All Those Things We Never Said

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Marc Levy, Bril­liance Au­dio­book, 978-1-5436-0046-9

Gen­uine heart, hu­mor, and joy make All Those Things We Never Said charm­ing, even if its ele­ments of sci-fi feel slightly gim­micky.

Ju­lia’s es­trange­ment from her fa­ther left her so hurt that she barely bats an eye at his death. When a con­vinc­ing an­droid ver­sion of An­thony ap­pears in her apart­ment, the two em­bark on a wild jour­ney to­gether, piec­ing to­gether the past and say­ing what they never had the time to say in life. The novel thrives in its por­trayal of re­la­tion­ships; these char­ac­ters fall in and out of love, are hurt by death and dis­tance and mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and, through it all, find a way to keep on lov­ing.

The nar­ra­tion by Mcfad­den is ex­tra­or­di­nary, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the char­ac­ters call for a chal­leng­ing ar­ray of ac­cents. Hers is truly an im­pres­sive and en­gag­ing per­for­mance that serves to en­hance the witty and earnest qual­i­ties pro­vided by the text.

The novel rises above other genre ti­tles thanks to Ju­lia and An­thony’s sin­cere rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. Their sar­donic ban­ter is en­ter­tain­ing; Ju­lia laugh­ably asks her an­droid fa­ther if he has come “back from the dead to vac­uum my apart­ment.” Fa­ther and daugh­ter tend to hurt one an­other out of rash emo­tion or old wounds, only to find com­mon ground again, in a way that feels com­plex and true.

Nu­anced, un­ex­pected mo­ments of strik­ing earnest­ness are cap­ti­vat­ing. A mi­nor char­ac­ter’s piti­ful speech about “the look” she must not give a man who will never love her back is one of the most heart­break­ing and sin­cere di­a­logues of the novel.

This heart­felt novel is a de­light­ful and funny tale of loves lost and found.

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