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The House We Grew Up In

Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (233 ratings)

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Meet the picture-perfect Bird family: pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and towheaded twins Rory and Rhys, one an adventurous troublemaker, the other his slighter, more sensitive counterpart. Their father is a sweet, gangly man, but it’s their beautiful, free-spirited mother Lorelei who spins at the center. In those early years, Lorelei tries to freeze time by filling their simple brick house with precious mementos. Easter egg foils are her favorite. Craft supplies, too. She hangs all of the children’s art, to her husband’s chagrin. 

Then one Easter weekend, a tragedy so devastating occurs that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass and the children have become adults, while Lorelei has become the county’s worst hoarder. She has alienated her husband and children and has been living as a recluse. But then something happens that beckons the Bird family back to the house they grew up in - to finally understand the events of that long-ago Easter weekend and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home.

©2013 Lisa Jewell (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Phenomenal

Another great book by Lisa Jewell... she gets inside the mind of a hoarder perfectly... and presents us with vibrant intriguing characters we care about... a page turner, vivid, wise, kind, complex story.

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Such a lovely novel...I felt as though I was part of this chaotic, funny, outrageous, damaged but beautiful family.

This story is filled with, hopes, dreams, tragedy, personality disorders, secrets & blunt truths. I loved every page of it & found myself listening to it straight through to the end! I hates to see it end... 5 stars!

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great book!

Loved it. The narrator was exceptionally good. This is on e of my favorites by Lisa Jewel

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Not a mystery. Slow start.

I read 2 of the authors books before this one & wow this was so disappointing. Slowest start ever. It was n hour in before it got to the story. Not a mystery. Not plot twist at the end. Wouldn’t recommend.

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Must read

I loved this book! I found a little something I could relate to with each character.

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Enjoyed, but....

I truly enjoyed the book, but the one part of the ending...what was in the packets Rory found? It never came back to that. I was thinking it would tell us something more.

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This is NOT a new book!

I bought this when I get an email saying my new author had a new book out. It’s not. This was released in 2013 with the same narrator! I was a few hours in when it started seeming familiar and searched it on audible - 2 entries for the same book! Going to be asking for my credit back.

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Did I Miss Something?

Painfully slow and dreary, to trudged through this hoping there would be an interesting twist at the end. Boring story about a dysfunctional family. I can’t imagine why anyone would enjoy this.

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Dysfunctional Family of the Year

Interesting story but after a while it was neither informative nor entertaining. It would have been nice to learn more about hoarding and hoarders but the author tried to touch on many societal taboos and mental health issues without any substantive information. The story lost focus which made it hard to suspend disbelief or care about the characters.

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