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    THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING WORLDWIDE PHENOMENON
    READERS' MOST LOVED BOOK OF 2021
    WINNER OF THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD FOR FICTION

    Nora's life has been going from bad to worse. Then at the stroke of midnight on her last day on earth she finds herself transported to a library. There she is given the chance to undo her regrets and try out each of the other lives she might have lived. Which raises the ultimate question: with infinite choices, what is the best way to live?  

    ©2020 Matt Haig (P)2020 Canongate Books Ltd

    Kritikerstimmen

    "Beautiful." (Jodi Picoult)

    "Uplifting." (i)

    "Absorbing.' (New York Times)

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    • 03.04.2021

    Could have been a great story. It is not.

    The core idea is brilliant and could have been a great story. It is not.

    Learning to accept oneself, what one has become, one's life and the decisions one has made is not a new idea. But do we really need to shed regrets by being shown that all other possible lives we could have lived were in fact far worst? I think not. We do make mistakes, we do make wrong decisions - out of cowardice, ignorance or whatever other reason - but ultimately we just learn to make peace with ourselves, to say sorry to those whom we have hurt, say sorry in our minds to those we failed to love or show our love and to be grateful for the life we have had, hoping, should we ever have another chance at living, to do better.

    The problem is not just that most of Nora's regrets seem to me to be trivial and/or somewhat ego-centric. An Olympic swimmer? A rock star? Wanting to have gone to Australia? Perhaps a life as a glaciologist has some merit. Also the one so called perfect life which turns out not to be so perfect because in it she failed to help one child make the best of himself, it makes no sense whatsoever. Just another life with regrets. No matter which life we might have led, which path we might have chosen, it would always be to the advantage or disadvantage of someone, it would always cause suffering to someone, known or unknown to us.

    The trouble is that after the first virtual life, the story-telling becomes monotonous and the final long monologue of enlightenment is excruciating. At that point I found myself wanting to wind fast-forward. What is the core message? Be happy with what you have, things could be worst? Or, make the best of what you have been dealt?

    Furthermore, I have no idea what the reference to string-theory has anything to do with the story or with multi-universes in particular. Nor is it clear to me why the author keeps harping on about philosophy since hardly any philosophical thought enters the narrative. Oddly enough in the one life where Nora is a philosophy teacher at Cambridge hardly any of the books in the house she lists are about philosophy. You get the feeling that the only book the author has actually read which might pass for philosophy is Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Is it a philosophy book? A philosophy of living perhaps and not really a book on philosophy - go out there in the wilderness, build yourself a hut and live simply and enjoy the simple life. Don't many of us wish we had the means to do just that? Or may be not.

    The book has had good reviews, so perhaps it is just me who has failed to appreciate its depth. It is rare that I do not finish reading (or in this case listening to) a book, but I was close to doing just that. It is certainly not one of the books which I would want to re-read. Sorry.

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    Nice story, terrible narrator.

    Story is ok, but not terrible deep. Narrator is horribly boring though; sounds like she's reading a shopping list. 0 emotions. Ruined the experiences for me.

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    Still inspiring idea, but often you want to face-palm over the protagonist's stubborn way of dealing in the same helpless way with different, although not too challenging situations.

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    Such a Disappointment

    Got great reviews, but it turned out to be superficial and shallow. The narrator was great, but the writer lacks style.

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    Not great

    I like Matt Haig‘s style of writing. I just feel like this is philosophy for the mass. It‘s a bit too easy to foresee and easy. I would have expected something a little better.

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    I loved reading this book

    A love declaration for life itself and all its possibilities. The plot gets to the core of the main character's psyche. The atmosphere is not light hearted and I was deeply moved while listening to this book. Struggling with depression, you can still experience hope and so many different emotions. Life can still be intense. Such a wonderful book!

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    A modern spin on "it's a wonderful life" with multiple possible lives/universes. The atmosphere and the pace of the story was a little heavier than I had anticipated by comparison with the other books by the author I have read/listened to. In the end it was an interesting storyline, however.

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    Gute Sprecherin, mäßige Geschichte

    Die Storyidee ist gar nicht schlecht, leider ziemlich langatmig und vorhersehbar geschrieben. Eine gekürzte Version wäre sicher besser. umso erstaunlicher, dass die Sprecherin es schafft, abwechslungsreich und überzeugend zu sein...

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    Gute Geschichte, mühsame Sprecherin

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    Teilweise sind Passagen künstlich in die Länge gezogen.
    Die Geschichte aber ist super

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    well read, story is a nice journey

    well read, story is a wonderful journey if you don't mind knowing the destination.