Friday, March 22, 2019

Audible Review- The Man I Thought You Were by Leah Mercer

The Man I Thought You Were was an audible daily deal (when daily deals were open to everyone) and since I love Brit Lit I thought I'd give it a try. I am so glad I did.

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: 8-29-2017
Length: 8hrs 3 mins
Source: Purchased from Audible
Buy It: Audible



One fine autumn evening, Anna returns from work and starts making dinner, eager to welcome home her husband, Mark. It's just like any other day in their ten-year, Pinterest-perfect marriage - until he says he's leaving her.

Discovering that the man she thought she knew better than anyone else is capable of abandoning it all sends Anna reeling. She believed the life they'd built together - and the bright future they'd imagined - counted for everything. How can he walk away?

The truth is Mark is battling secrets of his own - secrets Anna knows nothing about. A painful past and an uncertain future threaten to bring his life down around him - and he'll do anything not to expose her to that.

But unravelling the past is lonelier than Mark could ever have imagined and, as the days turn to months, Anna worries the separation will break them forever. Can she bring him back from the brink of self-destruction before it's t
oo late, or will she discover that she never really knew him at all?

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My Review:

The Man I Thought You Were
Leah Mercer
Narrated by: Napoleon RyanHeather Wilds
Leah Mercer takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster ride with her brilliant poignant Brit-Lit novel, The Man I Thought You Were. A tale of love and loss, a family drama and how a person’s past affects their present and their future. Mark and Anna are both exceptional characters and readers will find themselves commiserating, debating and disagreeing with both of them over the course of this heartbreaking story. It’s a powerfully moving read and you’ll need the tissues close.
The narration by Napoleon Ryan and Heather Wilds is convincing, clear and eloquent and even though the Brits are known for their stiff upper lips a bit more feeling could have been put into the portrayal of the novel.
Mark and Anna Lewis have the perfect life, the perfect marriage, cocooning themselves in the private world they’d created and fervently hoping and trying to have a child. Then one night Mark comes home from work and without warning tells Anna he’s leaving her. Shocked Anna doesn’t know what to do or what to think but is convinced that he loves her that must be some kind of explanation and with what little she knows about his past starts digging to try and find him.
Mark just learned he has stage 4 liver cancer and is starting chemo to see if he can gain more time, time he needs to right a terrible wrong from his past. The first thing he has to do is to set Anna free because he knows first hand what a toll watching someone you love die has on a person.

About the author:
Leah can't remember a time when she didn't love writing. From creating fake newspapers to writing letters to the editor, scribbling something was always on the agenda. Even the rejections she received after completing her first novel at age 13 didn't dent her enthusiasm.

So it makes sense, then, that she pursued a career in anything but writing. Public relations, teaching, recruitment, editing medical journals -- even a stint painting houses -- until she finally succumbed once more to the lure of the blank page.

Whe she's not being jumped on by her young son or burning supper while thinking of plotlines, Leah can be found furiously tapping away on her laptop, trying not to check Twitter or Facebook.

Leah also writes romantic comedies under the name Talli Roland.

About the Narrator(s):
Napoleon Ryan:
Napoleon Ryan is a British actor from London. He began his career on stage, acting in the West End and touring with plays and musicals across Britain, Ireland, and Europe. Napoleon performs on television and in films, and is also known for his work as an audiobook narrator.

Heather Wilds. Heather Wilds has appeared in numerous plays on the London stage to great critical acclaim. She has also performed in award-winning films, appeared on TV and in commercials, and works as an audiobook narrator and voice actress.


  1. Oh I would be so angry with someone if they left me after finding out they had cancer...for my own good.

    1. one word explains it Mary M A N ;-)
      women would never to this

  2. People like that think they are all good, but they are selfish

  3. Oh this sounds like a good listen, but a tough one all the same. OUCH.

  4. Mark, Mark, Mark... shakes head. It sounds like a good one and good narrators, too.

    1. it was fab Sophia Rose although at times so hard to get through the emotions of you know