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Download Hand Me Down World Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (669 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lloyd Jones Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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A woman washes ashore in Sicily. She has come from North Africa to find her son, taken from her when he was just days old by his father and stolen away to Berlin. With nothing but her maid's uniform and a knife stashed in a plastic bag, she relies on strangers - some generous, some exploiting - to guide her passage north. These strangers tell of their encounters with a quiet, mysterious woman in a blue coat - each account a different view of the truth, a different truth. And slowly these fragments of a life piece together to create a spellbinding story of the courage of a mother and the versions of truth we create to accommodate our lives. Haunting and beautiful, Hand Me Down World is simply unforgettable.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlos Alvarado | 2/20/2014

    " This year through modern Berlin he writes of a journey, from a woman who lets very little of herself escape to the outsider, in her journey to see her child stolen by trickery. There are some pretty nasty characters, but none are free from using others for their own needs, whether sexual or for other purposes. The story unfolds from North Africa, through Europe to Berlin and back to Italy. The woman, whose name is not what it seems, uses others to gain what she wants, but in the end it is futile, not because of amorality but because of the failure of the people as individuals. Is this a morality story-you decide "

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

    " This was kind of a frustrating book for me. Ostensibly the story of a woman searching for her kidnapped son, it's told instead through the points of view of people she meets along her journey. As has been said in other reviews, we don't even get her real name, and most of the time she isn't even given one. We don't get the woman's point of view until about 2/3 through the book, and then it differs from the other accounts. You don't ever feel like you really know her. With the added not knowing who is telling the story accurately factor, it's all very alienating and distanced from the main character. Which I understand is probably the point, but it just felt like I never fully understood her motives and a lot of her actions (yes reuniting with her child was the overriding factor over everything, but some of the things she did still didn't make sense, or I found hard to excuse). However, despite that, the book was well-written and kind pulling me along till the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 shaina joy | 1/21/2014

    " Reading this book felt like meeting someone from the outside in. We meet her through the conflicting truths and observations of the people she encounters in an impossible journey from the Four Seasons Hotel in Tunisia to a doorbell in Berlin. It is a beautifully crafted story of modern survival. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/3/2014

    " I found this book truly fabulous. I feel like i've just finished a conversation with each of the characters. I'll be thinking back to them in the months to come. "

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

    " A really awesome idea - both for the story, and the technique of telling it half through 'testimonies' of people the woman encountered on her journey to find her son, and then half through her own eyes. It didn't work for me as well as it should have though; I got bored in the first half (too much talking around the story diluted the impact of the clever technique used) and although I enjoyed the second half, I would have liked it to be more emotionally explicit - I want to FEEL the woman's pain. Great concept, execution mediocre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann Marie | 12/29/2013

    " Not going to force myself to continue...do not enjoy the way it is written...just another book which makes me wonder who you have to know to get published "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mahir | 12/20/2013

    " Got so bored in the early pages, but couldn't close the book since entering the world of Ines. This is one beautiful story. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 12/11/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but I wasn't quite sure what I thought of the structure of it until I got to the final section, when it struck me as quite brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 12/7/2013

    " Loved this. A definite recommendation!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 6/6/2013

    " really interesting exploration of class and culture where the two collide "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine Keaney | 5/20/2013

    " Amazing. I couldn't stop thinking about it days after I finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 2/17/2013

    " I read this 12 months ago, but enjoyed hearing Lloyd Jones speak about it at the Writers Festival. I didn't think it was as good as Mr Pip though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/31/2013

    " Clever writing technique but once the novelty wore off, it got a bit frustrating. Fascinating characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lea Manning | 1/21/2013

    " An interesting concept that covers a number of social issues. I was very intrigued by where the story line was heading but good pacing was lacking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cilla | 10/24/2012

    " I love the way this story was told from many different perspectives. Very good story. I would recommend and will seek out other books by this author when I need a new book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Graff | 3/7/2012

    " Interesting plot device. The book reminded me of "Little Bee" but I can't quite put my finger on why. I enjoyed the book but I wasn't compelled to keep reading so it took me awhile to finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie Rush | 1/23/2012

    " Absolutely hate to do this but I didn't finish this book, shocking behaviour! I liked the idea of the story being told on the behalf of the main character and seeing how onlookers interpret her life, but felt too detached from her and that her story was lost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathrine | 5/16/2011

    " Loved it! Just could not put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 2/26/2011

    " amazing writing, great structure - unsatisfying ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/7/2011

    " Definitely not enjoying this one...

    Nothing to like in the main character at all - some of the supporting players were OK, but it moved on so quickly. Mr Pip was so brilliant and this was sooooo disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 1/24/2011

    " I didn't want this book to finish!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucy | 1/2/2011

    " I did not like this book. I could not engage with the main character at all. The way it was written may have been a little clever for me. I think it was an interesting way to tackle a narrative but it left me feeling detached from what happened in the plot. Not a fan of this one. "

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About the Narrator

Humphrey Bower is a gifted and versatile actor. Since obtaining a BA in English Language and Literature at Oxford University he has worked extensively in theater, television, and audiobook narration. Humphrey won the prestigious Audie Award for his performance of The Family Frying Pan by Bryce Courtenay, and has been short-listed for an Audie Award for his performances of Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan and Brother Fish by Bryce Courtenay. Humphrey’s sensitive and intelligent readings are highly regarded and he is well-known for his capacity to perform a variety of accents. He was won twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards.