From the best-selling author of Thursdays in the Park....
Annie Delancey is happily married with three grown children. But she guards a secret. Aged eighteen she had a baby boy, and gave him up for adoption. Out of the blue, she receives an official-looking letter from Social Services. Herson wants to make contact.
As the son she has never known comes back into her life, his presence begins to expose the cracks in the family that Annie now has to try, desperately, to hold together.
©2012 Hilary Boyd (P)2013 WF Howes Ltd.
"I was ripping through this book...addictive" (Evening Standard)
"Poignant, well observed and wonderfully written, this is a bit of a heart string-puller" (Closer)
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"Let down by poor narration"
The narrator! She voices the character of Annie extremely well but all the other characters voices are spoken very loudly, very slowly or both!
Despite the appalling narrator I kept listening to this book because I was interested in the story and the outcome. It is similar to a Joanna Trollope family saga and I was interested in all the characters and their reactions to the revelation.
The narration was so poor that I almost stopped listening. However I did persevere and could cope with listening in small doses. I have never heard a book narrated by Maggie Mash but will avoid her in the future. There are so many fantastic narrators who would be perfect for this book!
I did like this book and will try not to let the narrator put me off listening to another Hilary Boyd
"I am a DARLEK"
the story itself was quite interesting....BUT the narration was diabolical, i kept expecting her to say i will exterminate you. i am positive this could be a highly rated book if it wasn't for the narration. Her intonations were all wrong and it really got on my nerves.
with a different narrator i probably would
sort of, but i could have 'really' enjoyed it
Although I enjoyed the storyline the narration was awful and totally OTT but I persevered to the end of the book simply because I wanted to know how it ended!
I often listen to audiobooks again a couple of years later, but not this one I'm afraid!
"Great easy read..."
Just a really nice story that helped me on the treadmill! Actually looked forward to my workout thanks to Tangled lives!
If it had first-rate reviews that promised a much meatier plot.
Some titles have been so bad I give up altogether so I must have liked this enough to stick with it. The characters are drawn well enough and are likeable enough and there seems to be the promise of a storyline that could take off, the problem is it never does. The little dramas that do occur never really grab and the entire book is just rather dreary and flaccid.
There's gentle and heart-warming and then there's this - gentle and blandly insipid. The spice one thinks could be just around the next corner never happens and I was surprised when I heard the narrator say 'Epilogue' because, despite things seeming to wrap up towards the end of the preceding chapter, I still seemed to be harbouring hopes that the story would really take off.
There are so many audios from writers who manage to do satisfying and lovely whilst engaging us with a human drama that has a bit more bite and heft - seek them out first.
"2 for 1 Disaster"
The story was full of references to upmarket restaurants, wines and clothes, with strangled delivery of names.
Weak dreadful characters, I really didn't care what these Hooray Henrys got up to, would hate to spend any time with anyone of them.
I agree with the other reviewers about the narration which made the shallow characters more ridiculous, I even checked the ipod speed setting. Read at an agonising slow speed, each syllable dragged out.
I got the book on a 2 for 1 Credit, a waste of my precious credit.
Having heard Maggie Mash before reading a Sarah Dunant I can only guess she was following instruction. I doubt any style of narration would have made me feel any empathy with the self obsessed characters.
Having just listened to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry read by Jim Broadbent, Tangled Lives was a dreadful bargain basement mistake.
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