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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (785 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780307701831
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Sicily Coyne was just thirteen when her father was killed in a school fire that left her face disfigured. Twelve years later, a young surgeon, Eliza Cappadora, offers hope in the form of a revolutionary new surgery that may give Sicily back the grace and function she lost. Raised by a dynamic, tenacious aunt who taught her to lead a normal life, and engaged to a wonderful man who knew her long before the accident, Sicily rejects the offer: She knows who she is, and so do the people who love her. But when a secret surfaces that shatters Sicily’s carefully constructed world, she calls off the wedding and agrees to the radical procedure in order to begin a new life.

Her beauty restored virtually overnight, Sicily rushes toward life with open arms, seeking new experiences, adventures, and, most of all, love. But she soon discovers that her new face carries with it risks that no one could have imagined. Confronting a moral and medical crisis that quickly becomes a matter of life and death, Sicily is surrounded by experts and loving family, but the choice that will transform her future, for better or worse, is one she must make alone.

An intense and moving story of courage, consequence, and possibility, Second Nature showcases the acclaimed storyteller at her very best. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Timely…provocative….[Mitchard’s] distinctive voice is strong throughout and includes ironic and even funny observations about the human condition in the face of tragedy….[Her] latest will not disappoint. Washington Post Book World

  • A compelling, Jodi Picoult-like story. USA Today
  • Mitchard’s latest ought to come with a warning: make no immediate plans, because this book will take over your life….It is impossible not to root for [Sicily Coyne]…[as] she is both delightfully and excruciatingly fast-tracked through life experiences guaranteed to have readers alternately loving and hating but never forgetting this remarkable heroine....A high-profile novel destined to galvanize fans and new readers alike.
    --Booklist, starred review
  • A riveting tale….[Readers] will embrace Sicily, a strong and extremely empathic heroine. Publishers Weekly
  • There’s a newsy urgency to this story. Chicago Tribune
  • Jacquelyn Mitchard is back with a fascinating story that only she can tell. The characters are the sort that stay with you long after the last page is turned. Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help
  • Second Nature is a love story like no other. Sicily Coyne survives an unimaginable tragedy, skillfully imagined by Jacquelyn Mitchard, and must then face seemingly insurmountable obstacles and struggle against impossible odds in her quest to find what we all want—true connection, fulfillment, and lasting love. Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice
  • Mitchard writes with passion and artistry, weaving a vivd story that both moves and astonishes. From the very first paragraph, you know you are in the hands of a gifted writer. Tess Gerritsen, author of Ice Cold
  • Mitchard is one of my favorite writers for a reason. This is her best book yet. Karin Slaughter, author of Fallen

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 2/16/2014

    " I read the first third of the book enthusiastically waiting for the plot to unfold. Realistic and emotional, I felt this book was going to be an amazing read. It went downhill from there. Disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Brant | 2/14/2014

    " Like so many others have said, the first half of the book is very interesting; second half, not so much shadowed in almost a preachy view of how it all is in life under the guise of self-reflection. First time I've read this author...I may give the Oprah selection book of hers a try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Barnard | 2/11/2014

    " Ok if I was in a book club I would suggest this one as one we should all read. I always enjoy her books but this one has some points in it that I would enjoy discussing with others and getting their opinion. Great book - easy read but a great "think" book - I would recommend highly "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion Robinson | 2/3/2014

    " Could not put this book down. Read all 361 pages in one setting. Love all her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katrina | 2/1/2014

    " The beginning of this book was so very interesting with strong Sicily Coyne developing a life for herself despite a disfiguring injury. I found the book so gripping that I would listen, I listened to the audio version, at every opportunity. But, the book should have ended at about the halfway point as the initially well developed characters didn't follow their own personalities as the book become dull and predictable. I finished the book, primarily because it is easy to keep an audio book playing while performing other tasks and I was interested to find out what become of the main character, but was disappointed with the turn the author took after such a strong beginning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary sipp rigby | 1/31/2014

    " 2011 thought it would be better "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joni Daniels | 1/27/2014

    " A great premise totally ruined. Having lost her face is a devastating fire, burn victim Sicily discovers a truth that leads the breaking off her engagement and find an option for a new life by way of a face transplant. And the this character becomes so annoying, flighty, indecisive, and behaves in ways that are not only inconsistent but illogical. I considered not bothering to continue reading several times. Was this supposed to be the authors way of showing the reader how traumatic getting a new face might be? Sicily's aunt and doctors had more patience with her than I did. The beginning of the book was good though the writing veered all over the place at times. The middle was annoying and the ending was almost unreadable. I hate pulling Library books off a shelf - better to read a review or get a referral "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ksnitselaar | 1/16/2014

    " Captivating story, sad content, felt the end was abrupt hence the 3*. Would read her again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Parnell | 1/14/2014

    " Not horrible, but hard to follow. It was kind of like reading someone's diary written out of order at times. The main character was very well developed, but after that it was kind of hard to keep track of who's who. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Consuelo | 1/9/2014

    " Just as good as the first book of hers I read years ago, Deep End of the Ocean. Nice because it was easy enough to pick it up when I had a few minutes to spare and know right where I left off "

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

    " Really really interesting book about a teenage girl who gets burned in a fire and then later decides to get a face transplant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 9/15/2013

    " Great story about a girl who was burned in a fire as a pre-teen and the choices she makes as she gets older. If you read The Deep End of the Ocean, some of the same characters are involved with this story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 9/13/2013

    " Stupid premise. The main character was unlikeable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 9/1/2013

    " I had grown bored with Mitchard -bt decided to red this book. I am glad I returned and may go back annd read some of her other books now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 8/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It has some of the same characters as The Deep End of the Ocean and No Time to Wave Goodbye. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Steel | 8/20/2013

    " This book is about a young teen who's face is burned beyond repair in a church fire. Her father, a captain is killed in the fire. The book describes her years of treatment and a face transplant as a young adult. It's written in the near future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Allen | 8/19/2013

    " Interesting premise: How does life change when one receives a face transplant, after living for years with disfiguring burns? At times this read like a romance novel but for the most part the characterizations and relationships went deep, and it made for satisfying reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karla | 4/7/2013

    " Did not like this one at all. Sappy, predictable and unrealistic - it read like a Lifetime movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne Boardman | 9/15/2012

    " the story kept my attention and I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesa Parnham | 8/2/2012

    " Skimmed through the end. If you like books by Jodi Piccult--"chick lit" which I don't, you may like this. The premise is interesting although it is not for the squeamish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ml Herman | 5/30/2012

    " Some parts of this story were fascinating and others were boring. I liked much of the book and overall thought it was worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janell | 3/19/2012

    " It was a little out there in the believe-ability department; maybe it should be billed as science fiction for now. It was fun to revisit old friends from the past, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/6/2011

    " I liked this, but it took me longer than it should have to read it. There seemed to be too many characters in the whole thing. It was a love story of a different kind for me. Not sure I especially liked the ending. I think I liked her other 2 books that I read better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ksnitselaar | 10/28/2011

    " Captivating story, sad content, felt the end was abrupt hence the 3*. Would read her again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 10/24/2011

    " This was by far my favorite of hers! Such a different story with so many twists and ethical dilemmas! I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 10/21/2011

    " I really wanted to like this book, but there is something about Mitchard's writing that fails to draw me in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laure | 10/16/2011

    " Good story but I thought the writing was really convoluted and complicated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 10/14/2011

    " I had mixed feelings about this book as I read it. It was like watching a train wreck; you could not take your eyes away. I finished it, but I can’t say I enjoyed it. It was too macabre at times. Jodi Picoult would have done a better job with this theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wrdwrrior | 10/14/2011

    " Interesting--good plot and generally good writing. Some spots are tedious--young person angst. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 10/8/2011

    " 2011 thought it would be better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 10/8/2011

    " I liked it although it tended to drag a bit at times. t was a good reminder that so much of life is not black or white, but gray without a clear answer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dona | 10/6/2011

    " Took me a long time to plough through this. Couldn't recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 9/27/2011

    " I have read 3 or 4 of her books and they are just sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 9/24/2011

    " Interesting topic. Interesting characters. Suspenseful in many ways. Also a little too slow moving for my taste. "

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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

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.