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Author: Christina Meldrum Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780739367308
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THE SECRETS OF the past meet the shocks of the present.
Aslaug is an unusual young woman. Her mother has brought her up in near isolation, teaching her about plants and nature and language—but not about life. Especially not how she came to have her own life, and who her father might be.

When Aslaug’s mother dies unexpectedly, everything changes. For Aslaug is a suspect in her mother’s death. And the more her story unravels, the more questions unfold. About the nature of Aslaug’s birth. About what she should do next.

About whether divine miracles have truly happened. And whether, when all other explanations are impossible, they might still happen this very day.

Addictive, thought-provoking, and shocking, Madapple is a page-turning exploration of human nature and divine intervention—and of the darkest corners of the human soul.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred Review, Booklist, April 1, 2008:
    "There is much to ponder in this enthralling achievement from a debut author."
  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2008:
    "With this spellbinding debut, Meldrum marks herself as an author to watch."
  • Review, Vanity Fair, June 2008:
    "In debut novelist Christina Meldrum's mesmerizing literary mystery MADAPPLE (Knopf), the worlds of science and faith collide."
  • Starred Review, Publisher's Weekly, May 26, 2008:
    "Audiences will need some intellectual mettle for the densely seeded ideas, but they won't be able to stop reading."
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal, July 2008:
    "[A] riveting and mind-opening experience."

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jordan | 2/19/2014

    " I am unsure of how I thought about this book. It took me quite a while to read it. I just couldn't find it interesting, and once I finally did get to the point that I was interested it was almost over. This was not your typical book though. There were many things in this book that made me uncomfortable. This book was quite unique though. If you are a hardcore Christian, than this book is not for you. Most of the book is about whether things in the Christian religion are true or not. That didn't bother me so much as the other things that come along. In the last 100 pages though, I became intrigued and wanted to know how it ended. I can tell you that I never expected the ending that this book had. I would go so far to say as it was a major plot twist that would make you gasp, but it is one that you would not expect. I found that most of the book was boring and dragged on. Also another thing that made it harder for me to read, was the fact that every other chapter was a new time. One chapter, Aslaug is telling her story, the next you are in a court room, and it kept switching back and forth. Im not too sure if I would recommend this book to anyone. You definitely have to have an open mind reading it, but as far as enjoyment, this is not the book for that. At the end I had so many emotions, it was..... different. I felt slightly happy, confused, and relief that it was done. Cover - 4 stars Plot - 3 stars Characters - 3 stars Writing - 4 stars Ending - 4 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carissa | 2/10/2014

    " this is an odd little book. A fellow blogger wanted someone to discuss it with and now I think I need to discuss it to be able to sort out my feelings about the book. Themes include botany, death (murder?), virgin births, alternative lifestyles, religion (with a very broad scope), incest, and questions about whether we can trust our senses to tell us what is real and what is not. A little too dark for me to ever name it a "favorite." "

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

    " I hadn't heard of this book, but picked it up at the library so that I'd have something to listen to. The writing is surprisingly eloquent and poetic, with in-depth references to medicinal uses of plants found in Maine. The main character is someone I want to know. There are some rather bizarre twists and disturbing religious fanaticicm, along with disturbing twists of the justice system, but it is well worth the trip to the end of the book for the resolution. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Randi | 1/24/2014

    " Great cover, but I just couldn't get into it. "

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

    " A strange and eerie story. Well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Malaina | 1/14/2014

    " It an OK book to read if you like these kinds of book but I was a person who didn't like it at all "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/11/2014

    " This book is so eerie and quiet. Unique in the plot and characters and a mystery thrown in, Madapple is worth the read. Unless you're strongly against and intolerable to even the suggestion of FICTIONAL characters' incest. Like seriously people, they're not real. It didn't actually happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joelle | 12/9/2013

    " The information on botany, and the irregular childhood of the main character compelled me to finish this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 12/7/2013

    " I'm not really sure what to say about this book. Very interesting and very well written. It's also kind of disturbing and infuriating at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pocketsofrain | 9/15/2013

    " Amazing book! Throughly enjoyed this book. I love the interwoven ideas of the nature with real life. Very interesting Moran's readings. This is a MUST read book! Highly recommend!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 8/4/2013

    " Interesting mystery featuring flashbacks to what happened and the protagonist's trial. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JJ | 1/16/2013

    " My review at my blog. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea | 5/31/2011

    " Usually i dont drop books but it was getting annoying having switching from time to time and it wasnt very interesting "

About the Narrator

Kirsten Potter has won several awards, including more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others. She graduated with highest honors from Boston University and has performed on stage and in film and television, including roles on Medium, Bones, and Judging Amy.