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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,433 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781423388524
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Annie Ferguson was a bright young Manhattan architect. Talented, beautiful, just starting out with her first job, new apartment and boyfriend, she had the world in the palm of her hand—until a single phone call altered the course of her life forever. Overnight, she became the mother to her sister’s three orphaned children, keeping a promise she never regretted making, even if it meant putting her own life indefinitely on hold.

Now, at forty-two, as independent as ever, with a satisfying career and a family that means everything to her, Annie is comfortable being single and staying that way. She appears to have no time for anything else. With her nephew and nieces now young adults and confronting major challenges of their own, Annie is navigating a parent’s difficult passage between lending them a hand and letting go, and suddenly facing an empty nest. The eldest, twenty-eight-year-old Liz, an overworked, struggling editor in a high-powered job at Vogue, has never allowed any man to come close enough to hurt her. Ted, at twenty-four a serious and hardworking law student, is captivated by a much older, much more experienced woman with children, who is leading him much further than he wants to go. And the youngest, twenty-one-year-old Katie—impulsive, artistic, rebellious—is an art student about to make a choice that will lead her to an entirely different world she is in no way prepared for but determined to embrace.

Then, just when least expected, a chance encounter changes Annie’s life yet again in the most unexpected direction of all.

From Manhattan to Paris and all the way to Tehran, Family Ties is a novel that reminds us how challenging and unpredictable life can be, and that the powerful bonds of family are the strongest of all.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista Aasland | 2/15/2014

    " The story idea was good, but the writing was absolutely horrible. I felt like I was reading a high school kids debut novel. I haven't read a Danielle Steel novel in a very long time, but hopefully she is popular because most of her writing is good? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/14/2014

    " I LOVE this book by Danielle Steel. I didn't really think nothing of it, but I didn't want to think it would be boring, so I kept reading. By the time I got to Ted's main part, I was drawn in, wanting to know if my suspicions of Pattie were correct. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Anelli | 2/12/2014

    " Typical Steele novel. I enjoyed it and read it in 1 day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taryn | 2/12/2014

    " i thought this book was pretty good. the characters where developed nicly and it always kept you wondering what was going to happen next. i also enjoyed this book because i could relate to the charaters and what they were going through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 1/30/2014

    " Good book. Predictable. An easy summer read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianna Kemper | 1/24/2014

    " In true Danielle Steele, this was pleasant read. Nice characters, but a little unrealistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bettyann Rembisz | 1/23/2014

    " I haven't read Danielle Steel in awhile. This story is heart warming and very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/19/2014

    " I can always count on danielle Steele for a quick, fun read. "

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

    " I was very disappointed in this one. It just didn't seem to go anywhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/12/2014

    " Some of the language in this book wasn't so good. But the closeness of the families was great. I could relate to the mom and her concern for her children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 1/3/2014

    " It was a very nice story. It was very typical Danielle Steel- so if you love her you will love this book and if you hate her you will hate this book. I'm a fan so I really enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marnie Meisner | 12/28/2013

    " This was a nice refreshing read. A good story of strong family ties. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin Anderton | 12/12/2013

    " This book was good, but it wasn't a true Danielle Steel book. I keep looking for it to go a little deeper in a story line. It was life in a book and that isn't what I was looking for. It was like it was going from day to day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Solla | 11/23/2013

    " I liked the story idea. There's a great build up of characters and plots but the ending doesn't leave me satisfied. But then I find this true of most of the author's books and I still find myself reading them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya Mullins | 11/23/2013

    " This is the first book I've read by this author. It was available on Playaway so I thought I'd give it a try. Although I like how the author writes about the different cultures of her characters, I found the drama in the storylines was too repetitive like a soap opera. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denae | 11/10/2013

    " Nice break from my usual reading... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami Drew-Huiras | 10/27/2013

    " What is not to like about Danielle Steel--I will read them ALL. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doris | 10/17/2013

    " Shallow, repetitious, saying the same thing in consecutive paragraphs--what happened in editting? Characters and story not well-developed. Steele was too predictable. Very easy read, but not very interesting. Pulp fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancywboca | 10/4/2013

    " This is not a good book and I don't recommend it at all. I am am almost done with it and I am only finishing it to see what happens...big waste of time. I think I only borrowed this book from the library because I loved the cover. Don't judge a book by the cover! 1 star for pretty cover "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noemi Mendez | 9/21/2013

    " This was a pretty decent book, not a lot of fluff and not repetitious. I can tell with Danielle Steele it's hot or miss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 4/25/2013

    " HUSed to read Danielle all the time! It was a fun, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire McGuire | 2/25/2013

    " Family Ties is an easy, care-free summer read. The plot was simple, but not boring. Some aspects were predictible, but it was no less enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Share | 2/22/2013

    " This book was a bore. Not one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue (booknbeachbag) | 12/25/2012

    " Fairly predictable, fairly Danielle Steel - but much better than Big Girl that I'd listened to earlier this month. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Adams | 12/12/2012

    " Typical Danielle Steele with love, intrigue, danger etc. Read it fast! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie Layne | 12/11/2012

    " Light, feel good, no concentrating required! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desiree Habermann Velez | 11/27/2012

    " Too predictable-as she gets older, Danielle is losing her touch. Nothing like her earlier works! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa Lai | 8/10/2012

    " I was in Costa Rica and it was the only book in English at the store I was at that I hadn't read. It was typical of Danielle Steel (every one is the great looking and super talented, top of the their field, blah blah blah) and everything is perfect in the end. Sooo boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/30/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. You get engrossed in the characters very quickly. The ending could have been better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvonne | 7/2/2011

    " A novel that speaks of sacrifices and as the title suggests, family ties. The struggles are very real and the responsibilities of parenthood obvious. However, it lacks a certain degree of depth to move readers or tug at the heartstrings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 6/11/2011

    " i really enjoyed this book. Could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merceda | 6/8/2011

    " One of Danielle Steel's better books. Her heroine wasn't traipsing off to France or NY throughout the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diahann | 5/23/2011

    " Pretty much the same Danielle Steel dynamic. I enjoyed the characters in the story, though, and felt sorry for each of them! Good quick beach read :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doris | 5/22/2011

    " Shallow, repetitious, saying the same thing in consecutive paragraphs--what happened in editting? Characters and story not well-developed. Steele was too predictable. Very easy read, but not very interesting. Pulp fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianna | 5/2/2011

    " In true Danielle Steele, this was pleasant read. Nice characters, but a little unrealistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/6/2011

    " Typical Danielle Steel story but very readable and much better than anything on TV. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 3/20/2011

    " I always love a good Danielle Steele. . .been reading since highschool :) Love books I can finish in a day! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/19/2011

    " what force guides me to pick up danielle steels books from the library shelf?? maybe its because all ends so very well all the time.
    oh well it was an easy read "

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

    " A predictable Danielle Steel book. Found it to be a quick read and loved Annie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milly | 2/10/2011

    " Not sure what the purpose of this story was, it kind of went all over the place and then resolved in a few pages. Not very realistic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancywboca | 1/31/2011

    "
    This is not a good book and I don't recommend it at all. I am am almost done with it and I am only finishing it to see what happens...big waste of time. I think I only borrowed this book from the library because I loved the cover. Don't judge a book by the cover! 1 star for pretty cover "

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About the Author
Author Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over six hundred million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.