• Me & Emma

  • By: Elizabeth Flock
  • Narrated by: Lauren Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-30-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (367 ratings)

Regular price: $17.95

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Publisher's Summary

In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old: playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places. But even her imaginative mind can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma. By turns achingly naive and utterly pragmatic, Carrie has been shaped by the loss of her beloved daddy and by a drunken stepfather and her emotionally absent mother. Charting an astonishing course of survival for herself and Emma, she hopes to transform their lives into one more closely resembling the storybooks she treasures.
But after the sisters' plan to run away from home unravels, their world takes a shocking turn, and one shattering moment ultimately reveals a truth that leaves everyone reeling.
Narrated with the simplicity and unabashed honesty of a child's perspective, Me & Emma is a vivid portrayal of heartbreaking loss of innocence, an indomitable spirit, and incredible courage, a story that will resonate with readers long after they've heard the final sentence.
©2004 Elizabeth Flock (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Tremendously touching." (Kirkus Review)
"Captivating. Haunting. You'll hit the last page and want to go back to the beginning. Elizabeth Flock is one to watch." (bookreporter.com)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pamela Harvey on 04-10-08

Brilliant but Disturbing

This book is brilliantly written and read but to me it was scarier than the most gruesome works in the "horror" genre. Just a warning, if you are sensitive to emotional issues from childhood, reading this book may be difficult. It was certainly not an escape to a "nice read". It was hard for me. The story is compelling, as others have said, and the ending is hopeful but I had to pace myself and read it only when in a good place with my head. It just seems like the tip of the iceberg in terms of what goes on in families that make poor choices and then have children, and opens one's eyes to the plight of so many abused and under-resourced young people in this country.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 07-09-09

Anguishing, sad and revealing listen

The main character in this story, Carrie, is also the narrator and tells the story in her voice and tells about her life and of her sister Emma. After Carrie's father dies suddenly, her mother remarries and life takes a turn for the worse for the family, as her mother is extremely depressed and her new stepfather is extremely abusive, at one time chaining her out back like a dog and feeding her dog food. Carrie's narration pulls you in and really tugs at your heart, so much so that I found it difficult to stop listening to this book. It was very well written with well developed characters and interesting plot and conclusion. Overall, it will leave the listener feeling somewhat sad because of the nature of the material, so if you are looking for an uplifting book this one isn't it. Still, it's an excellent read and well worth the time.

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