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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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    Carl 07-26-15
    Carl 07-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't Understand the Reader"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jojo Moyes before, how does this one compare?

    NA


    Would you be willing to try another one of Clare Corbett and Penny Rawlins ’s performances?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader's accent was hard to understand. And her decibel range was extremely bothersome, with some parts virtually inaudible while others screeched at you so you had to turn down the volume, making the next quiet part all the more inaudible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi 07-22-15
    Jodi 07-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, bad accents"

    The plot was great but the American accents weren't authentic, which makes it difficult to listen to.

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    Sherry 07-18-15
    Sherry 07-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fabulous"

    I couldn't put this down. The characters simply came to life and I found myself emotionally drawn into their struggles. Definitely recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Polina Poluektova 07-10-15
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    "Outstanding"

    Excellent narration. Great story. Captivating and real. I would read this book again and share it with others.

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    jen Philadelphia, PA, US 07-10-15
    jen Philadelphia, PA, US 07-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "French accent was tough to understand"
    Would you try another book from Jojo Moyes and/or Clare Corbett and Penny Rawlins ?

    I have they were good


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

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    What didn’t you like about Clare Corbett and Penny Rawlins ’s performance?

    Couldn't understand the french accent. Or rather, it took too much concentration


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    mj Charlotte, New Caledonia 06-24-15
    mj Charlotte, New Caledonia 06-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable"

    I liked the story line a great deal. It kept my attention. This was a new take on an old topic. My only complaint was the tone of voice used by the woman reading the part of Sophie bi found her voice rather irritating. Her German male voice was very loud and screeching and her voice for several of the female characters was rather soft. This combination made it difficult to listen to as I found myself needed to frequently adjust the volume.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christi Ferry Florida 06-21-15
    Christi Ferry Florida 06-21-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Enjoy fake French accents? This book's for you!"
    Would you try another book from Jojo Moyes and/or Clare Corbett and Penny Rawlins ?

    I have enjoyed other audiobooks by this author, but found the choice to go with a bad French accent for the whole book to be extraordinarily annoying. I was listening on a road trip and had to stop after a half hour and buy another audiobook.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nanette 06-17-15
    nanette 06-17-15
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    "WONDERFUL"
    What made the experience of listening to The Girl You Left Behind the most enjoyable?

    The reader was spectacular. So fun to listen to the accents.


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

    The accents give you 'place.' You HAVE to love Sophie and ___________. Simply hearing their voice makes you vested. Excellently read!


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

    throughout. just a wonderful journey.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. It had well developed characters, moving ethical dilemmas and reasonable resolutions. The story was engrossing. Initially I was jarred when time/voice changed but I found it actually refreshing. I loved the wrap-up. I totally recommend this book. There is a bit of language but it isn't any more than you'd hear at a sporting event--mostly just expletives.

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    kanga2012 06-14-15
    kanga2012 06-14-15
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    "Amazing narration."
    What made the experience of listening to The Girl You Left Behind the most enjoyable?

    I have read JoJo Moyes books and this one was recommended to read. I decided to listen instead and that was the best decision! The narrator definitely made the book for me. She was amazing and brought the characters to life. The book is wonderful, JoJo is a tremendous writer, however listening to this one made it one hundred percent more enjoyable. The characters emotions were so well portrayed I felt like I was right there with them. I highly recommend listening to this one. I am definitely a book in the hand person however I could not stop listening to this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M 06-09-15
    M 06-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love story with twists and turns!"

    Surprising ending to compelling story of the human travesty associated with war, where those who lose sometimes win in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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