The Book That Matters Most

By: Ann Hood
Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
4 out of 5 stars (475 ratings)

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An enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature, by the best-selling author of The Knitting Circle.

Ava's 25-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group's goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood - one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother.

Alternating with Ava's story is that of her troubled daughter, Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava's mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.

©2016 Ann Hood (P)2016 Recorded Books

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'Our lives are our own to ruin as we. may"

That sentence revealed to me how much control we have. in our lives to choose and not blame others for our decisions to take our selves,,,,,,,,, out of the picture.

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A MUST read

If you could sum up The Book That Matters Most in three words, what would they be?

This is just a great feel book. I love the cast of characters. I love the twists and turns and surprises. But what i liked most was, it was real life. unpredictable and this is how we deal with life.

If you could rename The Book That Matters Most, what would you call it?

Perfect title

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Hate to say good-bye

This book was not only fun to listen to, but it was deep and meaningful. I feel that everyone has life stories that they can relate to the story and the theme. I cried with sadness, for fear, for discovery, and of course for laughter. When I started it I thought it was just going to be this fun easy breezy read, but it is so ugh more than that! I hate to say good-bye to the “friends” I felt like I made in the book. So many times I wished I could jump into the pages and be a part of all the characters we’re going through. Read and figure out what is the most important book in our life!

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Unpleasant

The story just became sadder and uglier the more I listened. I finally quit and regret the 2 hours of my life that I lost to this depressing book.

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The Book That Matters Most

Perfect in every way! One for a repeat performance. Second book by Ann Hood that I've listened to. There will be more.

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brought me to tears

I'll be listening to this one again. I loved the reading, the story line and the perfect way the author portrayed her grief, among other things.

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Perhaps this will be my most important this year

I was fascinated from the beginning since I'm in a wonderful book group. At first I thought what a challenge it would be to pick just one book. I was glad my friend recommended that I read this. It became difficult when Mrs. Hood's stories pierced me a number of times with memories and flashbacks of my own. Then I had to finish it. And now I am in tears. All I can say is thank you, Mrs. Hood.

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Barely OK

pedestrian prose, often cliche. Important aspects of the characters' actions rarely explained. Far too happily ever after ending.

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Unrealistic plot

The plot was too easy to figure out and the "happily ever after" theme with the junkie daughter was not realistic!!

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Well done!

What a great story teller...the development of character... the bridge of generations ... the growth and maturity of relationships... the clarity and acceptance of life thru living...well done!