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Masterful storytelling with a magnificent narrator! So much swashbuckling action and slick sense of humor...
Really good! Narrator was fantastic!
Enthralling without being overly dramatic. Excellent plot work and interesting characters. I totally recommend it!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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.