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Magic Hour | [Kristin Hannah]

Magic Hour

Until recently, Dr. Julia Cates was one of the preeminent child psychiatrists in the country, but a scandal shattered her confidence, ruined her career, and made her a media target. When she gets a desperate call from her estranged sister, Ellie, a police chief in their small western Washington hometown, she jumps at the chance to escape.
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Until recently, Dr. Julia Cates was one of the preeminent child psychiatrists in the country, but a scandal shattered her confidence, ruined her career, and made her a media target. When she gets a desperate call from her estranged sister, Ellie, a police chief in their small western Washington hometown, she jumps at the chance to escape.

In Rain Valley, nothing much ever happens - until a girl emerges from the deep woods and walks into town. She is a victim unlike any Julia has ever seen: a child locked in a world of unimaginable fear and isolation.

When word spreads of the "wild child" and the infamous doctor who is treating her, the media descend on Julia and once again her competence is challenged. State and federal authorities want to lock the girl away in an institution until an identification can be made.

But to Julia, who has come to doubt her own ability, nothing is more important than saving the girl she now calls Alice. To heal this child, Julia will have to understand that she cannot work alone and must look to others - the people in the town she left long ago, the sister she barely knows, and Dr. Max Cerrasin, a handsome, private man with secrets of his own.

Then a shocking revelation forces Julia to risk everything to discover the truth about Alice. The ordeal that follows will test the limits of Julia's faith, forgiveness, and love, as she struggles to ascertain where Alice ultimately belongs.

©2007 Kristin Hannah; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Bunny Fort McMurray, AB, Canada 08-03-12
    Bunny Fort McMurray, AB, Canada 08-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Kleenex required"
    Where does Magic Hour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very good


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

    I listened to firefly lane which was a good book as well. But Magic hour is at the top of my list of awesome books.


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

    No , I have a 5 hour drive to listen to books and then at home when walking or doing housework. I stayed up late last two night to finish the book .


    Any additional comments?

    I work with special needs children this was such a touching story. Had me crying a few times.
    When the girl started to show emotion and how it made Julia feel and how it brought the people of a close knit town even closer . How Alice changed so many lives and how something so horrible could happen to a child and survive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Canada 04-14-12
    Sheri Canada 04-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A relaxing yet intriguing listen."
    Where does Magic Hour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 50%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Hour?

    I enjoyed the overall storyline. It was just a good Kristen Hannah escape novel. I enjoyed the feral child (wolf child) plot line and the child's character development through the story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Magic Hour and why?

    Julia is a prominent psychiatrist who has botched a recent case and is now faced with the challenge of working with a deeply emotionally scared child who has been abandoned. Her deepening love for this child as the plot progresses is very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    A great "escape" listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 03-15-09
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 03-15-09
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    "A Lifetime movie in the future"

    Every time I listen to this book all I can picture is who is going to star in the Lifetime movie version. It is a very light and easy listen. If I drift off, there's no problem catching up.

    The narrator is annoying to me. I don't like the voices she uses, especially the chief of police who sounds like she's 12. The setting (town and it's people) is extremely cliche. The thing that keeps me coming back is I want to know what happened to the little girl.

    If you can, I'd wait for the movie.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 09-06-13
    Dawn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, not a great narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I would recommend the book but the narrator's voice is irritating especially when she tries to do accents or men's voices. It was so bad it was laughable at times. Her voice really diminished the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alice, I loved the way her character's thoughts were written when she couldn't communicate


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Horrible at men's voices and accents.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Stephens City, VA, United States 05-30-13
    Amazon Customer Stephens City, VA, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Very good"
    What did you love best about Magic Hour?

    It was believable. Well written. Well performed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the woods where the little girl had lived.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marilee Fosbre Anacortes, WA USA 03-18-14
    Marilee Fosbre Anacortes, WA USA 03-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst performance ever"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The story i interesting but the narrator. Is enough to make me run screaming from the room.


    Has Magic Hour turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Was Magic Hour worth the listening time?

    Very hard to get past the narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tm poughkeepsie, NY, United States 06-18-13
    tm poughkeepsie, NY, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The Worst!"
    Would you try another book from Kristin Hannah and/or Suzanne Toren?

    The story in this book is soo implausible that it's ridiculous. Farfetched and sappy. The techniques used for radio and/or telephone communication were unnecessary and distracting. The voices used to mimic children all seemed to have a lisp. The accent for the father was unexplained. This was a complete waste of time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kristin Hannah again?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

    See #1.


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

    This book was mischaracterized ad Comtemporary Literature. Wrong. This is chick lit. Get it right so I do not have to suffer any further. Ms. Hannah is hardly in the same class as John Irving.
    When both the leading female characters end up n love with their respective Prince Charming's = Chick Lit.!!!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DeAnna The Colony, TX, United States 05-20-13
    DeAnna The Colony, TX, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrific Narrator ruins good story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic Hour to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely not. I would have purchased the print version over the audio.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    For one, she is too old to be narrating this book. Most of the characters are in their 30s and 40s, and her voice sounds like a 70 year old woman. Also, a lot of her characters sound like the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz. It was grating and annoying. I almost just ditched the audio book in favor of the written, but as I had already paid for it I pushed through.


    Any additional comments?

    I will never understand why the producers of some audio books think it's a good idea and choose to use actors and actresses who are WAY beyond the characters ages (especially when you can tell they are too old to portray the characters). There is nothing like listening to a scene between two 30 somethings and hearing a 60 - 70 year old woman's voice trying to do the scenes. It makes it virtually impossible to get into the books. Audio books aren't cheap, and it is frustrating to have to grit through a book being tortured by a bad narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Staci MI, United States 03-15-13
    Staci MI, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Riveting Story"

    I've really embraced audio books and 2013 looks like it will be a fantastic year of listening to books. I'm so glad that I started with Magic Hour. I found it hard to tear myself away from the car when I would get to my destination because I was so engrossed in the story. I needed to know who "Girl" was and how she came to be living out in the forest. For the most part I enjoyed the narrator, but I did find myself annoyed every once in a while when I thought she could have put more feeling behind some of her words.

    Recommend? Yes, but just know that at times I felt that Suzanne's narration was lacking in energy.

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    Pam Sachse, TX, United States 02-20-13
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    "Couldn't wait to listen again"
    If you could sum up Magic Hour in three words, what would they be?

    Good read


    What did you like best about this story?

    I haven't read three of these stories before. Refreshing topic.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Julia


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

    This enlightened me as a mom!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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