Best of Adam Sharp
Graeme Simsion

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Narrated By: David Barker

Duration: 9 hours and 22 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion, read by David Barker.

The heart warming new novel from Graeme Simsion, the international bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect

Can you define your life by a single song?

Adam Sharp - former pianist in a hip Melbourne bar, now a respectable IT consultant in Norwich - can. And it's 'You're Going to Lose that Girl' . . .

On the cusp of fifty and a happy introvert, Adam is content. He's the music expert at his local pub-quiz and he and his partner Claire rumble along. Life may not be rock n' roll, but neither is it easy listening. Yet something has always felt off-key.

And that's his nostalgia for what might have been, his blazing affair - more than twenty years ago, on the other side of the world - with Angelina Brown, a smart and sexy, strong-willed actress who taught him for the first time, as he played piano and she sang, what it meant to find - and then lose - love. How different might his life be if he hadn't let her walk away?

Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. Adam has sung about second chances, but does he have the courage to believe in them?

The Best of Adam Sharp is about growing old and feeling young, about happy times and sad memories, about staying together and drifting apart, but most of all, it's about how the music we make together creates the soundtrack that shapes our lives.

Genre

Humorous fiction, Contemporary romance, Contemporary lifestyle fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction

Listen to a sample

Sliding Doors meets High Fidelity. A meditation on love, lust, regrets and second chances, Simsion paints a detailed and entertaining portrait of a flawed and wistful man who wants a romance to be more than a silly love song

AU Review

The moral of The Best of Adam Sharp can be summed up as: do not let the one who got away get away. If you do, things could get messy

The Australian

A dark comedy of manners. Simsion is alert to many kinds of pain: the loss or absence of children through death, divorce, suicide, infertility. At the same time, we see how relationships can sometimes be sustained notwithstanding betrayals

Sydney Morning Herald

The kind of book that will make you reflect on marriage, life and love. Told in Simsion's unique writing style with eccentric characters you'll love, Simsion has us on the cusp of wishing for a happy ending while also wanting the right decision will be made

Better Reading Blog

Will make you laugh, cry, feel uncomfortable and get you pondering your own past life choices

J.F. Gibson

Simsion hits his marks by tapping into the daydream of a do-over. A gifted comic writer

Saturday Paper

A novel that asks important questions, and is as moving as it is entertaining

Booklover

Like Woody Allen flick . . . The Best of Adam Sharp is a book about regret, about not taking the chances that life deals you and how those failures end up wearing away at you. It's a hugely romantic tale

Daily Review

Simsion is back with a bang. The Best of Adam Sharp make us laugh at the unexpected and feel the depth of emotions associated with a risky journey in love

Mrs B's Book Reviews

Simsion has done it again; authored a poignant, funny novel, that can stand proudly beside the Rosie novels, if not entirely outshine them