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Do Not Become Alarmed Audiobook

Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From a beloved award-winning writer, the much-anticipated novel about what happens when two families go on a tropical vacation - and the children go missing.

When Liv and Nora decide to take their families on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The ship's comforts and possibilities seem infinite. The children - two 11-year-olds, an eight-year-old, and a six-year-old - love the nonstop buffet and the independence they have at the Kids' Club. But when they all go ashore in beautiful Central America, a series of minor misfortunes leads the families farther and farther from the ship's safety. One minute the children are there, and the next they're gone.

What follows is a riveting, revealing story told from the perspectives of the adults and the children, as the once-happy parents - now turning on one another and blaming themselves - try to recover their children and their lives.

Celebrated for her ability to write vivid, spare, moving fiction, Maile Meloy shows how quickly the life we count on can fall away and how a crisis changes everyone's priorities. The fast-paced, gripping plot of Do Not Become Alarmed carries with it an insightful, provocative examination of privilege, race, guilt, envy, the dilemmas of modern parenthood, and the challenge of living up to our own expectations.

©2017 Maile Meloy (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Bradford 06-09-17
    Bradford 06-09-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Holds nothing back."

    This novel goes every single place you are afraid it will go and more. Brava!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Riedel 06-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Read the book, don't listen"

    interesting story line, ok characters - no real development but moments of personal truth. but the narrator- not good! nasally and whiny and same terrible South American accents! the narrator is the author and that was a mistake. for so much of the book being spoken from Spanish speaking characters you would think they could get someone who could do an accent properly. the author's accent is almost racist, just slurry English. shame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AMANDA 06-08-17
    AMANDA 06-08-17 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Better to read the book"

    The story was really good but the narration is awful. Its narrated by the author, authors should stick to writing and find a great narrator to tell the story.

    The bad narration really made it hard to stick with this book and really over shadowed the overall story telling.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    M. Soeffker 06-22-17
    M. Soeffker 06-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book, riveting"

    The narrator had a bit of a lisp which seemed odd for an audiobook narrator. After awhile it seemed that maybe she was a native Spanish-speaker reading in English which would match the story... this audiobook was impossible to "put down".

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    Robin LORIENT, France 06-19-17
    Robin LORIENT, France 06-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story"

    The narrator/author has a slight lisp, and the story goes on a bit longer than it needed to -trying a bit too hard to prove its points about loss and love. The characters are somewhat caricaturized. Quick summer read or listen that doesn't require much deep thought.

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    Karen Los Angeles, CA USA 06-19-17
    Karen Los Angeles, CA USA 06-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "When bad narration ruins potentially good story!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really tried to get beyond the poor narration and into the story but couldn't. I was regularly distracted by the narrator's meandering style and bad accents. I'm not sure there are audible listeners who can get into a story with a distracting narrator, but those would be who might enjoy it more.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I wasn't able to get far enough in to say.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounded bored with the material. Her Spanish accents sounded like a bad attempt at Russian or something. Just all around sounded like she wasn't trying to breathe any life into the characters or the story. It's a shame because I might have liked the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Do Not Become Alarmed?

    The weird (and seemingly random) sexual interlude after the bus accident. I only listened another thirty minutes or so.


    Any additional comments?

    This helped me realize how I've taken the excellent narrators I've enjoyed for granted. I gave the story three stars because it kept me interested up to the point I couldn't listen any longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    06-13-17
    06-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not good"

    Don't bother. The story is not believable and the characters not likable. Waste of time. Sorry I wasted my credit.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-18-17
    Karen 06-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Totally unmemorable, overrated book"
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    arundhati roy's new book


    Any additional comments?

    Having read all the raves, I was anxious to read it but was disappointed . The narrator was terrible, really terrible. The suspense everyone talked about was entirely lacking. I thought the writing was silly and cliched. The characters were shallow. In short, I kept wondering what the fuss was, hoping it would get better. It never did. I kept thinking, surely she won't write "I want my bunny" and "I have to pee" again, but there there were over and over again. Just an example of some of the many things I found so innane about this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meaghan Ervin 06-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    The narration was awful. I couldn't finish listening and ended up returning it after only the first chapter.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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