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Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of the New York Times best-seller The Blind Side, The Invisible Thread tells of the unlikely friendship between a busy executive and a disadvantage young boy, and how both of their lives changed forever.

©2011 Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski (P)2011 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[A] feel-good story about the far-reaching benefits of kindness." (Publishers Weekly)

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Feels like a diary excerpt

I read at night and listen in the car, and this book actually suffered from my listening to it. The narrator was older than I pictured the author, and her voice lacked the cadence and empathetic tone I felt when I read the author's words.

I wish this book had been just one story. Ms. Schroff is clearly not a writer, as some of her prose had the feel of high school English. She gave us TOO many details of her life, when the story about she and Maurice was really the point of the book. Her relationship with her father never made sense and really muddled my feeling that she had good judgment. Again, her ex-husband equally made me question her judgment, as anyone of any age could have sniffed out infidelity on the first weekend away.

Ms. Schroff deserves applause for the difference she makes in the life of this boy. Just tell THAT story. Perhaps an abridged version of this can stick to the main story and skip the family pain and melodrama. It might be part of the thread, but it adds little to an appreciation of the life she built after meeting Maurice.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Vienna, VA, United States
  • 02-04-13

Amazing but painful

What did you like best about An Invisible Thread? What did you like least?

I found the book interesting, but painful. Both main characters had very difficult, dangerous and abusive childhoods, albeit, very different problems. Something in common, however, was that both had a parent with severe substance abuse problems. It is amazing that they both survived, but more amazing is that they both emerged as productive, successful adults. But, this was not the kind of story that I wanted to read. I wanted a feel good story of rescue and redemption. Instead, I got a story of survival. I loved "Blind Side" and was hoping for a story on that level. Instead, this is a story of two very damaged, destructive families and two survivors who come together to help each other. Yes, it has a happy ending, but getting through the journey was painful.

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

It is what it is. Changing the story would have made it fiction.

What about Pam Ward’s performance did you like?

Well read with emotion. Great performance.

Was An Invisible Thread worth the listening time?

Maybe. If you want a story of survival, this is the story for you. I can certainly see this story giving someone hope and power. If you are feeling rather "beat up" and you need a happy story, pass over this one.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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An invisible thread will tug at your heart strings

I love true stories and this is a wonderful one. Two people from different backgrounds, social standings and ages are brought together under unusual circumstances that ended up changing each others lives forever in ways they could never have foreseen... Not your typical love story, but a story of love.. Absolutely worth the listen/read.. The very last words of the story brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart..

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Inspiring

What did you like best about this story?

What a great reminder that you can overcome what seems to be impossible. An incredible friendship grew all because of an act of kindness. The story reminds us that there is humanity and greatness in everyone and that seemingly disparate lives can have many parallels.

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

The description of Laura's mom passing tugged at my heart. There are many miracles in this story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Made me want to be more relevant

I was encouraged to look deeper at the world around me and engage. A must read for
those who want to make a difference.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • bentley
  • greensboro, NC, United States
  • 02-28-12

Great Listen

If you could sum up An Invisible Thread in three words, what would they be?

hard to put down

What other book might you compare An Invisible Thread to and why?

tigers heart b/c that one was hard to put down too

What does Pam Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

her voice is convincing and mesmerizing

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

yes

Any additional comments?

buy this book

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Get a box of tissues

What did you love best about An Invisible Thread?

I loved that the author was completely honest from the very start. I loved the parallel to her life and that she was fearless. She was not afraid to take the chance and help this boy. I love that she is still a very important part of his life almost 30 years later.

What was one of the most memorable moments of An Invisible Thread?

I think it was when she met the boys grandmother.

Which character – as performed by Pam Ward – was your favorite?

The Author

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

When the boy saw his father when he was dying.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good story, wished for a better narrator

If you could sum up An Invisible Thread in three words, what would they be?

Inspirational, engaging, tender

What did you like best about this story?

It illustrates how making a difference in one person's life can have powerful, long-term impact on generations to come.

What didn’t you like about Pam Ward’s performance?

voice, cadence, inflection

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • St Charles, IL, United States
  • 01-11-12

Wonderful story

Where does An Invisible Thread rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wonderful story a must read / listen!

What was one of the most memorable moments of An Invisible Thread?

The letter written to Lori by Maurice at the end of the book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story, Poor Narrator

Very important cultural revelation. Struggled with the narration. I will avoid this narrator in future.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful