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The Perfect Son Audiobook

The Perfect Son

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Publisher's Summary

From a distance Felix Fitzwilliam, the son of an old English family, is a good husband and father. But, obsessed with order and routine, he's a prisoner to perfection. Disengaged from the emotional life of his North Carolina family, Felix has let his wife, Ella, deal with their special-needs son by herself.

A talented jewelry designer turned full-time mother, Ella is the family rock...until her heart attack shatters their carefully structured existence. Now Harry, a gifted teen grappling with the chaos of Tourette's syndrome, confronts a world outside his parents' control, one that tests his desire for independence.

As Harry searches for his future and Ella adapts to the limits of her failing health, Felix struggles with his past and present roles. To prevent the family from being ripped apart, they must each bend with the inevitability of change and reinforce the ties that bind.

©2015 Barbara Claypole White (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Jen 10-09-15
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    "Unrealistic Character Development"

    Let me start by saying the narration is fantastic. I forgot I was listening to one person in multiple roles.
    The story idea is a good one, but the jumps in character development were bizarre, particularly the husband. The mother's character fizzled out at the beginning of the story in a disappointing way. When she re-enters the story, she's no longer a major character, and her relationship with her son, rather than being changed, is non-existent.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen L. 08-13-15
    Kathleen L. 08-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Enlightening"

    I love books that teach, as well as entertain. I learned a lot about what it's like to live with an illness. Also, learned a lot about family dynamics, love and acceptance. Thank you!

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-12-16 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself!I am a retired certified dental assistant/tech. I have more time for volunteering and listening to books.

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    "Love builds bridges."

    I really enjoyed this timely and well written book Great characters .The narration only enhanced the story. I highly recommend it.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    K. Westrope Wildomar, CA 03-02-16
    K. Westrope Wildomar, CA 03-02-16

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    "Wonderful family drama"
    If you could sum up The Perfect Son in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, beautiful, enlightening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry...he's so positive and brave. He doesn't let his disability keep him from achieving his goals.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Impossible to pick one.


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

    Oh yes, I laughed and cried. Harry and his friends are delightful, funny, and charming.


    Any additional comments?

    A beautiful story, so well done. An enlightening look at what it's like for a person suffering from Tourette's syndrome and for their family/friends.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    L'Omar's Mom 07-15-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Not Your Usual Fare -trust me!"
    What did you love best about The Perfect Son?

    The workings of the boy's mind vs what his body was doing at any given time opened my mind greatly. Fascinating.


    What other book might you compare The Perfect Son to and why?

    The only reference I truly have into this realm is a long-ago little book called "Angel Unaware" by Dale Evans Rogers. Her little girl, Robin, was born with Down Syndrome at a time when these children were usually institutionalized. It offered much more insight into the mind of the adults working with Robin than into the mind of the child herself, as she was only an infant, but it was beautifully written in the first person by her mother. In that it offered new insights to those of us who do not have to deal with these things, the books are similar, but other than that, although sweetly written, Dale Evans Rogers' book has little in common with this much grittier story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did not have a favorite - they each contributed to the next and flowed into one compelling story.


    Any additional comments?

    All human beings should read this book to learn compassion on the one hand and to understand that even though an individual may have challenges most of us do not face, he or she is fully a person with thoughts, feelings, likes, and dislikes, and capable of making a very important contribution to our world and to those of us lucky enough to be touched by them.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amy A Turner Englewood, CO United States 07-07-15
    Amy A Turner Englewood, CO United States 07-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "For any parent of a child with a disorder."

    Reading this book brought to light all the hidden emotions from years of doing one's best. We are all broken, but in that brokenness we must believe in a bigger plan.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 08-16-15
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 08-16-15 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Thoroughly Excellent!"

    This one is so much more (and better) than I had expected! I know young boys with "tics" and neuro disorders and this family story is not to be missed by anyone who wants a deeper understanding of how these circumstances affect children and parents.

    Loved the way the characters grow in their relationships to each other, finding new talents, abilities and roles in the family.

    The narration is spot on and listeners can't help but feel connected to the central story and characters of this novel.

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    "great book"

    loved this book and the narration. laughes out loud and cried. will definitely look for mores by this author,

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    Maria 08-12-16
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    "The narrator made this even better."

    The story was quite enjoyable (I have a sister with special needs so this tugged at my heart), but the narrator made a great story even greater. I forgot I was listening to one person the whole time. She did a marvelous job at bringing each character to life.

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    Jane/Neal 08-10-16
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    "High predictability, low impact"

    Unrealistic portrayal of a family; characters are black and white. Little plot development and what there was you could see coming from the earliest chapters.

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    4/28/16
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    "great read"

    a wonderful way to understand living with tourettes in the family. well written and narrated. hopefully more books to come from this author.

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