• Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 06-05-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio
  • 4.2 (89 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Costa First Novel Award Winner 2014
Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it.
She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.
©2014 Emma Healey (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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By Bjerkana on 08-31-14

Insightful, sensitive, intriguing

As the daughter of a 91 year-old widow who still thinks her mind is sharp as a tack, I found this book particularly poignant. The author shows great insight into the mind of her heroine, its intertwining of past and present and the confusion of drifting between the two. The portrayal is sensitive and sympathetic, suggesting familiarity with the problems of encroaching dementia. The interwoven story of Maud's youth and the mystery which has left its mark on her emotions is wonderfully told and delightfully connected with her perceptions of the present day. Her distress at being unable to find her only friend, so important to older people who have lost just about everyone else in their lives, is very real. The conclusion to the mystery is a wonderful culmination to the book, which can have no happy endings. I enjoyed the way details of present objects led to recollections of the past and connected the two stories together.
The narration of this book was particularly outstanding. Anna Bentinck gave every character their own, recognisable voice and her portrayal of Maud, the central character, was sensitive and appropriate. I really enjoyed this book and would look for others by the author and narrator.

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By Sysop on 07-30-14

Fantastic Book! I loved every minute of it.

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

I have recommended this book to several of my friends and family.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Maud of course, but also the granddaughter who was so kind to her when everyone else was treating her like a silly old woman. She didn't assume that Maud had lost her sense of humour just because she was old.

Which character – as performed by Anna Bentinck – was your favorite?

All of them! They were all well rounded characters and either lovable or loath-able (is that even a word?) The range of 'Maud voices' was very well done and gave great depth to the story.

Who was the most memorable character of Elizabeth Is Missing and why?

Maud, Helen and Peter - was that man annoying or what! Such a pompous windbag - I wanted to give him a good slap!

Any additional comments?

The only thing that I kept on thinking was, why didn't Maud make a note of Elizabeth's whereabouts once she knew of them? She wrote everything else she wanted to remember down, but not that most important thing ... but then, there wouldn't have been this wonderful story.

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By MjB on 10-26-15

So different...

A delightful and intriguing read. The author has both humour and a wonderful insight whilst weaving a mysterious tale. And as usual fantastically narrated by Anna Bentinck.

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By Mrs. Denise Slatter on 07-08-14

Elizabeth is missing

Where does Elizabeth Is Missing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the top stories I have listened to. two.women missing 50 years apart a whodunit with a difference!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character is searching for Elizabeth whilst suffering the beginnings of Dementia<br/>Her reliance upon slips of paper to work as an aide memoir, dated but what happens when you don't remember the date or if you have already acted upon what's on the paper

What does Anna Bentinck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Anna brings the characters and story to life with the feeling that you are a character within the story

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The main characters narration and her sudden confusion as to who this woman in front of her is.<br/>The story itself takes the listener into how it must be for somebody suffering from dementia and how sometimes she will recognise her daughter and grand daughter then suddenly wonder who these people are. <br/> <br/>

Any additional comments?

Although the character is suffering from dementia, the actual story is about two missing Somerset gif th years apart. It is a who done it with many red herrings and twists that when the story ends you are left wanting to remain and hear more.<br/>Wonderful thought provoking enjoyable adventure <br/>Never judge a book by its cover ....is so true of this book

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By paula on 02-16-15

So sad, so frustrating.

Narrator was brilliant, from an old lady to a irritated policeman she does it all well.
I found the book very sad, no one understands her and ( like me) she forgets the words for things.
The frustration you can almost feel...

The ending seemed rushed but is worth listening to just to get a sense of where we will all be in our 80's and maybe help us all understand our elderly a little more and help us to be more sympathetic and caring.

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By aussiegirl on 11-20-15

A must to download

I manage an aged care service and want to buy a copy of this book for all my staff. A fantastic account of what it must be like suffer from dementia. Although the story may sound a little dry from the description, don't let this fool you. I have been raving about this book since I finished it.

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