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Publisher's Summary

Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, number one New York Times best-selling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey - full of tests and trials - as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.

Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean - each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten, they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them.

As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love.

In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life - sometimes, if we’re lucky, with a friend forever by our side.

©2012 Danielle Steel (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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really enjoyed this book, easy read.

narrator was very good and nice storyline. Will definitely purchase other of her books in the future.

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Boring

I can't believe Steele wrote such a depressing and boring novel. I only listened to it all the way because I was on a long drive and didn't have wifi to download something else.

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Too slow

This is a good story but drawn out way too much and I didn't enjoy the narration.

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great book cryed alot

great story sad at time but I listen to it 3 times and passed it alone to other who love it 2

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Really awful

Bad story, awful plot, bad narrator. Even on sale it was a waste of money.

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Cute to Tragic to Love.. All in one!

What made the experience of listening to Friends Forever the most enjoyable?

I had a constant want to listen to this book. It was a great story, and although there were moments where I was a little annoyed with what was happening, in the end it made it all worth it.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to anyone! It starts out a little slow, making you wonder if it's something worth listening to but it definitely is so don't give up on it!! It gets a quite tragic throughout it, but the end is the best it could be. It made me really sad that it was over!

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Kinda sad

Well performed story with a kind of nice ending to an overall sad tale of friends from early years

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  • Annette
  • bloomington, IL, United States
  • 07-21-15

Total waste of time

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think Danielle Steel wrote this when she was in High School! I can't believe it was written by her. It was terrible and poorly written.

What could Danielle Steel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Lines were repeated multiple times through out the book. It was repetitive and predicable from the beginning.

How could the performance have been better?

His performance of female voices was just plain sad.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Friends Forever?

Where would I start? There wouldn't be a book left.

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Don't waste your time listening to this book.

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SAD!!!

Book was well done but the story was very sad. Reader did an excellent job.

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Best and maybe one of the sadest book

I just adore this one. It made me cry but it was so good. It is like a picture of my generation - we have so much opportunities bur also so many ways to ruin it all (drugs, alcohol etc).