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3.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 5 3.31 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780307701794
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New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard captured the heart of a nation with The Deep End of the Ocean, her celebrated debut novel about mother Beth Cappadora, a child kidnapped, a family in crisis. Now, inNo Time to Wave Goodbye, the unforgettable Cappadoras are in peril once again, forced to confront an unimaginable evil. 

It has been twenty-two years since Beth Cappadora’s three-year-old son Ben was abducted. By some miracle, he returned nine years later, and the family began to pick up the pieces of their lives. But their peace has always been fragile: Ben returned from the deep end as another child and has never felt entirely at ease with the family he was born into. Now the Cappadora children are grown: Ben is married with a baby girl, Kerry is studying to be an opera singer, and Vincent has emerged from his troubled adolescence as a fledgling filmmaker. 

The subject of Vincent’s new documentary, “No Time to Wave Goodbye,” shakes Vincent’s unsuspecting family to the core; it focuses on five families caught in the tortuous web of never knowing the fate of their abducted children. Though Beth tries to stave off the torrent of buried emotions, she is left wondering if she and her family are fated to relive the past forever.

The film earns tremendous acclaim, but just as the Cappadoras are about to celebrate the culmination of Vincent’s artistic success, what Beth fears the most occurs, and the Cappadoras are cast back into the past, revisiting the worst moment of their lives–with only hours to find the truth that can save a life. High in a rugged California mountain range, their rescue becomes a desperate struggle for survival. 

No Time to Wave Goodbye
 is Jacquelyn Mitchard at her best, a spellbinding novel about family loyalty, and love pushed to the limits of endurance.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/18/2014

    " No Time to Wave Goodbye is the sequel to Mitchard's Deep End of the Ocean and follows the Cappadora family as the children are all adults and Ben, the kidnapped son, has a wife and child of his own. Vincent the oldest son makes a documentary following the families of kidnapped children that have not been found - the movie at first threatens to tear the family apart as it brings up such painful memories, but then it brings everyone closer until the unthinkable happens - Ben's daughter is kidnapped. Then the family suffers yet again. Some parts of the granddaughter's kidnapping are a little overdone, but the very end of the book makes up for it. Overall, a very interesting and quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 2/17/2014

    " I was so glad to get a 'finish' to "The Deep End of the Ocean". This was satisfying and exciting. "

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

    " While some of the plot of this book seemed farfetched, I couldn't help but be sucked back into this book just as much as I was sucked into Deep End of the Ocean when I read it many years ago. I loved that there was this sequel since I missed reading those characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 2/7/2014

    " This is a sequel to The Deep End of the Ocean; it takes place 20+ years later. Great book! "

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

    " This is a follow up to The Deep End of the Ocean - catches up with the same family about 15 years after they find Ben. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 1/22/2014

    " I enjoyed The Deep End of the Ocean, but this sequel didn't work for me. I found the circumstances unbelievable and I wasn't that interested in the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glory | 1/19/2014

    " Not sure why this book was so tough for me to get through - too many characters? A real slog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KarenLee | 1/17/2014

    " I'm only on page 62 and I need a kleenex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith Dean | 1/8/2014

    " Asequal to Deep End of the Ocean "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chantale | 12/27/2013

    " Enjoyable, gripping, a bit long, a good knitting book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Florence | 12/25/2013

    " The sequel to 'Deep End of the Ocean". I thought the first 75 pages dragged. After that, the story picked up and was more interesting and suspenseful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed this, another well-written book from Mitchard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/14/2013

    " What an interesting read! I liked the way the story was told by the older brother of the kidnapped boy. This is a companion book to Deep End of the Ocean. It's a little far-fetched but the family relationships were very interesting - especially between the 2 brothers. "

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

    " Not as good as the first one, The Deep End of the Ocean. Very unexpected story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/2/2013

    " You HAD to have read "Deep End of the Ocean"...Oprah's first book club pick. Although I didn't enjoy this one quite as much, the storyline requires you to know the Cappadora family history. Certain aspects of this story bothered me (Ben/Sam's reactions), but overall, very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilsonc | 9/11/2013

    " This was a followup to the first Jacquelyn Mitchard book I ever read, Deep End Of The Ocean. It was interesting to see how the family had moved on from their tragedy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 6/10/2013

    " This is the continuation of the story Deep End of the Ocean (which I loved). This book was a disappointment. I felt no connection to the main characters and felt the story was pretty disjointed. The end of the book was predictable and unbelievable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 katherine | 12/4/2012

    " Not nearly as good as The Deep End of the Ocean. I didn't feel like the plot was well developed. There were parts where I was curious to read more, but always ended up disappointed by the outcome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Hamilton | 11/20/2012

    " This was a continuation of 'The Deep End of the Ocean,' which was Oprah's first book club book way back when. It was good, but not as good as I remember the first book. Dialogue a little stilted, etc. But a good story and a great ending. No, I'm not telling! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer (Crazy-for-Books.com) | 4/28/2012

    " This book is okay, but not as good as the first one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 9/29/2011

    " If I hadn't read Deep End of the Ocean, I probably wouldn't have been too interested in this one. It's slow going at times, and honestly not that believable at all. But !SPOILER! it's got a neat ending :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zjourney | 8/1/2011

    " At first I thought... "what can they possibly do with this?" Then I thought "*Really*?!" & not in a good way. But I ended up happy with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Sandy | 6/11/2011

    " Very good. Read the Deep End of the Ocean first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci | 5/9/2011

    " I found that I didn't like this book as well as "The Deep End of the Ocean", although it was interesting enough to keep me reading. It basically felt like a rehashing of "Deep End" although with out as much depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy T | 5/8/2011

    " I did enjoy this book, but like Deep End of The Ocean much more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/2/2011

    " Took a while to pick up speed, nice wrap up, but too long to get there... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 3/14/2011

    " this started out very slowly but got better - it was confusing because there were a bunch of names and seemed disjointed but it got better - usually love this author but don't know if I love this book.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 2/20/2011

    " I enjoyed this book as a sequel to Deep End of The Ocean. Both were good. I enjoyed reading the 1st one better I think there was more involvment and suspense for me in the first novel. The second one was a surprise at the end. "

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

    " I enjoyed The Deep End of the Ocean, but this sequel didn't work for me. I found the circumstances unbelievable and I wasn't that interested in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 2/7/2011

    " Very good. Read the Deep End of the Ocean first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/12/2011

    " Sequel to Deep End of the Ocean. Another suspenseful kidnapping story; very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 11/29/2010

    " A wonderful book but not for the faint of heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 11/12/2010

    " This is a sequel to The Deep End of the Ocean. Both plots involve child abduction cases. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/24/2010

    " I enjoyed this book even more than Deep End of the Ocean. Great character development in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmussel | 10/2/2010

    " I'm not typically one for 'sequels' in either books or movies. But Mitchard did a great job of considering how the events of the past impacted the way characters acted and interacted. I was afraid that the ending would be all too predictable, but it wasn't.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mie | 8/31/2010

    " My first book by Mitchard and might also be my last. The first half of the book was so confusing and I almost put it down for good. Luckily it got less confusing and more interesting towards the end. I must say I felt the story was predictably and weird. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 8/20/2010

    " Very difficult to understand in beginning.....good story line though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 8/11/2010

    " This is a sequel to deep end of the ocean, had I read this shortly after it might have been better. I had forgotten most of the characters. Interesting continuation of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jorayne | 8/7/2010

    " The prequel was much better. This book besides telling you what happened to the family, seemed detached, rushed, and unrealistic. "

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About the Author
Author Jacquelyn Mitchard

Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, launched Oprah’s Book Club and became an international bestseller, hitting #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Her other works, including The Most Wanted, Twelve Times Blessed, The Breakdown Lane, and Cage of Stars have also been well received. Mitchard has appeared on the Today show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, MSNBC, and numerous other local and national television and radio programs. She was a contributing editor for Parenting magazine and wrote a weekly syndicated column until 2007 which appeared in more than one hundred newspapers across the country. Her articles have appeared in Newsweek, Life, Reader’s Digest, TV Guide, Ladies’ Home Journal, and many other publications. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and nine children.

About the Narrator

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.