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    What if you could try out all the lives you could have lived and pick one? Would you choose differently? 

    'Between life and death there is a library,' she said. 'And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices. Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?'

    Thirty-four-year-old Nora's life could be better. She's lonely, single and has just lost her job. Her cat dying feels like the last straw. What else is there to live for? Then she finds a library between life and death where she gets to try all the other lives she could have lived. 

    The Midnight Library is a gloriously relatable novel about life, death and the in-between. It is about finding hope, playing chess, dumping regrets and picking the right people around you.

    ©2020 Matt Haig (P)2020 Canongate Books Ltd

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    a life-changing read !

    When I saw that so many comments were written about this book I was curious . I can see why now .....
    I "read" the audio version which was beautifully narrated by Carey Mulligan - a good narrator is SO important .
    Although you want to get to the end of the book to see what happens to Nora you don't really want it to end - or maybe just go on for ever !
    Philosophy , psychology, lessons in life - a great book .
    Will there be more like it from Matt Haig ? I hope so .

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    A great book!

    I wasn t convinced by the summary of the plot at first but this book kept showing up in my recommandation. I thought the subject was overdone but I was wrong and I wasn't able to predict the ending. I really had a great time. Carey Mulligan's performance is impeccable. Don't hesitate.

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    Should be made into a film!

    Une histoire pleine de tournures imprévues. j'ai adoré. les descriptions vivides de la bibliothèque sont géniales.

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    Interesting but a bit disapointing

    The plot is pretty cool but I think the story is not well enough written to make it a god book.

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    Great book

    Loved the book and the timing for it was perfect for me. I am in the middle of personal transformation. Narrator feels the story and story itself is captivating.

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    perfect reader!

    Very positive story, great to listen even for an English beginner. Thank you for the time spent together !

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    Brilliant

    i enjoyed both the story and the storytelling.
    This was the first book from Matt Haig, I'll look for others 👍👍

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    wonderful and uplifting

    I loved this book. I had heard of it, and seeing it was narrated by Carey Mulligan made me buy it. I wasn't disappointed. It touches on so many subjects, mental health, family, ambitions and regrets... The mix of magic, science and fiction works really well to create a relatable character. Thought-provoking and a delight to read/listen to. I would recommend to anyone over 15.

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    Encore

    The story is very entertaining, the reader’s voice is absolutely delightful and I feel really good and happy after hearing this book.

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    The Midnight Library

    I loved every second of this story. The performance was superb and the concept of the library one I think I will remember for always. I lost my brother to depression and it is comforting to think that maybe he too ended up inside the midnight library in one life. Mrs Elm is a superb character. We all need a Mrs Elm in our lives. This book should be prescribed to anyone suffering from Depression or Anxiety. It is - in itself - the gift of life, and one can’t but hope that if listened to by someone at the right time, it might save a life one day.
    Karen Webb
    (Author of “A Stranger in Paris”)

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    • J E Law
    • 25/02/2021

    Laugh, cry, read this book!

    Really enjoyed this book and the concept of exploring the regrets people have in their life. One of those books that stays in your head long after the final chapter. It’s dark, but funny, sad, but joyful. I couldn’t stop listening it’s compelling. Made me laugh and cry all at once.

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    • northernlass
    • 30/01/2021

    Couldn't stop listening

    I loved the idea of the midnight library. It captured me and i was hooked.

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    • Elle
    • 19/01/2021

    Beautiful read

    It was easy to anticipate much of the storyline, but in this case that didn't take anything away from the experience.

    Carey Mulligan was flawless except for her Newfoundland pronunciation.

    Matt Haig is fast becoming one of my favourite authors in both adult and children's fiction. His style is imaginative yet grounded in a wonderful fashion.

    I would recommend this book to anyone.

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    • Grace
    • 17/01/2021

    Loved it

    Interesting, imaginative, meaningful and gently intriguing.
    Carey Mulligan's narration is exquisite, brilliant,
    Audible needs more talented narrators like Carey Mulligan, it makes all the difference.
    Highly recommended .

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    • fiona
    • 01/01/2021

    Beautiful read

    I am sorry I waited so long to read it, loved it !! Would highly recommend

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    • Anonymous User
    • 27/12/2020

    easy listening

    maybe it was the expectation created around the book, but I didn't think it was brillient. It was entertaining, so happy to give it a 4. The narration was extremely good

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    • Barry McWilliams
    • 12/12/2020

    Loved the story, lukewarm about the ending.

    The book felt exciting & compelling, but the ending felt a bit pat. It was the „nice, expected“ ending. I guess I wanted something more surprising.

    I enjoyed the time I spent listening to it.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 14/10/2020

    An interesting and meaningful book

    Thoroughly enjoyed every second, couldn’t put the book down- highly recommended, Althpughly NOT for children,

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 07/10/2020

    One of the best books I've ever read.

    This book is absolutely wonderful. It shook me awake. It made me cry. It reminded me why I'm happy to be alive. (And Carey Mulligan's narration is PERFECT.)

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 06/06/2021

    Beautiful

    Imagine you are done with this existence and the moment before checking out you get to have a glimpse at the infinite possible parallel lives you are living in the quantum universe... every little detail can create a different outcome. This makes for an interesting story, and for an even more interesting pondering of your influence on the lives of others.

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    • BvF
    • 03/04/2021

    Could have been a great story. It is not.

    The core idea is brilliant and could have been a great story. It is not.

    Learning to accept oneself, what one has become, one's life and the decisions one has made is not a new idea. But do we really need to shed regrets by being shown that all other possible lives we could have lived were in fact far worst? I think not. We do make mistakes, we do make wrong decisions - out of cowardice, ignorance or whatever other reason - but ultimately we just learn to make peace with ourselves, to say sorry to those whom we have hurt, say sorry in our minds to those we failed to love or show our love and to be grateful for the life we have had, hoping, should we ever have another chance at living, to do better.

    The problem is not just that most of Nora's regrets seem to me to be trivial and/or somewhat ego-centric. An Olympic swimmer? A rock star? Wanting to have gone to Australia? Perhaps a life as a glaciologist has some merit. Also the one so called perfect life which turns out not to be so perfect because in it she failed to help one child make the best of himself, it makes no sense whatsoever. Just another life with regrets. No matter which life we might have led, which path we might have chosen, it would always be to the advantage or disadvantage of someone, it would always cause suffering to someone, known or unknown to us.

    The trouble is that after the first virtual life, the story-telling becomes monotonous and the final long monologue of enlightenment is excruciating. At that point I found myself wanting to wind fast-forward. What is the core message? Be happy with what you have, things could be worst? Or, make the best of what you have been dealt?

    Furthermore, I have no idea what the reference to string-theory has anything to do with the story or with multi-universes in particular. Nor is it clear to me why the author keeps harping on about philosophy since hardly any philosophical thought enters the narrative. Oddly enough in the one life where Nora is a philosophy teacher at Cambridge hardly any of the books in the house she lists are about philosophy. You get the feeling that the only book the author has actually read which might pass for philosophy is Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Is it a philosophy book? A philosophy of living perhaps and not really a book on philosophy - go out there in the wilderness, build yourself a hut and live simply and enjoy the simple life. Don't many of us wish we had the means to do just that? Or may be not.

    The book has had good reviews, so perhaps it is just me who has failed to appreciate its depth. It is rare that I do not finish reading (or in this case listening to) a book, but I was close to doing just that. It is certainly not one of the books which I would want to re-read. Sorry.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 05/11/2020

    Cool idea, shallowly executed

    Still inspiring idea, but often you want to face-palm over the protagonist's stubborn way of dealing in the same helpless way with different, although not too challenging situations.

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    • Alexander
    • 05/04/2021

    Not great

    I like Matt Haig‘s style of writing. I just feel like this is philosophy for the mass. It‘s a bit too easy to foresee and easy. I would have expected something a little better.

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    • Yummy
    • 15/03/2021

    Nice story, terrible narrator.

    Story is ok, but not terrible deep. Narrator is horribly boring though; sounds like she's reading a shopping list. 0 emotions. Ruined the experiences for me.

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    • Krisztian Robert Szucs
    • 20/12/2020

    Such a Disappointment

    Got great reviews, but it turned out to be superficial and shallow. The narrator was great, but the writer lacks style.

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    • Franzi S.
    • 13/11/2020

    I loved reading this book

    A love declaration for life itself and all its possibilities. The plot gets to the core of the main character's psyche. The atmosphere is not light hearted and I was deeply moved while listening to this book. Struggling with depression, you can still experience hope and so many different emotions. Life can still be intense. Such a wonderful book!

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    • Dina S.
    • 27/10/2020

    "It's a wonderful life" with multiple possibilitie

    A modern spin on "it's a wonderful life" with multiple possible lives/universes. The atmosphere and the pace of the story was a little heavier than I had anticipated by comparison with the other books by the author I have read/listened to. In the end it was an interesting storyline, however.

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    • nicola
    • 13/10/2020

    Gute Sprecherin, mäßige Geschichte

    Die Storyidee ist gar nicht schlecht, leider ziemlich langatmig und vorhersehbar geschrieben. Eine gekürzte Version wäre sicher besser. umso erstaunlicher, dass die Sprecherin es schafft, abwechslungsreich und überzeugend zu sein...

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    • read4fun
    • 20/06/2021

    Driven on by suspense

    An interesting plot using phantastical events to describe how a young woman in a moment of crisis found the will to continue and appreciate her life again.

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    • Rosenquarz
    • 11/06/2021

    Insgesamt gutes Buch, schön gelesen

    Die Leserin hat eine angenehme Stimme und man kann ihr gut folgen und auch lange zuhören. Die Geschichte selbst ist schön geschrieben, ich fand die Ideen für die verschiedenen Leben super. Die Story ist insgesamt rund, wenn auch nicht besonders anspruchsvoll für den Leser. In der richtigen Stimmung perfekt.