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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,664 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rainbow Rowell Narrator: Laura Hamilton Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781611069846
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Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be an Internet security officer, he pictured himself protecting the newspaper from dangerous hackers—not sending out memos every time somebody in Accounting forwarded an off-color joke to the person in the next cubicle.

Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help being entertained—and captivated—by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you?”

With snapping dialogue and irresistible charm, Rainbow Rowell transforms an ordinary IT guy into a lovable and endearing romantic hero and proves that falling in love never happens the way you plan it. Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a fresh and energetic debut that marks the arrival of an exciting new voice in fiction.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 2/12/2014

    " It's nice enough, but I don't really understand what all the fuss is about ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/8/2014

    " I can't decide if reading this right after watching Sleepless in Seattle was a mistake or not. Either way, this is a fine addition to the "falling in love with someone you've never spoken to" genre, in that everyone involved acknowledges it's creepy and it's not as one-sided as I initially expected. This sounds like I'm damning it with faint praise, which I do not mean to do. I enjoyed that it was structured: emails and chats for Beth and Jennifer and prose for Lincoln. I also really, REALLY appreciate that their emails and chats are written in real English, with spelling and punctuation and all that, and the fact that those characters are writers even makes it somewhat plausible. Everyone in this feels like a real person, and correspondingly, the level of drama and conflict are realistic. I also rather appreciated the portrayal of the post-grad lack of direction and lack of "real life" experienced by Lincoln (getting a master's because you don't know what else to do and you're good at school? sounds familiar). And it made me laugh. All in all, excellent weekend bed reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nawaporn | 2/2/2014

    " it's not pop romantic book, if you read it, you will love this novel & LINCOLH ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ceridwen | 1/18/2014

    " The epistolary novel has been dead on arrival for a long time, maybe since even back in the day, but then my memory of anything by Samuel Richardson, force-read in intro classes in college, is hazy as hell. Even Austen, 200 years ago, rewrote "First Impressions", an epistolary novel, into what would become Pride and Prejudice, and bless her heart for that. (Especially because I just recently read Austen's Lady Susan, which was never re-written, and I could feel how the novel suffered from its epistolary format.) As a novel style, letter-writing hung on in Gothic longer, though I couldn't exactly say why. Frankenstein, Dracula, and if my internet search is to be believed, books like House of Leaves and The Historian are all epistolary, and slightly cheesy for it. It's a weird way to have characters interact, maybe not a hundred years ago, but certainly now, and even a hundred years ago, letter-writing stories stripped out the narrator, who is the ace up the sleeve of any writer. Maybe. Don't hold me to that statement. Which is why it is fairly astonishing to find an epistolary novel written in this century (hell, even the last century) which works. Beth and Jennifer are both employees at a Midwestern newspaper, and friends; Lincoln is the man tasked with reading the emails flagged by whatever metric flags inter-office correspondence. In rom-com style, Lincoln reads the emails between these women, and becomes more and more smitten with the unmarried-but-attached Beth, while trying to cope with his life as it is: living with mom, hanging with his D&D crowd, being paid to be a voyeur. This is set right at the millennium shift, because even a decade later (now), such a scenario is unlikely. We all know what exact crap the work overlords are flagging or blocking, and get around such things using smartphones or off-work email. But I knew a sys-admin back in the day who had to read through a whole horrible romance with one of the company employees and a - for lack of a better phrase here - corporate spy from another company who was obviously using her for her corporate knowledge. My friend was so horrified and grossed out by reading this correspondence, which was both intimate and, knowing what he did about the other dude, totally Browning-esque in its damaged narrators. Which is a weird thing to say about real life, but art and life, etc. Anyway, point being, I pretty much loved the ways Beth and Jennifer interacted in their little illicit emails. They are snappy are funny, maybe even snappier and funnier than is likely, but then I know and correspond with a lot of funny folk, so it really isn't a stretch except for in narrative unity stylins, which is more than ok for me in a novel. Lincoln's sections are not in epistolary form, which is good, and I generally appreciated the ways the other characters were, um, characterized. Like you do. He's got this absolutely foul-mouthed friend who ends up being a rigid traditionalist in some ways, and I totally know that guy. I know the attachment parenting friend who plays D&D with the guys. I know a lot of these people. It's possible I even am some of these people, but, like, less quick to the quip. That I feel that way at all is fantastic, given that I usually want to strangle rom-com people until their tongues loll out. Which is probably the thing: this sort of careful, almost deliberately casual, snappy Gen-X rom-com is only going to work for certain types of folk. I mean, duh, any book at all out there is going to have its readership and not another - that's presumably why we're out here at all chattering about the books we read, trying to marry a book with its best audience - but I felt that decidedly here. While I know that this term is trouble, and I don't want to get into a big fight about it, I feel like this is chick-lit for nerds, and as a nerd who has read the occasional chick-lit, hoorah. I'm too lazy to check if Bridget Jones's Diary counts as a epistolary novel - diary-form being somewhat more solipsistic, blahity blah - but Attachments hit the same part of my brain that enjoyed that, in that it's girly and fluffy while being smart and lightly allusive, and I appreciate the heck out of that. I'm not going to say it's perfect - the crisis and denouement are rushed and somewhat unbelievable, not crediting the real ethical problems of voyeuristic email-reading like maybe you should - but whatever. I'm still back on jazzed as hell that a novel that falls into the dreaded category of women's fiction doesn't fail the Bechdel test, and doesn't fail it hard. Love is great and all, but I'm so happy to find female friends who talk in the way female friends do about all everything and whatever. If you're in the likely readership for this book, you know what I mean. Cross-posted on Readerling "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel | 1/14/2014

    " Read this book in one night- I loved it! I had a couple of minor issues with the ending, but those were overshadowed by the witty dialogue and charming characters throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Smith | 1/5/2014

    " This was such an entertaining book. I was kinda sad it was over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 12/27/2013

    " Attachment is the type of book which can be read by a guy. Seriously, it's very aplicable to all guys who are still on the way of finding what they want to do with their lives. This story has a twisted turn of events, funny commentaries, geeky stuff, lots of realizations, etc. The story of Beth and Lincoln is so unique, where the events took 1999-2000 when the technology is just trying to be too technological. The setting is cool, it's like remembering your first love, first heartache. I wish i could meet someone like Lincoln- a very sensitive, ready to commit guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 12/25/2013

    " Read an edited copy, so I actually enjoyed it. I tried to read another book by this author and couldn't stomach all the swear words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi Lipe | 12/24/2013

    " This book was very enjoyable with 3 main characters that it was easy to like. I read the book after hearing the author speak at an event at my local library. She's just as funny in person as her characters are in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 12/21/2013

    " Adorable fluff, and it made me laugh out loud often. Liked it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brnoze | 12/10/2013

    " The material related to computers and emails felt dated but the interaction of characters was well developed and fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheena | 12/9/2013

    " 2.5 out of 5. It was ok just not my kind of book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Stone Johnson | 12/1/2013

    " Cute office romance. Loveable characters and snappy dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Cooper | 11/30/2013

    " I loved it. Now I can't wait to read Eleanor and Park by the same author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Sullivan | 11/23/2013

    " If Miko rates something 3.5 stars, I know it has to be good. And it was! Such a charming, sincere, funny romantic comedy of a book. Great beach or train read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lina | 11/10/2013

    " Very cute and easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ysabel Panagsagan | 7/24/2013

    " SO ADORABLE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gel | 6/2/2013

    " I'm a big fan of funny girls meeting hopelessly romantic guys, (unrealistic) happy endings, and snooping on people's messages. So five stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aja | 11/12/2012

    " Fun and cute romantic comedy-esque story. Especially good for people from the Omaha area. Lots of references to local landmarks and culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 11/1/2012

    " IN LOVE. I cannot wait until tomorrow when my next Rainbow Rowell book comes in the mail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janell | 5/7/2012

    " I got this book to read as a possible reader's choice. But after I had it for one day it was put out as a reader's choice! It's fun but forgettable - cute but contrived. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 1/8/2012

    " I wish I could give this book ten stars! It's one of my favorites now. Read it if you want an adorable, feel-good story and you're a hopeless romantic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Murray | 1/4/2012

    " you know those books that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy when you're done? This is one of them. Romantic comedy at its best. It's quirky and just made me smile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 5/23/2011

    " Hilarious, quotable, delightful. A girl-/boy-lit hybrid of surprising depth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julianne | 5/20/2011

    " Promising until the last 20 pages and then it was a big let-down for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laverne | 5/20/2011

    " really enjoyed - read in one day- new twist on romance/chick lit - compelling characters- well written- unpredictable
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/19/2011

    " I really, really enjoyed this book. Just the perfect love story that I needed. And I finished it in no time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Letty | 5/11/2011

    " I LOVED this book. I couldn't put it down. The story was adorable, the characters were relatable and I just wanted to get to know them more. I fell a little in love with Lincoln. It is everything you want a quirky love story to be. I highly reccommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janssen | 5/10/2011

    " This was a fun, quick read. Surprisingly sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 5/7/2011

    " Super cute feel-good kind of book. Left me smiling. "

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About the Author
Author Rainbow Rowell

RAINBOW ROWELL writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

About the Narrator

Laura Hamilton is an award-winning narrator of many outstanding books for children. She was named one of AudioFile’s Best Voices of 2010 in Children’s and Family Listening. When not recording the books she loves, she also records radio and televion spots. She lives with her family in Chicago.