I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Science-fiction
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Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.
Maybe that was always besides the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Blah blah blah I treat my husband like shit and he takes the kids to Omaha without me blah blah blah I can’t understand why he’s so disappointed in our relationship when I’ve been so selfish for the last fourteen years blah blah blah I whine a lot about things and also don’t take enough showers blah blah blah I have what some might consider an inappropriate relationship with my best friend blah blah blah I have a magic phone to the past the author never really explains blah blah blah I’m kind of a boring character. And that basically sums up all my feelings on Landline: BLAH. I think the twist was interesting, but honestly? I suffered through this audio because I received it at BEA and after hearing so many wonderful things about Rainbow Rowell’s books, I thought it had to get better. The only character I really liked was her younger sister. Although, I did find the dynamic of her family interesting, I feel that Rowell never really scratches past the surface with them. Verdict: Not for me.
At first listen, I thought, holy crap! She sounds a lot like me! And then I realized she sounds annoying and dry. And that made me realize I sound annoying and dry. And now I hate my own voice. So this narrator sucks.
But beyond the dry and annoying, she is just a slow narrator and she made me want to tear my hair out. Others have liked her a lot though, so it’s all personal preference.