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A Perfect Life | [Danielle Steel]

A Perfect Life

The epitome of intelligence, high-powered energy, and grace, Blaise McCarthy is an icon in the world of television news, asking the tough questions and taking on the emotionally charged issues of world affairs and politics with courage and insight. A single mother, she manages her well-ordered career meticulously, always prepared on the air or interviewing world-renowned figures and heads of state. To her audience, Blaise seems to have it all. But privately, and off the set, there is another untold story .
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Publisher's Summary

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel comes a heartwarming and inspirational novel about a mother and daughter who face challenges, cope with celebrity, and overcome tragedy while maintaining the outward appearance of…

A Perfect Life

The epitome of intelligence, high-powered energy, and grace, Blaise McCarthy is an icon in the world of television news, asking the tough questions and taking on the emotionally charged issues of world affairs and politics with courage and insight. A single mother, she manages her well-ordered career meticulously, always prepared on the air or interviewing world-renowned figures and heads of state. To her audience, Blaise seems to have it all. But privately, and off the set, there is another untold story she has kept hidden for years.

Blaise’s teenage daughter, Salima, was blinded by Type 1 diabetes in childhood, and her needs have kept her away in a year-round boarding school with full-time medical care and assistance ever since. When Salima’s school closes after a tragedy, Salima returns to her mother’s New York City apartment, and suddenly they face challenges they’ve never had to deal with before, and that Blaise feels ill-equipped to handle. A new caretaker provided by Salima’s school creates as many problems as he solves. Handsome, accomplished, thirty-two-year-old Simon Ward, with strong opinions on every topic, questions how mother and daughter view themselves and each other. Simon opens new doors for both of them and refuses to accept Salima’s physical limitations. He turns their world upside down, and the three become friends.

Then everything starts to unravel and Blaise can’t keep her two worlds separate anymore. A beautiful young anchorwoman is hired at the network; it is no secret that she is being groomed to take Blaise’s place. Her career as she has known it is threatened, and her previously well-ordered life feels totally out of control. For the first time, Blaise’s life is not perfect, but real.

In this unforgettable tale, the incomparable Danielle Steel has written a novel that pulsates with emotion and honesty as three people face the truth about themselves. A Perfect Life is about what we do when facades fall away and we can no longer run from the truth.

©2014 Danielle Steel (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Glorianne 09-01-14
    Glorianne 09-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The whole story was from the point of view of a narrator with so much repetition of a wonderful life and wonderful this, etc.


    What was most disappointing about Danielle Steel’s story?

    There really was no action. Narration was a monotone.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Edoardo Ballerini’s performances?

    NO


    What character would you cut from A Perfect Life?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get my credit back. I had to stop after 30 minutes and I deleted it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pj 06-20-15
    Pj 06-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "easy listening , a true Danielle Steel novel."

    loved it., a wonderful romance novel that kept me listening right to the happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trish LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 04-20-15
    Trish LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 04-20-15 Member Since 2013

    Passoniate Reader

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    "She's Done It Again."

    I enjoyed the story and the narration very much. Each day it was a wonderful break at lunch time.

    Trish

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    pe934 Ashland, KY, United States 04-15-15
    pe934 Ashland, KY, United States 04-15-15 Member Since 2013

    I am a salesperson on the road everyday, mother of 2 grown children. Happily married

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    "Okay"

    This was not her best novel, but it was okay. Not very exciting but just a relaxing book to get your mind off something else

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ROBIN NORMAN, OK, United States 04-04-15
    ROBIN NORMAN, OK, United States 04-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Nearly deleted several times"

    Don't think it was the right book for this Narrator. I felt like I was in first grade with one of the grandfather volunteers at story time. Story was good, just kind of drowned in performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sue 04-03-15
    Sue 04-03-15
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    "Pointless beginning"

    What relevance was the whole opening chapter and all the violence? It had nothing to do with the rest of the story. Otherwise I liked the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane McKenzie 01-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Sweet read!"

    Loved the characters and the sweetness of the story! Another Nora Roberts gift and a great beach read for ext summer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tinga Marcello 10-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Ok book"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Danielle Steel again?

    Yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was ok but the story not so great


    Any additional comments?

    Performance was ok but the story not so great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Twist 04-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A wonderful read!"

    I love it a heart warming love story. Did not want it to end. Could not put it down. Need to know more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cathy stockbridge, GA, United States 08-04-14
    cathy stockbridge, GA, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2014

    Love listening to audiobooks. I have been with audible since 2008, either here or with another account! I love audible!

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    "Another great story!!!"

    Love it! It's great when a story comes together like this one. Well written!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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