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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (573 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carole Cadwalladr Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN:
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Rebecca Monroe is terrified of turning into her mother.

On the day Lady Diana married Prince Charles, Rebecca's mother locked herself in the bathroom of 24 Beech Drive and never came out. Was it because the holiday dinner didn't turn out just right? Because Rebecca's grandmother married her first cousin? Or was she simply, unalterably unhappy? According to Rebecca's scientist husband, our genes control our fate, but Rebecca isn't so sure. Leaving everything to science allows little room for the events that shape our lives.

Looking for clues in a family history filled with three generations of mistaken marriages, dubiously fathered children, and hand-me-down sayings, Rebecca discovers she is just one piece of a family history that is still unraveling, and she wonders if events of the past are destined to repeat themselves in her own child's future.

The intertwining relationships of mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and husbands and wives go to the heart of The Family Tree as it transcends the story of one woman and her family to become an indelible and resonant novel in which author Carole Cadwalladr ponders what truly makes us who we are. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 2/14/2014

    " my MIL recommended it, said it made her laugh all the way through.... I'm still trying to figure out the point of the whole book. It goes to show how different life experiences will affect what you like to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Schroder | 2/1/2014

    " Pretty interesting and mildly entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 1/30/2014

    " If 1/2 stars were possible I would have given this 3 1/2 stars; I liked it more than merely "liked it" but less than "really liked it." Considering that I finished this book last week and can't remember enough to post a detailed review, it was readable but not memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 elizabeth | 1/29/2014

    " I just found this book listed on scrap piece of paper and thought, "hey, I read that." I think I liked it, but maybe I didn't. I remember some stuff and remember some feelings I had while I read the book. So, I give it a 3, but I don't know why! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 1/20/2014

    " A completely forgettable novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ciel | 1/16/2014

    " Liked it. Very funny and sad, my favorite combination "

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

    " I feel a bit whatever about this book - so I guess that's a no go. I found myself speed reading it and really didn't buy into the characters. Too many characters too........too many family members......... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 1/16/2014

    " This book was maybe 370-400 pages, something like that...and, about 270 pages too long. Wow. Words that just spun and spun and went nowhere. I did enjoy the character development but the plot was pulled extremely thin. Borderline dreadful...glad it is over. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Breanna Mecham | 1/15/2014

    " Yuck! This boook makes you feel AWFUL! Not a happy book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 1/4/2014

    " I really tried to like this book but, truthfully, it was painful. Nothing ever happened. Nothing...and I waited and waited. Didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carey | 12/22/2013

    " I enjoyed this book but I was able to walk away from it and not have it beckon me. It was written with wit, so it required more attention than I was willing to give it. "

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

    " This book starts off a little slow because of the "jump-around" narrative style, but the payoff is worth the effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 4/14/2013

    " nice postmodern elements; good graphics "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kristine | 10/29/2012

    " Fast book with dark humor. Pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/24/2012

    " I appreciated the humor and sadness all wrapped up in one nice package. The ending was a little maudlin, but overall I loved the characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 5/4/2012

    " I didn't care for the scientific stuff but the story was great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen Groves | 11/27/2011

    " abit weird, but if you like DNA, genetics and weird families, it might work for you :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 10/14/2011

    " this book is funny yet heartbreaking at the same time. A perfect book club pick! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie F | 8/21/2011

    " Read for 2005 Elle Fiction Reader Jury Prize "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbi | 6/30/2011

    " This book starts off a little slow because of the "jump-around" narrative style, but the payoff is worth the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabella | 4/24/2011

    " Not the type of book I normally gravitate to. Surprisingly good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 2/2/2011

    " I hated this book it by far is the worst book I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 12/31/2010

    " I didn't care for the scientific stuff but the story was great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 elizabeth | 11/25/2010

    " I just found this book listed on scrap piece of paper and thought, "hey, I read that." I think I liked it, but maybe I didn't. I remember some stuff and remember some feelings I had while I read the book. So, I give it a 3, but I don't know why! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/25/2010

    " I appreciated the humor and sadness all wrapped up in one nice package. The ending was a little maudlin, but overall I loved the characters "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Breanna | 9/18/2010

    " Yuck! This boook makes you feel AWFUL! Not a happy book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 9/6/2010

    " If 1/2 stars were possible I would have given this 3 1/2 stars; I liked it more than merely "liked it" but less than "really liked it." Considering that I finished this book last week and can't remember enough to post a detailed review, it was readable but not memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 7/18/2010

    " Funny, sad, philosophical, this British novel takes the nature/nurture debate in fresh and unexpected directions "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 6/27/2010

    " This was a fantastic book, so well-written. Pretty sad overall, but a compelling read full of sympathetic characters. The way Cadwalladr unravels the truths in this family is smart and strategic. I definitely suggest this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Di | 6/11/2010

    " Now I know why this audio book ended up in the bargain book rack. It was okay but you really had to work on sticking with it due to it being a mix of genetics and fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharonm | 5/31/2010

    " Excellent 1st novel dealing with the effect of families. Nature vs. nurture. Very real people – I liked the main character. Clever, funny, sad. Narrative spirals like DNA, and connections are fluid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marshaferz | 5/14/2010

    " Some interesting touches, but ultimately a weak book. The characters were annoying and one dimensional, and the plot didn't hang together well. Frankly, the most interesting part were the chapter headers. Not a good sign. "

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