Brass Ring

Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
4 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Perpetual optimist Claire Harte-Mathias and her disabled husband, Jon, run a successful foundation to help people with spinal cord injuries. One night Claire witnesses a woman leaping to her death from a bridge, and the tragedy sparks murky childhood memories that leave her confused and frightened. As Claire becomes obsessed with trying to understand the power the haunting memories have over her, she's torn between blocking them from her mind entirely and trying to unearth their source. Putting both her marriage and her self-image on the line, she struggles to uncover the truth - only to discover that the past, present, and future are connected in ways she never dreamed.

©2010 Diane Chamberlain (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Though there's a comforting quality to Chamberlain's set pieces...." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Disappointed with this one

I have read and or listened to all of Diane Chamberlain's books, and have never been disappointed before. I found it hard to connect with the main female characters, but attribute a lot of the reasons why to the narration. I found the reader was very childish when the characters were in conversation with one another. It really distracted me from the story. I kept rolling my eyes. I story it's self was just so so. There are so many other Chamberlain books that are amazing, if you are new to her go read another. If you are a huge fan like myself, no matter how bad a review I'm still going to listen no matter what. Just don't say you were not warned when you realize this book is not that great and the narration is even worse.

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Another enjoyable book!

Would you listen to Brass Ring again? Why?

The book was very enjoyable but wouldn't listen again, i kept getting frustrated with the main sister Claire on her denial of the truth

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was interesting once you are able to understand why Claire gets close to Randy and once her flashbacks start

Which character – as performed by Meredith Mitchell – was your favorite?

Vanessa for sure

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really

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Disappointed

I had the hardest time getting through this book. I couldn't get passed the voice of the reader. I had negative emotions toward the main character, glad it's over. I'm a fan of Diane Chamberlain, but will look at narrator from now on before I purchase the book.

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Diane Chamberlain Never Let's Me Down

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An amazing book by an amazing and never disappointing author...thank you so much! Can't wait for your next book!

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The narrator is dreadfully boring !

I think this is going to be a great book to read not listen. The narrator gave no life or charisma to the characters. I was getting completely lost of what was going on. Diane Chamberlain is one of my favorite authors and I'm very disappointed in this books performance. sending this back and buying the book. Don't waste a credit.

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Terrible Narration

I love Diane Chamberlain. Not my favorite story, but still engaging. HOWEVER, this narrator may be the worst I've listened to. I will never purchase another book with this narrator. I had to stop listening and instead, read the story on my Kindle. I intend to request a refund on the audible book.

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Disappointing Main Character

I have read many Diane Chamberlain books and I keep getting sucked in by the "mystery" to be solved at the end of the book. This again was written so you would remain engaged. However, I absolutely hated the main character. Her childish and selfish actions were extremely hard to get through. As usual I will say if you have no problem with infidielity and VERY unrealistic forgiveness then you may have no problem with this book. I found the narrator very distracting in this book and possibly what contributes to the dislike of Claire, but all in all you will listen to the end to get to the bottom of what happened. Ill still read D. Chamberlain, but each time I lose a little respect for the author and how she glosses over very hard and sad situations. By the way anyone know what the Brass Ring title was for? I couldn't figure out how it related to the story. Maybe I missed it.

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Really bad narration

Could not finish this book the narrator was reading it like the news.
The story I liked very much and will read it to finish.

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  • Atheana
  • 05-29-20

A massive disappointment

I can’t believe I’m actually writing this review about a Diane Chamberlain book! Hard going would be an understatement, I honestly felt like giving up halfway through but I stuck with it and all I can say is what a disappointment. The narration was as bad as the book, done in a singsong a voice like she was reading the telephone book to 1st graders. The story itself was mind numbingly boring. I’m very sorry to say, especially because I know how much work goes into making one of these books, that I wished I had not read it. I have read each and every one of Diane Chamberlain’s books and was absolutely shocked by how bad this one was.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-19-18

Couldn't stop listening

Really great story line, slightly predictable after a few chapters but I still really enjoyed listening. The narrator was also very good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-18

Annoying voice!

Story was ok but the main characters voice was most annoying very highly pitched almost unable to listen to though I’d paid so didn’t want to lose out !!

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  • Jasmin Matharu
  • 01-11-17

good book

good book I was as per usual gripped half way through. I'm sure you'll enjoy it

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