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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,473 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781423388760
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Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey — full of tests and trials — as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime. Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean — each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them. As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love. In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life — sometimes, if we’re lucky, with a friend forever by our side. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A #1 Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren Cecil | 2/20/2014

    " Not one of her bests. Really depressing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha Hines | 2/17/2014

    " I've never read a Danielle Steel before. Couldn't even get through the first chapter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzy | 2/15/2014

    " This book is really well written like most Danielle Steel books, but I have to say it is probably one of the saddest books I have ever read. I really liked the characters and then she had to go and I guess to not give too much away say, not give them the happy ending that I would of wanted. I cried multiple times reading this book. And I keep finding myself wondering why? Why did she have to do that to those characters? If you are up for heartbreak go ahead and read this book but it was definitely not one of my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Jane | 2/14/2014

    " Usual Danielle Steele had nothing else to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 2/12/2014

    " This was a sad but good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 2/11/2014

    " I have read every book by Danielle Steel and had gotten to where I figure out her plots pretty quickly. Not with this one...she had me gasping at the twists and turns this on takes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy Newland | 1/29/2014

    " Good book but typical Danielle Steele. I loved the characters but did not like having to fall in love with them and than lose them, it is a tearjerkers so you must be in the mood for a book with fun but a lot of sad moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belinda | 1/16/2014

    " This book was amazing as are all of Danielle's books -- it starts out with the 5 children meeting in the school that they were to attend until graduation and how they continued to be the best of friends all thru school and after and all the hardships that they go thru -- i truly recommend this book to all -- thank you Danielle for another great read "

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

    " Was a quick read but I thought that the author could have spent some more time on fleshing out each of the characters in the story. I didn't feel like I really got to know any of them all that well and so I wasn't that caught up in what happened to them. The whole story seemed a bit hollow. I have really enjoyed many of the author's previous books but every now and then (like with this one) I feel that she should shoot for complexity and content instead of pumping out so many books per year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Rosen | 1/2/2014

    " Good-typical Danielle steel "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marty Bryan | 1/2/2014

    " Seems like it was written by a high school student. Don't waste your time. It may be last Danielle Steel that I read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 12/31/2013

    " This was a good book, written in typical Danielle-Steel style. I loved the relationships in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie Greenway | 12/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I liked the way she carried the characters together through the years with interwoven surprises. I would definitely recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Sikorski | 12/20/2013

    " This was a quick depressing read. Starts out so happy with friends meeting in kindergarten. Evolves to much death and sadness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/13/2013

    " I Love Danielle Steel!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antnjoobie | 12/10/2013

    " Too much tragedy and heartache nothing like what i expected "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deejay Gardner | 11/20/2013

    " Sometimes Danielle Steel's books can become tedious because they are a lot the same, but the last few she has written (and i've read them all) have been different. This one is way off from what she usually writes and is a book of life-long friendship. I loved it from beginning to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 8/2/2013

    " I have been a huge fan of Danielle Steel over the years and have noticed a change in her style of writing in the last couple of books. I did enjoy reading this but it was a very sad book so only read it when you are happy and cheerful or it will depress you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tabitha | 7/17/2013

    " This was a different book for Danielle. It made me cry at least 3 times and I really felt a connection with the characters. Good book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 6/8/2013

    " Friends forever is not a long time in this tragic yarn with lots of misery. Ms. Steel use to be better than this. 1 of 10 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanessacantwell | 6/3/2013

    " Depression city. Not a great light read. I like my fluff to put me in a good mood. This is not that book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Eiland | 5/18/2013

    " Great book about friends but too sad! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 5/15/2013

    " Her books are usually pretty predictable...this one had a few things happen I didn't expect. It was good and I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorinda | 5/12/2013

    " This was a heartfelt story of children starting their lives together the first day of kindergarten & staying friends through college. Through their own personal ups & downs, together, they were connected by a pact made on graduation day. Good story - moves kinda slow, but worth reading on the beach! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Latin | 4/29/2013

    " Very depressing! Reads like most Danielle Steele books but not a lot of depth or meaning found in this one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 3/2/2013

    " One of her best novels in recent years. A sad story about friendship. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 2/12/2013

    " The beginning of the book was promising...but I was very dissapointed with the rest. I understand that tragic things happen to people all the time, but this seemed to go to extremes to make that point. I also thought the ending was kind of rushed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaime Brooks | 12/4/2012

    " I got bored with this. I've only read maybe three of her books. The Ring and Remembrance. Much better. It goes by too quickly and there are too many characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb Lovell | 8/26/2012

    " Not bad for another Danielle Steele book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Wallace | 8/26/2012

    " Horrifying, tragic, and sweet book. A little part of me died every time another character did. Danielle Steel pulled at the heart strings of a 24-year-old reader who can't imagine going through this kind of pain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nat Emmington | 7/3/2012

    " Best book couldn't put it down "

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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

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards, including fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.