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Nora and Lee were once friends while they lived in Poughkeepsie, New York. They both met up again in Paris where there were parties, fun and lots of men. Nora came with her boyfriend, Jamie. but Lee took him away and Nora left Paris. Pablo Picasso found her a home in France, where Nora would find a safe haven to have her baby and raise her. However, at the age of 16, while Nora had to find a way to get herself out of trouble, which took a couple of days, her daughter wasn't at home when she returned.
The book was good but took too long to get to the theme of the story. I was about to quit listening quite often but once I was about three-quarters into the book, I continued to listen until the end. The narrator gave me a problem from the beginning. Kate Reading, the narrator, had what I would call a breathy voice. She kept ending the sentences with that irritating sound that made me want to quit. I think that with a better narrator, the book may have been a better listen.
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The Beautiful American was simply wonderful - a great story, well developed characters, masterful narration. I felt like the book had so many themes relevant to all: universal human imperfection, true love and friendship, war and betrayal, kindness and brutality. The story feels authentic, honest, believable, with a very satisfying ending. This one stands out. I was thoroughly engaged, and will be looking for more by Jeanne Mackin.
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