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The Girl You Left Behind Audiobook

The Girl You Left Behind

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Me Before You, a spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most

France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard's portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer's dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything - her family, her reputation, and her life - to see her husband again.

Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is - putting Liv's belief in what is right to the ultimate test.

Like Sarah Blake's The Postmistress and Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key, The Girl You Left Behind is a breathtaking story of love, loss, and sacrifice told with Moyes's signature ability to capture our hearts.

©2013 Jojo Moyes (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Linda CAMP HILL, Pennsylvania 07-19-16
    Linda CAMP HILL, Pennsylvania 07-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "French narrator, Clare Corbett, is terrible"
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    It's been said before, but it deserves to be said again. The narrator of the French portion of the book is nearly unbearable. She screeches. Every line except "whot?" sounds like Edvard Munch;s paintings look. You want to slap her. That does not make one sympathetic to her story.
    And now that I've listened to the whole book, I cannot unhear it. Sad. Very sad. Because the contemporary (London) portion of the book is clever and fun, very insider and knowing. And why did the author set this back in the Great War instead of in WWII. What are the chances of anyone surviving to testify in court, or the chances of scraps of paper surviving. I don't think the most widely documented art in history from the 1910s has had so much documentation: letters, articles, stories in Architectural Digest. It's a bit much.
    But back to the French narration.
    Where was the producer of this audio book? How did this happen? Isn't someone supposed to be directing this stuff? I'm sure Ms. Corbett did not come up with this reading on her own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 05-03-16
    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 05-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Characters"

    Moyes writes subtle and compelling characters. As you'll note from the other reviews, this story takes place in two different time periods — 1917 and 2006. It's fascinating to jump back and forth between the eras and juxtapose the characters and their vastly different lives. The narrators were excellent. I have to take issue with others reviewers who have characterized Moyes work as Chick-Lit. It's just good fiction built around complex and believable characters, and as a 66-year-old male I enjoy literature that isn't stuffed into a predictable genre formula. Give me more.

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    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 04-08-16
    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 04-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Cannot understand French accent"

    Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample before buying. I gave it an hour or so but missed so much of the story that it just wasn't worth the aggravation.

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    Bock Southern California 02-17-16
    Bock Southern California 02-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "very good read"

    This was a very good read. The author did a good job of describing the story in detail. making the reader feel as though they were right there with the main characters. The narration is excellent. This was my first Jojo Moyes novel read, but I plan to read a lot more of her books, hoping for the same or an even better experience.

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    Lorrie Sutherland 02-11-16
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    "Another Outstanding Story by Jojo Moyes"

    I love where Jojo Moyes takes me in her books. The Girl You Left Behind was suspenseful and kept me engaged until the end.

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    Cynthia 02-07-16
    Cynthia 02-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved everything about it."

    I became completely enthralled with these characters and their story.
    Can't wait to read more Jojo Moyes books.

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    Paige Woodruff CT 01-08-16
    Paige Woodruff CT 01-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fall in love with a french woman"

    I purchased this book by the recommendation of Audible editors and was not disappointed. The story and characters are well developed and the french accent of the narrator draws you right in. I did find myself becoming a little confused trying to keep all the characters straight in part two but that is likely just me. This is my 2nd Jojo Moyes novel and have found both engaging and plausible, at least on some level.

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    Michele Kelly Franklin, MA USA 11-13-15
    Michele Kelly Franklin, MA USA 11-13-15
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    "Compelling!"

    The story is riveting and I couldn't wait to get in the car to listen to more.

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    V. Jackson 10-20-15
    V. Jackson 10-20-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Beautiful complicated story that finishes in full circle"

    Often when books end there is such yearning for more, and although I would have loved more, this story is complete and finishes without too many questions. Heartwarming parts and eye opening horrific parts that are important historical insights that we should all know about...

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    Karen Brow 08-08-15
    Karen Brow 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An Amazing Story"

    Wonderful, richly detailed story. Particularly enjoyed the parts taking place in WWI France- the narrator here gets six stars... Found the modern day part a bit cliche, the dialogue predictable and a little too "template -like." The narrator here also has a weird take on an American accent and an annoying version of a man's voice, which is the reason I didn't give five stars overall. Glad I persevered through the modern day stuff until the end as the remarkable story plays out. Would recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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