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Twin boys grow up in the same family, in the same town. Dramatically different, they become bitter enemies, even as children: one good, one bad. One leaves his peaceful hometown, but when all else fails, the prodigal son returns twenty years later. The reunion of brothers, sweet and healing at first, exposes shattering revelations of good and evil. Number-one New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel tells a brilliant, suspenseful story of suspicion, betrayal, and a life-and-death struggle for survival. Which twin is good, and which is evil as the tables turn again and again?

PRODIGAL SON

In a matter of days, Peter McDowell loses everything he has worked so hard for - his wealth, his property, his livelihood as a star investment banker. And then it gets worse. The stock market crash not only plunges Peter into joblessness, it causes a rift in his marriage that he cannot repair. Stripped of everything, he has only one place to retreat to: a lakeside cottage he inherited from his parents, who left most of their modest estate to Peter's twin. With no other choice, the prodigal son goes home.

A beloved small-town doctor, a devoted family man, and a pillar of his community, Michael McDowell serves others without regard to personal gain. Only Peter knows how Michael manipulated their parents when the boys were young, ultimately driving Peter away. At first he dreads seeing Michael again. But to his surprise, their reunion is tender and real. Only later, as Peter mulls over his late mother's journals, does the truth begin to emerge, as realization and panic set in. Who is his twin? Is the façade real, or does something terrifying lie beneath? Imagination or a reality too terrifying to believe?

In a race for time, Peter throws caution to the winds to find the truth. What he discovers will change their lives, the lives of their children, and an entire town forever.

©2015 Danielle Steel (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Blah....where's the love?

Although I am somewhat of a fan of Danielle Steele when I need a break from my preferred legal thrillers, I didn't need this much of a break. The unabridged version of this book was way too long. The first few hours was spent developing the characters. However it could have been done in 30 min. I would have loved to see more evidence of the relationship between William and Peter with more twisted drama. More of those "I didn't see that coming" devious behavior. There was just no concrete to cause the problems over blaming each other for problems as most children are guilty of this. I waned deeper serious problems popping up. One brother the saint and one the devil. Just opposite of how the book starts. No romance, affairs .... To clean for this author.

I'll think twice before I listen to any of her "romance" novels. If this was a try at something more tautly, nah. I'll pass.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Janie
  • CAIRNS, Australia
  • 04-19-15

....and they lived happily ever after

Is there anything you would change about this book?

definitely the narrator. Maybe he couldn't relate to the book well. It was a slow and studied read, as if to a young person - a child! Well, perhaps the story was a bit like a fairytale; single dimensional and predictable. While I thought the storyline OK, the telling was of it by Danielle Steele was poor. Phrases used over and over again become annoying and the writing was as basic as you can get.

Any additional comments?

If you like your stories basic because too many sub plots confuse you, then this tale is for you, enjoy!! I won't be buying anymore DS.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Sounded like it was a story being read to a child

What would have made Prodigal Son better?

Too simple

What could Danielle Steel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop repeating the obvious

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He kept reading like each sentence was a statement unless he took a character. No flow and read too slow

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Danielle Steele! Excellent story line! You Rock!

Great storyline, Excellent reader! This is why I follow this author! She never let's me down! Danielle Steele, You Rock! ❤

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  • Flint, MI, United States
  • 10-08-17

wonderful!

This is one of Danielle Steel's greatest books. I love all the twists and turns in this story. Of course I am a sucker for Happy Endings. The narrator really brought the story alive and felt like it was part of a movie. Absolutely loved it!

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Never Again

This novel was predictable, repetitive, had unbelievably thick characters, and was narrated by a preschool teacher. I only finished it because I had a very long drive. This was my first and last Danielle Steel novel. I wasted a credit on this audiobook. I didn't think I could go too wrong choosing it because the author is so prolific and her novels are pretty highly rated. I was wrong and I don't understand the high ratings. I gave it two stars for the story because the idea of the story was not bad but one star overall because it was written poorly and the narration hurt it more than it helped.

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Interesting twist in the tale

Ms. Steel conjures up some intriguing plots, and this is no exception.
It's just too bad that such a good plot is spoiled by pedestrian story telling with way too much repetition, and lack lustre narration.

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Awesome

Loved this story. Highly recommend it to Danielle Steel fans. Will read other books by author.

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Prodigal Son

LOVED the narrator! And the story was suspenseful and engaging. Enjoyed listening to this novel.

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Prodigal Son

An story about a man who keeps his wife thinking she is not well all the time giving her medication to produce symptoms of weaknesses which really don't exist so that he can keep her dependent on him.

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  • Petra
  • 04-12-16

great story

good from start to finish. enjoyable and in the middle the tension really hits you.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 10-27-15

Chick lit with a twist?

Deary me, this was such a poorly written book. The construction was of the quality of a child writing an essay. 'They went for a meal. The meal was DELICIOUS', It wasn't worth wasting my time to find out what the twist was.

The main characters were irritating and not really likeable, their responses to bad behaviour left me thinking 'for goodness sake, don't tolerate that', and this was in such silly situations. I really lost patience.

The narrator was a pain to listen to with his laboured reading.

N.B. Mental note : steer clear of Danielle Steel

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  • Elna
  • 09-27-15

love it

loved it. cant wait for the next book. good tead and listen. stayed up all night

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  • kt benj
  • 05-25-15

Really good book

I loved it from start to finish best book in a while! Read well. Would defiantly recommend it!

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  • pat
  • 05-02-15

Very enjoyable

Excellent! Could not stop listening!! Very well spoken. Favourite moment, when Michael was arrested, handcuffed and taken away. Very good

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  • J. HUSTLER-STEELE
  • 04-04-15

Grizzly

This book had a bit of mild grizzly ness to it. I LIKED IT💪😀! Very good Danielle steel book I would highly recommend it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-17-15

disappointed

this book I found a little tedious. It isn't D'S normal type. It was quite boring & depressing to start. which was laying out the plot, this took about 75% of the book, it's only the last 25% that's quite good

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  • maureen lattimore
  • 03-16-15

Excellent

Perfect ,enjoyed every chapter. Spoken word excellent.i will recommend this book to my friends and family. I will read another by Danielle steel

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  • meghan
  • 02-24-16

Enjoyable

Good story. a little predictable but still enjoyable. If you love Danielle Steels, you'll enjoy!