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The Leavers Audiobook

The Leavers: A Novel

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One morning, Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, 11-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an "all-American boy". But far away from all he's ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother's disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind. Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It's the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he's loved has been taken away - and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

©2017 Lisa Ko (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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    "Overly dramatic narration."

    Story bogged down by excessive descriptive details. Appreciated the socio-cultural story line. May have been more enjoyable to read rather than listen to as an audiobook.

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    Adera Causey 05-13-17
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    The story is exceptional but ruined by the reader whose whispered tone and selected overdramatizations were distracting and hard to follloe

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    Christopher Taylor St. Louis, MO USA 08-19-17
    Christopher Taylor St. Louis, MO USA 08-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    I read this book for a book club I joined and I'm so glad they chose this story. It was very intriguing and I enjoyed the information and story without it being too political or pushy on some sensitive areas. I would definitely recommend this book

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    barbara 06-29-17
    barbara 06-29-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator is off-putting, histrionic, and limited"
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    I will finish this audiobook by reading it. As much as I enjoyed the story of an adopted Chinese boy, and felt the author captured the spirit of her characters, I couldn't abide the narrator, whose voice was grating, and who offered too many passages in a kind of screechy, histrionic fashion that I found unbearable.

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    Ken Massingill BLUFF CITY, TN, US 06-29-17
    Ken Massingill BLUFF CITY, TN, US 06-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "somewhat dark story."

    the book gives the reader a glimpse into the life of immigrants a well as broken relationships. I was left with the question, do we really overcome the imprint left by the environment we grew up in.

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