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Alone with You in the Ether

By: Olivie Blake
Narrated by: Dion Alexander, Eliza Foss, Emma Paige West, John Pirhalla, Olivie Blake, Robb Moreira, Sura Siu, Tim Campbell, Steve Wagner
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Summary

This audio edition is captivatingly read by a full cast of outstanding narrators.

From the internationally bestselling author of The Atlas Six, Alone With You in the Ether by Olivie Blake is a glimpse into the nature of love, what it means to be unwell, and how to face the fractures of yourself and still love as if you're not broken.

Chicago, sometime. Two people meet in the armory of the Art Institute by chance. Prior to their encounter, he is a doctoral student who manages his destructive thoughts with compulsive calculations about time travel; she is a bipolar counterfeit artist undergoing court-ordered psychotherapy. After their meeting, those things do not change.

Everything else, however, is slightly different.

Both obsessive, eccentric personalities, Aldo Damiani and Charlotte Regan struggle to be without each other from the moment they meet. The truth - that he is a clinically depressed, anti-social theoretician and she is a manipulative liar with a history of self-sabotage - means the deeper they fall in love, the more troubling their reliance on each other becomes.

Alone With You in the Ether by Olivie Blake is a literary, intimate study of time, space - and a love story like no other.

©2022 Olivie Blake (P)2022 Macmillan Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

The pages fly by in this character-driven novel that is intimate, complicated, and utterly romantic (Booklist)

This is a book to savor (Publishers Weekly)
Far from your average love story . . . well worth the ride (Heat)

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LOVED IT

So I loved this book so much. It’s completely manic at moments and tells the story of how to love someone who feels truly broken. Waiting, longing and eventually getting the love you deserve. It’s fantastic soul consuming obsessive love with dual perspectives!!!👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾Olivie Blake

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this is beautiful beyond words

i usually don’t leave reviews but this book begs one. it is beautiful in every way. one of my favourite books of all time EASILY! please give it a chance and keep an open mind throughout.

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A bit pretentious but fine

The first few parts of the book are really immersive and they format is unique and fascinating, the production is great, but as a story, the intrigue quite quickly dies away. This is not a particularly unique book though it tries to hide that by being self important and slightly convoluted. It is an enjoyable listen if you suspend your critical thinking

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The book that stole my heart and broke my soul

Where do you start with a book like this?
The writing is Olivie Blake at her best and writing from her own voice on experiences as you go through the book.
This book touches heavily on the mental health of our two main characters...A tutor who tried to take his like and a museum curator who is all but lost in her way. Then a chance meeting happens
Who knew how important 6 conversations could be!!
This review is vague as there is everything to spoil so words are hard to find.
This book is beautiful and you all need to read it, just give it the time and fall in love with this amazing book

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Accurate representation

This book has accurate representation of what it can be like with mental health, as someone who takes regular mood stability medication

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I find elements of this book wholly unrealistic. The protagonists have no conversations other than poetically written meanderings about time, space and sex. Regan's character is written almost like she's this stunningly beautiful, mentally ill model which I find off-putting and ultimately it seems like the whole idea of her character is glamorising mental illness.

It's perfectly narrated and the book is beautifully written, though slightly odd premise with the "narrators" which I didn't really get the point of. I personally feel like the story itself is hard to understand at some points, it kind of goes off on a tangent quite frequently and I was left feeling a bit confused.

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Beautiful and insightful

I really enjoyed this overall. There were parts I found tricky. The literary tool of the narrator was not my favourite but I wonder if this in part because I listened rather than read it. At times I found myself hoping the madness was reality and reality was imaginings. If you get stuck, keep going. I think it’s worth it

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Not one a would recommend

I started to loose interest quite quickly but stuck with it until the end. Very good narration but storyline really not my cup of tea.

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Over the top and over dramatic

I’m not really sure what the fuss is about this book. It’s like listening to adult version of Dawson Creek converse and interact with each other… I think I rolled my eyes at least once a chapter.

Unnecessarily ‘wordy’ (no one talks like this in reality) … unnecessarily intense … just … unnecessarily.

And this is coming from a reader/listener who has a personality disorder.

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