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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (473 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Pilcher Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9781593973858
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The New York Times bestselling author of Starting Over and An Ocean Apart returns with his strongest work to date—a heartwarming story of love, compassion, and redemption
After the dot-com bubble burst, Dan Porter is laid off from his job and must decide what is truly important. His wife of 20 years, Jackie, a beautiful and successful managing director for a clothing designer, no longer connects with him. His teenagers Josh, Nina and Millie are distant and confusing. Jackie is tempted by the attentions of a younger man at her office, and thanks to an opportunity suggested by a magazine article, Dan finds himself contemplating a drastic change in his life.A Risk Worth Taking is an engrossing, thought-provoking novel of a man who has to discover what he really values in his work, marriage, and life. Robin Pilcher writes fluidly, and is endlessly interested in the details of his characters' lives. He has written a poignant and moving story about the real choices adults face when they start taking stock of their lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pilcher writes with an easy accessibility to his characters' depths, and has an excellent sense of the pace of his story. It's easy to feel you know these people and to grasp the complexities of their relationships. All told, it's a worthy novel. Houston Chronicle on Starting Over

  • With his Scottish sensibility and captivating wordplay, Pilcher crafts a fine and fulfilling novel. Booklist on An Ocean Apart

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/13/2014

    " This is his first novel. The story is about a high flying financle guy from England who looses his job and doesn't want to get back into the rat race. His wife, who has a good job too, pushes him after a year to GET A JOB. He reads about a company in Scotland and is interested. He goes there only to find the company sold. But he loves the family he meets and area and they ask him to help run their other business because the husband has MS. And that's enough you'll have to read to find out how it works out. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 2/3/2014

    " quick easy beach read, man's POV interesting.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patsy | 1/15/2014

    " Worst. Book. Ever. Found it in the cottage in MI and picked it up. So appallingly bad, I cannot believe it was published! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie Revert | 1/13/2014

    " Very enjoyable story about the human condition! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Aranda | 1/12/2014

    " Liked this book ever more the second time I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/5/2014

    " A pleasant read by Robin. A mid-life story of a man re-finding himself amid crabby teenagers and a cheating wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/3/2014

    " This was a nice quiet read but totally predictable. Robin Pilcher does create very soothing characters and storylines that are quite enjoyable to read. This, however, was not one of his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 12/18/2013

    " I think I expected too much of this book, since it is unfair to compare the author to his mother--Rosamunde Pilcher (author of "The Shell Seekers"). So I gave it 3 stars to be sure I was being fair "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 12/7/2013

    " A schmaltzy book, but good for a quick read. Very syrupy though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 11/13/2013

    " Mistakenly read in our book club. Vote from all: pure fluff! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 10/6/2013

    " Some of this book was pretty predictable, but like all of his books it was well written and for the most part a really good book. If you are looking for a light read this is a great choice, and though the ending was a little abrupt, I did like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beve | 9/4/2013

    " Easy read. I was expecting a bit more humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viola | 1/18/2013

    " It was a heart warming story. Hard to put down. A page turner! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 9/5/2012

    " I read this book quite some time ago and there is a reason I dont remember it all too well. I never really felt attached to the story. It held my focus poorly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/28/2012

    " I also enjoyed this book maybe not as much as the previous Robin Pilcher books. I thought it was interesting how dis-functional a small family could become. I would recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 7/6/2012

    " I love Rosamund Pilcher's writing, and had heard that Robin, her son, also writes good books. I enjoyed this novel (an unemployed man travels to Scotland to investigate buying a textile company) and will look for more novels from him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudy Powers | 7/1/2012

    " I love this book, its about starting over and being a loving family....would read it again! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rochelle | 6/15/2012

    " Sounded better than it was. Too many papercut-out characters, particularly the women. Don't recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcy | 1/18/2012

    " Robin Pilcher is not Rosamund. The opening of this book was like a Creative Writing 101 homework assignment. After he found his voice, the story picked up. Still, not terribly engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 4/17/2011

    " Well I didn't know it had to do with 9/11, but it was a very good story, and very good for the times we are in now...live life now... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 1/28/2011

    " I loved the setting, but the book was just okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patsy | 12/31/2010

    " Dan is out of work when he stumbles across a business opportunity in Scotland. His wife has lost respect and looks elsewhere for comfort. His kids seem to be floundering and alienated. The Scotland adventure brings father and children together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 9/7/2010

    " Reading Robin Pilcher is a lot like reading Rosamund Pilcher (his mother). The books are romance, but not that sultry steamy romance formula. And the books always make me want to visit Scotland. This particular book hit a lot of themes including the post-9/11 world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 9/3/2010

    " I think I expected too much of this book, since it is unfair to compare the author to his mother--Rosamunde Pilcher (author of "The Shell Seekers"). So I gave it 3 stars to be sure I was being fair "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/21/2010

    " Reading Robin Pilcher is a lot like reading Rosamund Pilcher (his mother). The books are romance, but not that sultry steamy romance formula. And the books always make me want to visit Scotland. This particular book hit a lot of themes including the post-9/11 world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/4/2010

    " Liked this book ever more the second time I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helena | 8/7/2009

    " I didn't mind the book just borrowed it from the gym. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 4/28/2009

    " I love Rosamund Pilcher's writing, and had heard that Robin, her son, also writes good books. I enjoyed this novel (an unemployed man travels to Scotland to investigate buying a textile company) and will look for more novels from him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie | 2/17/2009

    " Very enjoyable story about the human condition! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudy | 12/28/2008

    " I love this book, its about starting over and being a loving family....would read it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 faithful | 9/14/2008

    " When away on vacation I picked this up in a secondhand book section and proceeded to devour it in one day. It was enjoyable to read a novel where men were the main characters for a change. The plot was simple but fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcy | 9/12/2008

    " Robin Pilcher is not Rosamund. The opening of this book was like a Creative Writing 101 homework assignment. After he found his voice, the story picked up. Still, not terribly engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 8/25/2008

    " I loved the setting, but the book was just okay. "

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About the Author

Robin Pilcher is the son of bestselling novelist Rosamunde Pilcher. His first three novels, An Ocean Apart, Starting Over, and A Risk Worth Taking were New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Dundee, Scotland.

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.