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Publisher's Summary

When Piper Mills was 12, she helped her grandfather bury a box that belonged to her grandmother in the backyard. For 12 years, it remained untouched. Now a near-fatal accident has shattered Piper's dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfather's death, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesn't exist - or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard.

In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace - and a newspaper article from 1929 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklace's charms tell the story of three friends during the 1920s - each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook.

Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong.

©2009 Karen White; (P)2009 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

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A historical mystery, fun characters - diverting

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No, it was enjoyable. Not a great work of literature, but a really good summer vacation read. Showed a little bit of history and pre-civil-rights racism, and how people in the South covered up so much. I guess if you're going to repress more than half the population, a little shame and self-repression goes right along with it. But the characters were interesting, a little complex and not cartoonish, like they are in some of Karen White's other books.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration detracted quite a lot. For novels set in the South, you have to get narrators who can truly do Southern accents. Ms. Devries' inconsistent accent for the main protagonist, kind of sloshing back and forth between a Yankee and a southern accent, was distracting. It constantly pulled me out of the story and made me aware I was listening to a recording.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excellent all around!

Beautifully, haunting tale of my native South read in a beautiful tone. This is my first book by Karen White as I cannot wait to get my hands on more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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mixed feelings

i loved the story, but parts were devastatingly sad. i would recommend this book. Love horses.

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  • Mon
  • San Francisco, Ca
  • 11-28-11

A story that stays with you

If you could sum up The Lost Hours in three words, what would they be?

It's tragic and thoughtful.

Any additional comments?

While this story is a little slow moving, esp. when compared to The House on Tradd Street, it is still a very good listen. It is well developed and I really enjoyed listening to the audio. It's the kind of story that stays with you long after you've finished the book because Karen White spends considerable time developing her characters and their relationships with family and friends. There are layers of secrets, sadness and emotional baggage for most of the characters in this book. It is not a

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s...l...o...w... start

i could barely keep listening to this book. i had to keep re-listening because for the first 1/3 of the book because it couldn't hold my attention. i've listened to other books by karen white and they are all a little slow, but i could barely get started with this one. interesting story line, but not a 'feel good' novel. if you have patience, its worth it. BUT be prepared to struggle through the beginning.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • karisa
  • del rio, TX, United States
  • 02-11-10

not very good

I didnt like this audiobook. It was slow, too predictable, and the narrator's voice made the characters confusing.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Karen White A new fav

She did it again with this one. Loved it. Entertaining, thought provoking, well writen. Keeping my eye on this lady!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Terrible accents

While I did enjoy the story, the narrators take on a southern accent was quite awful. There were times throughout the book where I felt the story was being dragged out unnecessarily. Very long.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lulew
  • California, United States
  • 07-11-16

A struggle

Almost didn't make it through this one. The narrator just about put me to sleep. The story was predictable and I went days without listening because there was nothing to draw me back. Definitely will return this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not her best work

This book was very slow starting out and care for it as much as I liked most of her other books characters didn't grab me and make me like them I had no problem putting the book down and refinished it when I was on a trip needed something to listen to

0 of 1 people found this review helpful