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Come Home Audiobook

Come Home

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Publisher's Summary

Lisa Scottoline has delivered taut thrillers with a powerful emotional wallop in her New York Times best-sellers Save Me, Think Twice, and Look Again. Now, with her new novel, Come Home, she ratchets up the suspense with the riveting story of a mother who sacrifices her future for a child from her past.

Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter's lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her - though it is stressful - and her daughter, Megan, is a happily overscheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team. But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries and discovers that things don’t add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hardearned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet Jill can’t turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own.Come Home reads with the breakneck pacing of a thriller while also exploring the definition of motherhood, asking the questions: Do you ever stop being a mother? Can you ever have an exchild? What are the limits to love of family?

©2012 Lisa Scottoline (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Mary 04-16-12
    Mary 04-16-12
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    "Whining and crying make it impossible to finish"

    I am a Lisa Scottoline fan. Unfortunately, I won't finish this particular book. The production is just awful. Whining, crying at full volume (we listen with earbuds, producers!), and really poor voicing of the characters made me give up about 10 chapters in. Maybe I'll pick it up and read it some day. Can't get through this.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Shawne Syracuse, NY, United States 04-22-12
    Shawne Syracuse, NY, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2004
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    "lots of cliche's and kind of silly"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably wouldn't recommend to a friend. I finished it, but I was annoyed by the lazy writing.


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

    Meh. It was ok. Everything got resolved about as you'd expect.


    What about Maggi-Meg Reed’s performance did you like?

    She had a good voice for the part.


    Was Come Home worth the listening time?

    Probably not.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca Raleigh, NC, United States 04-13-12
    rebecca Raleigh, NC, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2017
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    "worst kid narration i have ever heard"
    What did you like best about Come Home? What did you like least?

    good story. The narration of the kids voices was so irritating I had to literally take the ear buds out of my ears so as not to hear.


    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-24-12
    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Go home Lisa ... and do some rewrite!"
    What disappointed you about Come Home?

    I can't stand the whining. I taught my kid not to whine from a very early age - I sure didn't want to pay to hear some other kid whine. I love all of the author's legal thrillers. They are well written and full of humor. I also love her two books of short articles. But I couldn't stand this book and I gave it up after a couple of hours (which I almost never do). If the kids have to cry in that book, mentioning it will suffice. I don't want to hear it.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada 04-18-12
    Marie Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada 04-18-12
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    "The summary was more interesting than the book"

    I am half way through the book and I'm wondering where the suspense in supposed to be. I feel like I have to finish it because I just spend 6 hours on it..

    I agree with the other reviewers that the crying/screeching at the beginning was very annoying. I don't like this narrator at all.

    Also, there seems to be something wrong with this audio book..the end of chapter 31 seems to be missing

    I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 08-16-12
    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 08-16-12 Member Since 2006
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    "You Can't Go Home: Tales of the Improbable"
    Would you try another book from Lisa Scottoline and/or Maggi-Meg Reed?

    I usually enjoy Scottoline's stories but had this been the first one that I had read, I would never read another. Perhaps the book would have been tolerable had Maggi-Meg
    Reed not been the narrator. She failed to bring life to the characters. In fact, her whiny, and often overly dramatice oral interpretation eliminated all possibility of sympathy and belief. I doubt that I would purchase any other stories that she might read.


    What was most disappointing about Lisa Scottoline’s story?

    The plot was trite, the characters insipid, and completely unbelievable. Her other books may have tested credulity but this one was ridiculous and not up to her standards.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Maggi-Meg Reed’s performances?

    Emphatically NO!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I seldom talk back to books but this one was an exception.The protagonist, a supposedly intelligent woman, failed to engage my sympathy. Even for fiction, her behavior and thought process suggested a self-centered, self-involved fool who had no sense of consequences for her actions. I found myself muttering "how can you be so stupid? what else did you expect? you must be kidding." Please Ms. Scottoline, don't torture your readers with books that fall far below your usual standards.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Gastonia, NC, United States 06-24-12
    Ann Gastonia, NC, United States 06-24-12
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    "Obnoxious teenagers!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The voice of the teenagers, especially Meghan. Her voice was so overdone with the "braces lisp" and the "over-the-top" drama, I almost clicked this off and moved it to "archived". I know how dramatic teens can be, I had two, but the narration was just so repulsive to me. Also, the character of Jill was too unbelievable. There is no mother on earth that would not love and protect her children, but she was just "too much".


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

    Tone down the voice of Meghan. Jill needed to be more realistic.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Maggi-Meg Reed’s performances?

    Yes.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    I love Lisa Scottoline, but, this one left me unsatisfied. The basic storyline was great and initially stimulated my interest, but it left me cold. I barely listened to the last few chapters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Avidlistener 05-07-16
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    "Totally unbelievable and trite"

    I have enjoyed Scottoline in the past, but this novel was one unbelievable scenario after another. The protagonist constantly takes stupid risks under the guise of being a good mother and is repeatedly and unrealistically saved at the last minute no matter how ridiculous her choices were. Big disappointment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaclyn Higgins 11-08-15
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    "No impressed"

    I usually don't write reviews but this time I felt so strongly that I should. The narrator was awful. From the start, she made the teenager in the story sound like she had cerebral palsy or Down syndrome, which she didn't. It was hard to remember that the character is a "typical" teen and the narrator's talking like she has marbles in her mouth can be very distracting.
    The story line is okay, but not up to par for Scottoline. I usually like her work and this was a let-down. It was not realistic at all, not believable, and there were so many holes in the story that became annoying. Finally, there were a lot of metaphors that were so flowery and pseudo-poetic to the point that it took away from the imagery rather than adding to it. I don't know what Scottoline was trying to do but it was like she had a bunch of pretty lines from a poem and decided to sprinkle them into every other sentence of this book. It turned me off from Scottoline for a while and I will steer clear of this narrator for certain!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 06-10-15
    Linda 06-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "tried to like it"

    I struggled to finish it but I lost patience with the main character, and the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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