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We Are Called to Rise Audiobook

We Are Called to Rise

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Publisher's Summary

"We never know how high we are / Till we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, / Our statures touch the skies." (Emily Dickinson)

Beyond Las Vegas' casinos lies a boomtown where four lives can be brought together by one split-second choice.

In the predawn hours, a woman's marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to fit in and get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away, a soldier wakes up in Walter Reed hospital with the vague feeling that he’s done something awful. In a single moment, these disparate lives intersect. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise.

We Are Called to Rise is a story about a child's fate. It is a story about families - the ones we have and the ones we make. It challenges us to think about our responsibilities to one another and reminds us that compassion and charity can rescue us, even in our darkest moment. It is a book that will break your heart and then put it back together.

©2014 Laura McBride (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Sara 06-29-15
    Sara 06-29-15

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    "Despair, Disaster & Disappointment Explored"

    I am three hours into this book and I have decided that I need to do a much better job choosing what I listen to here on audible. If I had been better at reading between the lines of the reviews here and on amazon I would have seen this sad story coming and been able to avoid such a dire, unhappy tale of suffering.

    This book is set in Las Vegas and reminded me of The Goldfinch--the part where they lived in Las Vegas--the main difference is that this story is more depressing and not as well written. Hard to believe--I know. I can't recommend this book --unless for some reason you need to explore despair, betrayal, loss and heart ache through fiction--and really there are better books out there for that.

    34 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 07-27-15
    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 07-27-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Ends too abruptly"

    It was an interesting read, with interesting characters, especially the boy. But it build to a crescendo then ended; suddenly, leaving me with an unsatisfied feeling.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    colin mcginnis 06-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lifetime movie"

    Like a lifetime movie. Dnf. Boring and tedious. Not sure if narrator skewed my perspective with some of the characters. Could be better not audio.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    cindy 07-29-14
    cindy 07-29-14 Member Since 2017

    Say something about yourself!

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    What disappointed you about We Are Called to Rise?

    The story was going nowhere. It drug on for hours. I kept thinking it would get better with all of the positive reviews. I finally had to stop listening.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Some of the narrators were immigrants, but they had no accent. Very surprising. It just made it seem more unreal.


    What character would you cut from We Are Called to Rise?

    I didn't have a favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    trey phish 05-29-16
    trey phish 05-29-16
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    "Chekhov's gun. google it so you learn something"

    it wasn't good at first. then it got worse. then it was ending and tried to get edgy as hell but failed. if you really think about it, it wouldn't happen. none of this book makes sense.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alison B. 08-25-17
    Alison B. 08-25-17
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    "Fantastic Story"

    Really enjoyed both the story and the reading of it.
    Positive, powerful. Well worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DJ Haris 07-31-17
    DJ Haris 07-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Best recommendation ever"

    I was recommended this book not in the audible form by my best friend and she told me not to expect anything.
    By only was the story amazing but being able to hear it brought so much more life that I was ready for. I'm bawling but it's happy tears

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Whitney 01-11-17
    Ben Whitney 01-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Boy oh boy"

    I hated this book during the first painfully slow half. But it picks up and wraps you in. It's tearful ending is perfect

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    Lea Kushwara 01-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Heartfelt"

    Such a great book with a depth that touches the heart, stimulates the mind, and nourishes the soul!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Wildt 12-01-16
    Teri Wildt 12-01-16 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader since I could figure out the funny papers in late '50's. Taken me awhile to appreciate audible books.

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    Where does We Are Called to Rise rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    We are called to Rise is ranked about middle if I were to rank my books. I choose carefully as my listening is usually during long solo drives.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The child--he was innocent and yet so very wise about about his family's disruptive relationship with each other--his Baba's imprisonment before immigration which made him volatile. So many events happened to him and yet he held on.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was in the courtroom when the judge present the decision of child custody and the reasoning. Truly would be a village raising a family.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Same as above---however unrealistic that the court system would have a hand in creating a loving home for more than one family.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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