Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Daughter by Jane Shemilt, read by Sophie Aldred.
I still don't know why we had to check. Did we really think you would be there, curled up and sleeping on the stage? That we would put our arms round you, and take you home?
Naomi has vanished, leaving her family broken and her mother Jenny desperately searching for answers. But the traces fifteen-year-old Naomi left behind reveal a very different girl to the one Jenny thought she'd raised. And the more she looks the more she learns that everyone she trusted has been keeping secrets. But will discovering the real Naomi help to find her?
©2014 Jane Shemilt (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
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Yes - so much detail, I want to listen again knowing the ending to re-hear the story
Theo - the. Glue
No, too tense. Needed to put it down for a break
Really enjoyable book - thought provoking & loved all the characters
"Kept reading to the end hoping it would improve"
Someone who enjoys lack of plot, depth of character, blaming working mothers for family troubles, rather than holding individuals accountable for their own actions.
Probably not. Sorry
She made the main character sound weak and simpering which added to the "it's all her fault" genre.
"Kept me hooked...after a while"
Was recommended this book by a friend and I have to say it was a good listen, the narrator is very quirky with a the little accents and I'm not sure if I'd have preferred it all in one voice as it sounded slightly like she was reading a children's book in parts.
The book itself was definitely worth the listen, I found myself listening more and more each night.
What I'd change; I wished the ending hadn't been so rushed and I'm still left with questions. Some of the interesting areas such as Jenny's relationship with Michael, and her children's bad attitudes were skimmed.
But overall I would recommend this book
"Good story but didn't like the audio version"
Loved the story but found the voice of the narrator really spoiled it for me. She failed to give the story any depth of emotion & sounded far too young for the character of a mid 40's professional mother of 3.....& her South African accent was rubbish! Shame as it made it too annoying to finish listening. Got part way through & returned it - bought the book to read it myself instead!
"Insightful and gripping"
Near the top, not the first but well up there.
Jenny the mother....especially in her calm and wiser moments.
Too long for that.....and also I prefer to "string" my books out as then I can look forward to the next time I can listen.
I have read that some listeners found the narrator annoying. Although I did too in the very beginning I completely changed my opinion quite quickly. She has to get across hysteria in Jenny's character and once I got used to this, I was hooked by her storytelling. I think she did a wonderful job with such a variety of chacters and personalities. I found her narration as compelling as the story. What I loved most about this story were the insightful moments of wisdom Jenny has as she explores motherhood in the light of her experience....superbly written. Lots of twists, lots of tension and a whole lot of understanding by the author. Excellent book!
"Very poor narrator"
I have been waiting for this book to appear in audio since it came out in paperbook and was recommended by Richard and Judy.However I was extremely disappointed and found it to be a very frustrating listen. The narrator is appalling and ruined what could have potentially been an engrossing listen. I'm afraid I gave up part way through as I could no longer bear her voice.
"You do not know her, an accusation, a truth ?"
If you like mysteries this is a book just about nothing else, layers upon layers of deceit, revenge and insincerity, mixed with the blindness of love and the natural desire to believe that all is well or as normal as we can make it, while the world falls apart all around us.
The only thing that is not a mystery is the mother's love for her daughter, her point of view is all we have and she is totally myopic about her family's reality. A sad thriller is how I would describe it, that in the end left me with with a bitter sweetness I did not expect.
Well written singular view of a story, that is more about the difficulties of being a family ,than the story of a crime story.
Was gripping from start to finish, even when the story changed in time / place. Would highly recommend. Enjoyed the narration.
I really enjoyed the story however found the narrator to have a very annoying voice. especially at the start of the story where it is all very monotone abd dull. this is a shame as it somewhat ruins the listen.
This book has been raved about on many websites so downloaded this and listened to it over a week. The book was like marmite. Sometimes I enjoyed it and sometimes not. I would have preferred not to have heard the next year and prefer books which tell the story chronologically. Slightly smug family which must have been Catholic for the amount of guilt and blame on the mum. I personally didn't like the ending as too quick and a little far fetched.
However I will listen to the authors next book
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