One for Sorrow

A Ghost Story
Narrated by: Madeleine Lambert
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Elsie, the class tattletale, liar, and thief, claims the new girl at school, Annie, as her best friend. But Annie soon makes other friends as well and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie, who later succumbs to the epidemic and dies. Elsie is not absent from school long, though. She soon returns there as a ghost, ready to reclaim Annie's friendship and to punish all the girls who bullied her.

©2017 Mary Downing Hahn (P)2017 Dreamworks Media, LLC

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Awesome Story!

I listened to this on my way to and from school and it kept me engaged the entire time! I would recommend all of Mary Downing Hahn's books!

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Amazinggg

The story itself was amazing, but the narrator captured the exact theme I would have imagined the story to be pronounced in.

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I loved it!!

It is one of the best books I've ever listened to. The narrator's voice fits the story perfectly and overall it was an amazing book.

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Disappointed

I fell in love with Mary Downing Hahn when I read Wait Til Helen Comes as a child. I was hoping for so much more than I got from this book.
Elsie seemed like more of a caricature than a real person, and I never liked her. Though she was a very sad child in life, I couldn't really feel sorry for her. The setting of the Flu Epidemic following WW1 was intriguing, but fell short of conveying the fear and dread it should have evoked. I was also disappointed with the lack of growth in Annie. The author missed several opportunities to teach valuable life lessons.

The narrator's voice was, overall, harsh and unpleasant to listen to. Furthermore, she sounded too modern for the time period.

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Complex relationships among dead and living

Just the perfect amount of spooky added to the complexity of relationships among adolescent girls- both alive and dead. I also enjoy the historical events, games, and fads described throughout the story. The allusions to classic literature and their authors will encourage a new generation to seek and enjoy them.

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An on edge read!

This book makes you cheer, get angry and yell at it, and then, makes you happy.

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Entertaining story!

If you could sum up One for Sorrow in three words, what would they be?

Engaging ghost story!

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Mrs. Jameson because she helped Annie escape the vengeful Elsie.

What aspect of Madeleine Lambert’s performance would you have changed?

Madeline Lambert made several errors while reading. One that stands out is when she said the father wanted to "confront" the mother instead of "comfort" the mother (I was reading along while listening to the story).

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

One moment that moved me was the final scene between Mrs. Jameson and Annie.

Any additional comments?

I thought the hearse scenes with the black horses wearing plumage incredibly vivid. I also found the girls' decision to "crash" the viewings of people who had succumbed to influenza believable. The author later explained that her own mother had behaved in that manner, which probably helped her to write such believable moments in the book.

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Awesome

This book was so awesome and it was so scary that I thought I would pee my pants!😝😀

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alright

not nearly as good as Wait Till Helen Comes, The Old Willis Place, or Time For Andrew. But it was still interesting.

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love !

Mary never fails to keep me amused, or leave me shivering with goose bumps.
she's been a favorite author since I was a kid, and I don't see that changing.
great job!