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Afterwards Audiobook

Afterwards

There is a fire and they are in There. They are in there.... Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. And one mother, Grace, sees the smoke and runs. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her. Afterwards, Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her family from the person who's still intent on destroying them. Afterwards, she must fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.
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There is a fire and they are in There. They are in there.... Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. And one mother, Grace, sees the smoke and runs. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her. Afterwards, Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her family from the person who's still intent on destroying them. Afterwards, she must fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.

©2011 Rosamund Lupton (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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    Joy Gray Los Angeles, CA United States 06-05-15
    Joy Gray Los Angeles, CA United States 06-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating!"

    I bought this because I loved Finty Williams narration of The Girl with All The Gifts and I wanted more! This did not disappoint. The story was emotional and wonderful and the narration was perfect!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Santippe New Orleans 05-02-14
    Santippe New Orleans 05-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Formulaic Emotionalizing...Boring, boring..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Narrator is fine, but the text is mediocre, at best.


    What was most disappointing about Rosamund Lupton’s story?

    Long, long overwrought, sometimes hysterical mother-love speeches, over and over again-- which may move many readers, but increasingly irritated me. I hung in there for a while, until I couldn't bear any more. So disappointed because the reviews were so positive.


    Have you listened to any of Finty Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Finty Williams is a very talented narrator...no question. She kept me listening for as long as I did.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Great set-up: the fire, the out-of-body experiences. Clearly great potential for a suspenseful plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I found it hard to believe that the characters who find themselves experiencing an out-of-body existence would have so little to say to themselves or to each other about it--unbelievable. Of course, I did stop listening about a third of the way in...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-22-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-22-14
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    "Definitely not as strong as "Sister""
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I found Grace to be whiny and clingy and suddenly realized that I was in the land of schmaltzy maternal love. If the narration had been stronger, I might've slogged through this book, because I enjoyed "Sister," Lupton's previous outing. As it was, I couldn't handle both a lackluster narration with monotonous dialogue alongside the however-understandable desperation of a mother whose child is very badly hurt and who herself is hurt and cannot reach out to her family.


    What aspect of Finty Williams’s performance would you have changed?

    Dialogue, by far. some jokes were meant to be funny and she delivered them flatly, and her narration did not differentiate the characters well at all.


    Could you see Afterwards being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Probably a movie... it might actually work as a drama piece.


    Any additional comments?

    reading this one in print, thanks. Others compare this book either favorably or unfavorably to "Sister," and I have to say I found it wanting, both due to the narration and the endless descriptions of longing for one's family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    schniev 02-16-16
    schniev 02-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting"

    Loved this original thriller! Not only was the story captivating but the narrator was superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorelei COMMACK, NEW YORK, United States 05-31-15
    Lorelei COMMACK, NEW YORK, United States 05-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "PAGE TURNER"

    For the lack of a better term this was a real page turner. Every time you think you have the answers you don't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Campbell 03-16-15
    B. Campbell 03-16-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Another gret story by this author"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a great book!! Left me wanting more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Afterwards?

    The entire book was memorable, the whole story flows together.


    Have you listened to any of Finty Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Who was the most memorable character of Afterwards and why?

    Sarah


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Fisher 11-12-12
    J. Fisher 11-12-12
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    "Excellent reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Afterwards to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy just listening while I knit so anything audio is better for me.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Kept guessing the next bit, but I was mostly wrong


    Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favorite?

    The Mum for sure


    If you could rename Afterwards, what would you call it?

    Between two worlds.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Julie
    BEDFORD, United Kingdom
    11/2/11
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    "Unusual Perspective holds your interest"

    This book is written from an unusual perspective- It keeps you interested and holds you in suspense as the mystery unfolds. One of my best reads !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    10/14/11
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    "Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton"

    This story grows from one character to a cast of characters in an absorbing and organic manner, as the tale of tragedy becomes unwound. Narrated by the not-yet dead victim, it is both heartbreaking, beautifully written and a compelling who-dunnit all in one.

    Every mealtime I updated my family on the latest twists and turns and then I cried buckets at the very end. Two indications of an extremely well written and touching story. Totally captivating and highly recommendable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • joanne
    Tywyn, United Kingdom
    9/5/11
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    "Great Read"

    This book is so well written and perceptive, that although initially I found the story rather implausible it is so sensitive and good to listen to it kept me hooked. More please.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    REDHILL, United Kingdom
    8/12/11
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    "A Fantastic Read"

    This is a fantastic read. This is one of the first few audio books I have listened to. This book is definately a must read! I thoroughly enjoyed each chapter in the emotional journey of the characters involved. Even though the stroy line has a sad undertone and almost a supernatural presence it will keep you intrigued and wanting to listen to for hours.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Mere, United Kingdom
    7/15/11
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    "By Rebecca"

    Absolutely loved this book, was hooked from start to finish and beautifully read. A definate must !!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • holly bird
    6/30/11
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    "Dissapointing"

    Not a bit as good as her previous, The Sister. Felt it was overindulgent in the filial love department, but then maybe that is her style. Found the whole premise of the story unbelievable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/13/16
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    "how lovely"

    love Finty Williams and this is a charmingly interwoven book about love, loss, crime and sacrifice. I listened as I love Finty's voice sooooooo much (after the girl with all the gifts) and ended loving the book and staying up way to late to finish it.
    as a blind woman Audio is just the best thing I could ever wish for...
    will be looking up more of her books....

    charming A***

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    12/2/15
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    "Rivetting story full of intriguing twists"
    Would you listen to Afterwards again? Why?

    Yes.
    Because I enjoyed it, it was full of interest and I think you would hear new things a second time around.


    What other book might you compare Afterwards to, and why?

    It does have a resemblance to Sister, not surprisingly.


    What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

    Good pace, good intonation, good differentiation of characters.


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

    There were lots of moving moments but I think when Mike finally manages to talk to Adam - they start the dialogue through a closed door and then Adam opens the door. The conversation is full of poignancy and pain but also hope and love.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed how the story gradually revealed the cause of the fire and the motivations of the suspects and was seen through the eyes of one of the victims of a fire who is near death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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