The Lazarus Child

  • by Robert Mawson
  • Narrated by Allison Janney
  • 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It takes just a moment for a family's life to be changed forever. For a 12-year-old boy to dash across the street for a pack of peppermints. For his 7-year-old sister to follow him into traffic. For a bus to swerve out of control. And with that terrible moment, a family's search begins for the unlikely miracle that will put together their shattered lives - and bring their daughter back to life...
In a small hospital room little Frankie Heywood lies in a coma so deep, no one - not even those who love her the most - can reach her. It is a parent's worst nightmare. For months the Heywoods have kept an uneasy vigil at their daughter's bedside, waiting in vain for the least sign of hope. Now the experts are telling them that prolonging Frankie's existence may be damaging to their son Ben, who is slipping deeper and deeper into a dangerous emotional isolation. Their marriage already strained to the breaking point, the Heywoods are desperate. Against the expert judgment of all around them, they grasp at their last chance: the brilliant neurologist Elizabeth Chase.
Lizzie Chase knows what it's like to lose a loved one to the darkness. She has dedicated her life to coaxing children back from the brink of oblivion. Her revolutionary work offers the only hope to families like the Heywoods. It has also drawn the unwanted attention of those who, through ignorance, greed, or fear, would do anything to stop her. But Lizzie and the Heywoods refuse to be stopped. They are certain that somewhere, just beyond their reach, Frankie is waiting for the lifeline that will lead her back to them.


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Terrible sound quality, Audible should remove it

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The abridgement removed good parts of the book. The sound quality is so bad it's difficult to make out the words. Do no waste your money. Audible really needs to remove this book from their inventory.

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- Kelly Sue Plamp

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-1999
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio