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The Necklace

Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives
Narrated by: Pam Ward
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
3 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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When Jonell McLain saw the diamond necklace in the store window, it aroused first desire, then a provocative question: Why are personal luxuries so plentiful, yet accessible to so few? What if we shared what we desired? A dozen phone calls and a leap of faith later, Jonell bought the necklace with 12 other women, with the goal of sharing it.

With vastly dissimilar histories and lives, the women show us how they transcended their individual personalities and politics to join together in an uncommon journey. What started as a quirky social experiment became something far richer and deeper, as the women transformed a symbol of exclusivity into a symbol of inclusiveness. Soon, sharing the necklace among themselves proved to be the beginning of a profound journey of possibility that would touch the lives of a community.

©2008 Cheryl Jarvis (P)2008 Blackstone Audio

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  • Evelyn
  • Highland Mills, NY, USA
  • 05-13-09

Inspiring

I loved this book! I felt like I really got to know the women. It inspired me to want to do something similar. The narrators were absolutely fantastic in telling the stories. I highly recommend this true story!

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  • Amazon
  • Butler, PA USA
  • 02-13-19

interesting premise

This is an easy breezy read with colorful characters and a delightful ending. Human nature is celebrated and fairly sparkles throughout .

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interesting to raise money for homeless

This was a little haughty for my taste but fun to read.I have been in a group like these women but we mostly gave money. I will write that story.

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so inspiring and smart and lovely.

it's about inclusivity and sharing!:) I want to build his kind of community of women!

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Read three times

Fascinating journey of women that excites possibilities. Beautifully read. I bought the paperback to pass around.

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Just OK

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Read this book for book club and I have to say that it wasn't a very memorable story. That being said, the reading of it was done well.

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An excellent women's discussion.

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

I completely enjoyed the audion edition. I am sure it "reads well too, but I loved the audio.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked one and then as I read on, I liked the next character. I think it showed the compassionate side of women.

What about Pam Ward’s performance did you like?

She had a tough task to voice so many different characters and I give her "props" for how well she did that.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Fantasy from the heart.