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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,301 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie Kallos Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455181674
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A national bestseller, Broken for You is the story of two women in self-imposed exile whose lives are transformed when their paths intersect.

Elderly Margaret Hughes is living alone in a mansion in Seattle, with only a massive collection of antiques for company, when she meets Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent years building up protective armor against the outside world. But as the two begin their tentative dance of friendship, the armor begins to fall away. When Margaret opens her house to the younger woman, she discovers a way to redeem her cursed past, and Wanda learns the true purpose of her cross-country journey.

This exuberant novel is a testament to the saving graces of surrogate families and shows how far the tiniest repair jobs can go in righting the world’s wrongs. It is a work of infinite charm, wit, and heart as well as a glorious homage to the beauty of broken things.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dreamy, powerful tale of familial warring, secrets and redemption…This haunting and memorable debut is reminiscent of early Atwood, peopled by lovably imperfect and eccentric characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The expanding collection of characters offers Anna Fields fertile ground for narrating this offbeat but engaging story. She gives a nuanced reading (and some singing, too) that showcases her versatility with accents and complex characterizations.”

    AudioFile

  • “Anna Fields is a wonder. Her fully voiced presentation of this quirky, witty novel demonstrates her power as an actress…Her artistry helps hold the convoluted plots together and gives the characters their distinctive personalities.”

    Kliatt

  • A Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award Winner
  • A Washington State Book Award Winner

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 2/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is a beautifully written story about a group of "broken" people who come together and form a family. It is not really very probably that some of these things happened, but it is quite magical. I got hooked from the start. I won't give anymore away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla Dym | 2/16/2014

    " a perfect novel "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 2/4/2014

    " Again. Meh. Great characters, good ideas, but the execution just falls flat. I don't believe these are real characters, just people the author thought up and thinks this is how they act/speak which comes off as artificial. Everything is set up just so, so that every single character/scenario creates a mosaic of happy ending. Not so much. Am I too cynical? Meh. "

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

    " I thought the first half of this book was very slow and I had a difficult time connecting with the characters. The second half really picked up and I made a much deeper connection with the characters and though there were many atypical behaviors, I felt a lot of insight into their actions and lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ahf | 1/31/2014

    " I've never read a more compelling book about breaking and healing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eiturralde | 1/28/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book especially the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sueanne | 1/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed this clever way of how 4-5 people come together and then stay together realizing they need eachother for sanity and support. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 1/13/2014

    " I loved the way the 70-something Margaret gained the courage to build her own family and right old wrongs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirah W | 12/28/2013

    " A very good book....I liked the way the several subplots weaved together that all issues got resolved. I think the characters were well-developed and easy to relate to and understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiessa | 11/24/2013

    " This book stands alone in my collection as the most heart-warming reminder of the power of healing, the importance of community, and the human aptitude for finding meaning in the midst of pain. It is an incredibly satisfying read, particularly for anyone who might be going through a rough patch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mical | 11/17/2013

    " Enjoyed the quirky characters and their chance meetings. The birth of an artist always nabs me whether well-written or not. I'm a slave to these stories. Fortunately this one was - well-written, in my mind. Interesting that objects in the book were a character as important as the people. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathleen | 10/24/2013

    " This is just not capturing my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 10/14/2013

    " read for book club; unimpressed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beatrice | 10/7/2013

    " A rich book -- comparisons to Anne Tyler and John Irving come from the strong storytelling voice, I think. But Kallos is a great deal more theatrical (she was an actor) and obviously loves these broken, becoming-whole characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 9/20/2013

    " Pointless for You. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcie | 9/13/2013

    " A little too much pop psychology for me, but not bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julias14 | 7/6/2013

    " I loved this story and didn't find it, as some did, too "easy". The coming together of the motley group of souls seemed very genuine to me. I enjoyed the Seattle setting a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 6/2/2013

    " One of my all time favorite books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 12/13/2012

    " This story broke my heart. We are all so fragile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 12/2/2012

    " I read this book for book club. This is an interesting story about how your life can be intertwined unknowingly with other people around you. There is a certain amount of mystery while you connect all the characters in the book and the people are vivid and colorful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabelle | 10/17/2012

    " I really enjoyed the stories and how they interacted with each others. Great characters (some better than others). Such a pleasant reading. This book stayed in my library for more than a year before I read it and I should have done it sooner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dylan | 9/29/2012

    " Yikes...very touchy subject matter, once you get into it. definitely raised a lot of questions for me. wayyy too many coincidences, but still, a great story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 7/31/2012

    " I really loved this book. Heart warming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 7/13/2012

    " Loved this book. Great characters, great plot that built and branched and then reconvened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 7/8/2012

    " i could not put this book down. Kallos has created such a wonderful set of characters and lets the reader feel a part of her family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 3/16/2012

    " At times, I really enjoyed this book, but Kallos occasionally went off on a tangent that would make my eyes glaze over. Overall, I liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie Furness | 1/14/2012

    " zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz oh i'm done "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Krichman | 11/15/2011

    " There were tons of chances to cry and laugh, none of them predicable or formulaic. I loved all of the characters and want to move into a large mansion in Seattle with all of them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Verdugo | 6/25/2011

    " I loved this book. Such a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 6/3/2011

    " Kept me interested the whole read - not predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 5/18/2011

    " I was surprised at how much I liked this book. The author does a great job of taking several different story likes and bringing them together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fabienne | 5/12/2011

    " I loved this book! It combined my strongest interests! Psychological relationships and china and collectibles! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 5/9/2011

    " Liked the collection of characters as well as the location (Seattle)
    Wanda and Peter story (as the book was ending) was too melodramatic or anticlimactic for my taste and could have been omitted.
    Felt like breaking some old dishes after reading this..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 5/4/2011

    " I was angry with this book for a while and put down. Picked up and ended up really enjoying.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 5/1/2011

    " Quirky story that is worth exploring. Like the flawed characters and redemption. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 4/24/2011

    " LOVED this book. Loved the characters, the underlying themes of the story - everything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 4/14/2011

    " Was well on my way to giving this one a big 4 stars, but was disappointed in the ending (so sorry Lil!). I just felt that everything was a little too perfect at the conclusion...There were a few really great twist and turns throughout that make it definitely worthy of your time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara | 4/12/2011

    " Set in Seattle, I read this while living in Seattle. Laughed and cried and always think of this book when doing a mosaic project with broken china pieces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Royanna | 4/11/2011

    " I loved this story! It seems like I say that for every book I read! I do highly recommend this "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 4/7/2011

    " This was nicely done for a quick light read. Definitely chick lit, but leaning toward the lit side. The characters are likeable, if not entirely believable. You can tell the author really likes smashing crockery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 4/5/2011

    " I really liked it. Started out a little slow but really picked up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnne Pulcino | 4/5/2011

    " Opening her home and heart to a young woman in trouble is the catalyst to an elderly woman's journey that unlocks secrets from her father's past and allows her to embrace a whole new community and life. A marvelous debut novel. "

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About the Author
Author Stephanie Kallos

Stephaine Kallos spent twenty years in the theater as an actress and teacher, and as a writer, her short fiction has been nominated for both a Raymond Carver Award and a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of the highly-acclaimed novel, Broken for You, which won the 2005 Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award and was selected by Sue Monk Kidd for Today’s Book Club, later becoming a national bestseller.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.