Emily and Einstein

Thoughts eaebylfl by Linda Francis Lee, Tantor Audio 2011 (orig 2010), 10 hours 54 minutes

Narrated by Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell.

Blurb on goodreads:   He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance. But he needed one…

Emily and her husband Sandy Portman seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building.  But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident.  The funeral isn’t even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment.  But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies. 

Suddenly Emily is forced on a journey to find out who her husband really was . . . all the while feeling that somehow he isn’t really gone.  Angry, hurt, and sometimes betrayed by loving memories of the man she lost, Emily finds comfort in a scruffy dog named Einstein.  But is Einstein’s seemingly odd determination that she save herself enough to make Emily confront her own past?  Can he help her find a future—even after she meets a new man? 


Let’s Play a Game called WHAT IF…

WHAT IF… you encounter an Audiobook Sale?    

WHAT IF… you have to wait until the 1st of the month to get a new Audible credit?  

WHAT IF… you think you might want to listen to something light and quick?  

WHAT IF… there is a cute dog on the cover?    

WHAT IF… it features a character who works in book publishing?   

WHAT IF… you have always had your interest piqued by Alfred Einstein so its mention in the title causes pause?  √ 

WHAT IF… none of the other audiobooks on sale are books you have ever heard of nor interest you?  

WHAT IF… the goodreads rating per review count is over 3.7?  

WHAT IF… the protagonist turns to baking when she is stressed?  

WHAT IF… the book has a theme of a non-exerciser who takes up a goal to learn how to run? (reminds you of somebody…) 

YOU BUY IT, right?

WHAT IF… the setup is so overused and causes eye-rolling in the first few minutes? NOT that you weren’t warned, but still. (rich guy sees amazing strong woman and MUST. HAVE. HER.)

WHAT IF… in chapter 2, you hear this:

“… stopping just long enough to tuck a single errant strand of hair behind my ear.”  √  (send msg to Jill…)

 WHAT IF…  the strong woman becomes a puddle of  an indecisive unkempt mess – granted, she was grieving the death of her husband and of course, his family is mean to her, but she went soft. Really!?  

WHAT IF… despite the feel that the book had different elements to the same old format structure of lifetime movie chick-lit romance blah blah blah, you end up liking it OK and somehow give it a four pie slice rating? 

WHAT IF… thinking about all the flaws – the redemption was NOT believable, HE was an asshole, SHE was supposed to be stronger but comes off as the NICEST saint of a girl – you almost downgrade your rating just trying to write this post? 

WHAT IF… since it was a short audiobook and it got you through to the next round of Audible credits and you were driving to errands or mowing the lawn anyway, you really can’t call it a waste of time? 



Care hopes you have enjoyed this audiobook review post.


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16 thoughts on “Emily and Einstein

    1. Just had a thought, after rereading your EXCELLENT Ear Tuck Database post… I think the moving the strand of hair away from the face could symbolize/metaphor of/for removing clothing… What do you think?

      1. I think it could well be a subconscious thing on the tuck-ER, but I think to the tuck-EE it has got to mean “strong yet gentle” and “caring and loving.” OR, it could just mean all these guys secretly want to be hair stylists…..

    1. Sure, but some books that cause eye-rolling make me THINK about what it is that annoys me and contrast with what I *do* like, etc and so I think more about the style/tone/themes, etc. Which is FUN so then I actually like the experience. Crazy huh?

  1. But you still gave it four slices of pie? I had no idea the book was about any of that other stuff. I just thought it was a sweet story about a woman and her dog. LOL.

    1. Good for you. Won’t kill you to do that every so often. I myself walked 2.5 miles and THEN walked the dogs another 1.5. They wouldn’t go more, it is hot and humid, the lazy bums.

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