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Winner of CWA Best unabridged Crime Audiobook 2012.

Winner – CRIME THRILLER OF THE YEAR – BRITISH BOOK AWARDS

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...'Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

©2011 S J Watson (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

Critiques

“Quite simply the best debut novel I've ever read.” (Tess Gerritsen)
“Brilliant in its pacing, profound in its central question, suspenseful on every page - and satisfying in its thriller ending.” (Anita Shreve)
“A deft, perceptive exploration of a fascinating neurological condition, and a cracking good thriller.” (Lionel Shriver)
“A terrific first novel - well-written, genuinely unsettling and psychologically very plausible. Thrillers seldom come much better than this. Loved it, read it in one.” (Joanne Harris)
“An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page.” (Dennis Lehane)
“So high-concept, so ambitious and so structurally brilliant. It's so rare to read a thriller that's perfect in every detail, but this one definitely qualifies!” (Sophie Hannah)
“A deeply unsettling debut that asks the most terrifying question - what do you have left when you lose yourself?” (Val McDermid)
“A truly amazing debut. The central character, Christine, is beautifully drawn. It's hard to imagine a more compelling, believable and sympathetic portrayal of a damaged human being. I loved it from start to finish.” (Mo Hayder)

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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pas mal mais un peu long

intrigue intéressante mais un peu longue et assez prévisible. ça aide à s'endormir en tout cas!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nicole
  • 20/06/2011

Well read, intelligent, psychological thriller!

I was worried that a story whose main character is an amnesiac could come off as sort of a cheap story trick, like the ending 'then I woke up and realised it was all a dream', but this story really works, its well though out. The story is told from the first person point of view, Christine, the amnesiac in question, and we discover her story a little more each day. There is something very unsettling about this book from the beginning. Well imagine if you woke up with no knowledge of yourself or your life, who would you trust? That is scary. As a listener you are not sure if the doubt is valid or if there really is something more sinister going on. Then just how much we are in her head is claustrophobic and adds to the sense of something being really wrong, when she talks to someone, she is searching for clues as to who she is, so we are there with her, in her head, not just witnessing the conversation. I was very eager to keep listening to find out what happens next. The end, well you see it coming, but that isn't a weakness of the story, on the contrary, it just fills you with a sense of wanting to warn her, like someone about to get attacked by the boggy man in a film. The characters are all well developed, seem like real people. Please I want to know what happens to Christine the day after this book ends!

The reading is very good too. The voice is soft and feminine, matches the character of Christine very well. Its not read boring and flat, but neither over emphasised which can get annoying after several hours of listening.

After getting several books that were so disappointing I didn't even finish them, I finished this one over a long weekend. I really recommend it.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • mr
  • 17/02/2012

The central idea is positively scary!

The idea that everything is erased from your memory each time you go to sleep is a frightening one and one that is totally new to me.
The book is beautifully read and is a very taut psychological thriller. I found it impossible to work out the full denouement so it kept me in suspense up to the very end.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Shunrata
  • 20/09/2015

Very good premise, not so great execution

The book starts out well and has great potential. Unfortunately somewhere along the way the author decided to go into long, tedious descriptions, thoughts, ruminations of the main character and the like. Over, and over, and over. In an audio book it's a lot harder to skip the boring bits, and there were plenty of them. Cutting the book by about a third would have improved it immensely.

In addition the narrator sounded like a robot and read the book in a monotone.

If they come out with an abridged version with a different narrator, maybe try that.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Qwerty1
  • 28/10/2012

like a thriller version of 50 first dates

If you could sum up Before I Go To Sleep in three words, what would they be?

Twists, enjoyable, gained momentum

What did you like best about this story?

As the listener, I wasn't always sure who was to be trusted, so it kept you second guessing what was happening. Got better as you became more involved.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Not a lot of intonation in the readers voice. Too flat and monotonous for me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too long, but did put it straight on when I got into the car so I could keep going with the story.

Any additional comments?

I found the chronology a bit confusing. I'm still unsure about some of the time frames. Also, it was pretty slow starting out, but as the story unfolded it became more interesting.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • PUNEET KATHURIA
  • 09/10/2018

Great oration ...overstretched book

The orator is excellent. The book is unnecessarily stretched with a lot of details that could have been skipped .
Overall an avoidable book.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 24/07/2018

Brilliant! Great words, and great story!

I wish that I had thought of it. Such detail, really enjoyed it. Kept the traffic away.

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  • Davide R.
  • 23/02/2016

Good idea

Good idea! A nice psychological thriller, maybe a sightly repetitive at the beginning but well written

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Daniela
  • 29/01/2016

Incredibly boring

Well..."this novel is a saddening bore, 'cause she's lived it ten times or more" Bowie could have told.
The start is fascinating, but it soon becomes so dull and repetitive! The style is so plain that I wonder how this book could have such a great success.
The reader doesn't help, but I surely don't envy her.
First time I am so disappointed by an Audible audiobook.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sara
  • 03/04/2015

Must listen!

I loved it and will watch the movie next.

Can't think of anything I didn't like about it.

Download now.

  • Global
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  • Lisa
  • 27/07/2013

started slow but moved on fast!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I actually thought this novel was going to be tedious but it was not. I have recommended the story to many other. To hea that it will be come a film next year is an exciting event.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book had a fantastic twist. I had guessed it initially but then second guessed myself. When it all came to an end I was still in shock.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ottifanta
  • 22/11/2011

Gut gelesen, aber zu langatmig erzählt

Aufgrund der guten Kritiken in Großbritannien war ich sehr gespannt auf dieses Hörbuch. Vielleicht waren deshalb meine Erwartungen zu hoch, denn irgendwie hatte ich die ganze Zeit das Gefühl, es würde etwas fehlen.

Die Grundidee ist nichts Besonderes, wie derzeit zahlreiche andere Autoren nutzt S J Watson geschickt die Perspektive einer Hauptfigur, die ihre Gedächnis teilweise verloren hat und zunehmend misstrauisch gegenüber ihrer Umwelt wird. Christine wacht jeden Morgen wie die Hauptfigur aus "50 erste Dates" auf, ihr fehlen jegliche Erinnerungen an die letzten paar Jahre ihres Lebens. Doch irgendwie findet sich ein aufdringlicher Arzt, dem sie sehr vertraut und sie beginnt, ein Tagebuch zu schreiben.

Soweit so gut, doch die Art, wie sie dem völlig fremden Mediziner vertraut und auch einiges andere an Christines Verhalten fand ich unglaubwürdig. Hinzu kommt dann nocht, dass statt Spannung oft Gähnen erzeugt wurde, zuviel umständlich erzählt wurde und manches zu oft wiederholt wurde - Christine muss alles jeden Tag neu lernen, nicht die Hörer bzw. Leser.

Die mir bisher unbekannte Susannah Harker ist für die spröde und unsichere Christine die perfekte Sprecherin. Mit einer weniger überzeugenden Sprecherin hätte ich vermutlich irgendwann in der Mitte abgebrochen, die Papierfassung sicherlich nicht beendet.

Fazit: Nette nicht gerade originelle Idee, die über weite Strecken nicht besonders spannend umgesetzt wurde. Trotz der ausgezeichneten Sprecherin meiner Meinung nach nur bedingt empfehlenswert.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Katharina L.
  • 24/09/2017

Gripping till the end!

I really enjoyed this audiobook! The story is quite unique and I couldn't help but listen to it in one go.
The ending to me was unexpected and left me with a sense of contentment.
Great "read" 👍

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • BikerJoe
  • 31/08/2015

Amnesia and the painful recovery of the past

This is a great and very special novel. S. J. Watson did an outstanding job by turning the fairly simple plot in a chilling thriller and to do so, he does not need an endless trail of blood and gore or numerous dead bodies. He simple tells the story of a middle aged woman, Christine, who lost all memory of her past life after a bad accident and tries to find it back.

Every morning she wakes up and does not understand, where she is, with whom she is lying in bed with and what made her age 20 years overnight. What makes her life even more miserable, is the complete loss of her short term memory as well. Overnight she will forgot everything, what she found out during the day. Luckily, her patient and good natured doctor tells her to keep a journal and he will keep calling her every morning to tell her, where she can find it. This becomes her life line, but to her deep shock, she reads one morning the entry on the first page of the journal: “Don’t trust Ben”. Ben is her husband and she is torn between gratefulness and suspicion and she realizes that not everything might be as it appears.

Christine’s emotions, her fear and anxieties and her longing to get her life back are described with such unbelievable insight and tenderness that the reader suffers and feels with her and cannot help but sooner or later suspect the terrible truth.

Read the book, you will love it.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • CRoth1964
  • 03/11/2013

Great thriller

I truly enjoyed listening to this audio book. What a great first novel. I thought that the author - who only provided his initials - was a woman, but learned that he was indeed a man when I researched it a little bit more online. He very convincingly portrayed the feelings of Christine. Very good thriller which kept me hooked. Loved the twists in the story. The reader Susannah Harker also did a very good job. I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kat B.
  • 27/11/2011

Wow!

Selten, dass mich ein Hörbuch so packt. Hervorragend gesprochen und auch die Story hat es in sich. Würde ich sofort wieder hören.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Leila
  • 20/04/2016

Before I go to sleep

Boring, overly long and not particularly original. Didn't even bother skipping to the end. Monotonous narration. Very disappointing.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • MCG
  • 10/02/2016

Good but overly long.

Good story, although she is rather elaborate and takes am incredibly long time getting g to the point. Was very scared at one point there was not going to be a twist to the story. Thank God there was, although was relatively predictable. Good writing, good narrator, but could have all been said without a loss of suspense in half the time.