Narrator: Heather Wilds

Audio Review: Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

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Audio Review: Three Wishes by Liane MoriartyThree Wishes by Liane Moriarity
Narrator: Heather Wilds
Published by Tantor Audio on August 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hours, 31 minutes
Source: Library
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Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Whenever they're together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow. But apart, each is very much her own woman, dealing with her own share of ups and downs.

Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, juggling the many balls of work, marriage, and motherhood with expert precision, but is she as together as her datebook would have her seem?

Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage-can she bring another life into her very precarious world?

And can free-spirited Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, ever hope to find lasting love?

In this wise, witty, hilarious novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their thirty-third year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents' dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome.

 

 
This is the story of the Kettle sisters, Gemma, Lyn and Cat, 33-years old triplets (two are identical twins) and a look at their lives at a pivotal moment in time. It’s told in each of their voices, transitioning from past to present as they each face a critical issue. The dynamics of how they interact with each other is also an important aspect of their story.

 
I very much enjoyed this story as the character development was outstanding. I felt I truly knew each sister and how they would behave at every juncture. The transitions to the past were timely as they aptly provided context for the three women’s present characterizations. The twists in their stories, especially Gemma’s, were stunning, catching me off guard. The men in their lives created even more texture to the story as they represented choices that deeply impacted their individual and collective destinies. Lastly, there were passages provided intermittently throughout the book that were observations by strangers. That was a unique device that gave additional insights about the family interactions and it really worked for me.

 
I really liked the story and the audio performance though it was sometimes difficult to initially identify when the story was transitioning. Otherwise, I thought the narrator perfectly captured the characters and I could always distinguish the three women. Though not a new story, it was one that kept my interest and attention until the end.

 

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About Liane Moriarity

Liane Moriarity was born in Sydney, Australia. After leaving school, she began a career in advertising and marketing, working in the corporate world for a while. She eventually left her position as marketing manager of a legal publishing company to run her own business called The Little Ad Agency. After that she worked as freelance advertising copywriter, writing everything from websites and TV commercials to the back of the Sultana Bran box.

Moriarity enrolled in a Masters degree at Macquarie University in Sydney. As part of that degree, she wrote her first novel, Three Wishes. It was accepted by Pan Macmillan and went on to be published around the world. Her latest books are published by Penguin in both the US and the UK.

Since then Moriarity has written two more novels for adults, as well as a series of books for children.

Moriarity is now a full-time author. She lives in Sydney with her husband, her new baby daughter Anna, and her son George, who likes to sit on her lap while she works, helpfully smashing his fist against the keyboard and suggesting that she might prefer to be watching the Wiggles instead.

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