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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (756 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Keith Donohue Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780739377208
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Margaret Quinn lives alone, quietly mourning the disappearance of her only child, who fled ten years earlier to join a radical student group known as the Angels of Destruction.

On a cold winter’s night, a nine-year-old girl arrives on Margaret’s doorstep, claiming to be an orphan with no place to go. This child beguiles Margaret, and together they hatch a plan to pass her off as her newly found granddaughter, Norah Quinn.

Their conspiracy is made vulnerable by Norah’s magical revelations to the children of the town, and by a lone figure shadowing the girl, who threatens to reveal the child’s true identity and purpose. Who are these strangers really? And what is their connection to the past, the Angels, and Margaret’s long-missing daughter? 

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/20/2014

    " Beautifully written. I would not say that this was a "page-turner", but rather, a reflective, languorous piece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Phelps | 2/14/2014

    " This well-written book walked the fine line between fantasy and reality for most of the book. Redemption and reconcilliation are the two major themes. Towards the end, the book loses its balance and includes unnecessary theatrics by the character Norah. Still, overall a good book with a strong ending. "

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

    " Interesting and compelling, but in the end I felt it was left unresolved and too "mysterious." I thought the author could have pushed harder and committed to a vision of what was really going on with all of the potential angels in his book. I guess I just like concrete endings! But, I felt it was well written and I liked the idea that angels move around us all the time, in different forms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 1/31/2014

    " I think that after this book, I might be satisfied with knowing that Keith Donohue is not an author for me. Like his first book, The Stolen Child A Novel, Angels of Destruction left me cold. It's technically well-written, but it didn't really do anything for me. I wasn't compelled to pick it up when I had some free time, and I was only too glad to put it down to go to bed. It went exactly where I expected it to go - nothing was surprising or touching, and I didn't feel anything for any of the characters. It wasn't bad by any means, which is why it gets three stars instead of two, but I don't think I will be revisiting the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryll | 1/20/2014

    " Extremely well-written. Anyone interested in matters of faith should read this. I was completely captivated! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/12/2014

    " I would give this a 3.5 -- maybe it should be a 4. After reading Donohue's "the Stolen Child", I expected more. The story, while fascinating, never quite came together. Perhaps he meant to keep the reader wondering. I did wonder if this was fantasy, religion, or just a tale. Being a lit major, I looked for what symbolism might tie everything together, but what there was, was heavy handed and nothing was very satisfying. Nonetheless, i enjoyed reading it -- just felt like it was left unfinished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 1/12/2014

    " I was back and forth btw a 3 and 4 star. I was pulled through this book to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/10/2014

    " A unique novel. Are there really "angels," both good and bad? If so, it looks as if a good angel has arrived to enable a reconciliation after 10 years. Norah is definitely not just another little girl! I enjoyed this book, though I'm not sure it totally worked for me... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 12/29/2013

    " 3.5 stars. I was intrigued and the book kept moving for me, but there were definitely some unanswered questions and things left unresolved for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenne | 12/26/2013

    " Well written and unusual, but really not my thing at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 12/2/2013

    " This book didn't keep my attention - it was too slow in getting to the point. I won't let this affect my love for Keith Donohue's The Stolen Child; one of my all time favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 11/25/2013

    " Just finished this book. It was good. If you like books the move between realities, like the Grift, you may enjoy this book. The author wrote the Stolen Child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 11/22/2013

    " An okay book but definitely not as interesting as this author's first book The Stolen Child. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brenda | 11/20/2013

    " I couldn't quite get into the book. I finished the first section but didn't really understand what was going on. I got to the point that I didn't really care if I found out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Molleson | 11/8/2013

    " Good read but nothing compared to the stolen child "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DJ | 7/27/2013

    " Another wonderful, thought-provoking book from Keith Donohue. Thanks, Keith! Can hardly wait to read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/14/2013

    " I like Donohue's books, I do. But I don't have the imagination to deal with the endings. I like my books wrapped in a nice little bow. And he doesn't do that. So while the books are engrossing, just give me the ending!!! Don't make me puzzle about it. Because I just don't puzzle well! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 4/5/2013

    " I had this book on my "to read" shelf, but this afternoon I was going through my bookshelf and found a copy. I have already read it. Kind of forgettable! I absolutely loved "The Stolen Child", but this one not so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 1/29/2013

    " I'm not a big believer in angels and such but this was interesting. A very unusual view on 20 years of a family's life and how they change due to "angels". The end lost me a little and got corny but the first 2/3 was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/30/2012

    " I try not to compare novels by the same author, but couldn't help myself with Donohue. I so enjoyed The Stolen Child, but Angels of Destruction (hate the title!!) fell flat for me. It was very read-able, but the characters weren't as compelling. The end left a few too many questions unanswered. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/30/2012

    " couldn't wait for it to be over. I read the whole thing though so something about compelled me to do this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Molly | 11/18/2011

    " The longest book I've ever read where nothing happened. A truly unsatisfying conclusion to the one little mystery the book presented. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaime | 4/23/2011

    " odd. wasn't really sure what I was getting into and still not sure what I just got out of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/5/2011

    " Beautifully written. I would not say that this was a "page-turner", but rather, a reflective, languorous piece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mai Ling | 12/28/2010

    " Once again, Donohue casts a magical tale that has just enough sadness to keep the pages turning, and just enough joy to keep me waiting for the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 11/28/2010

    " This was one of those "random library shelf" finds. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/9/2010

    " Not a quick read but worth the time. Much better than his first novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 7/7/2010

    " Loved his first book but this one just could not hold my interest. I'm not the kind of reader that gives up on a book but I had to put this one down before finishing. Disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 6/30/2010

    " The writing was good and the story had me hooked but I was hoping for a twist or more of an ending. The book just ended and I felt like there was more of the story to tell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alena | 6/15/2010

    " This book starts strong but fizzles at the end. It sort of feels like a romance that falls just *this* short of greatness. Too bad, because "The Stolen Child" is so magnificent. "

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About the Author
Author Keith DonohueKeith Donohue is an American novelist, the author of the national bestseller The Stolen Child
and Angels of Destruction. He also has written reviews for the Washington Post. Donohue has a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in modern Irish literature and wrote the introduction to the Complete Novels of Flann O’Brien. For a dozen years he worked for the National Endowment for the Arts and now works at another federal agency. He lives in Maryland near Washington, DC.
About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.