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An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny | [Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski]

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny

In the tradition of the New York Times best-seller The Blind Side, The Invisible Thread tells of the unlikely friendship between a busy executive and a disadvantage young boy, and how both of their lives changed forever
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Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of the New York Times best-seller The Blind Side, The Invisible Thread tells of the unlikely friendship between a busy executive and a disadvantage young boy, and how both of their lives changed forever.

©2011 Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[A] feel-good story about the far-reaching benefits of kindness." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Linda Vienna, VA, United States 02-04-13
    Linda Vienna, VA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Doggy lady

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    "Amazing but painful"
    What did you like best about An Invisible Thread? What did you like least?

    I found the book interesting, but painful. Both main characters had very difficult, dangerous and abusive childhoods, albeit, very different problems. Something in common, however, was that both had a parent with severe substance abuse problems. It is amazing that they both survived, but more amazing is that they both emerged as productive, successful adults. But, this was not the kind of story that I wanted to read. I wanted a feel good story of rescue and redemption. Instead, I got a story of survival. I loved "Blind Side" and was hoping for a story on that level. Instead, this is a story of two very damaged, destructive families and two survivors who come together to help each other. Yes, it has a happy ending, but getting through the journey was painful.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It is what it is. Changing the story would have made it fiction.


    What about Pam Ward’s performance did you like?

    Well read with emotion. Great performance.


    Was An Invisible Thread worth the listening time?

    Maybe. If you want a story of survival, this is the story for you. I can certainly see this story giving someone hope and power. If you are feeling rather "beat up" and you need a happy story, pass over this one.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    H. Bard TX USA 07-16-13
    H. Bard TX USA 07-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story, worth a listen."
    Would you listen to An Invisible Thread again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen again. I felt the book as a bit longer than it needed to be. The story is a good one & I was definitely engaged though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that since it's a true story, the ending didn't go as I would have predicted. This is a real story & that made it all the more enjoyable. Everything isn't always roses & things don't always end up like in the movies.


    What does Pam Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good reader.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MusicMom13 Savannah GA 12-04-12
    MusicMom13 Savannah GA 12-04-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Feels like a diary excerpt"

    I read at night and listen in the car, and this book actually suffered from my listening to it. The narrator was older than I pictured the author, and her voice lacked the cadence and empathetic tone I felt when I read the author's words.

    I wish this book had been just one story. Ms. Schroff is clearly not a writer, as some of her prose had the feel of high school English. She gave us TOO many details of her life, when the story about she and Maurice was really the point of the book. Her relationship with her father never made sense and really muddled my feeling that she had good judgment. Again, her ex-husband equally made me question her judgment, as anyone of any age could have sniffed out infidelity on the first weekend away.

    Ms. Schroff deserves applause for the difference she makes in the life of this boy. Just tell THAT story. Perhaps an abridged version of this can stick to the main story and skip the family pain and melodrama. It might be part of the thread, but it adds little to an appreciation of the life she built after meeting Maurice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Williams-Drum Kansas City 05-03-13
    Paula Williams-Drum Kansas City 05-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Wife, mother and tech geek.

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    "Inspiring"
    What did you like best about this story?

    What a great reminder that you can overcome what seems to be impossible. An incredible friendship grew all because of an act of kindness. The story reminds us that there is humanity and greatness in everyone and that seemingly disparate lives can have many parallels.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of Laura's mom passing tugged at my heart. There are many miracles in this story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Ramona, CA, United States 03-19-13
    Pam Ramona, CA, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Good story, wished for a better narrator"
    If you could sum up An Invisible Thread in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, engaging, tender


    What did you like best about this story?

    It illustrates how making a difference in one person's life can have powerful, long-term impact on generations to come.


    What didn’t you like about Pam Ward’s performance?

    voice, cadence, inflection


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane kailua-kona, hi, United States 03-16-13
    Jane kailua-kona, hi, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Made me want to be more relevant"

    I was encouraged to look deeper at the world around me and engage. A must read for
    those who want to make a difference.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bentley greensboro, NC, United States 02-28-12
    bentley greensboro, NC, United States 02-28-12
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    If you could sum up An Invisible Thread in three words, what would they be?

    hard to put down


    What other book might you compare An Invisible Thread to and why?

    tigers heart b/c that one was hard to put down too


    What does Pam Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    her voice is convincing and mesmerizing


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    buy this book

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dorcas Washingtonville, NY, United States 02-08-12
    Dorcas Washingtonville, NY, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Get a box of tissues"
    What did you love best about An Invisible Thread?

    I loved that the author was completely honest from the very start. I loved the parallel to her life and that she was fearless. She was not afraid to take the chance and help this boy. I love that she is still a very important part of his life almost 30 years later.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Invisible Thread?

    I think it was when she met the boys grandmother.


    Which character – as performed by Pam Ward – was your favorite?

    The Author


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the boy saw his father when he was dying.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris St Charles, IL, United States 01-11-12
    Chris St Charles, IL, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful story"
    Where does An Invisible Thread rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wonderful story a must read / listen!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Invisible Thread?

    The letter written to Lori by Maurice at the end of the book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer RIDGEWOOD, NJ, United States 05-21-12
    Jennifer RIDGEWOOD, NJ, United States 05-21-12
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    "mediocre writing, but a heart warming story."

    I found the story to be a lovely one but the writing is awkward at times. I felt that the narrator's voice did not match up well with the story being told.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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