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2.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 5 2.60 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rosecrans Baldwin Narrator: Johnny Heller, Jo Anna Perrin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400187713
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By turns funny, charming, and tragic, Rosecrans Baldwin's debut novel takes us inside the heart and mind of Dr. Victor Aaron, a leading Alzheimer's researcher at the Soborg Institute on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Victor spends his days alternating between long hours in the sterile lab and running through memories of his late wife, Sara. He has preserved their marriage as a sort of perfect, if tumultuous, duet between two opposite but precisely compatible souls.

But one day, in the midst of organizing his already hyperorganized life, Victor discovers a series of index cards covered in Sara's handwriting. They chronicle the major "changes in direction" of their marriage, written as part of a brief fling with couples counseling. Sara's version of their great love story is markedly different from his own, which, for the eminent memory specialist, is a startling revelation. Victor is forced to reevaluate and relive each moment of their marriage, never knowing if the revisions will hurt or hearten. Meanwhile, as Victor's faith in memory itself unravels, so too does his precisely balanced support network, a group of strong women—from his lab assistant to Aunt Betsy, doddering doyenne of the island—that had, so far, allowed him to avoid grieving.

Baldwin shows himself here to be a young writer bursting with talent and imagination who deftly handles this aching love story with sensitivity and unexpected maturity. You Lost Me There is a treasure of a book filled with beautiful, intelligent prose, a book that wears its smarts lightly and probes its emotions deeply. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Baldwin's prose is wise and nimble, clever without being self-conscious, true to the myriad voices of his characters. Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. Too much memories and feelings. Too few events, too little actually happens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa | 5/3/2011

    " I like the concept of this book, but it wasn't really the story I wanted it to be. It was still an enjoyable read, and I didn't have trouble getting through it, but I just kept expecting more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 4/20/2011

    " I thought I would like this book, and I think it was well written, but I just did not like the main character and he would have been served well to have been whacked on the head about 2/3 in. Meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rafe | 4/4/2011

    " Very well written but I wasn't sure what to make of it in the end. It's a meditation on memory and on mourning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayme | 3/22/2011

    " Not bad for a debut novel, but I feel like I've read it before. Baldwin doesn't deviate from contemporary structure and themes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 3/9/2011

    " Enjoyed this tale set in Maine. A good story and quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 3/1/2011

    " Good ideas that ultimately don't pan out. A book by a man about a man who can only function around men is kind of a disappointment. There were some pleasant thoughts on memory, but even that metaphor was only picked up and played with when the plot got boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia | 2/6/2011

    " The info about memory and how the brain works and the different viewpoints of the same event by both the husband and wife was very interesting. However, the storyline left a lot lacking and it felt like it ended incomplete. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 2/5/2011

    " Took forever for me to read this one. Never quite clicked. Wouldn't recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kym | 2/3/2011

    " A quirky little debut novel from Rosencras Baldwin that I enjoyed because it prominently featured Mount Desert Island Maine, home of Bar Harbor, my childhood summer vacation spot! This one keeps up a good pace and is filled with lots of strange relationships and twists you won’t see coming. "

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About the Author

Rosecrans Baldwin is the author of Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down (one of GQ’s Best Books of 2012) and You Lost Me There (a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice). His Kindle-edition article, “Our French Connection,” was selected as a Notable Essay for “Best American Essays 2013.” He is a cofounder of the online magazine The Morning News.

About the Narrators

Johnny Heller, winner of dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, is a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. He has been a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award winner from 2008 through 2013.

Jo Anna Perrin is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Disarming the Narcissist by Wendy T. Behary, You Lost Me There by Rosecrans Baldwin, American Freak Show by Willie Geist, and many others.