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  • Written by: V. E. Schwab
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (251 ratings)

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Written by: V. E. Schwab
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Publisher's Summary

In the vein of The Time Traveler's Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times best-selling author V. E. Schwab's genre-defying tour de force.

When Addie La Rue makes a pact with the devil, she trades her soul for immortality. But there's always a price - the devil takes away her place in the world, cursing her to be forgotten by everyone. Addie flees her tiny home town in 18th-century France, beginning a journey that takes her across the world, learning to live a life where no one remembers her and everything she owns is lost and broken. Existing only as a muse, she learns to fall in love anew every single day. Until one day, in a second-hand bookshop in Manhattan, Addie meets someone who remembers her. Suddenly thrust back into a real, normal life, Addie realises she can't escape her fate forever.

©2020 V.E. Schwab (P)2020 W F Howes

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 “A heartbreaking work of staggering genius.” (Dave Eggers)

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The story I'll always remember!

What a year 2020 has been, and I am grateful I decided to end the year with this book. The story warms you like a cup of hot choclate on a cold chilly evening. Addie Larue, is not just a tale of fiction, but is also a poem of love, life and everything we can make of it. Loved every word and the narration by Julia Whelan is enchanting.

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A beautiful rendition

The enchanting book could not have been performed better. The voice is as captivating as the voice.

a beautiful performance.

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A book to be savoured

I took really long time to complete this book and I think that's how this book should be savoured. Amazing narration by Julia. There were times it made me sad, it felt like it was never ending, like Addie's life. But in the end it feels like the book was over so soon. Like Addie says, Isn't that's how life is?

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Epitome of predictability

Narration was impeccable, plot was boring and slow. I do not recommend this. Don't waste your time, money and brain cells on this.

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More emphasis on emotions than plot.

Way longer than the story needed to be.
Classic faustian premise, told using immortality as a narrative.
Story could have done more with the premice tho.

Narration was good tho.

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Masterpiece

The story , the characters and the writing is so powerful. Mesmerizing indeed!!! A different time period swishes you from timeless to modern love !!

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emotional rollercoaster

Maybe it is my emotional state at the moment, but this story about a woman willing to fight odds to Live Life on Her terms... Loving, Losing and still going strong.... plucked at my heart strings on a different level. Loved the story, wished her to find happiness, cried at her loss, worried for her future, and smiled at her triumphs....

LOVELY narrator, made the whole experience magical...

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one of the best books i have ever read

one of the best books i have ever read. it us the kind that makes me want to stay awake and listen

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  • 02-06-22

A nice fantasy fiction

3.5 for the book, 0.5 for the audio narration. A nice fantasy fiction, especially for those who love a detailed world building. The story was unique but I found the pacing a bit slow. I imagined Léa Seydoux as Addie :)

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oh God

I want to hear this book for the first time again, i was so lured in by it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-20

Wow

Loved everything about it . Loved the story. Loved the narrator. Worth the read. Amazing

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  • Ke Lanigan
  • 04-12-22

Not quite

An interesting story concept
I couldn’t finish it
I found the narrators tone slightly offhand at times. The style of writing was explicit in terms of every detail described not much left to the imagination … everything was literally spelt out
Also the sex scenes were handled very basically no nuance or sense of reality

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  • Ursula
  • 25-11-22

Captivating story magnificently narrated!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the story was captivating, beautifully written, and superbly narrated. I strongly recommend this audiobook!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-22

Disappointing ending

The story is captivating. The narrator is excellent! The ending is a bit disappointing, but worth the read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-22

Rich and compelling

The characters were really well written, you can't help but love the darkness after this book, even if he's dysfunctional.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-06-22

Brilliant!!

Impeccable writing and storytelling! This story was so unique and came together so wonderfully. The author painted the pictures of the characters vividly and with poise. Highly recommend, so worth it!

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  • djn63
  • 31-05-22

Good until …the end

Captivating with a slightly disappointing end .An excellent
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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-22

Wonderful

A beautifully written novel with a gripping plot, loved everything about this story. I am not usually a fan of the fantasy genre but this may have won me over!

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  • Michael Ferguson
  • 24-09-21

Absolutely Beautiful

A total MUST. I enjoyed this so much and would highly recommend it! Absolutely stunning! Definitely one of the best books I've read/listened to this year and the performance is AMAZING!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-21

I expected more and was disappointed

I liked Addie and Luc could have been a great character. Henry was jus bleh. I expected more it's a great concept but the book dissapoints. Loved the narrator.

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  • FENARETI
  • 07-12-20

This is why words exist

Books are made of words, words that if in the write order can make us feel things. Make us understand. I haven’t met many people masters of the art of writing as great as V.E. Schwab.

Books like this give me hope that the art of writing will never fail to move me.

I will always remember this story, I will always remember Addie.

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  • Alistair barley
  • 26-01-21

would definitely recommend- just not my cup of tea

heard a lot about this book so decided to read. a well written story, clever! enjoyed the beginning got bored with the middle 'girl meets boy, girl falls for boy, boy falls for girl... blaa blaa...zzzzzz but it got me hooked again for the ending. I would definitely recommend it to all - just not sure it's my cup of tea

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  • Oliver
  • 01-12-20

Incredible

Wonderful story that had me captivated from start to finish, I’m just sad it had to come to an end!

The narration was absolutely brilliant and truly did the story justice.

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  • V. C. Ainge
  • 29-01-21

Intriguing, unique but over long

I read this on a recommendation by someone who loves the author. My immediate impression was it was intriguing and unique. The story had many possibilities and there were lots of clues as to where it could go. I enjoyed the world of Addie’s thoughts and hopes, and I felt her emotions with her. She is a lovely character.

However once I got the idea; the story hook - it then felt drawn out and I was willing it to conclude, nothing new was coming up and I just wanted to know how it ended. I even speeded it up, something I have never done before on a audio book.

If you are looking for something different then this is a good read, the writing style is very mesmerising and there are some good references to the arts, history and folklore which give the story good bulk. It just felt very drawn out.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-20

Had me engrossed from start to finish

Fantastic story with great narration. From the outset I was listening while trying to think how I would react in that situation. I was absolutely hooked.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-20

amazing

this is the kind of story that lives in your heart still breathing long after you put it down. I can see why this is the book Victoria’s been sitting on for such a long time she did it justice, and I think I’m gonna go cry

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  • Louise
  • 16-02-21

Superb. Just superb.

I have no words to describe this book, I have no emotional to convey the story. It is astonishing and beautiful, tragic and elating, it is everything.

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  • Lubsy1
  • 17-02-21

If only I hadl cried. I would've wept an ocean.

A Poignantly Beautiful story and so beautifully narrated and brought to life by Julia Whelan. I cannot stress enough how much I loved listening to this story. It was possessive, obsessive, destructive, passionate, heartbreakingly sad and heartwrenchingly tragic. I couldn't stop listening to this story, I couldn't help hoping against hope for the outcome I so wanted. This is not a story of good against evil but a story of temptation and hope when you are at your absolute last grasp of life. It's a story, No. It's a lifetime's saga of a choice once made in desperation and the indelible affect it has on a Soul.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-12-20

A unique and riveting read

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I read reviews before purchasing and was not disappointed. Narrator brought the book to life. A unique story. Highly recommended.

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  • Debora Kana
  • 04-01-21

Loved Every Minute!!

Best book I've "read" in a while! I loved every minute. Such a great story. It has everything I wanted and more.

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  • Valerie
  • 24-12-20

Nice idea, average execution

One of the characters is 300 years old and yet we are expected to believe that she is happy to hook up with someone who is, what, 22? This is at the heart of my problems with this book - I was never remotely convinced by the characters. 300 years old and still behaving the same as she did when she was a teenager? The plot was okay and the ending was better than it could have been, but I always felt at a critical distance from everyone in the story. The narration was fine as long as you don’t mind American accents.

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  • linh
  • 18-12-21

Well written mediocre story

If you like Emily in Paris this is the book for you. This book feels like it was only written for one audience in mind RWL. I found myself wondering what was the point of this story? Nothing really happened and no one made progress and there are a lot of questionable life choices. Everyone was unlikeable expect the narrator.
The author took 10 years the write this book and I can see it is quite dated and feel like it belongs in the early 2010s when being an NLOG (not like other girls) was still cool. If you like stories with no real purpose but to idealise the Main Character this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-12-20

Delicious!!

I'll make a you a deal....
read this book, you will be captivated!
It ticks all the boxes to my heart, a strong feisty female protagonist, delicous tortured men, history, art, books, stories, romance, intrigue, Paris and New York. Stunning narration, easy five stars for me. Well done and thank you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-21

I have never been this invested in a book

Beautiful, poetic and engaging. Love the way this is written, love the story, love the way it's narrated, love everything about this book. Brb, relistening to this 300 more times.

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  • Matt
  • 24-09-21

Fun premise, poor execution.

The characters were unbelievable, entitled and lacking any redeeming qualities or meaningful development. Wonderful narration.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-12-20

Must read

An incredibly beautiful journey. This story felt original and subtle, and I found the ending very satisfying.
The characters were detailed and enjoyable and the writing was beautiful.
I will be recommending this to everyone.

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  • Liz Parnell
  • 14-02-21

In parts brilliant; in others, underwhelming.

The premise of this book is quite original however the pace is pretty slow. It’s enjoyable enough but it never left me wanting more, to keep reading/listening for just one more chapter. Each time I was content to “put it down”. I didn’t wish the book kept going at the end. I wasn’t wondering about what comes next for the characters. The ending (part 7) on the whole felt predictable and cliched and... akin to a kid’s story when the ending is “they woke up and it was just a dream”.

The narration, however, was excellent.

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  • Elizabeth Anne
  • 27-03-21

Phenomenal!

Wow! Wow, wow, wow! That was incredible.

So, very basic gist: Addie is a girl on the cusp of womanhood, living in rural France and 🎵She wants much more than this provincial life🎵. Until she meets sad book boy who is sad and bookish. But here’s the kicker: she sold her soul to the darkness 300 years earlier. Oops 😬

If my brief, sarcastic synopsis isn’t enough to make you order this book immediately, perhaps this next sentence will. This is one of the most rich, beautiful, tragic, hopeful and poignant books I’ve ever listened to.

I’m so glad I chose to listen to the audiobook rather than read the physical book. The simple pleasure of having this beautiful tale read to me made my heart sing. Julia Whelan, the narrator, did a phenomenal job. Her voice was so soothing (side note: don’t listen in bed just before going to sleep) - this was the best way to relax.

This is definitely a story I will listen to again.

Trigger warnings:
⚠️Depression
⚠️Mild substance abuse/ self-medication

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  • Allana Kate
  • 23-07-21

Revolutionary

This book has quickly become one of the most enchanting reads I have ever had the privilege of experiencing. The emotions that are portrayed in their purest sense make this a novel I will read over and over again.

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