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The Motherless Child Project, Book 1 Audiobook

The Motherless Child Project, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

In her 16-year-old upscale Charleston, South Carolina life, the biggest problems Emily Amber Ross has had to face run along the lines of designing alternative Halloween costumes, losing five pounds before school pictures, sourcing aromatherapy candles, and finding a bridesmaid dress out of season. Until she hears an old gospel song that leads her to wonder who she really is. A dangerous crush, a disturbing world of police, judges, phony mental evaluations, and disappearing parents. How can a routine school assignment go so wrong?

©2014 Janie McQueen and Robin Karr (P)2015 Janie McQueen and Robin Karr

What the Critics Say

"The Motherless Child Project presents a powerful story told from a teen's perspective and tells of teen Emily, who has grown up without her mother and is long used to this absence in her life. But it takes a school project, which she tailors around her experience of being motherless, to really bring her feelings to the forefront, and her journey is the subject of a story investigating why her mother left.... Much of her life up to the point this story begins has been one of comfortable ignorance. Now she's venturing into the realm of investigation and filling in the blanks and, more so than other books on the topic of motherless children, The Motherless Child Project documents this process of discovery and what it does to a child's psyche and self-image." (Midwest Book Review)

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    shirley tipton, ok, United States 04-04-15
    shirley tipton, ok, United States 04-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    I loved it. another great performance by Wendy. I'm looking forward to more in this series and more from Wendy Pitts.

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    TERESA 05-13-16
    TERESA 05-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "These things really happen"

    I am a grandmother watching the pain as my daughter and grandchildren goes through this nightmare.

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    Lauren 04-13-16
    Lauren 04-13-16
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    "Wonderful book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would. It's a very beautiful written book even though I listen to it. Some books are better as a audio. Yes yes yes go listen


    Was The Motherless Child Project, Book 1 worth the listening time?

    YES!


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    Angela 06-22-15
    Angela 06-22-15

    When I discovered Audible it was like discovering love :-) I love receiving codes and in return I post reviews. Wife, and mom of two,

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    "Compelling!"

    This is my first story that I've heard by either author, Janie McQueen and Robin Kart but it was a fantastic story and I'm pleased I was given the opportunity to listen to it. The story is quite compelling and filled with truth, even though it might be scary to face. The authors created a brilliant story that should me made for students to read in school and do an assignment on their thoughts as teenagers as they read this story. This is the work of what I think some call realistic fiction and I do look forward to the next story by this awesome duo. I do hope the authors add the next story to Audible as well as the others that follow.

    Narrator Wendy Pitts did a great job with her telling of the story. I don't feel her voice was too childish as others have written. I feel her voice for each character was age appropriate. I felt she did a great job with distinguishing accents of each character and I didn't have any trouble identifying the character that was speaking at the time. She did an amazing job bringing this story to life. I look forward to hearing more from the authors and hopefully the narrator as well. I received this audio by the author/narrator in exchange for an unbiased review through Audiobook Blast.

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    Amazon Customer 05-27-15
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    "good book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If was a good short listen. Enjoyable enough. And the ending left my guessing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was insightful. I usually go for more sci-fi and fantasy type books. But this one was able to draw me in and look at a topic which I wouldnt have considered before.


    Have you listened to any of Wendy Pitts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of her perfomances. At first I wasn't fond of the narrator. But she did grow on me the further I got. So was able to tolerate her and get into the story


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book for free to give an honest review. It was a good story. i dont think anyone would be disappointed with this book.The ending did not give me enough answers. It makes me wonder when book 2 will come out.

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    Frazier SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 05-20-15
    Frazier SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 05-20-15

    I enjoy fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. I love stories full of mystery, charm, and alternate realities.

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    "Compelling topic"

    This is a young adult novel exploring the issues surrounding single-parent (specifically father) households and related legal issues. It is insightful and provides a unique look into the topic. I didn't care for the narration of the Audible edition. The narrator has a nice voice, but often sounds sarcastic. It didn't work for me.

    I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    Stacey B. 05-18-15
    Stacey B. 05-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The Motherless Child"

    MY THOUGHTS: I loved this book so much. I was so enthralled with the story and was flying through it to find out what was going to happen next. The story itself was really interesting. I enjoyed reading about the relationship that develops between Emily Amber (the main character) and Bright (one of the kids who ends up joining Emily Amber's online forum). I am hoping that there is a book 2 in the works because I would really like to see where the story goes and I'm interesting in finding out what happens to Bright.

    I didn't really enjoy the narrator on this book. To me, I just felt like she kind of mushes her words together, but I was still able to enjoy the story in spite of that. I also really liked that I got to hear the "Motherless Child" song throughout the book.

    **I received an audible copy of this book from Audiobook Blast and Wendy Pitts for my honest review.**

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie S. Texas 05-11-15
    Julie S. Texas 05-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I had to DNF because the narrator is awful"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    DNF. I received this audiobook in exchnage for my honest review. Unfortunately, I had to give up after about 45 minutes. The narrator is awful - she sounds like a kid reading out loud in class - and I just couldn't get into the story.


    What didn’t you like about Wendy Pitts’s performance?

    She read so choppy that I couldn't tell if that is how the writing style was or if she just broke the sentences into chunks. Her voices for males was pretty terrible too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LJM VO United States 05-02-15
    LJM VO United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2012

    Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!

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    "Interesting Topic"
    Where does The Motherless Child Project, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, so I am not sure this is a fair question. It was not a literary masterpiece, but it brought attention to a topic that I don't think many people know about.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I was somewhat confused at the end as to what actually happened. I like a story to have some sort of resolution. I am guessing the author has follow on books since this was Book 1. There were alot of unanswered questions.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    She could have slowed down a bit, but overall yes. She told the story simply and well from the perspective of a teenager without being overly dramatic as some narrators tend to be when voicing the YA genre.


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

    It was not that compelling, but you could listen in one sitting as it is not very long. Certainly on a car ride.


    Any additional comments?

    Fathers abusing the justice system to make it impossible for mothers to see their children is certainly not something the general public knows much about. Fathers abandoning their families or not paying child support is much more in the forefront, and lets be realistic here, much more comman.When fathers leave their kids, it is oh well, another absentee dad.

    In contrast, if a woman leaves her children, she is a retched human being. People make that judgement no matter what.The stigma is attached to her children also. The psychological damage this does to a child is profound and many times irreversible.

    Children need both their parents. Our family courts need to put the rights and well being of our kids above everything else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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