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The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig (audiobook read by Carey Mulligan)

I have experienced my first audiobook! This was the choice for my local book club and the paperback sat there unloved for a month before I had to return it to the library so I decided to try the audio version…
Nora decides her life isn’t worth living. Her dreams have all faded to nothing and now she is ready to give up completely. Instead, she is swept away to the Midnight Library where her former mentor Mrs Elm is waiting for her with an infinite number of books that each contains an alternative life. Will Nora find a life worth living…?
The Midnight Library is an incredibly deep and thought-provoking book. Nora wants to die and thinks her life is worthless. She is taken to the Midnight Library where she is allowed to choose a different life. But each time she becomes disenchanted she moves onto the next book of life. There are deep philosophical quotes and ideas which I found fascinating.
However, at its core, this book is about a woman searching for the meaning of her existence and finding that happiness is a choice, not a predetermined right. There are some deeply emotional moments as she compares and contrasts the new versions of her life with her original. The messages are not subtle but this does not stop them from being profound or uplifting.
I enjoyed my first audiobook experience. I did speed up the book to 1.5x but felt this did not affect the emotion or intensity of the content. The narrator clearly gave Nora’s perspective and I found myself fully immersed in the story. The plot strands were easy to follow as Nora tries out alternative lives.
The Midnight Library is a wonderfully thought -provoking book and a reminder to be grateful for our experiences even the bad ones.

The Midnight Library book cover

Book blurb
Between life and death there is a library. When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change. The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t
About the Author
Matt Haig has written a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. This includes the novels The HumansHow to Stop Time and The Midnight Library, several children’s books and most recently the self-help book The Comfort Book.
@matthaig1 | @mattzhaig | matthaig.com

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