And Again

  • by Jessica Chiarella
  • Narrated by Julia Whelan, Joy Osmanski, Rebekkah Ross, Corey Brill
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the spirit of Station Eleven and The Age of Miracles, this exciting literary debut novel imagines the consequences when four ordinary individuals are granted a chance to continue their lives in genetically perfect versions of their former bodies.
Would you live your life differently if you were given a second chance? Hannah, David, Connie, and Linda - four terminally ill patients - have been selected for the SUBlife pilot program, which will grant them brand-new, genetically perfect bodies that are exact copies of their former selves - without a single imperfection. Blemishes, scars, freckles, and wrinkles have all disappeared; their fingerprints are different; their vision is impeccable; and, most importantly, their illnesses have been cured.
But the fresh start they've been given is anything but perfect. Without their old bodies, their new physical identities have been lost. Hannah, an artistic prodigy, has to relearn how to hold a brush; David, a congressman, grapples with his old habits; Connie, an actress whose stunning looks are restored after a protracted illness, tries to navigate an industry obsessed with physical beauty; and Linda, who spent eight years paralyzed after a car accident, now struggles to reconnect with a family that seems to have built a new life without her. As all try to reenter their previous lives and relationships, they are faced with the question: How much of your identity rests not just in your mind but in your heart, your body?

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Having chronic illness, I was so intrigued. But...

I got a little more than half way through and realized I disliked every single one of the main characters...and their partners. So I stopped listening. Such a shame. I was so hopeful for this story, and intrigued by its premise. Every one has someone they know and/ or love who is stuck inside a body that doesn't represent who they really want to be because of an illness or disability. This story could have been something that represents people who have a fantasy that a sick body can be made whole again while alive on earth. I liked that the characters were completely imperfect. I also found it interesting that each character needed to go through child like emotions again. Unfortunately, the focus on the negative and selfish thoughts ( not to mention how off putting the many multiple uses of the "F-word" was) left me feeling sad and a little sickened by it.
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- M

Not what I hoped

The writing was good, but I need at least one character I care about. All of these characters were so self-absorbed and selfish, I really didn't care what happened to them. And although the plot was an intriguing idea, there were holes big enough to drive a tank through. The narrators were good, but they couldn't save this story. If you are looking for a mindless beach listen, this would be fine.
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- Alice

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio