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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (710 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Beard Narrator: Cassandra Morris Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9781598873351
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On September 11, 2001, far from either New York or Washington, Tess DeNunzio loses her three year-old sister to a hit-and-run driver. With the eyes of the world elsewhere, Tess's small tragedy is lost in the context of a national one, trapped in what she comes to perceive as an impenetrable silence. Dear Zoe is her attempt to break that silence. Part love letter, part coming of age story, part confession, Tess's story lets us eavesdrop on the intimate conversations that force her to articulate her loss, confront her guilt and, ultimately, confirm the healing power of love. In the most authentic female voice created by any male author since Wally Lamb, Tess DeNunzio will break your heart, then put it back together again.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/19/2014

    " The storyline in itself is quite interesting. A girl is trying to grieve and come to terms with the death of her sister. Along the way, she makes some mistakes, gets a boyfriend, and seems to try to figure life out. This is a good first novel, but I felt like something was missing. There wasn't really any climax, but at the same time, I think that would have been awkward. The story is basically a letter that Tess is writing to her sister Zoe, who died, almost as if it will help her grieve. Details were often vague, so you couldn't quite figure out what was really happening. It is a good first novel, and I am sure others by him will just get better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica Miller | 2/9/2014

    " I listened to this book on cd which always colors the tone and style a little bit. I really enjoyed the story. The main character was believable. The arrogance of adolescence that is so easily forgotten when she changes her mind. I remember thinking the book was a tad predictable but it was a fun device in which the reader was always one step ahead of the narrator except for her own inner thoughts. I loved loved loved the portrayal of grief and depression for a therapeutic standpoint. It felt real and honest to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Wood | 2/6/2014

    " Beard did an amazing job in this book of transforming into his characters, especially the character of his narator. The book deals with death in the family and each chapter is a letter from the narator to her dead sister. Parts made me laugh while other parts mad me cry. It is a nostalgic book that I reccomend to anyone looking to find themselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Mai | 1/31/2014

    " I actually listened to this on disk. A bit predictable at the end but a rather poignant story. Might be better in book form. "

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

    " a really good love story along with trying to put a family back together after the death of the zoe "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/15/2014

    " This had some ups an many downs. i feel that for the level it is aimed at it is a little heavy on the concepts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/30/2013

    " It's been three years since I read this book, but I still remember certain scenes. I'd say that qualifies it as a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amandabird25 | 12/22/2013

    " Easy read. Really good book about the struggles of a teenager with her own tragedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CallMeLou | 12/4/2013

    " Different than what I was expecting but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 12/2/2013

    " This is a very scary book if you have any young children in your lives. It was also refreshingly honest in regards to teen sex and drug use. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 10/12/2013

    " Wonderful quick read that takes a look at how tragedy could have occured on 9/11 not directly relating to 9/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 4/10/2013

    " i had put off reading this book for years. not sure what made me take it off the shelf and read it. maybe i just needed this sad, but heartwarming story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beachwalker | 3/28/2013

    " This is a wonderful first novel...full of insight and very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyne | 2/14/2013

    " Just read this on vacation - it was a quick read but at times lacking focus. Interesting perspective on 9-11 - What happens when the unthinkable happens to a family on one of the worst days in history but it is in no way related to that day. Written in "letter" format - very powerful and emotional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanne Clower | 1/22/2013

    " This isn't a terribly meaty book, but I thought the author did a good job of retaining my interest in a story that has no villain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grittney | 11/18/2012

    " Very sweet coming of age novel. Also deals with a loss of a loved one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 4/26/2012

    " listened to this on CD "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 4/14/2012

    " I liked the two premises of the book--a series of letters to the narrator's dead younger sister who died on September 11; however, it wasn't enough about 9/11 and had too much sex and drugs for it to be a summer reading pic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 3/27/2012

    " This book was boring and horribly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Azraa | 3/13/2012

    " This book was beautifully written and completely honest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Vrtikapa | 10/12/2011

    " A sweet story one sister writing to another sister. Also, loved that one of the character's names was Zoe, kept reminding me of my grandma :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly O. | 8/26/2011

    " the only decent post-9/11 novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/3/2011

    " Sweet story, although a bit rough around the edges - a soon-to-be 16 year old girl is writing to her baby sister, who died on 9/11/2001, trying to sort it all out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 2/16/2011

    " i had put off reading this book for years. not sure what made me take it off the shelf and read it. maybe i just needed this sad, but heartwarming story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie | 1/22/2011

    " Gooooodd. tmi at parts, but good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 12/24/2010

    " I liked the two premises of the book--a series of letters to the narrator's dead younger sister who died on September 11; however, it wasn't enough about 9/11 and had too much sex and drugs for it to be a summer reading pic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 7/26/2010

    " a really good love story along with trying to put a family back together after the death of the zoe "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 4/9/2010

    " listened to this on CD "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Windcraze | 3/16/2010

    " This was a good book. Emotional and laughable at times. Not sure if it was young adult or not but I still thought it was good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jes | 1/29/2010

    " I don't know why, but I had a really hard time getting into this book. I didn't find it a fair comparison to The Lovely Bones AT ALL, contrary to what my friends AND reviews told me. Oh well. Better luck next time. "

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About the Narrator

Cassandra Morris has received critical acclaim for her voice-over work from Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine. To date, she has narrated over one hundred audiobooks, earned eleven Earphones Awards, and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her voice has also been heard on television in commercial campaigns for Samsung, Silk Soy Milk, and numerous Nickelodeon and Disney products. She is the voice of many cartoon characters, including Leo and Luna in Yu-Gi-Oh, Carrie in Barbie: A Fairy Secret, Nathan in Pokémon, and Lola in Angelo Rules.