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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,701 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN:
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Where can a woman turn when her own life threatens to overwhelm her ability to keep her children safe? New York Times best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard takes the readers of her newest novel on a wry and moving journey of loss and healing.

Giving advice is what Julieanne does for a living; every Sunday she doles it out in a column in her local Wisconsin paper. But when it comes to her personal life, Julie herself seems to have missed some clues. Having worked creatively to keep her 20-year marriage to Leo fresh and exciting and to be a good mother, she is completely caught off guard when he tells her he needs to go on a sabbatical from their life together, leaving Julie and their three children behind. But it soon becomes clear that his leave of absence is meant to be permanent. Things take a turn for the worse when Julie is diagnosed with a serious illness and the children undertake a dangerous journey to find Leo...before it's too late. As the known world sinks precariously from view, the clan must navigate their way through the shoals of love, guilt, and betrayal. Together, with the help of Leo's parents and Julie's best friend, they work their way back to solid ground and a new definition of family.

No one illuminates modern love, marriage, and parenting better than Jacquelyn Mitchard. Written with her trademark poignancy, humor, and insight, The Breakdown Lane is her most moving, eloquent, and life-affirming work yet. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/13/2014

    " Gave it a 3.5. I enjoyed hearing the story from two perspectives. As Leo leaves his 20-year marriage, Julie learns she has MS. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/8/2014

    " This one took of slowly but once it got going it kept tumbling around until I had to read it. I found it to be very real, which I love and hate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 2/1/2014

    " this was a great read. I came away thinking that it is difficult to 'pick' who would be the support if anything like this should happen to me.A very insightful and sometimes hurtful read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Gross | 1/28/2014

    " This book was a stressful book to listen too, you love some characters and hate others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/25/2014

    " I have to give this one 3 & 1/2. A slow start for me, but I stuck with it and really grew to love the characters. Also enjoyed the way the ending was written. Different! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 1/24/2014

    " Envolvente, desconcertante, uma escrita de qualidade! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy Johnson Winkler | 1/22/2014

    " The book was okay. Wasn't one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina Richards | 1/19/2014

    " Interesting mix of sad and hilarious. Spoiler: I liked that the happy ending wasn't too happy and unbelievable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 1/17/2014

    " i like relationship books, so interesting to me when you read about others who just dont communicate with each other, fasinating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianna | 1/14/2014

    " Mitchard is an amazing writer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chamie | 1/8/2014

    " I love her books on audio they really keep my attention which is saying alot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Duke McDonald | 11/12/2013

    " I can't tell you how much I hated the husband in this book for ditching his wife and kids. I was even angrier when his daughter went to live with him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/8/2013

    " I found this to be an engrossing story. The characters were well developed and challenges they faced seemed real rather than contrived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 10/22/2013

    " Just when you think you have it all together . , . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey Budd | 7/17/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/10/2013

    " I really liked this book. Probably most wouldn't give it four stars three and a half?)...but probably was my mood when I read it. Enjoyable read overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Vrtikapa | 12/29/2012

    " Wasn't sure if I would like this book at first, but about 1/3 of the way through, started to enjoy it. Great shocker halfway through, but kind of a pedictable ending. Entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Patrick | 12/24/2012

    " My current audio book. It's a very good story about a family's struggle through a breakup and a terrible disease. The story is told from the perspective of Julie, the mother, and Gabe, her teenage son. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 9/5/2012

    " I loved this book. Ironically, I had just started the book when I found out that my 12 year relationship was ending. It turns out that the book really helped me through the emotions of divorce or seperation. I can't say enough good things. This is one book that everyone should read before they die. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 6/18/2012

    " It took me a long time to get interested in this story. It's about love, marriage and parenting through difficult times. Julie's husband leaves her and then she finds out that she had MS. The story is about how the family gets through these changes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 6/8/2012

    " Left alone with 3 children and no money when her husband decides he needs a "sabbatical", newspaper advice columnist is diagnosed with MS-it is her story and her children's story as they try to find their dad. Excellent story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/1/2012

    " MS and divorce from a man going through a so-called midlife crisis makes for an interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 4/17/2012

    " At times upsetting, at other times more heartwarming, this one pretty much kept my interest the whole way through. I didn't really know what to expect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette Collier | 12/14/2011

    " It was worth reading - nothing bad about it at all but nothing fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 11/28/2011

    " I do love a Jacquelyn Mitchard and this one is especially poignant given the main character Julie has... none other than that nasty monster... MS "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Burris | 9/19/2011

    " I would have loved this book but the ending was a little too rosy for me these days. I read it in a couple of days because I couldn't put it down. Excellent character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 9/14/2011

    " A mother of three develops multiple sclerosis, and her husband develops a mid-life crisis and runs off to a commune to become a hippie. This is an emotional story of how a woman and her children deal with the hardships described above. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/19/2011

    " MS and divorce from a man going through a so-called midlife crisis makes for an interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 4/6/2011

    " This was a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade | 3/15/2011

    " I'll finish this book any day now. This is an extremely well-written story about a family in crisis. All characters are believable and well-drawn. Fantastic writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/4/2011

    " The husband's new life is kind of bizarre, but the book will hold your interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/28/2011

    " Too much strife and angst to all end so well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/18/2011

    " Envolvente, desconcertante, uma escrita de qualidade! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 1/28/2011

    " I thought the writing in this book was horrible. It was choppy and disconnected. I also thought it was lacking in character development - I didn't have feelings for anyone. I also thought the author wrapped up the story with a quick "happy" ending that proved unbelievable. IMHO.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alberta | 11/7/2010

    " This book is about Julieanne who loses her husband to another life and discovers she has MS. The story tells how her children and her deal with these tragedies. "

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

    " It took me a long time to get interested in this story. It's about love, marriage and parenting through difficult times. Julie's husband leaves her and then she finds out that she had MS. The story is about how the family gets through these changes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 8/1/2010

    " Life isn't always what you think it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 7/30/2010

    " Liked this book, although it was a sad topic. I can imagine that any victim of MS might actually react and then act exactly like the character in the story. Very "real life" like to me. Makes me thankful for my own good health "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindee | 4/25/2010

    " As a fan of Jacquelyn Mitchard, I was really disappointed with this novel. The characters were stereotypical, and some of the writing seemed quite awkward. "

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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

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.