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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,355 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolyn Parkhurst Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9781594835230
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What do a suburban mom and her troubled daughter, two recently divorced brothers, a pair of former child stars, born-again Christian newlyweds, and a couple of young millionaires have in common? They have all been selected to compete on Lost and Found, a daring new reality TV show. In teams of two, they will race across the globe, from Egypt to Japan, from Sweden to England, to battle for a million-dollar prize. They must decipher encrypted clues, recover mysterious artifacts, and outwit their opponents to stay in play.

What starts as a lark turns deadly serious as the number of players is whittled down, temptations beckon, and the bonds between partners strain and unravel. Before long the question is not only who will capture the final prize—but at what cost.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Lost and Found is a bittersweet, wry, wonderful look at where we find honesty in our relationships, our hearts, and ourselves.”

    Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Parkhurst catches us again and again with these moments of real tenderness. Long before the end, the million dollars doesn’t matter; other things, far more important, are found here. And that’s reason enough to tune in.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Her stories and her characters’ voices—perfectly pitched to deliver insight without cheap sentiment—soar above the setting, creating one of the summer’s best reads…The novel never turns into a cartoon or a slapstick farce; it’s far more real than the elaborate constructions television erects to show human nature in the raw. Parkhurst’s surefooted, eloquent prose reveals everything in its proper time, and treats the unspoken fears of her questing, broken characters with uncommon grace.”

    AV Club

  • “Parkhurst uses the forum of Lost and Found, an Amazing Race–type competition, for a mostly somber (but occasionally very funny) set of character studies…Parkhurst admirably juggles a large cast of characters, with a number of competitors emerging as standouts…[Has] heart and wit to spare.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Shines on audio…Brown’s superb narration makes it feel as though the characters are telling their intimate stories directly into the listener’s ear…The strength of her performance is that she truly acts out the roles, becoming each character and using her voice to convey his or her essence and personality.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “A humorous and touching send-up of reality shows…bound to please …Thoroughly original and inventive, peopled with engaging characters, and just plain fun…Deserves to be as big a hit as the reality shows it genially pokes fun at.”

    Booklist

  • “This engaging and deceptively simple yet multilayered page-turner is brought to life through Brown’s easy-on-the ears reading…A sure winner.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “This novel manages, despite its madcap premise and full-frontal exposure of crass American greed, to deliver several sympathetic characters…Parkhurst has avoided the pitfall of simply engineering a joyride, and written a funny second novel that surpasses her first.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christie | 2/18/2014

    " this book was very slow and quite uninteresting!! did not care for this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 2/2/2014

    " I read this book because I really enjoyed her first book, The Dogs of Babel, and it definitely lived up to the first. It was a very interesting story, I love how the author wove the story lines of all the characters together. If you liked the Dogs of Babel I would definitely recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley (mac&chip) | 1/26/2014

    " I love "The Amazing Race," so I figured any book based on that sort of reality TV show journey was a must. The book was a lot deeper than I expected it to be, but it was still a good, entertaining and quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 1/20/2014

    " Perfectly acceptable book. Lightweight but entertaining, with fairly interesting characters. I finished it in a single day, although I had the help of some pretty awful luck with public transportation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bakeamym | 1/12/2014

    " This is a nice easy read with a good message, I am a reality tv nut and this is about the cast of a reality tv show so of course I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rz | 1/12/2014

    " Picked this book up on a bargain rack when I was feeling a bit down, and I'm very glad I did. It's one of those simple books that give you renewed insight when you read it at the right time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karolyn | 1/2/2014

    " Great premise, loved the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lenny Husen | 1/1/2014

    " Extremely funny, tried to read it slowly so that it would last longer. My favorite "chick-lit" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teen | 12/31/2013

    " Producers pick contestants for a reality television show who all have secrets, hoping they will spill their guts to raise the ratings. "

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

    " It was engaging but it lacked that certain something for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 11/5/2013

    " A random find in the library, this book was sweet and funny and sad. Bits of it were predictable, but not in any way that detracts from overall enjoyment. The author has a way of inserting occasional lines that just cut into you, leaving a lasting ache of sadness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 7/5/2013

    " As a reality TV junkie, especially The Amazing Race, this book really struck a cord with me. I loved how it took you inside the game and into the relationships! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matilda | 5/18/2013

    " This was pretty good. I like her writing a lot. I'm not as enamored of her plot lines in general but the writing is very engaging. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Billie Atkins | 4/24/2013

    " I thought this was a lousy book! Storyline was stupid and couldn't wait to finish it: several times I thought about just not completing it! Skip it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty | 1/2/2013

    " Couldn't put it down! Made me laugh and cry. I loved the mother and daughter connections, on all levels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 11/8/2012

    " It's not "great literature" but I really enjoyed this book. They way the characters' stories are revealed is interesting and the novel itself was just a fun read. Great book for any fans of The Amazing Race television show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 9/15/2012

    " Enjoyable, but not a lot more than that. Tried a little too hard to insert drama in a scenario that was pretty dramatic to begin with.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 8/19/2012

    " nothing remarkable, not any writing that struck a chord, the story was a bit hard to follow at times, due to all of the details of the game. I'm fine to have run across it, I simply chose it off of the library shelf and gave it a try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 markey | 6/6/2012

    " I want to say this was a light hearted romp. if it wasn't, I apologize in advance. it was definitely happier than dogs of babel. and I liked it. the mother-daughter dynamic irritated me a little, but overall it was fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina Gonsalves | 6/2/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Set in a reality game show, she had the right balance of the absurdity of these shows with people in conflict. Not a serious read, but great for the summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Spencer Inskeep | 9/24/2011

    " Definitely a summer fluff read. Entertaining, but I felt that the ending was a bit weak. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 9/13/2011

    " I actually liked this as much as Dogs of Babel; it is definitely not as heart-wrenching as that one. If anyone has ever watched "The Amazing Race," they will love this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby Sominski | 7/5/2011

    " this book was boring and nowhere near as interesting as the lives I make up for 'amazing race' contestants. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leanne | 6/19/2011

    " Wooden characters failed to draw me in: I wasn't terribly impressed with this novel - the characters seemed incomplete, wooden and unconvincing. I found Rocky to be an unlikeable protagonist and I agree with Kari Elling's post - the author definitely needs a little polish. "

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

    " Great premise, loved the story.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 5/30/2011

    " This was a very interesting & fun book to read, and quick too. It's basically an "Amazing Race" type TV show and each chapter is narrated by one of the contestants involved. I really liked the characters, the writing style and the concept. A fun summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 5/30/2011

    " Like reading The Amazing Race. Meh... "

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

    " This book follows the lives of contestants on an Amazing Race-type reality show. Though it's a bit cheesy and gimmicky at times, it was ok... not great, but not horrible either, and was a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 5/17/2011

    " not a bad read though i found some of the characters could have been filled in more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lindsay | 5/8/2011

    " It turns out that I'd rather watch The Amazing Race as reality tv than read about a fake race that never happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chira | 4/25/2011

    " I liked this every bit as much ( if not a bit more) than Dogs of Babel. She draws some very interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maurin | 4/7/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. I like how it was told from about 6 different points of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 3/28/2011

    " I thought the idea of this book was intriguing. Not a bad read if you are looking for something light and easy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali6 | 3/23/2011

    " Not nearly as good as Dogs of Babel. I still like her writing, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 3/17/2011

    " Disappointing. I loved Parhurst's other two novels, so I looked forward to reading this one. But I found it flat, not very engaging--in spite of a pretty good concept (worldwide scavenger hunt reality show). "

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About the Author
Author Carolyn Parkhurst

Carolyn Parkhurst is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel The Dogs of Babel, a New York Times Notable Book, and the children’s book Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly, among others. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and their two children.

About the Narrator

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times. Brown has won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.