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Madeleine: Our Daughter's Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her | [Kate McCann]

Madeleine: Our Daughter's Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her

The decision to publish the book has been very difficult, and taken with heavy hearts... My reason for writing it is simple: to give an account of the truth... Writing this memoir has entailed recording some very personal, intimate and emotional aspects of our lives. Sharing these with strangers does not come easily to me, but if I hadn't done so I would not have felt the book gave as full a picture as it is possible for me to give.
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Publisher's Summary

The decision to publish the book has been very difficult, and taken with heavy hearts... My reason for writing it is simple: to give an account of the truth...

Writing this memoir has entailed recording some very personal, intimate and emotional aspects of our lives. Sharing these with strangers does not come easily to me, but if I hadn't done so I would not have felt the book gave as full a picture as it is possible for me to give.

As with every action we have taken over the last four years, it ultimately boils down to whether what we are doing could help us to find Madeleine. When the answer to that question is yes, or even possibly, our family can cope with anything... nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.

Gerry McCann says: "It is a sad fact that not a single police force anywhere is proactively looking forMadeleine (as is the case for many other missing children). I am sure this book will re-energize the search for our daughter and the public will get behind the Find Madeleine campaign once again. It is simply unacceptable that the authorities could give up on Madeleine - especially without a single review of the case having been carried out. Our daughter, and whoever took her, are out there. We need your help to find them."

All royalties donated to Madeleine's fund.

©2011 Kate McCann (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 04-23-14
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Unforgivable parental negligence"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not. The main protagonist, the mother of the kidnapped gift, whines and complains that the local police didn't do enough to find her daughter. The mother made the decision that leaving her children alone in a resort villa was okay b/c, after all, she wanted to dine and drink with other vacationers. I was so disgusted by the mother's behavior I couldn't finish the book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kate McCann before, how does this one compare?

    Haven't previously been subjected to this whining, "feel sorry for me" narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate McCann (introduction) and Lesley Sharp ?

    IDK.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Kate McCann’s life?

    WHY the selfish, useless "mother" abandoned her children for a good meal in a restaurant.


    Any additional comments?

    What parent would leave sleeping children to dine out? Seriously, why weren't this young girl's parents jailed?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-28-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Tragic story of a family"
    Would you listen to Madeleine again? Why?

    Yes. Kate McCann's tale is compelling as it is tragic, and the narration is wonderful. Like another reviewer stated, it might have been better if Kate had read the book herself (she did read the foreward), but perhaps this was not possible for a number of reasons.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Madeleine?

    There are many touching moments with the children, and of course the disappearance of Madeleine was very tragic and distressing to read about.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a tragic, well-told chronicle of the events leading up to and after the disappearance of this little girl. In parts it was hard to follow everything that was going on, but this actually fitted well and helped me to empathize with the hell that this family has gone through and will continue to go through until such point as Madeleine is found.

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    Mrs Alicante, Spain 04-16-12
    Mrs Alicante, Spain 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An insight into what happened"
    What made the experience of listening to Madeleine the most enjoyable?

    Kate McCann telling the true story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Madeleine?

    Her outgoing personality and the caring of her siblings.


    Did Kate McCann (introduction) and Lesley Sharp do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, they did and it was possible to remember who was in their group of friends and to separate from the family members. How this was dealt with and repeated, you felt that you actually knew the people that were caring for Kate and Gerry McCann.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me feel very sad at times especially how the police did not seem to care or take action quickly enough following Madeleine's abduction.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth reading as you actually find out the truth of actually what happened to very loving and caring parents, which didn't always come out in the media reporting.

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  • jackie
    surrey, United Kingdom
    6/19/12
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    "Insitefull reading , great read"

    Fantastically written, heartbreaking book. Shame on all those people who presumed the worst of the family before waiting to hear their version of events. My only wish was that Kate McCann could have read it herself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • victoria
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    7/12/13
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    "Sad but good to know the truth"
    What did you like most about Madeleine?

    It's not a book to judge the character is very sad real life storyWhich has been told well


    What did you like best about this story?

    Knowing the truth It's better to read the real story and not what is said in the paper


    Have you listened to any of Kate McCann (introduction) and Lesley Sharp ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    All of the book it's such a moving story which makes you wonder how you are supposed to move on and continue with the family and hold it all together


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  • GILL
    United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Inspirational and honest account"

    A heart felt and truthful account of the events. My heart goes out to the McCann family and I am in awe of Kate for having the strength to write this book. What an amazing family. I will be recommending this book to my book club, friends and family with a view to keeping the search for this beautiful little girl alive.

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