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  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

  • De : V. E. Schwab
  • Lu par : Julia Whelan
  • Durée : 17 h et 10 min
  • 4,5 out of 5 stars (172 notations)

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    2020 NYPL Best Books of the Year 
    2020 Oprah.com Best Books of the Year 
    2020 NPR Best Book of the Year 
    2020 Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 
    2020 Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year
    2021 Locus Awards - Nominee
    2020 Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year  

    "[Narrator Julia] Whelan's performance is unforgettable in this darkly romantic fantasy about one young woman cursed always to be forgotten.... Her depiction of the darkness is smooth with a low cadence, capturing listeners' attention and their heart strings." (Booklist)

    In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times best-selling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force. 

    A life no one will remember. A story you will never forget.

    France, 1714: In a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever - and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

    Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

    But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

    NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER
    USA TODAY BEST SELLER
    NATIONAL INDIE BEST SELLER
    THE WASHINGTON POST BEST SELLER

    A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books 

    "This epic story, spanning three centuries and two continents, is expertly narrated by Julia Whelan.... This is a transporting listen, and these characters will stick with you for a long time." (Bookpage, starred review)

    ©2020 V. E. Schwab (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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    NYPL Best Books of the Year, 2020

    Oprah.com Best Books of the Year, 2020

    NPR Best Book of the Year, 2020

    Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, 2020

    Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2020

    Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, 2020

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    A wonder to listen ! A masterpiece

    The quality of the narration is out of this world and I listen to a lot of fictions. Julia Whelan is able to give an auditive identity to each character and her voice gives each word an impact, a taste that enchanted me for the last week. I m a French researcher in medieval literature and folklore and Victoria schwab made such a good representation of the dark... This is brilliant. This is literature.

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    Excellent narration and good story idea.

    Some passages a bit too repetitious. I wish there had been more surprises. Sex with the devil should be less predictable.

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    Magique !

    La voix de la conteuse est aussi incroyable que l'histoire. J'ai vraiment passé un bon moment !

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    Smooth and smart, I will remember you Adie!

    Voice and story are great! It was a really good time spent listening this book! Thank you for these moments 👍

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    Full of wonders

    A wonderful book! I was quickly ingulfed in the story, which is easy-going yet so disturbing especially in the beginning, when you discover things. The story is a bit lengthy sometimes … but the details and the caracters are so wonderful that it’s nice to take the time.
    I was a bit worried about the performance, after some comments, but I found the voice, the tonalities and the accents (especially Addie’s and Luc’s voices!) excellent.

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    Take your time listening to this. It needs to be savoured.

    I am so mad at that ending. It is perfect but I want more. I have so many questions but the answers would dull this.

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    Absolutely wonderful!

    I´m quoting a previous review because Florian could not have put my thoughts and feeling into better words: ¨The quality of the narration is out of this world and I listen to a lot of fiction. Julia Whelan is able to give an auditive identity to each character and her voice gives each word an impact, a taste that enchanted me for the last week. I m a French researcher in medieval literature and folklore and Victoria Schwab made such a good representation of the dark... This is brilliant. This is literature.¨

    I wholeheartedly agree with this as such I not only loved the book but think I would not have loved it as much if it wasn´t for the narrator. Coup de coeur!

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    Great read

    The narrator is fantastic and breaths life into the amazing tale about love and loss.

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    Listened in 2 days!

    capting story very well red by Julia Whelan, also understandable for non native speakers.
    The story was very captivating but a little deceiving in the end.

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    Beautiful

    An incredibly beautiful story, and an outstanding narration. Not a single moment that disappoints. Perfect.

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    • C.V. Cox
    • 18/10/2020

    Prose style not to my liking

    The story is interesting and the voice actor is good, but there is just one level of emotion throughout all the hours of this book. Perhaps if I’d read it rather than listening to it I’d have enjoyed it more. I kept finding myself rolling my eyes because I felt like was listening to a melodramatic teen who feels everything excessively intensely. Who can keep that up for 300 years? I also didn’t like the prose style— multiple similes for what seemed like everything. I think a more thorough editing and a firmer director activeIy looking for interpretations that would allow for variation in the emotional tone would have made a better experience for me. I liked the ending.

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    • joseph strickland
    • 17/10/2020

    I'm glad it's finally over...

    You'll need to gird your loins if you're going to dive into this book. It is deep, dark, heavy and sad. After each listening session, you'll feel like a soggy, wet blanket has been placed over your soul. The narration was sublime and needed to be to drag u thru the depths of this book. It needed far more dialog between the characters, as it read more like a memoir about Addie and Henry than a novel. So much detail! And Henry's background story should have been less, and Addie's more. This seemed to be 2 books in 1. Having said all this, it was beautifully recorded and the prose was magnificent. How someone could have come up with this subject matter and lived to tell about it is a miracle in itself. It is depressing and lovely, all at the same time. You have been warned.

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    • J. M. Silva
    • 07/10/2020

    So much better than I was expecting and that was already high

    Oh my god I can’t even begin to explain what goes on in this book. So much happens, emotions just explode out of the words; out of Julia’s performance. This is my third book from V. E. Schwab and she knocked it out of the park and straight into space. The ending (without spoiling much) is bittersweet but it closes the story nicely.

    This came out at the perfect time. It’s a great and powerful story, amongst a bleak and unpredictable year. I want to revisit this novel again sometime soon.

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    • Nom de Guerre
    • 07/10/2020

    Schwab at her best

    I've read a lot of V.E. Schwab's work, including her Conjuring of Light series, middle years works, YA stuff. Overall, Addie LaRue is a sophisticated and engaging book, one I prefer to Conjuring of Light. It has echoes of Gene Wolfe (Latro), Neil Gaiman (Hobb in the Sandman), and Erin Morgenstern (in general). I am knocking it down a star because about halfway through, the book became overwhelmed by the romance. The romance is important to the plot, but I just didn't find it very compelling. I decided not to recommend the book to several friends just on the basis of the romance, though I think a lot of other people will really like this aspect of the book. Just not me, or my friends.

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    • Mijo
    • 15/10/2020

    Two Centuries too Long

    Interesting idea and excellent narration. However, slow to start and for my taste a main character that lacked, well, character.
    I could understand the innocence and lack of experience at the beginning of the story but as the chapters unfolded her development was superficial and manipulative.
    This was not a book I would recommend to most friends.

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    • DAWN
    • 12/10/2020

    Wow!

    I momentarily hesitated before purchasing this audiobook, but the reviews were so strong that I decided to give it a try. I finished this book in a little over 24 hours, playing at a slightly higher speed of course. The characters are incredibly vivid and, though aspects of the selling your soul storyline have been told before, the book is still fresh and like nothing I have ever read previously. I definitely recommend this book!

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    • Tatiana
    • 08/10/2020

    Best book i’ve ever read

    Wow, just wow. Everything about this book is five stars. The story is so heartfelt and heart wrenching at the same time. I think people of all audiences could fall in love with this book and find themselves entranced in Addies life.

    Julia Whalen has done an immensely great job at performing this book and made it all the more real.

    One read through is simply not enough for this book it will definitely be one that you keep coming back for.

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    • Claudia Guerreiro
    • 15/10/2020

    the never ending, boring, repetitive, need of a bi

    way too long. way too repetitive. way too pointless. I'm glag it was on audible and didn't actually waste my time reading it

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    • oregongirl
    • 08/10/2020

    beautiful

    I love anything by this author, but this is different than all of her other stories. you can feel her love and passion for Addie in every line. I am so happy that she was finally able to share this with us.

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    • Veronica
    • 11/10/2020

    Stunning!

    Whoa! What a beautiful experience! The story was fantastic, hard to put it down. I was invested in it from beginning to end. Also, Julia's performance was incredible. I cannot recommend it enough.

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    • Anna Dieberger
    • 12/12/2020

    I liked it

    In summary it was a very nice book. A bit repetitive sometimes (so many charcoal black things) and some annoyances like at some point Addie sums up all the languages she speaks and one of them is Swiss, which is not a language...
    The speaker was mostly pleasant, I think her interpretation of Luc was a bit over the top. I found it a bit annoying that in dialogues of people speaking French, like Addie‘s parents, she gave them a French accent (the german conductor on the train on the other hand was allowed to speak normally)

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    • Sebastian
    • 05/05/2021

    Shallow, unremarkable kitsch

    What a waste of time this book was. The story could have been told on less than 50 pages, but instead is blown out of proportion by an endless parade of stereotypes, kitschy tropes and foreseeable “twists”. The three main characters are bloodless paper cuts, the supposed heroine Addie is unremarkable and not very likeable. She goes through 300 years of life, but nothing really ever seems to happen to her, and during all those centuries, she fails to go through any relevant personal development as a character. The antagonist (the god of “darkness”) also seems to be a completely superficial and predictable idiot, which coincidentally seems to be the only remotely plausible explanation why he would fall in eternal passion for such a shallow person as the main character. Their “conflict” feels entirely artificial throughout the entire story, and their story arc can basically be extrapolated 10 minutes into the book. Boooring.

    Based on the glowing reviews, I expected a gripping book with an unconventional take on a classical trope (the Faustian bargain) and complex, opaque characters. But this novel is shallow, predictable, full of cliches and at times extremely cringeworthy.

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    • Mary A. Martin
    • 25/10/2020

    Timeless,beautifully written,unique in its class.

    The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a combination of realistic fiction and magical moments weaved together with romance, with a little of historical, fantasy genre. V.E. Schwab, author of of the Bestselling Shades of Magic series returns with this timeless, beautifully written and unique in its class story. There are moments like its a fantasy fairy tale and then it leans to modern-day romance. I would say, after finishing the novel, romance is a bigger part of the story. Everything about this novel is Epic. From the characters, the pacing and the perfectly well thought plot. A strong heroine, a romantic inclination gears to appeal to a broad audience. It questions your soul as to the lengths you might go to for love or what you would do and what you'll go through when you are made immortal.
    The audiobook is just as magnificent as the novel. Perfectly portrayed, performed and narrated by Julia Whelan.
    I still kept thinking about this novel and it makes me smile (inspite the fact it shortly broke my heart and cried 🥲). A real sign of a good read/listen. This is the top of my best reads this year and it would be hard to top it.
    This is A MUST READ/LISTEN before you die, novel. I would give it 5x5 ☆'s!

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    • Birikit
    • 14/01/2021

    Großartig, brilliant in jeder Hinsicht

    Wundervoll, intelligent,philosophisch, meisterhaft.
    Ich habe es mehrfach gehört, immer wieder entdecke ich etwas Neues und Tiefsinniges, wie ein Kristall an dem sich viele Facetten reflektieren, so reflektieren sich sehr viele Themen hier in der Geschichte, zutiefst menschlich und das Thema Faust ganz neu interpretiert. Großartig.

    Tolle Schriftstellerin, großartige Sprecherin. Perfekt.

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    • Claudiu
    • 11/02/2021

    Lived it!

    is a beautiful love story. no matter how many years you have lived - without love is just a long life...
    the reader's voice is pleasant.

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    • Kindle-Kunde
    • 21/01/2021

    Ein wunderschönes Buch

    Ich bin sprachlos. Das hat mich wirklich überrascht und gefesselt. Eines der besten Hörbücher die ich je gehört habe.

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    • Katerina
    • 22/02/2022

    A total disappointment...

    The idea is good but the characters are shallow, the book endless and obviously it was written with the minimum searching of the eras it goes through and Europe in general.

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    • Vanessa G.
    • 28/12/2021

    Loved it

    I just loved it. I loved the characters, the settings, the story and the chosen voice. 5/5

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 28/12/2021

    Meh

    Liked the idea of the story but just poorly executed with many clichés. Maybe more suited for a younger audience but I personally can't even bear to listen through it, because it just doesn't build up any tension and the main characters are poorly written if not just very stereotypical and shallow.

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    • Corinneandthebooks
    • 25/04/2021

    Loved everything about this book

    This book was perfect. From the poetic prose, to the characters, the reflections on life, love, time, fame and the open ending.
    I read it as a mix of audio and e-book. Julia Whelan is a truly fantastic narrator.
    Addie is a free spirited soul. She is born in the 17th century and wants freedom. She wants to be a tree, when all women around her are wilting flowers inside arranged marriages and limited by the woman's assigned role. But Addie doesn't really know what real freedom is. She just wants to live without constraints. She makes a deal with an ancient god, may he be Death or the Devil, Luc as she calls him. He grants her wish... she is immortal but everyone she meets forgets about her after she is out of sight and she cannot change things around her. She is free but cursed as the devil is always in the details.
    Addie and Luc fall into a tumultuous relationship. He teaches her how to live, how to break free from her own limitations, how to play the game. He teaches her in the only way a god would. With arrogance, with games, with riddles and hidden meanings. But Addie is such a good student. She is strong, stubborn, never wavers. She learns, albeit at her own pace, she survives and thrives.
    300 years into her lonely life, she meets Henry, the only human who remembers her and he is a breath of fresh air. And he is her opposite. Henry is a sensitive soul, he never feels good enough, prone to addiction and suicide, searching but never finding his way in life. He needs a muse, an answer and who better than Addie to help him?
    Henry was never supposed to be anything but a lesson for Addie, a piece in the grand scheme of her game with Luc but he is her chance to leave a real mark in the world. And she takes it.
    The ending is bittersweet but left me with a sense of hope. Hope that Addie will be the winner in the end. As a reader, you don't know what lies ahead for Addie. But nor should you as Addie lives on, learns on and never gives up on her dream to be truly free, to live life in her own terms.

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