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Winners Audiobook

Winners: A Novel

Even the most perfect lives can be shattered in an instant. In this moving, emotionally charged novel, Danielle Steel introduces listeners to an unforgettable cast of characters striving to overcome tragedy and discover the inner resources and resilience to win at life - once again.
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Publisher's Summary

Even the most perfect lives can be shattered in an instant. In this moving, emotionally charged novel, Danielle Steel introduces listeners to an unforgettable cast of characters striving to overcome tragedy and discover the inner resources and resilience to win at life - once again.

Lily Thomas is an aspiring ski champion training for the Olympics, a young woman with her heart set on winning the gold. But in one moment, Lily's future is changed forever, her hopes for the Olympics swept away in a tragic accident.

Dr. Jessie Matthews, the neurosurgeon who operates on her that night, endures a tragedy of her own, and instantly becomes the sole support of her four young children, while her own future hangs in the balance.

Bill, Lily's father, has pinned all his hopes on his only daughter, his dreams now shattered.

Other lives will entwine themselves with theirs: Joe, a financial manager, faces a ruined career at the hand of a dishonest partner. Carole, a psychologist at Mass General, is a breast cancer survivor, her body and heart scarred by what she's been through. Teddy, with a spinal cord injury worse than Lily's, dreams of college and becoming an artist.

From the ashes of their lives, six people fight to alter the course of destiny and refuse to be defeated. When Bill builds a remarkable rehab facility for his daughter, countless lives are forever altered, and each becomes a winner.

Winners is about refusing to be beaten, no matter how insurmountable the challenge. And when Lily gets on skis again and enters the Paralympics, the battle to brave life again is won. Winners is about more than surviving; it is about courage, victory, and triumph. When all appears to be lost, the battle has just begun.

©2013 Danielle Steel (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Katie D. 07-16-15
    Katie D. 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Would only ever buy this on sale"

    This narrator was terrible! His attempt at a female voice was a joke. Entertaining story, but terrible writing. Story wasn't very realistic. A tragedy happens in the beginning but then afterwards literally everything is perfect? Also I think this authors favorite word is "pleased" said it at least 5 times a chapter. It was worth the cheap price I paid for since it was on sale, but I would never buy this full price.

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    Penelope Ellenton, FL, United States 04-13-14
    Penelope Ellenton, FL, United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my favorites from Danielle Steele"
    If you could sum up Winners in three words, what would they be?

    Heartwarming, inspiring


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liked them all and how they each needed each other at the moment they came together.


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

    Has to be Terry. I felt so sorry for him. Wouldn't it be great if parents like his were fiction? We all know better though.


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    petefarm 02-03-16
    petefarm 02-03-16
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    "winners"

    Very good, worth reading. Really enjoyed listening to it and could get into it quickly.

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    Donna 12-21-15
    Donna 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story"

    Great book. Really enjoyed storyline. Loved the characters. Audio was awesome. One of her best.

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 09-11-15
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 09-11-15 Member Since 2001
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    Just over nine hours of listening, read by Dan John Miller. Winners is typical Danielle Steel, sappy-sweet. Let a young adult or teen enjoy. You’ll be confronted with the completely unbelievable Pollyannaism premise of this story. Bad things happen early on: an Olympic skier is paralyzed for life; a young doctor is widowed, a man’s suicide is interrupted with a phone call. No spoilers there, this all happens right out of the chute. Beyond these tragedies the story is one heart warming wonderful event following another … over, and over, and over again, ad nauseum. The expected five stages of grief, denial-anger-bargaining-depression-acceptance, are all pretty much ignored in Winners. There is a bit of denial-anger on the part of the skier’s father, but that’s about it. You’ll jump directly to happy acceptance and skip along through bizarrely far-fetched fairy-tale circumstances. No doubt you’ll run across very ‘happy’ adjective imaginable. Who’s the absurdly rich character? The skier’s father. Who’s the strong, independent woman? The widow. There ya go, the Steel formula! Everybody’s eyes "fill with tears", too!

    My opinion about male readers of romance novels hasn’t changed. Just no. Steel’s books are chic-lit-beach-reads and the audiobook formats are almost always read by men, sadly. Miller is okay, but the female voices are just …. *sigh*. Romance written by a woman, from the point of view of a woman, read by a man, is just silly.

    If you are a fan of Steel’s incurably-romantic-pipe-dream bent on reality, you'll love the book. Otherwise, you’ll roll your eyes and likely not finish.

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    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 09-08-15
    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 09-08-15 Member Since 2012

    Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!

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    "I am not a Danielle Steel fan.. But..."

    I haven't considered buying and reading a Danielle Steel book since I was in the seventh grade. All avid readers know that Steel uses the same formula, the same story- just different names and locations. I must have bought 'Winners' on some kind of Audible sale. I downloaded it to my iphone on a business trip and I found, surprisingly, that I really got into the story!

    I was surprised that the story not only held my attention, but I really wanted to continue listening to it. The narration is told by different characters, and although it's non plausible and 'too good to be true,' I still essentially enjoyed the story.

    We have a young promising Olympic skier who is injured and is told she would never walk again. Then we have her hard nosed father who refuses to accept his daughter's injury. The night the teen skier is brought to the hospital, there is a terrible storm and the doctor on call's husband dies in a horrific car accident. The lives of the skier, the father, and the doctor continue to collide, and they develop a heart warming relationship between the three of them.

    Yes, this is typical Danielle Steel, however I do think that her writing has improved. The characters in 'Winners' were thought provoking and gritty, and I enjoyed this book so much I am considering looking for another Steel book to listen to. Any suggestions?

    4 stars

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    Diane Richardson 08-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "One of DS best!"

    Wow, finally a DS book with some substance! So many of her books you can be half way thru and nothing has happened. Not this one....a story of fatherly love, inspiration, tragedy, and survival.

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    Mary B. Johnson New Mexico 08-11-15
    Mary B. Johnson New Mexico 08-11-15
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    "Totally predictable."

    No excitement or plot. Cinderella story. This is the lamest Steel story ever. Can skip chapters and not lose a thing.

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    PAStudent 08-09-15
    PAStudent 08-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice story"
    If you could sum up Winners in three words, what would they be?

    Well balanced, traditional


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this story. It has well developed characters and a nice, upbeat storyline.

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    Rebecca Kingsport, TN 07-27-15
    Rebecca Kingsport, TN 07-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "In the end of all life experiences We are all win."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Winners to be better than the print version?

    Yes, for busy people that don't have the time to sit and focus for long periods of time on one thing, the audio version is the way to go, You don't realize how much you are on the move until you have finished a great book of long hours of entertainment.


    What other book might you compare Winners to and why?

    None, all of her books share a different plot and meaning. They all have held my interest.


    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

    All


    If you could rename Winners, what would you call it?

    We all Are Winners, the Positive outlook on life


    Any additional comments?

    Great attention holder

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    This was my 1st audio book and really enjoyed it. Always been a fan and wasn't disappointed in the story.

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  • Saz
    7/8/14
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    "Really good"
    Where does Winners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this story, although it was fairly predictable, but this made it "easy" listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed discovering the characters and seeing how they developed.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The final one


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

    Both in equal amounts!


    Any additional comments?

    Really good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lorraine
    Costessey, Norwich, United Kingdom
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    "winners by Danielle steel"
    If you could sum up Winners in three words, what would they be?

    Great story and great to be able to listen to it while able to do other things.


    What other book might you compare Winners to, and why?

    Any other story written by Danielle steel, sad in places but always have an amazing ending


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    First book I've listened to so can't really comment


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but never have that sort of time


    Any additional comments?

    Will be listening to more books so thanks

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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