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On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small Midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a story that you will never forget.

The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was - very nearly - everything. The place is a small Midwestern town with a high school and a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on a tree-lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinary set of events begins to unfold. And gradually, what seems serendipitous is tinged with purpose. A happy home is shattered by a child's senseless death. A loving marriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives - a young woman who will touch many lives before she moves on. She and a young man will meet and fall in love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family's dreams. And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious gift she leaves them.

The Gift, Danielle Steel's 33rd best-selling work, is a magical story told with stunning simplicity and power. It reveals a relationship so moving it will take your breath away. And it tells a haunting and beautiful truth about the unpredictability - and the wonder - of life.

©1994 Danielle Steel (P)2004 Random House Audio

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Huge disappointment!

Ron McLarty did the best he could with this poorly written, ludicrous, predictable story. By far the worst Danielle Steel book I've ever read. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR CREDITS! It reads as if it was written for teenagers. Very naive teenagers.

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Touching but not sappy!

thus was one of my favorite Danielle Steel books. and I've read quite a few. it was touching, but not at all sappy.

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My New Favorite Story

A heartfelt, tender story, I felt like I was on the journey with the characters

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The Gift

Great narration. I felt like crying after what happen to Maribeth. I really loved her courage and how she more or less had to grow up and make decision. She is wise beyond her years. I love that she also made another family come together again. Also that she didn't let anything get in her way of completing her educaton. Excellent story. I always enjoy Danielle Steel books.

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  • Sarah James
  • 09-17-16

Christmas Bittersweet Story

I listen to all of Danielle Steel's books and this one is set in the 1950's.
If you enjoy the Waltons you should enjoy this dramatic family story.
The narrator is really excellent and he makes this an easy listen.
Danielle Steel writes simple novels about people and their challenges. The listener can relate to their pain and frustrations their sorrow and ultimately their joy and understanding.
Despite the sugar coating and dramatic prose she has an immense talent for story telling characterisation and for delivering a very satisfying ending.
This story stays with you long after you finish it and you hanker after a sequel.
Enjoy.

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  • Julie
  • 04-14-14

A great read of an old story

What did you like most about The Gift?

I have read the gift many times but to sit back and just listen was joy

What other book might you compare The Gift to, and why?

Not sure

What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

Just a great voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No