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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

From the no.1 international bestselling author of The Atlas Six, Olivie Blake's Alone with You in the Ether 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.

©2022 Olivie Blake (P)2022 Macmillan Publishers Limited

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"Olivie Blake is a mind-blowing talent." (Chloe Gong, author of New York Times bestseller These Violent Delights)

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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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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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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