Not long after Hannah, a college student, experiences increasing anxiety and a sudden collapse, all signs point to the surprising circumstances of her birth. Hannah soon learns from her parents that she was adopted and is the survivor of a failed abortion attempt.
Bewildered, angry, and confused, she turns to her oldest friend, Jason, for support. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his friends on a road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past and find hope for the unknown future.
Along the way, Hannah finds that every life is beautiful, and that life itself can be so much more than what we might have planned.
Based on the popular movie of the same name, October Baby brings to life powerful themes of hope, love, forgiveness, and redemption.
©2012 Eric Wilson and Theresa Preston (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Avid reader and audiobook listener; I love mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, and Brit-crime novels.
I'll be honest, I bought this book because it was inexpensive. I didn't really have any expectations for it because there are so many dismal Christian fiction books out there that I didn't want to be disappointed yet again. While the story was decent and relatively well-written, it isn't going to set the world on fire. This book is (surprise!) a book written by Christians, for Christians. If you are a Christian and are looking for a book that won't question your beliefs, by all means get this book; however, that said, I'm really getting tired of books with Christian characters who are so goody-goody as to be laughable. I understand that Christian authors don't want to write characters who might offend other Christians, but come on! There aren't any characters in this book that aren't Christian, or at least on their way. It's just not realistic in this world today. I rarely purchase Christian fiction anymore because Christian authors just can't keep up. And until they can, no one is going to sit up and take notice. Where is an author who can connect with the millions who have become disaffected by the church; people who are holding on to their faith (sometimes barely), but who have to live in this secular world? THAT person will make millions! Guaranteed!
The story, while touching in parts, is kind of unbelievable. I know that there are babies born alive from botched abortion attempts, but I have a difficult time believing that they have memories of the trauma that surface in later years. But I'm not a doctor or therapist so what do I know? I also found it a bit strange that her birth mother has often heard a little girl's voice calling to her over the years since the procedure and when she meets Hanna she realizes that it was Hanna's voice she'd been hearing. Um...really??? I have three kids and I hear them calling to me all the time, but that's another story....
A word about the narrator (huge sigh).....Someone must have owed her parents a favor. Rachel Hendrix sounds very young, which is appropriate for this YA book. She also sounds very inexperienced. I would be surprised to find that she had actually read the book first before she recorded this. In many places her reading sounds stilted or just plain odd. My biggest complaint though is that she made absolutely no differentiation between characters; male or female, young or old. All of them were read in her voice, with no change in inflection or tone. Hannah's middle-aged father sounded just like Hanna. Her male friends all sounded like her female friends, often making it extremely difficult to tell which character was speaking. Then there is this. At times I could tell by the sound of her voice that she was smiling very broadly, often inappropriately. This made the prose and/or character sound unintelligent. It's hard to speak normally with your mouth in the wide-open smile position and the producer should have picked up on this and limited it because it was very distracting. And when it was written that a character laughed, the reader would laugh, too. This drove me crazy because it's hard to visualize a male character laughing when it comes out like a teen girl's giggle. I was under the impression that this was a narration no-no. At best it is redundant. If it's written in the text that a character laughs, it isn't necessary for the reader to do so. But, Ms. Hendrix sounds like a very happy person and I'm happy for her. I would have preferred, though, that she put much less of herself and much more of the characters as they are written into her reading. She could have done with a read-through of the book with lots of character development before she recorded it.
But I said at the begining that I didn't pay a lot for this book. I'm glad. If I had I'd likely be returning it.
My kingdom for some really great, _relatable_, Christian fiction!
Maybe I was expecting too much, but this book just didn't grab my attention the way I thought it would, There was no in depth explanation of the why and what for. Everything was very superficial and "they all lived happily ever after."
Listening and reading a book is the best way to read a book!!!
Yes, this story was so inspirational, and read by the actress!
Filling the gaps that the movie had by getting to know Hannah better.
When Hannah and Jason were in the hotel room, and she freaked out.
This was an great movie, and if anyone has seen the movie they should read this book!
I didn't read the printed version, so I can''t honestly answer that. However, the reading was soothing, but not to theatrical. The narration and music was very fitting.
Loved the relationships (parents/daughter, daughter/boyfriend). Also, it was CLEAN. No fornication and the boyfriend was a true friend who not only respected her, but respected her parents.
She has an excellent voice. She was able to variate it and was on point with each character. Flawless.
It made me emotional, but not cry. However, I don't cry about a lot of stuff. My heart went out for the young lady, but she had a great support system around her.
This was not a "perfect" family/love story. It did show how you can live in the midst of your imperfect world. It showedd how the word of God can sustain you no matter what you have to go through. I would easily recommend this as a middle/high school literature read. Easily
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