New York Times best-selling author Cecelia Ahern's charming new novel explores what happens when "what if" becomes a reality for two strangers whose lives are at a crossroads. How can you know someone you've never met? That's the question haunting Joyce Conway these days. Recovering from a terrible accident and with her marriage in pieces, Joyce is suddenly plagued by an overwhelming sense of déjà vu that makes her feel as if the life she's living is not her own. During the day she has vivid memories of things she's never seen - such as cobblestoned Parisian streets she's never visited - and at night she dreams of a little girl she's sure she's never met. Joyce is convinced she's lost her mind . . . until a series of coincidences leads her on a journey to meet the one person who may hold the answer she needs."Someone's life could be depending on you right now...." That's the pitch that finally persuades Justin Hitchcock to donate blood - the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time. Restless and lonely, Justin chased his ex-wife and daughter from Chicago to London, and now he's in Dublin, guest-lecturing to bored college students. When he receives a basket of muffins with a thank-you note attached, he's sure someone's playing a joke on him, but then the presents keep coming. Intrigued, Justin is determined to solve the mystery - a quest that will change his life forever. Thanks for the Memories is a heartwarming story of hope, love, and second chances - Cecelia Ahern's most magical novel yet.More
Two people are drawn together even though they've never met: Chicago native Justin Hitchcock, who has just followed his daughter and ex-wife to London, and Irishwoman Joyce Conway, who is going through her own tragedy and divorce. As the story progresses, the lives of Joyce and Justin become entwined, with sections of the novel alternating between each character's perspective. At times, Sile Bermingham's narration has little vocal variation, and it's difficult to determine which character is speaking. Bermingham soon settles into a narration that expresses the tension and emotion building between Joyce and Justin, and leads to a satisfying conclusion.
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This narrator is awful
I had to switch over to the Kindle version of the book because the narrator's lisp and congested voice were too distracting. I usually enjoy Cecelia Ahern books & hopefully the written version is better than the audible because this is horrible.
She has a lisp, sounds congested and doesn't differentiate between character's voices very much.
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