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The Donor | [Helen Fitzgerald]

The Donor

Will Marion has two perfect kidneys. His daughters aren't so lucky. Question is: which one should he save? Will's 47. His wife bailed out when the twins were in nappies and hasn't been seen since. He coped OK by himself at first, giving Georgie and Kay all the love he could, working in a boring admin job to support them. Just after the twins turn sixteen, Georgie suffers kidney failure and is placed on dialysis. Her type is rare, and Will immediately offers to donate an organ.
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Will Marion has two perfect kidneys. His daughters aren't so lucky. Question is: Which one should he save?

Will's 47. His wife bailed out when the twins were in nappies and hasn't been seen since. He coped OK by himself at first, giving Georgie and Kay all the love he could, working in a boring admin job to support them. Just after the twins turn sixteen, Georgie suffers kidney failure and is placed on dialysis. Her type is rare, and Will immediately offers to donate an organ. Without a transplant, she would probably never see adulthood. So far so good.

But then Kay gets sick. She's also sixteen. Just as precious. Her kidney type just as rare. Time is critical, and he has to make a decision. Should he buy a kidney - be an organ tourist? Should he save one child? If so, which one? Should he sacrifice himself? Or is there a fourth solution - one so terrible it has never even crossed his mind?

©2011 Helen Fitzgerald (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    M.A. Wilson 11-09-14
    M.A. Wilson 11-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    What would have made The Donor better?

    A set of twins who both need kidneys raised by a single man without a job. No money, no prospects. Their mother is a drug addict and her kidneys aren't an option. Dad can't spare two. He has to decide which kid he wants to donate to. One kid is loveable, affectionate and adores him. The other is disagreeable, hostile and hates his guts. Who will get the kidney? Is there any way he can save them both? He considers suicide so that he can save them. By the end of the never ending story I just didn't care. It was too long and too boring.


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  • antoinette
    Staffs, United Kingdom
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    "Great Ending!!"
    Would you listen to The Donor again? Why?

    I never listen to any books twice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Donor?

    'The shock' I can't say it would spoil it for other listeners


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me cringe at the gaffs the poor Dad kept on making. You couldn't help, but feel for him.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one book I think I would have liked to have tried out the kindle book whispersynch on. It would have worked well.

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  • Frances
    helsinge, Denmark
    1/30/15
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    "rather cleaver"
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    sometimes while listening to this one I wasn't sure if I liked it, certainly several of the carachters where unlikeable , I presume this was the authors intention. I didn't understand why the author chose to start the book with the ending, but it all made sense in the end , and was actually rather cleaverly put toghether

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  • caringjayne
    Brighton
    1/12/15
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    "A different book"

    I really enjoyed this gripping, plausible story, looking at the seedy side of life and real family values. I found the ending somewhat predictable, hence the four stars. Well worth listening to.

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  • Caroline
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    "Too rushed at the start but improved"

    Didn't see the end coming, exciting.
    Some of start way too fast paced, jumped around all over to cover background as quickly as
    possible - would have made a difference to have not rushed quite so much but once the story properly started this wasn't an issue. Sad but nice

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