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Broken for You Audiobook

Broken for You

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Publisher's Summary

When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world. But as the two begin their tentative dance of friendship, the armor begins to fall away, and Margaret opens her house to the younger woman.

This launches a series of remarkable and unanticipated events, leading Margaret to discover a way to redeem her cursed past and Wanda to learn the true purpose of her cross-country journey.

Exuberant, heartbreaking, and alive with a potpourri of eccentric and irresistible characters, Broken for You is a testament to the saving graces of surrogate families and shows how far the tiniest repair jobs can go in righting the world's wrongs.

©2004 Stephanie Kallos; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Well-crafted plotting and crackling wit make this debut novel by Seattle author Kallos a delight to read and a memory to savor." (Booklist)
"[A] dreamy, powerful tale of familial warring, secrets, and redemption....This haunting, memorable debut is reminiscent of early Atwood, peopled by lovably imperfect and eccentric characters." (Publishers Weekly)
"A dazzling mosaic of intersecting lives and fates...[A] multi-layered rhapsody....Kallos has a rare, deft way with whimsy, dream sequences and hallucinations. Comparisons to John Irving and Tennesse Williams would not be amiss in this show-stopping debut." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Melanie Las vegas, NV, United States 03-12-13
    Melanie Las vegas, NV, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Original Book; Amazing Performance by Anna Fields!"

    Listening to this story was quite an experience. The reader's performance was fantastic -- among the best I've ever listened to. The book was somehow very slow to unfold but then very quick to wrap up. It seemed there was a lot of prelude -- and then from the point of the car accident on -- it was like the author was on a downhill wrap up -- working sometimes too hard to tie up all of the loose ends. Through it all, even when I was frustrated with the above mentioned issues with the story -- I was enchanted YES enchanted by the reader.

    I was sad to learn that Ms. Fields passed away in a flash flood while trying to rescue her recording equipment and found myself deeply moved by her obituary as it aired on NPR -- that I found in my google search of her. I would recommend this book simply for the reader's performance. It was amazing listening to her tell me a story.

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    Cheryl Allen, TX, United States 09-19-12
    Cheryl Allen, TX, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "never made it past first hour"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    really bad plot, and ridiculous characters


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    mystery thriller


    How could the performance have been better?

    better narrator


    Any additional comments?

    never got the point of this book... gave up

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 02-12-12
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not the Best but Good"

    This certainly was a many-faceted story with a multitude of characters and some plot twists. It is not one of my favorites but it was worth reading and I would reccomend it to others. It has humor and suspense. Narration is well suited to the story.

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    Kaylyn Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 09-29-11
    Kaylyn Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does Broken for You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book. It is a very touching book about the very best in human beings who are there for each other and change each others lives for the better. I enjoyed all the different characters who were described so well I felt as if they really exist somewhere in the world.
    I am usually pretty good about guessing what is going to happen, but this book had a few twists that I didn't see coming, which is nice. Narrator is great! Nice to listen to. A bit of bad language and one or two brief and not too detailed sex scenes.


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    Gretchen 05-28-09
    Gretchen 05-28-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Quirky"

    I throughly enjoyed this book.. it was so "quirky"... I wil be recommenging it to my friends .... I also enjoyed Anna Fields ... she was excellent

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    Marsha Westport, CT, USA 11-03-08
    Marsha Westport, CT, USA 11-03-08
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    "fair to middling"

    I found the storyline a bit far-fetched and quickly lost interest.

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    jeri Midland, MI, United States 10-14-07
    jeri Midland, MI, United States 10-14-07 Member Since 2014

    Likes a variety of genres including but not limited to: non-fiction suspense

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    "Loved it!"

    Ittmade me laugh, it made me cry. It was a great read.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Teri West Bloomfield, MI, USA 07-04-07
    Teri West Bloomfield, MI, USA 07-04-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Broken For You"

    Surprised more people haven't been talking about this book. Great Book Club selection. Waiting for her next book.

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    Robin Lakeland, FL, USA 03-04-07
    Robin Lakeland, FL, USA 03-04-07
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    "enjoyable"

    fun and off beat cast of characters. I loved the pursuit of love...

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    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 10-04-06
    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 10-04-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Download NOW"

    I really really liked this book, if you liked the time travellers wife, the history of love, and fried green tomatoes then download this without delay

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