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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,014 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Darin Strauss Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781429537759
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Josh Goldin's happy yet unexamined existence is shattered one morning when his wife, Dori, rushes their eight-month- old son to the emergency room in severe distress. Dr. Darlene Stokes, an African-American physician and single mother, suspects Munchausen by proxy, a rarely diagnosed and controversial phenomenon where a mother intentionally harms her baby. As each of them is forced to confront a reality that has become a nightmare, Darlene, Dori, and Josh are pushed to their breaking points.

Darin Strauss's extraordinary novel is set in a world turned upside down-where doctors try to save babies from their parents, police use the law to tear families apart, and the people you think you know best end up surprising you the most.

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

    " sooo good. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to hear the verdict. I only wish there were a few more chapters. it didn't end like I wanted. I really enjoyed it though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/2/2014

    " a bit of a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/29/2014

    " Darin Strauss' writing is really fantastic and I think that may have been the reason I found this book so good. Many of his thoughts and sentences stayed with me for days. This is not a light story, it's intense and heartbreaking and you won't come out of it liking any of the characters except Zach(the baby). That said though... it's definitely one of the more interesting stories I've read in a while. Highly recommend it to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda O'rourke | 1/28/2014

    " Great book. Disturbing subject. The story just catches you at the beginning. However, there are a few slow points - the father's release from jail/ the Upfront sales - which was a disappointment considering how great the rest of the book is. Loved the use of metaphors and similes peppered throughout. Really would have like it to continue with the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MiMi | 1/27/2014

    " Didn't like it. There were too many side stories that meant nothing. Darlene's idea on the essay she wanted to write called "rot." The dad was CLUELESS. At the end he sort or redeems himself. SORT OF. Sort of left me going, huh...wha?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/25/2014

    " I love this guy's books for two reasons. First, they're the OH MY GOD DOES THIS HAPPEN TO REAL PEOPLE kind of stuff that makes you happy you aren't a siamese twin. Second, his powers of description are incredible. Parts of this book are painful to read, or wince-worthy, but I kept going because all of the characters are people I wanted to figure out -- all very complicated, sometimes likable, sometimes horrible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 1/20/2014

    " This was a great story line but not a great story. He often trailed off for pages at a time about things that were irrelevant to the book. It actually really annoyed me to read it but I had to find out what was going to happen to the mom so I kept reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Simms | 1/9/2014

    " I found the style of writing and character development annoying. I didn't really relate or like any of the characters. The pace was way too slow. The one part of the plot I like was they way he portrayed life's unfairness especially when searching for justice. It got me a bit fired up! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steph | 12/1/2013

    " Heard an interview of this guy on NPR and picked it up. Its pretty boring really, and awfully choppy. The story dragging and tippy toeing around Munchausens. Cheap brainless fiction novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 11/17/2013

    " A real page turner, one that you just hate to put down. I read this book in two days flat. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pegysue | 10/13/2013

    " Good story, but way too much detail. The book could have been half as long as it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 10/10/2013

    " Very good book about a VERY hard subject - Manchussen's Proxy (am I spelling that correctly?) For all the mother's out there - this is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 8/23/2013

    " I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would. There seems to be a lot of digression into back story at various points throughout but it actually has a bearing as the story resolved. Very interesting description of Munchausen by proxy and the controversial nature of the diagnosis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 8/5/2013

    " I cannot put this book down....a very unique plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 3/26/2013

    " A very interesting subject but the book was lacking some things for me. More details on the trial and on the outcome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 11/4/2012

    " This was a little sad, especially since I just added a new baby to the family. I can hardly believe what people do. Plus a little frustrating, why don't people ask more questions or communicate better with each other? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/14/2012

    " This is a story about a Munchhausen case. Interesting perspective on what each person is thinking from the mother to the father and the doctors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 8/1/2011

    " interesting topic, picked for book club. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tanya D | 7/15/2011

    " Interesting premise, but too many characters that were not even very well developed and did little to further the storyline. read more like an outline than a finished product. I was very dissapointed. "

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

    " Meh... It was a good story but not a lot of substance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 1/21/2011

    " Fragmented story telling from multiple perspectives and all over time. Many of the chapters felt unnecessary. Little continuity. Interesting topic but the story telling left a lot to be desired. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 12/16/2010

    " The book was average. The author spent more time describing scenes then describing the actual events of the story. The topic is intersting though, but I just wish the story was developed more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/16/2010

    " It was a decent book. It kept my attention once I warmed up to it, but I did not devour it like I do most books. I wish the book would have fast forwarded through some of the beginning stuff and then slowed down toward the end, maybe even gone on a bit longer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 10/21/2010

    " I wanted more at the end. It definitely kept me reading, but getting to the end, I wanted more explanation and more story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 9/24/2010

    " Interesting tale of a family whose wife's Munchausen by proxy syndrome (and training as a phlebotomist) leads her to "bleed" her baby in order to get attention from her husband, and the repercussions for all involved, including the doctor who diagnoses the woman's condition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ciara | 9/5/2010

    " Mother harming her own child, father believes mother, doctor doesn't. Really interesting idea. Starts really well but trundles towards the end. The media interest and the doctor's father don't add much to the plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacy | 8/17/2010

    " Forced myself to read through this one hoping I could connect to the style, writer, and characters. Guess I'm learning something about my reading preferences/style - this was not enough emotion, intensity or compassion for me. I wanted more dirt, depth and dimension to all the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tanya | 6/24/2010

    " Interesting premise, but too many characters that were not even very well developed and did little to further the storyline. read more like an outline than a finished product. I was very dissapointed. "

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About the Author

Darin Strauss is the bestselling author of three previous books. The recipient of a Guggenheim in fiction writing and numerous other awards, Strauss has seen his work translated into fourteen languages and published in more than twenty countries. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Writing at New York University, and he lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.