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Was hard to follow in parts (you need to give yourself hints to help e.g. The 3 looks like a pregnant woman so version 3 had the baby in it!). However once used to that, the story was moving, insightful and gripping. The closing chapters had my gut clenching many times. It makes one reflect on ones own life and how one would want their story told. An excellent novel that makes one want to discuss it with others.
I really loved The Versions of Us. The narrators were also both excellent!
The only flaw I found with it - and it is pretty minor - is trying to keep each different version clear and separate in my own head at times. I did have to rewind a fair few times to refresh my memory as to what version I was in. Maybe if the versions had proper titles rather than just a number it'd have been easier? But anyway, it was an excellent listen to an incredibly cleverly written and told story. I enjoyed it immensely!
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What did you like most about The Versions of Us?
The theme that a different corner turned, a different decision taken, can have a massive impact on your life, but also that certain themes ageing, ill health, loss, etc will follow you whatever path you choose because they are an inevitable part of the human experience.
Who was your favorite character and why?
All of the characters were interesting. ..but because there were several versions of each I felt less engaged with them than with many books.
What does Clare Corbett and Daniel Weyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The endings. The path travelled may vary but the ending is ultimately the same.
Any additional comments?
There was something a little depressing about the book....I suppose because of the inevitability of loss whatever path is chosen. It was also a little hard to follow at times and I did have to keep trying to work out which version I was in. It's definitely worth a listen, the theme is interesting and thought provoking, but something about the different versions did result in me feeling less invested in and engaged with the characters overall.
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