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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 Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780449013526
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 Susan | 2/3/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/19/2014

    " The female author does a very good guy voice. This book went places that I wouldn't have imagined it would go. The story was completely believable and the characters very real. The story did itself proud by exploring various aspects of its premise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger Holloway | 1/19/2014

    " Make sure you have several free hours and a box of tissues. You will not be able to stop reading until the end. And by then, the tissues will be gone from the happy and sad tears you will shed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mayleen | 1/19/2014

    " Very sad. Reminds me of You've Got Mail. I can see a movie coming up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 1/12/2014

    " Started off really liking the book, but towards the end I didn't even want to finish it. Lost my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Fiorentino | 12/13/2013

    " I could not set this book down. Unexpected twists and turns kept me turning the page. Warning, the ending will make you cry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yvonne | 12/11/2013

    " promising theme, but didn't deliver. it became overly sensational, and the characters a little flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah Franklin | 10/16/2013

    " A fun Sci fi romance of the old school "what do those computers do now" genre mixed with romance and humor and grieving.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy White | 12/20/2012

    " This book, though heavy in the computer programming world, was still very entertaining to me. Good character development and an interesting premise. I would recommend this highly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simi | 12/19/2012

    " It was well written, got into some higher techy stuff then I might have wanted but the concept is an intriguing one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 12/17/2012

    " I thought this book was going to be hell, but I was pleasantly surprised. And it's a sneaky, little way to get people to read science fiction without their ever realizing it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Academicsupport | 12/13/2012

    " Another Seattle set novel with Internet programming themes that are amazingly applied in order to create poignant interactions. It has some very quirky characters and rather dark humor, which both help lighten the seemingly depressive topic of death. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lesley | 7/27/2012

    " Couldn't get into it and abandoned it :( "

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About the Author
LAURIE FRANKEL is the author of the novels: This Is How It Always Is, The Atlas of Love, and Goodbye for Now. She lives in Seattle with her family.
About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.