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And When She Was Good Audiobook

And When She Was Good

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Mystery, 2013

Perennial New York Times and national best-selling author and acclaimed, multiple prizewinner Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself.

Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams - if you can afford the hourly fee.

For more than a decade, Heloise believed she was safe, managing to keep up this rigidly compartmentalized life. But her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide. As 40 looms and her son enters adolescence, Heloise is facing a midlife crisis with much higher stakes than most will ever know. With no formal education, no real family or friends, Heloise has to remake her life - again. Disappearing will be the easy part. The trick is living long enough to start a new life.

©2012 Laura Lippman (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Animal friendly 11-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A suspenseful, well written book"

    I was very happy to discover Laura Lippman. She is an excellent writer, tells a good story, and sends an intelligent message. Easy reading. Not intellectual, but a real pleasure. The narrator was very good.

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    Patricia Atlanta, GA, United States 11-25-12
    Patricia Atlanta, GA, United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Neither she nor the book were that good."
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    Could not identify in any way with Heloise...totally unsympathtic character, whined about the choices she made. She ran a highly successful escort service and then whined through the book about not getting any respect! Just annoying. I have read and enjoyed other Laura Lippman's books but not this one.

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    Jerri Overland Park, KS, United States 11-06-12
    Jerri Overland Park, KS, United States 11-06-12
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    "Timely interesting story line. Good Narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nothing per se. It was average quality. Worth the credit but nothing I'll 'read' again.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Unremarkable. By the time it ended I was getting a little bored with it.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think she captured the essence of the character well.


    Did And When She Was Good inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    Elke fort collins, CO, United States 10-08-12
    Elke fort collins, CO, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An easy listen, just for fun!"
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    Fairly well written, good characters, some funny notes and side plots. Not difficult to listen too, good for workouts and walks.

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    Allen E Feltzin PHILADELPHIA, PA, US 09-29-12
    Allen E Feltzin PHILADELPHIA, PA, US 09-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "and even when she wasn't"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, I would recommend it. it is the story of a woman who through a series of circumstances, some of her making, finds herself a well paid suburban madam. When the book begins a woman with the same occupation a few towns over has been found dead, Is it murder? Is there a connection? And how did the main cgaracter, Heloise, get to where she is in life?


    What did you like best about this story?

    I never quite knew where it was going. It was very simplistic yet it really held me. I could put it down but enjoyed picking it up again.


    Which character – as performed by Linda Emond – was your favorite?

    Heloise, the main character dominated the book and was in every scene, so if had to be her.


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

    easily


    Any additional comments?

    A different kind of story not really a mystery or romance but more of a "why this happened this way." It is a sympathetic portrait of a suburban madam with many interesting curves along the way to the not very surprising yet satisfying conclusion.

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    Avid Reader 09-29-12
    Avid Reader 09-29-12

    You are the sum of what you read!

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    "I tried but could not like the character"

    As much as I wanted to like the book and its main character...I could not. I found her uninteresting and could only listen for about 2 hours. I finally gave up

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    Gail 09-26-12
    Gail 09-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    One of the ways I judge books is by how long I'll remember and be contemplating them. There have been a handful of books that have fallen into this category - ones that at the end of the book I wish for more, wish it hadn't ended and just can't get it out of my mind. This story won't be one of them. It's not bad..... and it's not great. Just mediocre. The book jumps back and forth between the past and present. At times, the jump was a bit subtle and I wasn't sure which I was hearing (after a couple of paragraphs though, you figure it out - probably would have been more evident in an actual book).

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    WiseGirl Maryland 09-17-12
    WiseGirl Maryland 09-17-12

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    "Another winner for Lippman"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I recommended this audiobook to my husband and he enjoyed it as much as I did.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development and the way the story goes back and forth in time, rolling out slowly.


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    don palo alto, CA, United States 09-10-12
    don palo alto, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very interesting subject"
    What did you love best about And When She Was Good?

    The characters were all very compelling and the reader did a great job defining them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was laid out kept me interested.


    Which character – as performed by Linda Emond – was your favorite?

    Can't recall.


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I would read others books by this author.

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    Jeanette West Alexandria, MN USA 09-02-12
    Jeanette West Alexandria, MN USA 09-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of And When She Was Good to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version so I don't know which would have been better. I would guess that for me, this time, the print version would have been better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Scott. I think the innocence of him, in the midst of all this carnage and these self destructive adults gave me hope that Heloise could attain her goals.


    What three words best describe Linda Emond’s voice?

    Great Women's Characters


    If you could take any character from And When She Was Good out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Heloise's mother would be my supper companion. I would want to know how she reconciled her life choices with the pain it caused her daughter. I think it would help me understand some of my own extended family better.


    Any additional comments?

    Male characters all sounded much the same, with the same blunt pauses. Not all guys are gorillas, and some change in accent and cadence would have helped with that a lot. I loved that Heloise chose the high road and did the right thing by her employees. While I don't agree with her position on prostitution, I did like that she would only hire those who knew what they were getting into and then treated them as professionals. It gave me respect for a character I thought I would only pity or dislike.

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