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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (512 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janis Hallowell Narrator: Tyler Bunch, Kristin Kilian, Beth McDonald, Mia Pitasi Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Francesca Dunn is an adolescent like any other, trying to figure out her place in the world. One night Chester a homeless man, “sees” Francesca hovering over the river, bathed in celestial light. Days later, as Francesca serves meals to the needy, Chester falls to his knees before her in adoration. Word spreads, hordes of followers converge, and the result is a catastrophic storm of fervent belief and doubt, the relentless and perpetual desire for salvation, possible miracles, and an adolescent trapped by events far beyond her control.

Narrating by turns are four disparate characters who tell the story as they see it: Chester, who smells fear, disease, and holiness and appoints himself FrancescaGÇÖs protector; Ann Dunn, Francesca’s paleobotanist mother, who places her faith in Darwin and natural selection; Sid, the schoolmate, who wants to use Francesca’s new circumstances for her own profit; and Francesca herself, who becomes increasingly deluded by the adoration bestowed upon her.

At once powerful, tender, and humorous, The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn brings an unforgettable cast of characters to vibrant life as it brilliantly explores the seductive and destructive power of belief.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 2/9/2014

    " A homeless man has a vision that a teen girl at a local restaurant is actually an incarnation of the Virgin Mary. He spreads his message, the media becomes involved - and then she begins to perform miracles. And then what? This novel shows the affects of these extraordinary events on the girl and the people around her. It's a very interesting concept, and Hallowell executes it well. The narration, which alternates between several main characters, has an ethereal quality that helps hide the literal "truth" and makes everything seem vaguely, but not quite, magical. In the midst of this mystical atmosphere, Hallowell tackles some interesting questions of faith, truth, and responsibility. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily Goode | 2/2/2014

    " Picked this one up on clearance at an airport. Very worth the read. Quick and easy to digest but with a great story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kayla | 1/31/2014

    " I would actually give it a 3.5 if that was possible. It was a little out there, but still enjoyable. It was interesting to have four people telling the story simultaneously. I never became too emotionally involved with any of the characters though. Good for just some light summer reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda | 1/26/2014

    " Overall a pleasant read - Actually piqued my interest in reading a few more things touching on faith, which is not my usual MO. Shifting 1st person viewpoints would throw me periodically (despite the chapter title being the character) but only momentarily. "

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