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When 30-year-old Lisa Forster begins to trace her family tree, she discovers her birth certificate belonged to a baby who died at four months old and is not in fact her own. Her apparently happy middle class upbringing was a myth and her parents had a dark secret.

With Pete Laundon's help, Lisa sets about searching for the truth. She follows up all possible routes, until with no options left she goes to the newspapers for help. After 30 years, who if anyone knows: Who is Lisa Forster? Why was she never told? And who was the baby who died?

The Appearance of Truth is the gripping tale of one woman's search for identity.

©2013 Rosemary J. Kind (P)2017 Rosemary J. Kind

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Emotional, touching story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Appearance of Truth to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Appearance of Truth?

There was more than one. Lisa kept taking her emotions out on the people who cared and supported her, especially Pete. She failed to see that she had people around her who cared about who she had become and not who she was born.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Reagan Boggs?

I think I might enjoy her more narrating another book. I do like the sound of her voice but her pauses were at odd times so I found it disrupting to the flow of the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It didn't make me cry but I did find it emotional several times. The characters tell their own stories and it made me see things from their perspective. It was sad to feel what they were feeling at the time and how something like this can ruin not only a relationship but take all the happiness from a person.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 05-31-17

A story set in England without a British accent?!

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I wanted to like this book so I listened to it until the very end. It had an intriguing storyline and a compelling mystery and I wanted to know what happens/happened. However, when you have a story set in England with English born characters, at least one of them should speak with a British accent! I mean, c'mon!

Don't get me wrong, Reagan Boggs has a nice voice but hers was not an appropriate voice for this listen.

Of course, it didn't help that Lisa, the wayward adoptee and our main character, was a pill! She was sooooo unlikeable. It's a good thing this listen included a variety of characters that made up for Lisa's lack. By the time the HEA came along, I was through with her.

This was a good story; it really, really, really was. It deserved a British narrator.

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Who Am I?

Lisa Foster’s mother dies and she begins to trace her family tree. She quickly discovers that the birth certificate she has had for thirty years is for a baby who died at the age of four months old and is not in fact her own. While visiting the cemetery she Meets Pete, who quickly becomes her boyfriend. She begins her search for her identity with the help of of Pete, Sylvia, her cousin, and Matt, an ambitious journalist. She finally finds the answers she has been looking for.
I loved the whole story line of this book, but unfortunately I found Lisa to be selfish, self-centred, and prone to childish tantrums. I did not enjoy her character at all. It was surprising what Pete actually put up with from her.
The 2nd story line about the woman who brought Lisa up was very compelling and believable.
I quite often had a tough time differentiating between the characters, but did enjoy the narrators voice.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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A slow, steady story for a slow, steady listener.

What did you like best about The Appearance of Truth? What did you like least?

I read and listen to books constantly, and my to-be-read pile will still be sky-high when my time on this planet is done. I tend to read/listen quickly, and I have little patience for a writer who dithers around. The Appearance of Truth tells the story of a young woman searching for her identity after she learns her history is not what she was led to believe. Her search, however, is described in excruciatingly extensive detail, including the transcription of tedious conversations and phone calls the protagonist herself rolls her eyes at! Lisa's experiences are traumatic, but she frequently comes across as whiny and petulant, and her beau, Pete, is far more tolerant than I am. The narration, too, was extremely slow, even listened to at 1.5 times the recorded speed, and there were often pauses in odd places. That said, there was a quiet appeal to the story, and some readers/listeners with fewer demands on their time might enjoy the story which was at times intriguing and came to a satisfying conclusion.

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Amazing Story

This was truly an amazing story about a woman looking into her family tree and finds secrets! Reagan Boggs does an amazing job with the narration! I highly recommend this book! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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though I had problems with the book I found it

the book had a lot of issues for me to explain those issues will be to make spoilers but though I had those issues maybe it's something of me as a person because I can find the appeal of the book the book is well written but again but I will not explain why I had problem with the book and finally I'm not regretting to listen to it because of the book made me think and when something like this happened it's means the book is good and the issues you had with the book it's not because of the book itself it's more about you so because of it I will give this book 4 stars again I do recommend this book because this book will make you think a lot

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Couldn't stand the main character

Well, this book really had potential. Unfortunately, the main character, Lisa, is so unlikable that I didn't really care what her story was. It just so happens that her particular story is more than half of this book. Her poor boyfriend Pete put up with a LOT, to the point that it almost became painful to listen to. I understand that Lisa was full of emotions in finding out her history, but man! Though they do say that it's easier to take things out on those we love because they will still love us and forgive us in the end. The story of her parents was more interesting. I can't imagine going through what they did, and it was neat hearing their story unfold.

Reagan Boggs did an adequate job with the narration, though as others have mentioned, what with the book being set in England and the main characters being British, I was a little surprised that the audiobook was narrated with an American accent. The thing that really got me was how darn slow the narration was a 1.0x. It pretty much needs to be sped up in order for it to be bearable. Am I saying don't listen to this audiobook? No. If it sounds like a story that you'd enjoy, take a chance on it! Just be prepared to speed up the narration. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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Oh my what a great story.

I was gifted this Audio ARC for a honest and unbiased review from the author /narrator

Rosemary J Kind has written by every parent's nightmare in print and did an excellent job of doing it..
This is the story of a young lady Lisa, that in the course of researching her family history discovers she isn't who she thought she was and tells us the steps she had to take to find out who she was and where she came from. While I believe this is fiction, it is a story that could happen. Scarey !!!
Reagan Boggs holds the audience throughout the entire book. The use of tones and dialects was fabulous. Reagan could out do my children when younger doing tantrums.



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Appearance of Truth

Every parent's nightmare in print. This is the story of a young lady that in the course of researching her family history discovers she isn't who she thought she was. And the steps she had to take to find out who she was and where she came from. While I believe this is fiction it is most definitely one of the worse things any parent faces as their children are young. It is well written and hold the audience through out the entire book. While some of Lisa's reactions and responses makes her appear to be a spoiled brat. Who knows how one should react.

I was provided with a free audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the book. The narrator did a good job with the dialect and tones even through the temper tantrums.

I enjoyed the book and would say that most romance mystery readers would.

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Interesting listen

I thoroughly enjoyed The Appearance of Truth by Rosemary Kind and narrated by Reagan Boggs. The story is interesting and the author unfolds the truth in the perfect timing allowing the reader time to invest in the characters. Audiobooks are a must for anyone who travels frequently or drives a lot for work. This book was over 10 hours. I listen at a speed of 1.5 and the dictation was the perfect speed. The narrator made it easy to follow the character conversations and to realize when story lines were changing. I especially appreciated the narrator's tone and approach to the reading. Her style is such that she does not need to use various accents and tones to captivate the listeners.
Overall a good book read by a good narrator.

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  • Layla
  • 06-05-17

I love this book.

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This is a great book. I was hooked from beginning to end. My favorite character has to be Pete. He found humour at bad times. He always put a smile on my face.
I didn't like Lisa so much. I felt she abused Pete, when he always tries to help her. He loves her a lot and I felt that she throw's it back in his face, even though she says that she loves him. Which I did not believe because she would not have treated him the way she did. Like when he says that he understood why they did it, she had a fit and told him she never wanted to see him again!
However I still liked the book. There is even a few twists in here. Some I expected and the others came as a surprise.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.