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Friends Forever Audiobook
Friends Forever
Written by: 
Danielle Steel
Narrated by: 
Nick Podehl
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Friends Forever Audiobook

Friends Forever: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, number one New York Times best-selling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey - full of tests and trials - as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.

Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean - each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten, they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them.

As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love.

In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life - sometimes, if we’re lucky, with a friend forever by our side.

©2012 Danielle Steel (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Mia 12-26-12
    Mia 12-26-12 Member Since 2016

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "Perfect naration - great daydream"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would. This book is perfect as an introduction to this author. I have seen plenty of her books on my mother's shelves over the years. According to her whose taste is wider than most, these books are: "Typical housewive's reads, not award material." Over the last weeks I have used an insane amount on audiobooks. A lot of themmemoirs. I craved this narrator's voice. Sadly he seems to have dobe mostly sci-fi and fàntasy. Generøs I am very picky about no matter who the narrator is. Hence I landed on this. It is not life-changing, but it did take my hand and Lead me safeely into the land of dreams. The first chapters introduce you to each character. Sadly as the story moves on the author pushes the spead-button.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    "Oh, come on, too easy way out,"


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

    Yes, I love his voice. In fact so much I would listen to other books by this. author as long as he reads them.


    Do you think Friends Forever needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The end does not leave room for it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pasingh Newark, NJ, United States 11-28-12
    Pasingh Newark, NJ, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a great book"

    I would have expected a better quality audio and a better narration. I am disappointed. Anyways, all the books cannot be great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Arena USA 10-11-12
    D. Arena USA 10-11-12 Member Since 2009

    DLA

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    "Following the Lives of Friends..."
    Any additional comments?

    This was an excellent book. It follows friends from their school careers. I loved how we get to know each Character and how they turned out as young adults. It featured everyday lives and makes you think of your own life. Overall, an excellent story. The story kept me interested in the Characters lives and their families.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jody Schlapper Wisconsin 09-21-12
    Jody Schlapper Wisconsin 09-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Traveling Cousins

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    "What a disapointment!"
    Would you try another book from Danielle Steel and/or Nick Podehl?

    NEVER! I read and owned all of Danielle Steel's earlier books. This was a terrible disapointment and the narration was AWFUL! I don't know why a man was chosen to read this. His prerformance was way over the top, too emotional, and just plain creepy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Danielle Steel again?

    I may try Danielle Steel again, from the library. I don't think I'll be wasting anymore money on her though.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As stated, his preformance was way over the top. It truly detracted from the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All of that and more. I understand that life is life and death is part of it. But really?? The first was touching. The second shocking. The third? By that point I was beyond disappointed and knew I'd be writing a review.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money. This is NOT the Danielle Steel I loved so much twenty years ago. Three words to describe this book...TRASH. DISAPPOINTMENT. REGRET.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jazzy Maryland, USA 07-05-16
    Jazzy Maryland, USA 07-05-16 Member Since 2010

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    "really enjoyed this book, easy read."

    narrator was very good and nice storyline. Will definitely purchase other of her books in the future.

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    Dorothy 06-07-16
    Dorothy 06-07-16
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    "Boring"

    I can't believe Steele wrote such a depressing and boring novel. I only listened to it all the way because I was on a long drive and didn't have wifi to download something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dema 11-30-15
    Dema 11-30-15
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    "Too slow"

    This is a good story but drawn out way too much and I didn't enjoy the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa M. Collins 08-18-15 Member Since 2015

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    "great book cryed alot"

    great story sad at time but I listen to it 3 times and passed it alone to other who love it 2

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    Paqui 07-27-15
    Paqui 07-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really awful"

    Bad story, awful plot, bad narrator. Even on sale it was a waste of money.

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    Kayla 07-23-15
    Kayla 07-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Cute to Tragic to Love.. All in one!"
    What made the experience of listening to Friends Forever the most enjoyable?

    I had a constant want to listen to this book. It was a great story, and although there were moments where I was a little annoyed with what was happening, in the end it made it all worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone! It starts out a little slow, making you wonder if it's something worth listening to but it definitely is so don't give up on it!! It gets a quite tragic throughout it, but the end is the best it could be. It made me really sad that it was over!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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