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
[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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can't share my favorite scene without ruining the story for someone who hasn't read it.
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!
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.
It was so difficult to understand the French accent and I took French in school!
Say something about yourself!
the narrator was superb
the entire aspect was great
graceful, defined and marvelous
yes its a must.......
this is one that should be read..
Yes, but not for a couple of years
The fact that she lived
They did a good job
Love eventually sets you free
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.
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