the process, surrendering himself to her. In essence, losing himself. With six weeks and one day to go until he turns forty, Oliver becomes more determined. As you listen to this audiobook, do you think he will succeed this time or will he continue on his path of succumbing to the assertiveness of others?

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  • Nancy kinzler
  • 26-02-2020

LOVED this!

I am an avid consumer of books and it is so fun to find characters that u love so much you don’t want the book to end! Would definitely recommend over and over.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-02-2020

Excellent

There’s nothing to dislike and everything to love about this book. It was a very human story, one that anyone could relate to. The characters were very appealing, especially Oliver, who is a gentle soul, and rather funny.

Highly recommended to anyone who likes a good read.

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  • Kristyn Rose
  • 20-02-2020

Truly Cracked

Oliver Clock is well and truly cracked. Being privy to his inner impulses and monologues, you get to see every nuance of his inner self. We all have thoughts that we’d rather no one knew about, but Oliver’s are laid bare for us. He is mundanely normal one minute, then disturbing, then delightful, and insecure, deeply sad, and ecstatic with hope. You can’t help but pull for him to live out all those resolutions. After all, are you not secretly cracked, too?

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  • Dot Wilson
  • 18-02-2020

Oliver's obsessions took some getting used to

I thought Oliver was too self-absorbed and extremely immature for a 40 year old.

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  • Michelle Daniel
  • 12-02-2020

Overall I enjoyed Oliver's story.

Overall well done. Great premise, most of the characters were developed well, if not occasionally slowly. I would have preferred multiple narrators, only because his female characters almost sounded identical to me.
It began to feel a bit tedious and repetitive about halfway through, and so I set it aside for a day or so and came back. I returned to power through it, but thankfully the pace and development picked back up and I was quickly re-engaged in the story.
I'm torn between thinking the lag was just poor pace or if it was intentional in order to reveal the tedium of Oliver's obsession alongside his revelation of that.
I read other reviews complaining the story wasn't resolved well, but I disagree. While not directly spelling it all out, I was content with the idea Oliver was moving in the right direction.

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  • Antony B.
  • 10-02-2020

Brilliant,

im Dyslexic, listening to this book. make me uderstand why people get addicted. I played it twice over.
thanks

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  • 05-03-2020

Too little too late

I really struggled to finish it as the character only starts to take action around the middle. Even then the characters felt unrealistic and boring to follow. A 39 year old who thought and acted with a childlike mind...