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The Girl You Left Behind Audiobook
The Girl You Left Behind
Written by: 
Jojo Moyes
Narrated by: 
Clare Corbett, Penny Rawlins
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The Girl You Left Behind Audiobook

The Girl You Left Behind

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Me Before You, a spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most

France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War II, Edouard's portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer's dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything - her family, her reputation, and her life - to see her husband again.

Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is - putting Liv's belief in what is right to the ultimate test.

Like Sarah Blake's The Postmistress and Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key, The Girl You Left Behind is a breathtaking story of love, loss, and sacrifice told with Moyes's signature ability to capture our hearts.

©2013 Jojo Moyes (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Deanna 10-04-13
    Deanna 10-04-13 Member Since 2014

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    "She is a Master Storyteller"

    I am in love with this book. The author did an amazing job of character development I felt like I knew them all personally. I was enraptured with the unfolding of the story and the internal turmoil of each character.

    This is not a wasted credit.

    The narrators did a beautiful job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "entertaining from start to finihs"
    What did you love best about The Girl You Left Behind?

    I loved the characters Sophie and Liv and how invested I quickly became in their lives


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl You Left Behind?

    The ending was so dramatic. I was literally holding my breath.


    Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett and Penny Rawlins ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had listened to the first Jo Jo Moyes and loved it-not sure if same performer, but really enjoyed the performances of these readers.


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

    It did have very sad parts but,also, some very witty dialogue. I really felt like I knew the characters and really cared what happened to them.


    Any additional comments?

    I've only read 2 by Jo Jo Moyes, but plan to explore her other books soon

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 04-08-16
    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 04-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Cannot understand French accent"

    Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample before buying. I gave it an hour or so but missed so much of the story that it just wasn't worth the aggravation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Smith 10-24-15
    B. Smith 10-24-15

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    "Original Story"

    I enjoyed this book for its original story. It was enjoyable having the story not give away the history all at once, so you were still curious and captivated at the end. I liked the lesson of faith and belief in oneself, while simultaneously teaching that humans often pick the hard way for spite due to the inability to see beyond oneself. I'd recommend this book to others to enjoy.

    Note: if anyone at Audible ever reads this, please adjust the volume of the first story. The French-accented reader has her various voices *screaming* into the microphone, while the narrative portions were heavily accented and at a soft whisper. I'd turn the volume up to hear the storyline only to have the volume jump to screech out lines in someone else's perspective. It was painful and distracted from the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jancie Celebration, FL, United States 12-08-13
    Jancie Celebration, FL, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Touching and wonderful"
    If you could sum up The Girl You Left Behind in three words, what would they be?

    Poignant, hopeful, and bittersweet.


    What other book might you compare The Girl You Left Behind to and why?

    Sarah's Key in that the book flows between World War I in this case, and the present day. Both involve fascinating stories in both present and past.


    What about Clare Corbett and Penny Rawlins ’s performance did you like?

    I loved both narrator's as well. They really brought the story to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A painting is never just a painting.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite listens of all time, just like Sarah's Key was. Loved it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emma 11-08-13
    Emma 11-08-13
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    "Wonderful, intriguing"

    The performances were exceptional, and the story was lovely. I am looking forward to her next book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan United States 08-30-13
    Meghan United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2015

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    Would you listen to The Girl You Left Behind again? Why?

    Absolutely. There were a lot of characters that came and left throughout the book, as well as fascinating plot twists. To listen again knowing the ending would definitely be worth it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a beautiful love story, just like Me Before You, but couldn't have been more different than Moyes' previous book. I thought she did a great job with historical fiction. The characters faced decisions that were life-changing - nothing black and white - and she worked through them in ways that felt real and believable.


    What does Clare Corbett and Penny Rawlins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents are fantastic and the emotions from their performances were just wonderful.


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

    Yes, absolutely - I would've driven cross-country just to keep listening!


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved Me Before You, definitely try this book. Just know going in that they're completely different. JoJo Moyes is a masterful storyteller and I will definitely be watching for her next masterpiece!

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 12-04-13
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Sophie's choice"

    The book cover fooled me into expecting a more light weight romantic historical fiction. What I found was a heartbreaking portrait of World War 1 occupation, the complex issues of stolen war property, and the solace that a single portrait provided to two women grieving the loss of their husbands 100 years apart. Told in parallel time lines are the stories of Sophie LeFevre, the subject of the painting by her husband, Edouard, now gone to war, and the current story of Liv Halston, the current owner who received the portrait as a wedding present from her husband, now dead. To both women the portrait is far more than an object – it is the only tangible connection to their husbands whose absence breaks their hearts. Both women must make hard decisions about what they value most and why. Repeated more than once is the line “once it is done, it cannot be undone.”

    The characters in both timelines are finely drawn, showing the strength, fear, humor and love all of the characters bring to their relationships. Even the Kommandant is more than just a cardboard villain. The dilemma of ownership of the picture is laid out with balance so that both sides are understandable. The narration was good, although the French reader tended to get overly dramatic with some of her characters. The only weakness was how the ending was written, but I won’t comment further to avoid giving too much away. The story was strong enough to hold my undivided attention over the two days it took to listen, and Sophie in particular has become a literary character I will hold onto for a while.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 05-03-16
    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 05-03-16 Member Since 2016

    Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.

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    Moyes writes subtle and compelling characters. As you'll note from the other reviews, this story takes place in two different time periods — 1917 and 2006. It's fascinating to jump back and forth between the eras and juxtapose the characters and their vastly different lives. The narrators were excellent. I have to take issue with others reviewers who have characterized Moyes work as Chick-Lit. It's just good fiction built around complex and believable characters, and as a 66-year-old male I enjoy literature that isn't stuffed into a predictable genre formula. Give me more.

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    Lisa Rialto, CA, United States 02-17-16
    Lisa Rialto, CA, United States 02-17-16 Member Since 2015

    All I want to do is Love, laugh, live abundantly to Glorify Christ Jesus!

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    "very good read"

    This was a very good read. The author did a good job of describing the story in detail. making the reader feel as though they were right there with the main characters. The narration is excellent. This was my first Jojo Moyes novel read, but I plan to read a lot more of her books, hoping for the same or an even better experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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