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Family Ties: A Novel | [Danielle Steel]

Family Ties: A Novel

Danielle Steel delves deep under the surface of contemporary American life in this compelling ensemble novel in the vein of her number-one New York Times best seller Sisters. As a young woman, Annie Ferguson overnight became mother to her sister's three small children. They're grown now, each of them will choosing a different path. Through it all, one thing remains: Family Ties.
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Publisher's Summary

Danielle Steel delves deep under the surface of contemporary American life in this compelling ensemble novel in the vein of her number-one New York Times best seller Sisters. As a young woman, Annie Ferguson overnight became mother to her sister's three small children. They're grown now, each of them will choosing a different path. Through it all, one thing remains: Family Ties.

From Manhattan to Paris and all the way to Tehran, Family Ties is a novel that reminds us of how challenging and unpredictable life can be, and that the powerful bonds of family are the strongest of all.

©2010 Danielle Steel (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Darlene SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States 03-20-11
    Darlene SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States 03-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Decent listen"

    This was a decent listen but I agree with other reviewers, the author repeated the same things over and over. I listen in my car only and sometimes when I would start my car up and start listening I would question if I accidently rewound the book but I didn't, she just repeats alot. All and all I enjoyed the book pretty much but it did get a little tedious with the repeating!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Chinander Southern Oregon USA 08-29-10
    M. Chinander Southern Oregon USA 08-29-10 Member Since 2002

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    "A Writing Technique: Copy and paste. Over and Over"

    Every time I buy a Danielle Steele book I wonder as I'm listening to it why I bother. They're so irritating. The prose is all passive. One segment I was counting the was/were sentences compared to active, action sentences. Overwhelmingly the passive won. When I heard an action verb, I gave a woot of joy. That being said at how boring the prose is, is the problem identified by most of the other reviews. If you miss something, say a phone call, you don't need to pause the audio, it will be repeated over and over again. I figure it was a lovely writing technique. Write a paragraph and then copy and paste it throughout the next ten minutes.

    So you ask, if I dislike her writing so much, why do I continue to buy her books. Because sometimes the story is worth the writing. A Good Woman is an example. This one, however, isn't. I wanted all the characters to go off to the hereafter in a blaze of glory. Of course, that's not happily ever after. Even thought it would have made me happy. So buyer beware, the book is repetitive, boring and ridiculous characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Lexington, IL, United States 08-10-10
    Jennifer Lexington, IL, United States 08-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring and full of cliches"

    This is the first Danielle Steel book I have ever read or listened to and I couldn't be more disappointed. The writing is repetitive, dull and full of cliches. The reader has a flat, monotonous tone that squeezed any hope of suspense or action out of the story. I kept listening thinking that surely such a successful writer would turn the plot around, but it just never happened. The characters were stereotypical and simplistic. I found the tone of the book to be quite conservative and old fashioned.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara DrumsVirgin Islands, U.S. 07-26-10
    Tamara DrumsVirgin Islands, U.S. 07-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "So-so"

    I used to love Danielle Steel. However this book was not great. Much of what the author said was repetitive. It was an interesting story but just wasn't well written.

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    Ann Munhall, PA, United States 11-28-11
    Ann Munhall, PA, United States 11-28-11
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    I love Danielle Steel but she needs to change her story a bit. Good story overall but nothing unexpected. She continues with the same basic idea of one family 4-5 members and different lives. Someone ends up broken hearted, someone dies and in the end they all live happily ever after.

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    Janice Louisville, KY, United States 01-19-12
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    the naration was good however I wasn't crazy about the story line. Not sure if I will try another one of these.

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    Amazon Customer Neuilly Sur Seine, France 11-05-11
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    I was very disappointed with this book. The story could have been great but it wasn't! It was repetitive and boring. I am sorry Danielle Steel is no longer interested in entertaining her readers.

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    Carolyn Danbury, CT, United States 12-16-10
    Carolyn Danbury, CT, United States 12-16-10
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    "Family Ties"

    An interesting story with a predictable family twist. Easy reading. Not too much thrill

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    "Family Ties"

    Very good reading and easy to listen. I highly recommend this book! Once you start it you will not put it down.

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    Tinga Marcello Arlington, TX, US 07-08-10
    Tinga Marcello Arlington, TX, US 07-08-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome!!!!!!"

    Awesome!!!!Enjoyed every minute of it. Danielle has outdone it again.....FAMILY TIES,is yet another brilliant book by Danielle!!!!!!!

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