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When 30-year-old Lisa Forster begins to trace her family tree, she discovers her birth certificate belonged to a baby who died at four months old and is not in fact her own. Her apparently happy middle class upbringing was a myth and her parents had a dark secret.

With Pete Laundon's help, Lisa sets about searching for the truth. She follows up all possible routes, until with no options left she goes to the newspapers for help. After 30 years, who if anyone knows: Who is Lisa Forster? Why was she never told? And who was the baby who died?

The Appearance of Truth is the gripping tale of one woman's search for identity.

©2013 Rosemary J. Kind (P)2017 Rosemary J. Kind

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Emotional, touching story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Appearance of Truth to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Appearance of Truth?

There was more than one. Lisa kept taking her emotions out on the people who cared and supported her, especially Pete. She failed to see that she had people around her who cared about who she had become and not who she was born.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Reagan Boggs?

I think I might enjoy her more narrating another book. I do like the sound of her voice but her pauses were at odd times so I found it disrupting to the flow of the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It didn't make me cry but I did find it emotional several times. The characters tell their own stories and it made me see things from their perspective. It was sad to feel what they were feeling at the time and how something like this can ruin not only a relationship but take all the happiness from a person.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 05-31-17

A story set in England without a British accent?!

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I wanted to like this book so I listened to it until the very end. It had an intriguing storyline and a compelling mystery and I wanted to know what happens/happened. However, when you have a story set in England with English born characters, at least one of them should speak with a British accent! I mean, c'mon!

Don't get me wrong, Reagan Boggs has a nice voice but hers was not an appropriate voice for this listen.

Of course, it didn't help that Lisa, the wayward adoptee and our main character, was a pill! She was sooooo unlikeable. It's a good thing this listen included a variety of characters that made up for Lisa's lack. By the time the HEA came along, I was through with her.

This was a good story; it really, really, really was. It deserved a British narrator.

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Who Am I?

Lisa Foster’s mother dies and she begins to trace her family tree. She quickly discovers that the birth certificate she has had for thirty years is for a baby who died at the age of four months old and is not in fact her own. While visiting the cemetery she Meets Pete, who quickly becomes her boyfriend. She begins her search for her identity with the help of of Pete, Sylvia, her cousin, and Matt, an ambitious journalist. She finally finds the answers she has been looking for.
I loved the whole story line of this book, but unfortunately I found Lisa to be selfish, self-centred, and prone to childish tantrums. I did not enjoy her character at all. It was surprising what Pete actually put up with from her.
The 2nd story line about the woman who brought Lisa up was very compelling and believable.
I quite often had a tough time differentiating between the characters, but did enjoy the narrators voice.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A slow, steady story for a slow, steady listener.

What did you like best about The Appearance of Truth? What did you like least?

I read and listen to books constantly, and my to-be-read pile will still be sky-high when my time on this planet is done. I tend to read/listen quickly, and I have little patience for a writer who dithers around. The Appearance of Truth tells the story of a young woman searching for her identity after she learns her history is not what she was led to believe. Her search, however, is described in excruciatingly extensive detail, including the transcription of tedious conversations and phone calls the protagonist herself rolls her eyes at! Lisa's experiences are traumatic, but she frequently comes across as whiny and petulant, and her beau, Pete, is far more tolerant than I am. The narration, too, was extremely slow, even listened to at 1.5 times the recorded speed, and there were often pauses in odd places. That said, there was a quiet appeal to the story, and some readers/listeners with fewer demands on their time might enjoy the story which was at times intriguing and came to a satisfying conclusion.

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When You Discover You're Not Who You Think You Are

The premise of this book was fascinating. DNA is all the rage these days with people giving up their spit and their rights to privacy in order to gain some kind of understanding of where they come from.

It sounds simple, right? A little saliva and a few weeks later, you get the information. Twice, though, in the near-past, men were arrested and accused of being multiple murderers because of DNA. But not THEIR DNA. Distant relatives had submitted a sample and the police were able to track down suspects. By picking up discarded garbage with DNA from the suspects, the forensic techs were able to confirm DNA matches. It turns out the men had never even been on the police’s radar as potential suspects.

Is this fair?

Well, their DNA was on the murder victims when they died, so the men need to be looked at, potentially charged, and definitely have their day in court.

And those relatives who inadvertently reveal their relatives as killers? Well, they’ll either feel guilt at being responsible or quiet acceptance that a killer is off the streets.

When Lisa, the protagonist in ‘The Appearance of Truth’, discovers she is not who she has always believed herself to be, that is a massive shock. She met Pete at a cemetery, and after time, they became friends. At a pub one night, they bet each other on who can find out more about their genealogy.

Lisa wins, but also loses.

Watching her make discovery after discovery is painful. Why? Because very quickly, she discovers her entire life is a lie.

Now, I’m adopted, so maybe this affected me even more than most. I was lucky enough to always know I was adopted and my parents almost always made me believe I was good enough, that I was special because they chose me.

That being said, when was18, I began my search. I was 28 when I finally met my biological mother and I’m glad I was older than I had been at the beginning of the search. I was mature enough to handle meeting the woman who gave birth to me, her parents (my grandparents), and my half-siblings. I won’t lie – it was a life-altering experience.

So I am very empathetic to Lisa…to a point. At times, though, I wanted to shake some sense into her. Her treatment of Pete, on occasion, hurt my heart. He couldn’t have been a nicer guy and was, I think, almost too understanding.

That being said, I adored Pete. To hold the hand of someone going through such upheaval, to be so kind and generous – he is the guy that women like me would love to find.

Lisa’s discoveries are paralleled by her ‘parents’ story, the narrative slipping from present (which is written in third person past tense) and the past (which is written in first person present tense). We also got the point-of-view of several characters other than Pete and Lisa. This could have been confusing, but I was never lost.

As Lisa’s story unfolded, she was blessed by having people who entered her life and enfolded her into their lives, accepting and embracing her. It turns out that Lisa isn’t the only one with a tragic past. Eventually, Pete’s is revealed and it was as tragic as I had imagined.

I won’t give away too many details, but I was rooting for Lisa and was happy with her ending.

Regan Boggs is a great narrator and did an admirable job. It took a bit of time for me to discern the setting of the book because Ms. Boggs spoke in an American accent while Lisa and Pete are British and there are a number of characters from Australia as well. Better to not attempt an accent rather than do it badly. I can think of several British narrators who would have done a good job, however, I think Ms. Boggs was a good choice.

Finally, I want to encourage people to listen to this book. Although Ancestry DNA screening programs were only in their infancy when Ms. Kind wrote the book in 2007, she was almost prescient in the questions she raised. These are questions that readers might ask themselves before giving away all their genetic secrets.

Oh, and when Lisa referred to Pete as her ‘little truffle pig’ who snores gently? My heart melted.

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Very slow moving story, with sub-par narration.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The pacing could've been much better. The story moves at glacial speed and is full of excruciating details that didn't need to be there. A better story editor could've made it a much more compact and interesting. Additionally, the central character Lisa wasn't likable at all. When you are weaving a story around a central character, it must have some redeeming qualities that the reader finds endearing. Lisa doesn't have that. As a result, I didn't care about what Lisa finds or doesn't in her quest.

If you’ve listened to books by Rosemary J. Kind before, how does this one compare?

fwiw, the story itself had a compelling premise. A person trying to find his true origin / birth history has the potential of being immensely emotional tearjerker. Sadly this book fails to come close to that.

What didn’t you like about Reagan Boggs’s performance?

Reagan Boggs' narration didn't quite match this book. As another reviewer mentioned, this book's narration needed a British accent, which we didn't get. Multiple characters sounded the same to me. Moreover, the narration is super slow, which makes the slow moving story all that more unbearable.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Amazing Story

This was truly an amazing story about a woman looking into her family tree and finds secrets! Reagan Boggs does an amazing job with the narration! I highly recommend this book! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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though I had problems with the book I found it

the book had a lot of issues for me to explain those issues will be to make spoilers but though I had those issues maybe it's something of me as a person because I can find the appeal of the book the book is well written but again but I will not explain why I had problem with the book and finally I'm not regretting to listen to it because of the book made me think and when something like this happened it's means the book is good and the issues you had with the book it's not because of the book itself it's more about you so because of it I will give this book 4 stars again I do recommend this book because this book will make you think a lot

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Couldn't stand the main character

Well, this book really had potential. Unfortunately, the main character, Lisa, is so unlikable that I didn't really care what her story was. It just so happens that her particular story is more than half of this book. Her poor boyfriend Pete put up with a LOT, to the point that it almost became painful to listen to. I understand that Lisa was full of emotions in finding out her history, but man! Though they do say that it's easier to take things out on those we love because they will still love us and forgive us in the end. The story of her parents was more interesting. I can't imagine going through what they did, and it was neat hearing their story unfold.

Reagan Boggs did an adequate job with the narration, though as others have mentioned, what with the book being set in England and the main characters being British, I was a little surprised that the audiobook was narrated with an American accent. The thing that really got me was how darn slow the narration was a 1.0x. It pretty much needs to be sped up in order for it to be bearable. Am I saying don't listen to this audiobook? No. If it sounds like a story that you'd enjoy, take a chance on it! Just be prepared to speed up the narration. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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Oh my what a great story.

I was gifted this Audio ARC for a honest and unbiased review from the author /narrator

Rosemary J Kind has written by every parent's nightmare in print and did an excellent job of doing it..
This is the story of a young lady Lisa, that in the course of researching her family history discovers she isn't who she thought she was and tells us the steps she had to take to find out who she was and where she came from. While I believe this is fiction, it is a story that could happen. Scarey !!!
Reagan Boggs holds the audience throughout the entire book. The use of tones and dialects was fabulous. Reagan could out do my children when younger doing tantrums.



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  • Layla
  • 06-05-17

I love this book.

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This is a great book. I was hooked from beginning to end. My favorite character has to be Pete. He found humour at bad times. He always put a smile on my face.
I didn't like Lisa so much. I felt she abused Pete, when he always tries to help her. He loves her a lot and I felt that she throw's it back in his face, even though she says that she loves him. Which I did not believe because she would not have treated him the way she did. Like when he says that he understood why they did it, she had a fit and told him she never wanted to see him again!
However I still liked the book. There is even a few twists in here. Some I expected and the others came as a surprise.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.