Published by: Penguin
Published on: August 2010
Page Count: 304
My Reading Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible.com using a monthly credit
Audiobook Published by: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Johnny Heller and Jo Anna Perrin
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Audio Sample: Here is a sample of You Lost Me There.
Audiobook Length: 8 hours 13 minutes
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Victor is a research scientist who specializes in memory and Alzheimer’s disease, but you wouldn’t know it by digging into his marriage. His wife Sara passed away and he finds himself remembering their lives together. The problem is that his memories don’t quite match those of Sara’s Aunt Betsy or even the written notes she left behind herself. The more difficulty Victor has making sense of his life outside of the lab, the less stable everything becomes. Victor must confront his life with and without Sara in order to salvage what lies ahead.
When a book extols the virtual and beauty of a young woman from Michigan from almost the very beginning, you know it’s going to catch my attention. When this same books features antlers on the cover and I happen to see three beautiful deer on the walking trail at the same time this character from Michigan is placed on a pedestal, all signs were pointing toward a good read. I was even beginning to wonder if I was on Candid Camera because the signs all coming together. The rest of the audiobook finished without further incident, but it made me feel at home in this quirky tale of marriage, memory, and Maine. It was good that I felt that way because there were moments along the way when Victor and his almost manic decision making felt odd. I began to wonder if the man was himself sliding into Alzheimer’s. Even still, this discomfort I felt was natural. Witnessing another human being fighting and then coming to terms with the less than noble truth about the life he or she led is uncomfortable.
This was my first listen for both Johnny Heller and Jo Anna Perrin. I enjoyed both of their work. Heller narrated the bulk of the novel as it was told from Victor’s point of view. His pacing and tone worked very well for Victor’s full range of emotion. I loved his work with Aunt Betsy. The combination of the story and the narration had me laughing about her wall of Bush/Cheney conspiracy theories. Perrin’s narration was much more reserved and fit perfectly with Sara’s character. Much of what we hear from Sara is from such a sad, almost resigned place. Her feelings were real and how Victor missed that from her choice of words and tone of voice was as frustrating for me as it was for her. Together, the two made this audiobook memorable.
In You Lost Me There, Rosecrans Baldwin has written an intriguing novel about life as a widow. Set in Maine, it was full of characters who made the setting seem as close as the descriptions. This thoughtful book about relationships has put the author on my radar. I look forward to what he writes next. You Lost Me There translated very well into audio and I loved that it was narrated by two talented people who are also a couple. Their names may be Johnny and Jo Anna , but I like to think of them as the Luke and Laura of audiobooks. If you are in the mood for a little something different in your reading, I highly recommend this audiobook – and not just because it proves that women from Michigan are enchanting.