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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,132 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kristin Hannah Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597107518
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Thirty-four year old Ruby Bridge is a not-too-successful comedienne who uses her mother, a nationally-syndicated "moral and spiritual counselor" as the main fodder for her cynical, rather bitter humor. Her mother Nora, long divorced from Ruby's father, is a woman whose past is just about to catch up with her—in the form of blackmail by a former lover.

After an accident (an attempted suicide?) Ruby returns to care for her stricken mother—bitterly resenting the fact that once again her mother's life has colonized hers. When she is approached by a publisher to write a biography of her mother, Ruby is desperate for the princely sum offered. Yet her research into her mother's past reveals a woman very different from the one Ruby expected. And what began as "mommy dearest" ends as a love story—not only between mother and daughter, but involving two very different men who play a key role in linking the past to the present.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/19/2014

    " Another great one by Kristin Hannah! I really enjoyed this book - it would be a perfect candidate for a movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Schulman | 2/7/2014

    " Great beach read. Interesting dynamic between mother and daughters. Lots of therapy wrapped up in a captivating story. "

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

    " I like Kristin Hannah and this book did not disappoint. Story is about a mother daughter relationship, in part. Also about a daughter trying to find herself. I listened to this one, so it's in the lending library. "

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

    " I am giving it 3 stars just because it was so predictable, but i really could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blaine Morrow | 1/19/2014

    " Terrific family story. Lots of pain, lots of healing, good resolutions to conflicts. The story reads well and shows various perspectives on family pain and the ties that bind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book despite thinking I wouldn't. It kept me interested and I found myself continuously wanting to read more. That is what makes a book good for me; as long as I keep wanting to go back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith Spidel | 1/1/2014

    " This was a good book! I enjoyed reading it and will be adding some more of her books to my list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Bishop | 1/1/2014

    " Enjoyed this book very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/30/2013

    " She makes me cry every time I read one of her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tory | 12/11/2013

    " If only everybodies abandonment and mommy issues worked out so well in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/10/2013

    " I enjoyed this as an audio book. The narrator did a good job. It was a quick and easy listen. It was predictable but a pleasant distraction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 12/1/2013

    " Wow! An emotional and powerful story about relationships (parent, child, friend, spouse), love, and forgiveness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 11/25/2013

    " sweet story that made me cry......the characters are believable and the story is well put together. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie A | 11/21/2013

    " This is definitely not her best work. Her writing is so elementary here and I didn't even finish the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Lanzendorf | 10/6/2013

    " Wow. This book made me laugh, think, cry. I loved how there was "more to the story" than what Ruby thought she had figured out. The characters were real, believable, as was the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misty | 7/20/2013

    " This was a quick cute read. A tad sappy for my taste but I liked it okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Atwood | 4/18/2013

    " Very sweet, light read. I am a fan of a lot of Kristin Hannah's novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serena | 1/12/2013

    " a good book about mother and daughter relonships a enjoy her books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 9/15/2012

    " This book was the best I couldnt help but shed a tear, amazing what family can go through but still survive a really realistic read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 9/9/2012

    " Not a light read, but I liked the psychological aspect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 7/11/2012

    " I actually really liked this book and found myself crying at the end! Nora and Ruby, sometimes even Caroline, got on my nerves pretty frequently. I did enjoy reading about their turmoil and was glad that their relationships were eventually mended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/27/2012

    " Another solid read by Kristin Hannah. She explores the complex relationships that exist between mother's and daughters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Williamson | 2/14/2012

    " Really enjoyed this one. Great heartfelt story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Micho | 10/5/2011

    " A little too sappy for my taste with too neat of an ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 7/13/2011

    " This is the first book I've read by this author. I love her style, and the story is unforgettable!! What a beautiful lesson in "how to forgive!!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/2/2011

    " Another good, easy read by this author. The story line was somewhat predictable, but I'd still recommend it. Definitely made me appreciate the relationship I have within my own family and reminded me how important it is to not take them for granted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maygen | 4/26/2011

    " Beautifuly written, so many emotions and you feel each one as if you are all the different characters.

    Makes you laugh, cry, and grow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/19/2011

    " Nice relaxing read, but predictible. I liked Winter Garden a little better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tk0339 | 4/11/2011

    " story about a mother and daughter's strained relationship. their lives take unexpected turns that bring them back together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dara | 4/9/2011

    " Would rate this a good 3.5...but of course you can't give half stars! Definitely worth reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 4/7/2011

    " I love Kristin Hannah, but I was a little worried when I started this book. The beginning is slow, but about mid book I started to really enjoy it. It ended great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/5/2011

    " Another Hannah book that I liked. I think she does a good job of showing different perspectives on the same event and really helps you to feel the depth of her characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 4/5/2011

    " a good read not as heart wrenching as most of her books but I had trouble putting it down so I definitely recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ldlimes | 3/24/2011

    " This was about how a mother and daughter can come together after years of mistakes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 3/17/2011

    " I read this on vacation last week. Really good character arcs--and the story kept me turning the pages from start to finish. With the two main characters seeming so unredeemable at the outset, I just had to find out what happened with them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 3/7/2011

    " I have to say I was surprised by how moved I was - a sorry about mothers and daughters and love and sorrow. I picked it up as light reading but couldn't put it down. It always has the message of how our actions can have roots in our past and certainly can impact the next generation as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cooper | 3/6/2011

    " Easy, light read. Not bad! "

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About the Author
Author Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is the bestselling author of On Mystic Lake, Angel Falls, Distant Shores, Between Sisters, and The Things We Do For Love. Born in Southern California, she lives with her husband and son in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.