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The Making of Us | [Lisa Jewell]

The Making of Us

In a hospice in Bury St Edmunds, Daniel is slowly fading away. His friend Maggie sits with him every day and listens to the story of his life, to his regrets and secrets. He tells her about the children he has never met and never will. Lydia, Dean, and Robyn don't know each other yet, but when they slowly find their way into each other’s lives, everything starts to change....
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In a hospice in Bury St Edmunds, Daniel is slowly fading away. His friend Maggie sits with him every day and listens to the story of his life, to his regrets and secrets. He tells her about the children he has never met and never will. Lydia, Dean, and Robyn don't know each other yet, but when they slowly find their way into each other’s lives, everything starts to change....

©2011 Lisa Jewell (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd

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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 01-20-14
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 01-20-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow

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    "Nice story"
    If you could sum up The Making of Us in three words, what would they be?

    Really easy listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Robyn


    What about Gabrielle Glaister’s performance did you like?

    She was easy to listen to


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

    It makes you feel a little sad in parts but not cry


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Faifield, Australia 06-12-13
    Lisa Faifield, Australia 06-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Addicted to Audible.

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    "LOVE LISA"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite scene/s were when the mystery of the other potential siblings were being discovered.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Making of Us and why?

    Daniel was my favourite character. Without him, non of the others would be there!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Lie Back & Listen
    Harrow, United Kingdom
    8/6/12
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    "The Making Of Us"

    As usual Lisa Jewell never fails to engage & impress me with her quirky yet meaningful writing.

    I loved this title & have listened to it several times.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • stella
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    10/20/13
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    "Loved it, and love Lisa Jewell"
    Where does The Making of Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, definitely top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very easy listen, great story


    Any additional comments?

    Narration ok, but slightly odd accents in places

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • ms
    hayes, United Kingdom
    4/23/12
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    "best ever jewell"

    I have read all of lisa's books, and would like to put this one top on my list! The story is both happy and sad and the characters are adorable. Enjoy! I certaintly did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A. Elliott
    Manchester, UK
    5/14/14
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    "Would this really ever happen?"
    If you could sum up The Making of Us in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, unrealistic, fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Making of Us?

    I really enjoyed the meeting of Lydia and Dean for the first time. I thought it was an interesting idea that two such lost souls could feel found by meeting their genetic sibling.


    What about Gabrielle Glaister’s performance did you like?

    I thought her voicing of the characters was excellent and gave them great depth.


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

    Lydia's discovery of the truth of her past. Tragedy after tragedy affected her life and shaped the woman she became and the unravelling of the sad truth was hard to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the book and it was a great listen, but I found it somehow unbelievable. It seemed that none of the characters experienced any negative consequences from opening the Pandora's Box of their conception which I found quite difficult to believe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Glos, United Kingdom
    1/16/14
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    "Very thought provoking concept"

    I listened to this book in 3 days, it was a real 'page turner'. I love how we are introduced to each character and they are instantly likeable. Lydia, Robyn and Dean have something in common from the start. Their journey is gripping. Recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    England
    12/9/14
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    "Such a different storyline!"

    Review: I just love Lisa Jewell's writing. The way she phrases things, the comparisons she draws and the sentiments that she expresses through her writing are all just wonderful. I could list sentences I have enjoyed, phrases that have made me smile but that would be boring so I'll move on. I listened to this book on audiobook. I do have the lovely paperback with this very cover, not the other cover but i decided to go for the audiobook version as my eyes are very tired at the moment and I enjoy being read to! The audiobook was an excellent performance and so that really made this lovely writer's words come alive for me!

    The premise behind this book is just wonderful and such a brave topic to cover,. This is another thing that this lovely author does so well, finds the topics that need exploring and explores them through her novels. I had never imagined children of donor parents actually finding each other and meeting up, discovering new brothers and sisters, such an original idea for a book and told in such a powerful way. Jewell is sensitive to what these children might be going through and really thinks about the ins and outs of the emotional roller coaster that they will all be riding throughout the novel. The ending is also well-written, not everything is wrapped up neatly and not everyone is happy but everyone feels they have moved forwards in some way and achieved something so the ending felt ultimately satisfying!

    The Characters in this novel are real people and are a really nice mix. They could all be people you've met in your life, although I don't think I've ever come across someone who has become a millionaire through inventing odourless paint, but who knows-maybe someday! I think the character I liked most was Dean because he had the furthest journey to come through. He is real and he is measured but he was incredibly endearing and i found myself wanting to sit him down and tell him it was going to be OK. I liked the relationships between the main charaxcetrs and the minor characters and I really liked how Maggie brought everyone together. She was an understanding woman and someone i would love to meet in real life!

    There are some sad moments in this book it is definitely an emotional read, although i didn't cry, but even if this is the first novel you've considered by this author, you should definitely give it a go. It is a book that makes you think, a book that teaches you something and a book that will leave you feeling satisfied and fulfilled. There are a few comedy moments but on the whole it is a thought-provoking serious read but one which is put across in a non-threatening way to make for a very enjoyable read. This writer's way with words is just a gift and so i would definitely recommend picking up this novel and giving it a go!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susn
    FAVERSHAM, United Kingdom
    1/3/14
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    "disappointing"
    Would you try another book written by Lisa Jewell or narrated by Gabrielle Glaister?

    i have read lisa jewell before and enjoyed her but this book is to bitty. you switch from person to person and I got confused and bored before I found the connection (if there is one). Not finishing this book. The narration was ok.


    What will your next listen be?

    the foundling by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. I have read most of this series before and have decied to revisit with audible.


    Did Gabrielle Glaister do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    yes


    Could you see The Making of Us being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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