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I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks over the years, and I've enjoyed most of them--probably because I read reviews carefully, and I have a pretty clear idea of what I'm going to like. I was torn about purchasing He's Gone for a couple of reasons, including Caletti's reputation as an author of novels primarily aimed at a young adult audience and Pegeen's foregoing "chick lit" and "soap opera" comments.
Ironically, what clinched it for me was Pegeen's impassioned call for less "self-introspection." Character-driven books are the ones I most enjoy, and I consider self-reflection a positive rather than a negative. In the case of He's Gone, I couldn't disagree more regarding the chick lit and soap opera judgments; Caletti is a superb observer of human nature and behavior, and on nearly every page I encountered something that resonated for me in my own life. I am hugely impressed at how Caletti was able to capture universal (and even commonplace) thoughts and emotions in original ways. I love this book so much that I ordered a hard copy from Amazon so that I can go back and highlight particular passages for re-reading and journaling later. "Chacun à son goȗt," as the French say.
Cassandra Campbell understands Dani Keller absolutely, and her narration (which is always good) is spot on.
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If you're single, you need to read this book. If you're thinking of getting married, then you really need to read it. In fact, if you ever think about getting divorced, you need to hear this story. And if you ever should consider marrying a previously-married spouse, then you really really need to read it. In fact, unless you're a nun, you really should read it -- and even if you are a nun, you'd probably still find it fascinating.
I had never heard of the book or the author, but wow -- I lucked out. This a blockbuster, un-put-down-able from the very first page. The premise is so exquisitely simple: Dani wakes up one morning after a party and finds that her husband is not in bed, not in the kitchen, not in the house. Where did he go? That's the whole issue, right there, but because life is so complicated, that's more than enough.
Both Dani and husband Ian had been married before, had cheated with each other, then finally broke away, married and moved to a houseboat in Seattle. There are children involved -- children old enough to know what was going on, but not old enough to be gone from the home. There is the lovable dog Pollux, quite a character by himself. But oy, the complications that arise when a spouse simply disappears...
One thing is for sure, Deb Caletti is not only a very wise woman but an awesomely sensitive observer of human nature. Time after time, I found myself smiling at some observation she made, some quirk of common conduct she mused over, some tidbit of wisdom she revealed. It's not just the story -- it's the writing, too. And the narration? Perfect.
Don't miss this one -- and don't compare it to "Gone Girl", either. I liked 'Gone Girl' -- but this books is ten times better than that one.
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