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.
©2011 and for ever Roz Morris (P)2014 Roz Morris
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.
I would say the audio version of this story is better than the print version although I haven't read the print version.
I liked how this story moved back and forth from her painful hand injury as a musician and the hypnotherapy of past life regression. At first I was a little confused but this turned out to be a great listen that I would recommend.
I thought her performance was passable. She was speaking in monotone without much inflection but that's what made it seem more realistic and even edgy.
It was a deep story so I couldn't listen to it all in one reading so it took me a few sittings.
I hope to hear more from both Roz Morris and Sandy Spangler in the 'FUTURE'.
I received the audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Interesting and different"
I've never read anything quite like this book. I've read a few books about past lives but this was a different spin. I liked both story lines and how they wove together. I was confused at some points but it wasn't a frustrating experience. The narrator reminded me of the narrator from The Poisonwood Bible, where she did a straight reading more than trying to dramatize it. Some people don't like this, but I find it to be a nice change of pace. As another reviewer said, it did take me out of the story a bit having an American reading a story set place in England.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
"A very imaginative story that will surprise you."
Carol is a professional piano player with RSI in her hands and is currently unable to play. Her best friend Jerry suffers from debilitating panic attacks and he asks her to attend a hypnotherapy session with him where he undergoes a past life regression which seems to cure him.
Jerry's cure intrigues Carol and when she encounters Gene, an old school friend who is also skilled in hypnotherapy she begins a tentative relationship with him.
Gene initially hypnotizes Carol against her will and instead of regressing to a past life, Carol jumps several lives into the future and begins to have memories of being a man called Andreq who is a 'soothe sayer' in his lifetime.
Carol is looking for the meaning in her sessions and how that information can help her current condition, but the mysterious and somewhat unscrupulous Gene seems to have another agenda entirely.
Gene convinces Carol to go with him to a small country town where he has a new job, and word of her hypnotherapy sessions quickly spreads.... but isn't always positively received, some of the locals think they are dabbling in black magic and Carol finds herself in danger...and then Gene abruptly vanishes.
This was an interesting and intriguing book with a well thought out story line that wasn't predictable. I got immersed in the various descriptions about music and piano playing throughout the book as well.
The narrator has a pleasant voice that is easy to listen to, however I was a little surprised that an American narrator was selected to perform a book that is set in the UK.
Of you're looking for something a little bit different, then give this one a try!
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