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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: Jacquelyn Mitchard Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia Hutchinson | 2/20/2014

    " This was a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chamie | 2/19/2014

    " 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 Kelly Patrick | 2/18/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 2/16/2014

    " I put off reading this for a while because some aspects of it were a little bit too close to home in a few ways. It certainly held my attention, and I was a bit tearful over some parts, but other aspects left me disappointed. Too much repetition, and I wasn't wild about the back-and-forth narration. And wow -- only in a novel could Prince Charming arrive that much on schedule! Oh, and why was I NOT surprised by the final chapter? I adored The Deep End of the Ocean, but that was a long time ago, I guess. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ceevee | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed Mitchard's writing style and some of the character development much of the way thru the book, but as far as I am concerned it fell apart with the unrealistic arrival of her Prince Charming. I couldn't finish it. For once I would like to see women going thru tough times prevail on their own. Authors, give me material showing that women dumped and sick as well have the courage to enjoy life without the rescuing super-men. A surgeon yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/3/2014

    " Good book about real life, real families, and real problems. Also reminds us to keep at what we want. Don't let life get in the way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonette | 1/26/2014

    " This book was recommended to me because the heroine has MS and so do I. I felt the story was rather weak, they'll make this into a movie for the "wifetime" channel. Need I say more? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/26/2014

    " 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Breeze Watson | 1/19/2014

    " The front of this novel has a quote from Jodi Piccoult stating that it's great reading -- and if SHE likes it...WELL! It's genuinely one of the best books I've ever read. Reads like a Piccoult novel. I'm recommending it but I don't think I'll give my copy away. I really loved this page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 1/17/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina Richards | 1/15/2014

    " 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 Rose Young | 1/11/2014

    " I love Jacqueline Mitchard. This was not one of her best, hence the 4 stars. At times the story seemed to ramble, a bit unbelievable in parts. However, I still deem it a good book! Not one I will re-read, but good nontheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 1/7/2014

    " I truly enjoyed the raw pain and honesty captured in this story. Mitchard did a wonderful job of capturing human nature at its best and worst. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Hollansky | 1/6/2014

    " This is a great plot and it is very well carried out. It is a story of the end of a marriage from the viewpoints of the scorned wife and the discounted son, each with a biting wit. The resolution of the story is a little bit far-fetched, but I found it quite wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 12/7/2013

    " I felt this very personally, since I've suffered from depression in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Keating | 12/6/2013

    " I couldn't help but empathise with the main character here. Her husband has proven himself a total flake, and then she's dealt a severe blow when her health declines. Despite all the gloom, this was ultimately uplifting, a triumph over adversity and stayed with me for some time afterwards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 12/5/2013

    " Mitchard wrote a realistic story. Shows family life with warts and all. Cool beginning for each chapter. Certainly learned about MS. Julienne is a bit too good to be true. Kids are great in story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Moeller | 9/13/2013

    " A bit slow at parts but an overall decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Burris | 5/11/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michaela | 5/8/2013

    " It's not that the writing was lyrical or musical but the characters were so raw and the truths in the book so real. I intitally rated it 4 stars rather than 3 but downgraded it due to a slightly over the top ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alberta | 12/7/2012

    " 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 Allison | 8/17/2012

    " Disturbing, powerful book. Not for the faint of heart. mid life crises. troubled kids. dysfunctional marriage. chronic illness. you get it all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 6/5/2012

    " I just could not get into this one. I just took it back to the library when my time with it was up because I didn't have any interest in finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 6/4/2012

    " Beautiful book. Well-written and realistic in the ways each character deals with their sadness and tragedies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 2/18/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 8/18/2011

    " Listened to this one on CD and enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarra | 8/9/2011

    " I really enjoyed listening to this book during my daily commute. There are some books that just lend themselves to the audio format, and this was one of those books. I'm sure if I sat down and read the print version I wouldn't have found it nearly as entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 6/5/2011

    " 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 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.