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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 08-27-15
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 08-27-15 Member Since 2001
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    Read by Edoardo Ballerina and close to nine hours of listening. Very typical of Danielle Steel, repetitive. But, her die-hard romantic bent is very evident in A Perfect Life. Don’t hesitate to give the book to a teenaged girl. Reflected in all of the stories written by Danielle Steel is the pattern of a strong woman who has searched for and been denied great love for her entire life, possibly a bit like her own life since she is a strong, successful author and she’s been married four-five times.

    A Perfect Life doesn’t vary from the formula. A famous journalist, globe-hopping and beautiful, struggles through life balancing a challenging career, a disabled daughter, and her own DanielleSteelesque broken heart until the happily-ever-after ending. All of Steel’s books focus on human relationships and a seemingly insatiable need to bond, mate, and find meaning. This story is a girly romance and some readers will giggle and roll their eyes at clichès and forced, over-the-top silliness - but hey, it’s Danielle Steel and I envy her success :-).

    I’m pretty simple with regard to narration critique. If I don’t have to rewind to determine who-is-talking-to-who, I’m good. Ergo, my jumping the Audible app to 1.5 speed was because of the predictable nature of the story, not the reading by Ballerina — it’s okay. If you like Danielle Steel romance novels, you’ll enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Katonah, NY USA 08-10-15
    Amazon Customer Katonah, NY USA 08-10-15 Member Since 2009

    Lisa

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    "Perfect summer read."

    typical Danielle Steele. .light reading, enjoyable..a bit predictable but who cares. yoy feel like you know the characters by the end of the story and want to know how the rest of their future goes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helyn 07-29-15
    Helyn 07-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    The story was well written and kept my attention, the performance was well done and his voice is easy to listen too. I would recommend this book to all of my friends.

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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 1 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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 1 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 1 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.

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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 1 people found this review helpful

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