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By Martha Eckert on 10-23-05
Because I really like the way SEP writes and would like to listen to all of her titles, I wanted to look at this one. I was disappointed in the narration because it was difficult to tell who was speaking--the reader had little or no distinction between characters. Since I have also read the book, I was also disappointed in this abridgement because the whole Lily/Liam story line was eliminated. I hope Audible chooses to add this title to it's unabridged listings.
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By Barbara on 07-31-13
The story survives abridged cuts
I bought this abridged version because I remembered and enjoyed the original version narrated by Anna Fields. Sometimes a truly skilled abridged version of a story can even tighten the original, and I enjoy Jennifer Van Dyke so I thought I would like to listen to an old favorite.
The cuts in this abridgment were not surgical. It was accomplished by cutting out a subplot, and therefore removing one of the main characters of the amputated secondary story. This leaves Molly and Kevin, the main characters, reacting to the ghosts of the missing parts. It still works. Susan Elizabeth Philips writes great stories, and even the surface parts of this story are engrossing, Still, it takes more than a suspension of disbelief to help the reader understand why Molly is so loved by her family, without letting the reader see her complete interactions with Kevin's mom and her nieces and nephews. Getting to know the remarkable woman Kevin's mom is that makes it worth the effort Kevin puts forth to get over reasonable childhood resentments. I listened to this with friends on a drive that took four hours and kept trying to explain that these people were not really a train wreck. We didn't turn it back on for the trip back. Still even watered down Susan Elizabeth Phillips is worth some time.
By Marie on 11-22-11
Another Hit in Chicago Stars Series !!
This is another hit in SEP's Chicago Stars series. Loved both main characters as always. SEP comes up with a twist or two that makes them so different from your run of the mill hero and heroin.
My only complaint was this one was far too short. I was disappointed to see it end so quickly. I wanted more more more.