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Elizabeth Is Missing | [Emma Healey]

Elizabeth Is Missing

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.
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Publisher's Summary

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it.

She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

©2014 Emma Healey (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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    Sysop 07-30-14
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    "Fantastic Book! I loved every minute of it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to several of my friends and family.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Maud of course, but also the granddaughter who was so kind to her when everyone else was treating her like a silly old woman. She didn't assume that Maud had lost her sense of humour just because she was old.


    Which character – as performed by Anna Bentinck – was your favorite?

    All of them! They were all well rounded characters and either lovable or loath-able (is that even a word?) The range of 'Maud voices' was very well done and gave great depth to the story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Elizabeth Is Missing and why?

    Maud, Helen and Peter - was that man annoying or what! Such a pompous windbag - I wanted to give him a good slap!


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that I kept on thinking was, why didn't Maud make a note of Elizabeth's whereabouts once she knew of them? She wrote everything else she wanted to remember down, but not that most important thing ... but then, there wouldn't have been this wonderful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jules
    UK
    6/12/14
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    "Unsettling"
    If you could sum up Elizabeth Is Missing in three words, what would they be?

    Addictive - thought-provoking - mystery


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Elizabeth Is Missing?

    That would give the story away!


    What does Anna Bentinck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I think her voice was just right. She got Maud's vocal age very well.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. Made me think a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to another book!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Denise Slatter
    UK
    7/8/14
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    "Elizabeth is missing"
    Where does Elizabeth Is Missing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top stories I have listened to. two.women missing 50 years apart a whodunit with a difference!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is searching for Elizabeth whilst suffering the beginnings of Dementia
    Her reliance upon slips of paper to work as an aide memoir, dated but what happens when you don't remember the date or if you have already acted upon what's on the paper


    What does Anna Bentinck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Anna brings the characters and story to life with the feeling that you are a character within the story


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

    The main characters narration and her sudden confusion as to who this woman in front of her is.
    The story itself takes the listener into how it must be for somebody suffering from dementia and how sometimes she will recognise her daughter and grand daughter then suddenly wonder who these people are.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the character is suffering from dementia, the actual story is about two missing Somerset gif th years apart. It is a who done it with many red herrings and twists that when the story ends you are left wanting to remain and hear more.
    Wonderful thought provoking enjoyable adventure
    Never judge a book by its cover ....is so true of this book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tracey
    7/2/14
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    "Really engaging story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Elizabeth Is Missing to be better than the print version?

    This book works really well in audio, you get a real sense of the spiral into dementia of the main character, and her desperately trying to hang on to shreds of sense.


    What does Anna Bentinck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A real split between the old and new Elizabeth and a sense of how horrendous it is to start to lose your mind, by the way she jumps between past and present and repetition of the past.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book really made me think about what it is like to get old and start losing your memories.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stine
    7/1/14
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    "Such a beautiful book"
    Where does Elizabeth Is Missing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the absolute top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line is both moving and gripping, the language flows easily and the desperation of the old woman looking for her missing friend is touching.


    Have you listened to any of Anna Bentinck’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    The reading is sublime - both the voices of the young and the old protagonist is perfectly narrated.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The story made me laugh out lough several times...and well up too.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Annette
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    6/12/14
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    "Great audio narrative but book was too long"
    Would you listen to Elizabeth Is Missing again? Why?

    I had high hopes for this book, as the media buzz around it seemed to be very favourable.
    The plot itself is good, (although I had guessed the ending 2/3rd in). Some of the descriptions of the relentless downward spiral a dementia sufferer, (both from the point of view of the protagonist and of her daughter ) were very well observed, and this worked well alongside the counter story of the younger Maud and the mystery of the disappearance of her sister Sukey some sixty years earlier . I do feel however that the book was too long and took too much time to get to each point within the storyline, this sadly was distracting and spoilt my enjoyment of the progression of the story. I don't think that my negative points can be laid at the door of the debut novel of the writer, Emma Healey. The editor however, should have been more ruthless. This is just my opinion and judging by other reviews I have seen, not one shared by most.


    If you’ve listened to books by Emma Healey before, how does this one compare?

    Very good First novel, but needed abridging


    Have you listened to any of Anna Bentinck’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Anna Bentinck has just become my new favourite audio reader...with Elizabeth is Missing, she made subtle changes to each age of Maud, we were listening too. Each of the other characters she portrayed made me forget I was listening to one actress ...The book needed to be edited and if it wasn't for this brill audio performance . I would have stopped before the end


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No not really


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Vivienne
    Esporles, Spain
    7/26/14
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    "A distressingly human story so well told"
    Any additional comments?

    How frail we are! The narration was wonderful, depicting Maud as an increasingly disturbed lady and a young innocent girl. I think I knew the outcome but wondered how it would resolve. I have to say I found the story and the telling deeply depressing but would have felt almost cowardly to "look away" as we so often do in society. Hopefully this will be made into a film to further increase our understanding of dementia in all its forms. Well done to Emma Healey for a brave story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • esther curry
    7/21/14
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    "thought provoking"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Elizabeth Is Missing to be better than the print version?

    Afraid I've not read the book version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Elizabeth Is Missing?

    When the daughter realises her elderly mother was referring to her own sister as missing from the time her mother was a very young girl


    Which character – as performed by Anna Bentinck – was your favourite?

    The main character - the eldery mother


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    We are haunted by our childhood


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the sad tale

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Missybabs
    UK
    7/19/14
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    "Fabulous listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Elizabeth Is Missing to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to this item but may well read it as well at some point.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brilliantly observed, it was a poignant and thought provoking story. Made me think differently about things and how people experience our responses, reactions and assumptions to and about them and their capacity to function or respond in turn.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The whole book is very good and I wanted to keep listening. Quite gripping and I wanted to hear more.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Prompts all sorts of emotional reactions but does make you laugh too. Cleverly done careful observation of behaviours and a really good tool to challenge your thinking in an enjoyable and good story.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly recommend this audio book. Was well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    London, United Kingdom
    7/14/14
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    "A gripping journey through memories"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is a gripping journey trough the memories of a dementia patient. Elisabeth is missing but nobody except Maude seems to bothered about it. If only she could remember... As the search for Elisabeth goes on Maude gets more and more lost in her memories, and in what she doesn't remember.Elizabeth Is Missing is a captivating book, the story is gripping and the narration is brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pat
    Darlington, United Kingdom
    7/13/14
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    "clever mix of murder and memory"
    If you could sum up Elizabeth Is Missing in three words, what would they be?

    memory, missing, murder


    What did you like best about this story?

    The very unreliable narrator. Maud lives in the past, but also absolutely in the present moment as the thoughts of only a few minutes ago are lost to her. She is a very convincing character.


    What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

    I loved the definition between older Maud, and young Maud. I have actually checked to be sure it was really the same narrator. Well done, Anna, you were brilliant, and very convincing in both roles.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    someone's missing - only one person can find her


    Any additional comments?

    I think I read a review that said this book was too long, but I just didn't want it to end ....heart breaking to think that Maud's lovely personality will just fade away. (Yes, I do feel as if she is a real person.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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