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The Girl You Left Behind | [Jojo Moyes]

The Girl You Left Behind

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.
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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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    Curly Willow Coto de Caza, CA, United States 02-15-14
    Curly Willow Coto de Caza, CA, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2012

    [C]ourage is a prerequisite for the practice of all other virtues, otherwise one is virtuous only when virtue has no cost. ~C.S. Lewis

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    "Beautiful, entrancing story! Awful recording!"

    One of the best books I've read in a very long time. Pulled me in quickly, loved the well-drawn characters, kept me thinking and wondering till the end. Unfortunately, the audio quality is terrible. At a volume where you can understand the reader, it becomes ear-splitting when the drama picks up. I listen while running and in my car, and this was such a problem, I nearly stopped listening but for the intrigue of the actual story. I've never run into this problem with audiobooks before after many good listens. It wasn't the reader's fault, but rather the production quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl United States 02-14-14
    Cheryl United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't speak French and who isn't familiar with what a French person speaking English really sounds like. I have read good reviews of this book, but I could not stand to listen to it because the narration irritated me so much I couldn't "hear" the story. Its too bad because the narrators who read Moyes' book, "Me Before You" did a nice job. I enjoyed that story and it is the primary reason I put "The Girl You Left Behind" on my queue.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett and Penny Rawlins ?

    I would have cast someone who was either a native French speaker who speaks English with a real French accent, or someone who would read in their own voice without a cliche, fake, French accent. As a fluent French speaker, myself, I could not "hear" the story for the annoying narration.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I usually inhale audio books and frequently need to order an extra three points to make sure I always have something to listen to. However, this book lost me at the start as a result of the narration. I never got through the first part. The story may be good, but I couldn't "hear" it.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope producers of audio books read these reviews. Narration is vital to the listener's enjoyment. It should not stand out on its own. Rather it should blend in and, frankly, be somewhat forgotten in favor of the story. Certainly there are some narrators whose unique voices are easy to pick out; George Guidall comes to mind. However, I never felt he "stole the show" in any of the books I have listened to him read. I suppose if I were not a French speaker, myself, this book would not have been as offensive to me. Perhaps it will appeal to others.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Little Suamico, WI, United States 12-27-13
    Barbara Little Suamico, WI, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I forgive you, Jojo"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl You Left Behind to be better than the print version?

    I've only listened to this book, so I can't compare it to the print version, but I did very much enjoy the many voices in the audio version.


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

    The climax of The Girl You Left Behind is the most memorable part for me; the author did an excellent job with the characters up to that point, so I could really identify with the character's struggle and shock.

    Another memorable moment is the shock I experienced when the author abruptly shifted settings at one point; it was unsettling, as I feared my questions wouldn't be answered! Thank goodness, she brought things back around later.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't share my favorite scene without ruining the story for someone who hasn't read it.


    Any additional comments?

    My only criticism of TGYLB would be that the cover art is boring; I almost didn't choose it, for that reason, but because I so enjoyed Me Before You (by the same author), I knew not to judge the book by its cover!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ciparliamo Long Island 11-27-13
    ciparliamo Long Island 11-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely amazing"

    Ever since I discovered Ms Moyes books, I have devoured them. I discovered audible when I needed something to distract me from the drudgery of my 4 mile walks. I would only let myself listen while walking since that would be the carrot to get me going. Well, with these books I broke my rule. The narrator is unbelievable....wonderful....wonderful....i just cant say enough good things about ALL her books. Im only sorry to have them all end.

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    Robin MacHette San Francisco, Ca 11-26-13
    Robin MacHette San Francisco, Ca 11-26-13 Member Since 2011

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    "So hard to understand with her accent."
    How could the performance have been better?

    It was so difficult to understand the French accent and I took French in school!


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    Cx care Pittsburgh, PA, United States 10-20-13
    Cx care Pittsburgh, PA, United States 10-20-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    What did you like best about The Girl You Left Behind? What did you like least?

    the narrator was superb


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the entire aspect was great


    What three words best describe Clare Corbett and Penny Rawlins ’s performance?

    graceful, defined and marvelous


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes its a must.......


    Any additional comments?

    this is one that should be read..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 09-06-13
    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to The Girl You Left Behind again? Why?

    Yes, but not for a couple of years


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

    The fact that she lived


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

    They did a good job


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

    Love eventually sets you free


    Any additional comments?

    Chapter 33 doesn't ring true to me. Paul obviously cares about Liv, but when he goes missing for 24 hours she believes he doesn't care about her. That seemed the opposite of the strong woman that Liv was. Didn't care for that one chapter.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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