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A Good Woman | [Danielle Steel]

A Good Woman

Filled with breathtaking images and historical detail, Danielle Steel's novel introduces one of her most unique and fascinating characters: Annabelle Worthington, a remarkable woman - a good woman - who triumphs against overwhelming odds. More than compelling fiction, her story is a powerful celebration of life, dignity, and courage - and a testament to the human will to survive.
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Publisher's Summary

Nineteen-year-old Annabelle Worthington was born into a life of privilege, but everything changed on an April day in 1912, when the sinking of the Titanic changed her family and her world forever. Finding strength within her grief, Annabelle pours herself into volunteer work, igniting a passion for medicine that would shape the course of her life.

But for Annabelle, first love, and a seemingly idyllic marriage, will soon bring grief caused by the secrets of her husband. Betrayed, and pursued by undeserved scandal, Annabelle flees New York for war-ravaged France, hoping to lose herself in a life of service. There, in the heart of the First World War, in a groundbreaking field hospital run by women, Annabelle finds her true calling, studying medicine and saving lives. When the war ends, Annabelle begins a new life in Paris - now a doctor, a mother, her past almost forgotten... Until a fateful meeting opens her heart to the world she had left behind.

Filled with breathtaking images and historical detail, Danielle Steel's novel introduces one of her most unique and fascinating characters: Annabelle Worthington, a remarkable woman - a good woman - who triumphs against overwhelming odds. More than compelling fiction, her story is a powerful celebration of life, dignity, and courage - and a testament to the human will to survive.

©2008 Danielle Steel; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Cindi Porterville, CA, United States 12-16-08
    Cindi Porterville, CA, United States 12-16-08 Member Since 2008
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    "A good read I thoroughly enjoyed"

    Too frequently stories are romance novels, or mysteries, or some other "type" of novel, but "A Good Woman" was just what I was looking for, ie. just a really good, well-developed story. I enjoyed it thoroughly and had an easy time following along, even through the stop and start of listening that inevitably occurs in the course of only listening while traveling back and forth to work. The story had good character development and was believable. I've even recommended it to my husband, because it isn't just a "chick" story either, even though it comes from a female's viewpoint.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Tyrone, PA, United States 08-29-09
    Ginger Tyrone, PA, United States 08-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Not a romance"

    I know that less-than-glowing reviews are rarely appreciated on audible, but I feel compelled to share non-the-less. I was curious to read (listen) a novel by Danielle Steel. I'm a fan of romance novels and always understood the author to be one of the best in the genre. I must say I'm a bit disappointed (perhaps my standards were much to high) in this novel. Although the story itself was lovely, the use of narrative mode kept me at arms length from the characters. As I listened, I continued to wonder what would happen, but at the same time not really feeling invested in the story. If you are looking for a romance, this isn't it. If you want a great story on the lives of women, try Firefly Lane or something similar. If you want an interesting and mostly average audio book... go for A Good Woman.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Kansas city, KS, USA 03-09-09
    Dawn Kansas city, KS, USA 03-09-09 Member Since 2009
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    "I really liked this book"

    I found this book interesting to listen to. Brings the characters to life and how the life was in that time period. This story keeps the reader interested and wanting to find out what happens to the main characters life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    12-25-09
    12-25-09 Member Since 2012
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    "boring"

    To begin with, poor choice having a man read a woman's story...especially when he makes his voice go high, emulating a woman's. Obviously, many enjoy Danielle Steel, however, I find that I am not one of them. Lots of words with not much point. On the whole, rather boring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Largo, FL, United States 10-30-09
    Donna Largo, FL, United States 10-30-09
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    "slow and depressing"

    The book was slow paced with great detail but it's hard to believe the main character wouldn't get any breaks. Needed more of her enjoying life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MAUREEN Toronto, ON, Canada 10-18-09
    MAUREEN Toronto, ON, Canada 10-18-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A Wasted Credit"

    Now I know why I haven't read any Danielle Steel. The nauseatingly simplified characters play out a predictable story told in a boring, one-dimensional tone. The characters and the narrator are a perfect match.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    09-02-09
    09-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Tripe"

    I now remember why I never read her books.
    The narrator was so slow it was painful and the story used so much "Titanic" rhetoric it was annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 05-23-13
    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2009

    Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.

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    "Not a fan of Danielle Steel"

    The synopsis of this historical fiction sounded intriguing, but the book ended up being silly and unrealistic. The narrator did a fine job with what material she had. I know, I know, Danielle Steel is a best selling author with a horde of fans, I just am not one of them.

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    Jo Sydney, Australia 05-23-13
    Jo Sydney, Australia 05-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Story ok, but Narrator dreadful"
    What disappointed you about A Good Woman?

    The narrator should stick to "reading" and not try to change his voice to do the female parts


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Annabelle had plenty of character


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Trying to emulate female voices


    What character would you cut from A Good Woman?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get this narrator to chance to destroy another Danielle Steel book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria madera, CA, United States 09-23-12
    Maria madera, CA, United States 09-23-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "One of Danielle's better ones"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Not the typical romance novel. A lot of unexpected twists throughout.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Annabelle's ability to persevere throughout every tragedy.


    What does Jay O. Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I particularly liked his strong tone of voice.


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

    Her reaction when her husband exposed his secret.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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