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From a Distant Star

Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (368 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn't given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else - his family, his friends, his doctors - was convinced that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.

As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she's always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family's farm - and government agents come to claim it - she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma's out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.

©2015 Karen McQuestion (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Unlikeable protagonist, too unrealistic

I listened through over 5 hours of this book, but eventually I just had to stop. It wasn't just that the female protagonist was vapid, self-centered and convinced of her own superiority; though it made it hard to care what happened to her, I realized that it was actually pretty true to character for many teenagers. I don't know how old the author is, but I got the sense that this was written by someone with not a lot of life experience.

The point where I gave up was when our characters, on the run from shady agents, stumble into a bar and enlist help from a sweet, insanely trusting, elderly countrified couple. On the strength of an improbable story from these two teens, the couple spring into action, handing over the keys to a brand-new cargo van with interchangeable license plates, company logos, brochures and business cards, and fake id badges, because sometimes you need "to throw off the feds, of course!"

I listened for a few more minutes to see if this deus ex machina was going to be explained, but "grandma" just went back to being sugary-sweet and dispensing classic old-people wisdom. I was done.

#FirstContact #Absurd #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Good story, terrible narration

Interesting story and writing. The narration was god awfull. This Kate rudd person needs to find a new job.

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  • Sandy Hook, CT, United States
  • 07-25-17

this is geared towards eight to twelve year olds.

I think that this story would need very entertaining to a very young audience that has little understanding of science or politics. this was not for me however.

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loved it

I haven't read this author before. the story has a strong, easy feel with terrific pacing. high emotion, not gritty thankfully. fun read.

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A reader

What a good read enjoyed very much, did not want to put it down. I will read more of authors work. Great imaginative book.

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Heart warming

I've read all of Karen Mcquestion's books, but to me this is one of her best. It is a heartwarming tale of love and loss, cancer and an extra terrestrial. Though I'm not usually into Sci-Cu, this was very relatable.

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What a great book!

I thought there were a few times when the book seemed a bit repetitive, but I really enjoyed the listen. Recommend!

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A meaningful connection with outer space.

Great alien romance, surprisingly tender, funny and adventurous all rolled together. Kate Rudd is amazing as "the girl in love".

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Really enjoyed it!

Great story line. Nice build up to a dramatic finishing! Kate did a fantastic job voicing Emma's emotions and personality quirks. I enjoyed Scout's halting lilt, You could feel his struggles to fit in. Wouldn't mind a part two.

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Not a sifi fan, still wasn't bad.

I'm Not a sifi fan, still wasn't bad. like the author and and the performer.