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I read this book for a book club and it's reception by the participants was mixed. Many people did not like it for being too inward-looking and lacking a story as such. However, having experience of mental health issues myself and within my family over many years, I found it to be a touching, poignant and reliable account. As with many audio books, I found the narration somewhat obtrusive at first, mainly as it necessarily imposes a voice that the reader may not envisage. This is unavoidable but I soon accepted the style of the narrators as more natural, and enjoyed the reading. I loved and felt for the well drawn and multi faceted characters, enjoying the chapter structures that covered their different points of view. Mental health issues are definitely something that has a wide reaching effect on family members, beyond the original sufferer, and this was conveyed effectively throughout the book. Doubtless, the book was not an easy read/listen die to its convincingness but it was well worth it, as a shared experience of family trauma, with some welcoms lighthearted moments.
This is a wonderful story. It is deeply moving and tragic, but also ultimately inspirational. A couple more voice artists would have been welcome though to bring all the characters to life.
Deeply felt emotions run through this novel. The pain of loss and a family who deal with it in their own way in their own time. I enjoy the circle of perspectives leaving one to gain a deeper understanding through the voice of a different character. Sad yet beautiful.
Where does Imagine Me Gone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
About halfway down the track
What was one of the most memorable moments of Imagine Me Gone?
John asking his kids to imagine him gone.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The above scene
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Alec tries to wean Michael off drugs
Any additional comments?
John and his son Michael are memorable characters. The others don't really convince or inspire. The romance between Alec and Seth starts off as charming but becomes long-winded and tedious. Accolades to the readers, though.