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  • From the Outside

  • A Tale of Regret and Redemption in This World and the Next
  • By: Clare Johnston
  • Narrated by: David Johnston
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Summary

When internet millionaire and philanthropist Harry Melville dies in a car crash at the age of 44, the lives of his wife, Sarah, and twin brother, Ben, are thrown into turmoil. Harry seemed to have it all; a close-knit family and a happy marriage - along with all the trappings of wealth. Yet as he recalls his past from the afterlife, a story emerges of the unspoken and bitter jealousies between brothers and of an unhappy wife burdened by loneliness and guilt.

When Ben takes over the running of Harry's charity foundation he begins to find purpose for the first time in years. But the arrival of a talented young artist brings a series of revelations that expose Harry's complex and dual personality in full. As he learns his part in the suffering of those he left behind, is it too late for Harry to make amends?

A tale of regret and redemption in this world and the next. From the Outside looks at the futile rivalries that can destroy sibling relationships and the lost opportunity for happiness when ego is allowed to reign over emotion.

©2019 Urbane Publications Limited (P)2019 Urbane Publications Limited

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A great listen!

I originally joined audible, as I sometimes have trouble sleeping, and find that listening to a story helps me ‘switch off’ at bedtime, and sends me into blissful sleep. Occasionally, I come across a story that doesn’t do that. Annoyingly, this was one such novel.

I just didn’t fall asleep, it was hopeless. The story was compelling, the narrator’s expressive voice just kept me hanging on for more.
I found myself rooting for Ben and Sarah, and just kept listening...not...sleeping.

In the end I gave up listening to this novel at bedtime, and gave it full daylight listening time.
It is a compelling story, I loved the idea of the main character looking back at his life and the people he loved from the after life, his thoughts and feelings and seeing the lives of his family unfold into the future without him. It is tinged with sadness and regret in places, but the conclusion is heartwarming and cathartic.

A well written, enjoyable story, and I think I may be just a little bit in love with the narrator’s voice.



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Wonderful idea!

This needs to be made into a film -fantastic concept. Well written and excellently narrated. Very thought provoking -thoroughly enjoyed this book.