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Answered Prayers

Narrated by: Ron McLarty
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
4 out of 5 stars (302 ratings)

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Danielle Steel’s 56th best-selling novel is about family and friendship, about one woman’s struggle to break free from the past - and the man who helps her triumph. And most of all, it is about daring to believe in...Answered Prayers.

On the outside, Faith Madison is the very picture of a sophisticated New Yorker. Slim, blond, stylish, Faith has a life many would envy. Overcoming a childhood marked by tragedy, married to a successful investment banker and having raised two grown daughters, Faith has enjoyed her role as mother and wife, and the good life that emanates from their bustling Manhattan town house. But every step of the way, Faith has carried within her a secret she could divulge to no one. And with it, she has kept an even more painful secret from herself.

For Faith, it is the sudden death of her stepfather - a man who, like her husband, Alex, always remained just beyond her reach - that will touch off a journey of change and revelation. At the funeral, painful memories flood back - and an old friend re-enters Faith’s life. Faith is greeting mourners, when she hears a voice behind her and a single word that brings a quick smile to her face: "Fred". Only one person aside from her older brother, Jack, called her that. Brad Patterson was Jack’s best friend, a long, lanky boy who teased, tormented, and protected Faith when they fancied themselves "The Three Musketeers" as kids. When Jack died years later, Faith and Brad came together again in their common, inconsolable grief, then lost touch once more amid the demands of families and busy lives a continent apart.

Now a lawyer in California, Brad has reentered Faith’s life just as she is making a decision that plunges her marriage into crisis. Determined to fulfill a long-held desire for a career of her own, Faith applies to law school against her husband’s wishes, igniting a barrage of anger and recrimination. Faith’s only solace is the correspondence she has begun with Brad, a man trapped in an empty marriage of his own, a friend she once lost and has found again. Soon emails are flying between them, bridging 3,000 miles, sharing much-needed friendship, support, and laughter. And as these two childhood friends rediscover each other, something extraordinary is beginning to happen. In the safety of their friendship, Brad will find the courage to make a decision he should have made years before. And Faith, too, is changing, beginning to believe in herself - and in her right to grab hold of her dreams. Gathering a strength she never knew she had, Faith is finally ready to face the most painful step of all: of sharing the secret that has long been haunting her, and truly opening up her heart for the first time in her life.

©2002 Danielle Steel (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

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Solid, enjoyable and very Danielle Steele

The characters are very believeable and Ms Steele makes you care about them as always. It is almost like taking a page out of reality as you travel with them through their struggles and joys. Good read!

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  • Robert
  • Beaverton, OR, USA
  • 04-10-08

Danielle Steele "Answered Prayers"

Highly recommend this audio book if you are a fan of Danielle Steele! Loved it!

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Weak

I agree with many of the other reviews... it drags and repeats the same thing over and over. I am a big DS fan and am used to her repetitive way of writing but this has me wanting to scream "I GET IT!" I like to multitask when listening so I don't mind her usually repetitive style but this story is especially slow and excessively redundant, even for Steel. I agree with the reviewer who said this would be an hour long recording if you removed all the redundancy. I am more than halfway through and barely anything has happened. Don't waste your time or money on this one.

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LOVED IT! COULDNT STOP LISTENING!

From the first book, "TO LOVE AGAIN", I expect nothing less! I will be ordering more books soon! The narration was great. It was like watching a movie!

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Wonderful!!

It is a very loving and heartwarming story with many twists and turns throughout the book and I highly recommend it.

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Loved IT!!

Always have enjoyed her books and look forward to listening to many more. It took a little getting use to the narrator. This was my first book I listened to. Loved It!!

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  • Rita
  • York, WA, Australia
  • 09-27-09

Answered Prayers By Danielle Steel

An excelent read, keeps you on the edge waiting for answers, also very good Narrater, thank you

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Peggie
  • Lansing, KS, United States
  • 07-23-03

Come on Danielle, You can Do Better

All of Danielle's books tend to be pretty sappy but still entertaining and good for light listening. But Answered Prayers is just too sappy and very repeatitive. We are adults Danielle, you don't have to tell us the same thing over and over and over. Nothing new to the plot, very predictable. I'd pass on this one.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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No excitement

This held my attention for the most part. Many sections were redundant. I felt as though the "bad guys" of the book were made to look overly dreadful to suit the plot.

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I loved it!!

I love the way the story unfolds! I love the quiet of the characters! A great read!