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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Daughter by Jane Shemilt, read by Sophie Aldred.

I still don't know why we had to check. Did we really think you would be there, curled up and sleeping on the stage? That we would put our arms round you, and take you home?

Naomi has vanished, leaving her family broken and her mother Jenny desperately searching for answers. But the traces fifteen-year-old Naomi left behind reveal a very different girl to the one Jenny thought she'd raised. And the more she looks the more she learns that everyone she trusted has been keeping secrets. But will discovering the real Naomi help to find her?

©2014 Jane Shemilt (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Ms. E. Townsend
  • 02-19-15

Kept me hooked...after a while

Was recommended this book by a friend and I have to say it was a good listen, the narrator is very quirky with a the little accents and I'm not sure if I'd have preferred it all in one voice as it sounded slightly like she was reading a children's book in parts.
The book itself was definitely worth the listen, I found myself listening more and more each night.
What I'd change; I wished the ending hadn't been so rushed and I'm still left with questions. Some of the interesting areas such as Jenny's relationship with Michael, and her children's bad attitudes were skimmed.
But overall I would recommend this book

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • C. Park
  • 02-05-15

Good story but didn't like the audio version

Loved the story but found the voice of the narrator really spoiled it for me. She failed to give the story any depth of emotion & sounded far too young for the character of a mid 40's professional mother of 3.....& her South African accent was rubbish! Shame as it made it too annoying to finish listening. Got part way through & returned it - bought the book to read it myself instead!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-20-15

Insightful and gripping

Where does Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top, not the first but well up there.

Which character – as performed by Sophie Aldred – was your favourite?

Jenny the mother....especially in her calm and wiser moments.

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

Too long for that.....and also I prefer to "string" my books out as then I can look forward to the next time I can listen.

Any additional comments?

I have read that some listeners found the narrator annoying. Although I did too in the very beginning I completely changed my opinion quite quickly. She has to get across hysteria in Jenny's character and once I got used to this, I was hooked by her storytelling. I think she did a wonderful job with such a variety of chacters and personalities. I found her narration as compelling as the story. What I loved most about this story were the insightful moments of wisdom Jenny has as she explores motherhood in the light of her experience....superbly written. Lots of twists, lots of tension and a whole lot of understanding by the author. Excellent book!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Claire
  • 12-08-14

Enthralling

Would you listen to Daughter again? Why?

Yes - so much detail, I want to listen again knowing the ending to re-hear the story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Theo - the. Glue

What about Sophie Aldred’s performance did you like?

Absorbing

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

No, too tense. Needed to put it down for a break

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyable book - thought provoking & loved all the characters

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • 02-03-15

Great

Was gripping from start to finish, even when the story changed in time / place. Would highly recommend. Enjoyed the narration.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan A.
  • 01-11-15

Kept reading to the end hoping it would improve

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who enjoys lack of plot, depth of character, blaming working mothers for family troubles, rather than holding individuals accountable for their own actions.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Shemilt again?

Probably not. Sorry

What aspect of Sophie Aldred’s performance might you have changed?

She made the main character sound weak and simpering which added to the "it's all her fault" genre.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No sorry

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Ap
  • 01-19-15

annoying narrator.

I really enjoyed the story however found the narrator to have a very annoying voice. especially at the start of the story where it is all very monotone abd dull. this is a shame as it somewhat ruins the listen.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Saffy
  • 12-04-14

Very poor narrator

I have been waiting for this book to appear in audio since it came out in paperbook and was recommended by Richard and Judy.However I was extremely disappointed and found it to be a very frustrating listen. The narrator is appalling and ruined what could have potentially been an engrossing listen. I'm afraid I gave up part way through as I could no longer bear her voice.

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  • Maclairy
  • 04-24-15

Miserable

I did finish this book but I don't know why. The whole story is about sharing a mothers misery and in that it is successful. It's depressing, very depressing.

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  • Mrs J M Rollings
  • 03-21-15

difficult to stop listening to

If you could sum up Daughter in three words, what would they be?

enthralling,superb,enjoyable

What other book might you compare Daughter to, and why?

stand alone unable to compare

What does Sophie Aldred bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

absolutely brilliant accents !

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

the best film of the year, a film not to miss !

Any additional comments?

loved it !!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful