If you were somebody's past life....
What echoes would you leave in their soul? Could they be the answers you need now?
It's a question Carol never expected to face. She's a gifted musician who needs nothing more than her piano and certainly doesn't believe she's lived before. But forced by injury to stop playing, she fears her life may be over. Enter her soulmate, Andreq: healer, liar, fraud, and loyal friend. Is he her future incarnation or a psychological figment? And can his story help her discover how to live now?
A novel in the vein of The Time Traveller's Wife, Vertigo and The Gargoyle, My Memories of a Future Life is much more than a "who was I" tale. It's a provocative study of the shadows we don't know are driving our lives, from our own pasts and from the people with us right now. An examination of what we believe, what we create and how we scare and heal each other.
Above all, it's the story of how one lost soul searches for where she now belongs.
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Story OK, though didn't grab me. Why US narrator?
Because this is told in the first person, I found it difficult to relate to a supposedly very English protagonist, narrated in an American accent. It means you have to suspend belief all the time, and it gets even worse when she comments on her own Posh accent, or every time she pronounces Sainsbury ("Sains-berry"), or mobile ("mobel"), while relaying her adventures in places like Clapham. This irritated me throughout.
The writing and use of language is superb, but the story itself, for me, was just OK.
It is not the narrator's fault that she has to read an English character. As book narration goes Sandy Spangler is great and I liked her voice, a lot.
I probably would not have picked it. Maybe I'm not the target audience? Not sure. It just didn't work for me.
Yes I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. My Memories of a Future Life by Roz Morris is a surprising, unpredictable novel. I like the tension between the expected supernatural element of the book and the concept of hypnotists using hypnosis as tool to 'project' thoughts and ideas onto unsuspecting patients interesting, in fact the reader is left wondering throughout the book as to what is actually happening, is this reincarnation or is it the other? I particularly liked the fact that Roz leads the reader to their own slow understanding of this through Carol's and Jerry's experiences and feelings.Carol Lear's struggle and frustration with RSI and Jerry's experiences of panic attacks is portrayed very well, both characters are well developed and their friendship, and Carol's unlikely friendship with Eleanor Leer, serves to inject the novel with a warmth necessary to counteract the disappointments and frustrating challenges that Carol faces in her other relationships, especially her relationship with Gene. Gene is a bit of an enigma and although his motivations are made clear at the end (not at all predictable) the listener is left to decide if he is a negative force in the novel or if his character does in fact give Carol ownership of her eventual understanding of her life and the importance of music in it. The ending is unexpected, we are not given any assumed resolutions but are instead motivated to think and consider the value and reality of the things in our lives that we feel define us
I was surprised that the narrator was an American when the protagonist is clearly English, initially this bothered me but Sandy Spangler's clear narrative voice was a definite bonus and I quickly immersed myself into the story.