• Something to Live For

  • By: Richard Roper
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (494 ratings)

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Something to Live For

By: Richard Roper
Narrated by: Simon Vance
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Publisher's Summary

Previously published as How Not to Die Alone

Smart, darkly funny, and life-affirming, for fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely FineSomething to Live For is the bighearted debut novel we all need. It's a story about love, loneliness, and the importance of taking a chance when we feel we have the most to lose.

"Off-beat and winning.... Gives resiliency and the triumph of the human spirit a good name." (The Wall Street Journal)

All Andrew wants is to be normal. That's why his coworkers believe he has the perfect wife and two children waiting at home for him after a long day. But the truth is, his life isn't exactly as people think...and his little white lie is about to catch up with him. Because in all of Andrew's efforts to fit in, he's forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it's finally time for him to start.

"Roper illuminates Andrew's interior life to reveal not what an odd duck he is, but what odd ducks we all are." (The New York Times Book Review)

©2019 Richard Roper (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Just the kind of book I wanted to read in these times. Charming, empathetic, witty, emotional, and hopeful, Roper’s cast of quirky, vulnerable characters make for a truly warm and affecting debut." (J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest)

"[A] winning debut novel.... Roper illuminates Andrew’s interior life to reveal not what an odd duck he is, but what odd ducks we all are.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Quirky and heartfelt.... Andrew's past traumas are revealed gradually, and the reasons behind his isolation are heartbreaking and poignant. A moving and funny look at grief, hope, and the power of human connections.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Funny and touching

Loved this comic novel about loners, office politics and overcoming heartbreak. The author ‘s voice is authentic and the narration superb. One of the best books I have heard in a long while.

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Bravo you poor Bloke!

Leave it to a British author to tell me about this poor bloke with a wanky job and sad past and make me smile throughout the telling. Definitely deserves belongs on the “Up” Lit shelf. ❤️

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Loved it

I almost never write reviews but I loved this book so much. The story was told with such honesty and also with laugh out loud humor. The main ideas of the solitary lives that are led by so many and the need for human contact really made me rethink some of the people and relationships in my life.

I loved the awkward moments that turned into opportunities for connection.

Extremely well written, I look forward to more from this author.

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Not quite what I thought

When I read the synopsis I thought this might be a good book to listen to as I go about my chores, etc. I was a bit off-kilter when I first started listening because I recognized the narrator from the girl with a dragon tattoo series. Eventually got over that but part way through I almost quit. Too depressing. Overall it’s a good book but I don’t feel the need to listen again.

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Took me a while to get into it

The beginning of the story was more slow . In the end it came together very well ,but it felt like it took forever to get there . It had its funny part but nothing crazy and it was definitely a bit morbid .

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So funny and sweet

I so enjoyed this book. It has a funny, dry humor, but also a sad story. Really good narration. Just a nice story.

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How One Little Lie Can Spin Out of Control

Andrew is easy to like. He will make you laugh, break your heart, make you want to wring his neck, and make you hope against hope that things finally go his way. The story keeps you guessing and moves along at a good pace. Great storytelling!

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Delightful Surprise

When this book was recommended to me by my sister and she gave a description of the story, I was hesitant to get it. She said it would be fine and to go for it, So I did. I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely in the category of Eleanor Oliphant as mentioned by other reviewers. I enjoyed listening to this. The narrator was very good. It is a charming story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Not what I’d hoped

I have enjoyed a number of “quirky-character” novels lately, for example the Fredrik Backman or Alan Bradley novels. From reviews I thought this would be another in that category but unfortunately I found the main character, his job, and his story boring at best and revolting at worst. Simon Vance is usually a favorite reader of mine but even he couldn’t give this story some positive spin.

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