A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life.
Eva and Jim are 19 and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply. The Versions of Us follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting. Lives filled with love, betrayal, ambition but through it all is a deep connection that endures whatever fate might throw at them.
The Versions of Us explores the idea that there are moments when our lives might have turned out differently, the tiny factors or decisions that could determine our fate, and the precarious nature of the foundations upon which we build our lives. It is also a story about the nature of love and how it grows, changes and evolves as we go through the vagaries of life.
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By Garth W on 24-05-2016
Forces individual reflection
Was hard to follow in parts (you need to give yourself hints to help e.g. The 3 looks like a pregnant woman so version 3 had the baby in it!). However once used to that, the story was moving, insightful and gripping. The closing chapters had my gut clenching many times. It makes one reflect on ones own life and how one would want their story told. An excellent novel that makes one want to discuss it with others.
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By Patricia Grundy on 22-07-2015
Slightly tricky to keep up
I really loved The Versions of Us. The narrators were also both excellent!
The only flaw I found with it - and it is pretty minor - is trying to keep each different version clear and separate in my own head at times. I did have to rewind a fair few times to refresh my memory as to what version I was in. Maybe if the versions had proper titles rather than just a number it'd have been easier? But anyway, it was an excellent listen to an incredibly cleverly written and told story. I enjoyed it immensely!
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By Karen on 21-07-2015
What did you like most about The Versions of Us?
The theme that a different corner turned, a different decision taken, can have a massive impact on your life, but also that certain themes ageing, ill health, loss, etc will follow you whatever path you choose because they are an inevitable part of the human experience.
Who was your favorite character and why?
All of the characters were interesting. ..but because there were several versions of each I felt less engaged with them than with many books.
What does Clare Corbett and Daniel Weyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The endings. The path travelled may vary but the ending is ultimately the same.
Any additional comments?
There was something a little depressing about the book....I suppose because of the inevitability of loss whatever path is chosen. It was also a little hard to follow at times and I did have to keep trying to work out which version I was in. It's definitely worth a listen, the theme is interesting and thought provoking, but something about the different versions did result in me feeling less invested in and engaged with the characters overall.
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