The Memory Keeper's Daughter

  • by Kim Edwards
  • Narrated by Ilyana Kadushin
  • 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kim Edwards' stunning family drama evokes the spirit of Sue Miller and Alice Sebold, articulating every mother's silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you?In 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins, he immediately recognizes that one of them has Down Syndrome and makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and to keep her birth a secret. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own. Deeply moving, The Memory Keeper's Daughter is an astonishing tale of redemptive love.


What the Critics Say

"Edwards tells a moving story." (Booklist)
"Edwards is a born novelist....Rich with psychological detail and the nuances of human connection." (Chicago Tribune)
"Anyone would be struck by the extraordinary power and sympathy of The Memory Keeper's Daughter." (The Washington Post)


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Customer Reviews

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Is it over yet?

That is what I'm thinking, though I still have two hours left of the recording. This is not a bad story - it just tends to go on and on and on with details that don't add anything to the characters or to the story.

The narrator is not one of the best that you'll ever listen to. There seems to be "chic-lit" style of narrator for these types of books and they have a tendency to make each sentence sound like a question. It can be a bit annoying at times.
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- ciscospice

Boring as hell

This was my first fiction download and must say that I am throughly dissapointed. I only purchased this book because it was listed as the best seller in the New Times Book list for 32 weeks. The story is long and boring with no clear direction. The dragging length of the drama takes away from the pitiful situation of the twin's medical contidion and makes the reader flip several chapters to want to know "well what really happens in the end."

I did not have the stamina to hear till the end and I feel that even if one reads the one paragraph review, one would get a good idea of the story as there is no content within the pages.
I assure you, you would come out very depressed and frustrated mid-way. So please beware.
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- Priyanka

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-05-2006
  • Publisher: HarperAudio