The Forgetting Time

  • by Sharon Guskin
  • Narrated by Susan Bennett, David Pittu
  • 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Noah wants to go home. A seemingly easy request from most four-year-olds. But as Noah's single mother, Janie, knows, nothing with Noah is ever easy. One day the preschool office calls and says Janie needs to come in to talk about Noah, and no, not later, now - and life as she knows it stops.
For Jerome Anderson, life as he knows it has stopped. A deadly diagnosis has made him realize he is approaching the end of his life. His first thought - I'm not finished yet. Once a shining young star in academia, a graduate of Yale and Harvard, a professor of psychology, he threw it all away because of an obsession. Anderson became the laughing stock of his peers, but he didn't care - something had to be going on beyond what anyone could see or comprehend. He spent his life searching for that something else. And with Noah, he thinks he's found it. Soon Noah, Janie, and Anderson will find themselves knocking on the door of a mother whose son has been missing for eight years - and when that door opens, all of their questions will be answered.
Sharon Guskin has written a captivating, thought-provoking novel that explores what we regret in the end of our lives and hope for in the beginning and everything in between. In equal parts a mystery and a testament to the profound connection between a child and parent, The Forgetting Time marks the debut of a major new talent. The program features an interview with the author.

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I'd Like to Forget This


Excuse me for grabbing at the low fruit with my title to this review...but this book is my whipping boy; the book that must bear the blame for many other authors and marketers misled efforts lately -- my snapping point. This is the 16th book in a personal losing streak (6 weeks) all of which have been "chosen for me," or "best-of the month" losers. I've returned 15 without a single review, hoping to put nice-nice into the universe by keeping my fingers off the keypad. I am 0 for 16 in 2016...I haven't read one new release that has been anything more than pedestrian at best. Where have all the good authors gone, the promising new writers, the brilliance and originality? The publishers and editors?!

But, even on it's own merits, this book is maybe a 2.5 at best.

The Forgetting Time is another example of something that shouldn't have made it passed a Lifetime or Hallmark movie. It's an idea that is based on the premise of reincarnation and the transfer of memories from that previous life, propelled more by sentimentality than science. Guskin tries to intrigue the reader with the mysterious events that lead to an unsolved disappearance of another child, but it didn't work for me, it didn't add anything to a premise already explored by better authors. I saw it all coming and at the same time hoped it wasn't really going to slog through the well-worn obvious tracks to ho-humsville.

However--if you are looking for an easy-cheesy read that is well-paced and mildly entertaining -- go for it. Out of 16 stinkers, this was the least ridiculous or intellectually offensive. Other than a random sex-on-the-beach scene (not of the drinking variety -- although they may have been a good attitude adjustment for me pre-listening) it's harmless. Everyone seems to have loved it to the 4 & 5 * level. I did not, and my sister put it down after a few chapters.
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- Mel

Ultimately unsatisfying for me

i find it really hard to say why I found it uninteresting except to say it just wasn't for me. Too much woo, not enough mystery, which didn't't really unfold as a mystery - just a tragedy.
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- Jami E. Nettles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-02-2016
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio