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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Loved it!

Masterful storytelling with a magnificent narrator! So much swashbuckling action and slick sense of humor...

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Really good! Narrator was fantastic!

Enthralling without being overly dramatic. Excellent plot work and interesting characters. I totally recommend it!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Compelling story and characters, lovely narration!

I had this book in my library for a while and for some reason resisted reading it, and I wish I hadn't. The story is well thought-out but the standout was the Maggie character--so relatable! The narrator's voice was perfect for Maggie but it was a tectch confusing when she switched to Lara without my realizing it. overall just a great listen!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I tried

I finished this book, barely. I really wanted to like it, but the plot seemed really contrived and forced. The characters were hard for me to like--the ex-husband was so cliché, I literally winced. The most surprising thing about the ending was that it wasn't a surprise at all. I guess I'm used to so many of the stories I listen to having a big twist at the end that I didn't expect one to actually play out as I had imagined. The narrator was fine but not super enough to save a mediocre book.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Great story and MAN I LOVE IMOGEN CHURCH!!

There are so many genres in this one book (women's fiction relating to friendships and motherhood, a bit of romance, coming-of-age, suspense), and they are woven together masterfully.

also I would probably listen to Imogen Church read the phone book, so there's that.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-18

So different from the first book and yet AMAZING

I loved this book. The characters were interesting and extremely well-developed, Dialogue never seemed stiff, and having dialogue ring true is not something most authors do well. There was certainly suspense, but the book is waaaay more than a one-dimensional thriller. The narration was also superb.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Amazing

It's hard to say whether I liked the narrator or the actual story more. Both were outstanding. The characters were well-developed and the plot drew me in from the first. This was one of my favorite reads of 2017.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Fantastic voice work

The story was bleak as was the setting and as were most of the characters. Not unrealistic, necessarily, but bleak to be sure. Not a bad story, just not a pick-me-up to be seen among the detritus.

What kept this book alive were the narrator’s on-point character voices—each was brilliantly unique and authentic-sounding—especially Davy, who could easily have become a really annoying character but turned out to be my favorite.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-17

I really, really wanted to like this

I wish I could have loved this book. I really tried. I guess I’m just not in a place where I could relate to any of the people in the book, and I realized that what I needed was a book on how to create NEW habits and not just break old ones. It was also unclear to me how “dismissing an urge as a passing thought” is different from white-knuckling one’s way through a moment of addiction crisis. It felt like the author was patting my hand and saying, “when you are in crazy mode and would do anything for a drug, take the time to step back and think ‘oh, gosh, these are just passing thoughts!’” And what… eat some candy instead? I don’t get it.

Also, one of the things that attracted me to this book was the claim that there was brain research behind the method/theories. While there were a lot of sentences that included the phrase “neuroscience states…” I found no hard evidence, no study results, and no data ever presented to demonstrate how—and even what—conclusions were drawn by the neuroscience researchers.

I do see how it could be helpful for people working through certain disorders, but I guess my problem is just on a different scale.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-17

Resplendent and well-crafted

It's not often an audiobook has the perfect combination of a beautifully written, raw-as-hell story and a narrator who can absolutely *nail* all the voices in a book, but If You Find Me is one. I loved the lyrical prose that was, in tandem, shattering and sweet without ever feeling overwrought and sentimental, and the Tennessee grit in the narrator's voice that always rang true. I may listen again (something I've never done with any of my audiobooks) just for the quaint phrasing Carey uses and for the reminder that, relatively speaking, I never even knew what a "bad day" was until I listened to this book. A keeper for sure.

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