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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (967 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie Frankel Narrator: Kirby Heyborn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sam Elling works for an Internet dating company, but he still can’t get a date. So he creates an algorithm that will match you with your soul mate.

Sam meets the love of his life, a coworker named Meredith, but he also gets fired when the company starts losing all their customers to Mr. and Ms. Right.When Meredith’s grandmother, Livvie, dies suddenly, Sam uses his ample free time to create a computer program that will allow Meredith to have one last conversation with her grandmother. Mining from all her correspondence—email, Facebook, Skype, texts—Sam constructs a computer simulation of Livvie who can respond to email or video chat just as if she were still alive. It’s not supernatural, it’s computer science.

Meredith loves it, and the couple begins to wonder if this is something that could help more people through their grief. And thus, the company RePose is born. The business takes off, but for every person who just wants to say good-bye, there is someone who can’t let go. In the meantime, Sam and Meredith’s affection for one another deepens into the kind of love that, once tasted, you can’t live without. But what if one of them suddenly had to?

This entertaining novel delivers a charming and bittersweet romance as well as a lump-in-the-throat exploration of the nature of love, loss, and life (both real and computer simulated). Maybe nothing was meant to last forever, but then again, sometimes love takes on a life of its own.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeanne Klier | 2/18/2014

    " Had potential but fell flat for me. Characters one-dimensional and writing just okay, not great. Too bad, as the concept was promising. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tracey | 2/16/2014

    " fell a bit flat for me. skipped several pages and didn't connect with characters. I also found the two central characters annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lauri | 2/12/2014

    " If you could recreate a dead loved one through electronic archives of things like email and video chat, would you? This novel explores some of the unintented consequences of that without judging it to be right or wrong. I'm not sure I would actually recommend this book to others unless you enjoy this type of subject, but I found it an interesting concept. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 2/3/2014

    " An astounding book...for its subject, its characters, its prose. Kudos Ms. Frankel. "

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