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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,947 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553752403
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On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small Midwestern town. She doesn’t intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a story that you will never forget.

The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. The place is a small Midwestern town with a high school and a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on a tree-lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinary set of events begins to unfold. And gradually what seems serendipitous is tinged with purpose. A happy home is shattered by a child’s senseless death. A loving marriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives—a young woman who will touch many lives before she moves on. She and a young man will meet and fall in love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family’s dreams. And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious gift she leaves them.

The Gift, Danielle Steel’s thirty-third bestselling work, is a magical story told with stunning simplicity and power. It reveals a relationship so moving it will take your breath away. And it tells a haunting and beautiful truth about the unpredictability—and the wonder—of life.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla L | 2/20/2014

    " Great book.... I enjoyed it alot! It really makes teens (like myself) think about what not to let happen. :DD It's very touching to the heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ~devonne~ | 2/18/2014

    " life is a treasure and yet a gift "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Rose | 2/13/2014

    " One of the books that made me realize things.. one of the best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 1/28/2014

    " Very good short story. Only 216 pages (hardcover). I was crying in the 1st chapter and then crying in the last. Very moving story with a good hardfelt message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/26/2014

    " Good book just predictable ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Azia | 1/25/2014

    " buku kedua si danielle steel, yang gw suka setelah message from nam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marynelson321 | 1/25/2014

    " I cried through this one! The name and story hit home! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 + Dragonfly+ | 1/23/2014

    " This little book was a gift to read and I really enjoyed it. A teen girl who is expecting meets tries to make it on her own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Hirnisey | 1/20/2014

    " Fantastic - one of my favorites "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 1/20/2014

    " OK, another sappy romance by Danielle Steel. But as far as sappy romances go, this one does have a different twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriana | 1/17/2014

    " Wonderful story. Truly one of the most heart-felt books that I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 1/15/2014

    " Novels by Danielle Steele were my first English books. I read some, then none again after ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 1/12/2014

    " Good book, Danielle never ceases to amaze me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 1/3/2014

    " Great feel-good story. Easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/1/2014

    " Bought this book at a thrift store like 8 years ago because I loved the old vintage cover of it... It was my FIRST book I LOVED, it was the first book that turned me into a "book lover" and it introduced me to Danielle steel! Loved it. Beautiful story of a girl "

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

    " Not bad for reading on a plane but the repetition gets annoying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 12/2/2013

    " i have read this book a thousands time and it makes me cry every time i love this book this is what got me to read danielle steel..now i am a true fan of her work "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.j. Garrett | 12/2/2013

    " this is one of my very favorite go to books. it has mist the rout amount of laughs cries and sighs. I've. probably read this book 4 or 5 times over the years and I will most likely read it a few more times in my life time. LOVE IT!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Winder delong | 8/21/2013

    " Something bad happened to a family and it is destroying them. Something bad happened to a young woman so she is forced to run away to start over. She meets a young man in that hurting family. He discovers her secret. Together they make some tough decisions that help them all to heal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Winkler | 7/26/2013

    " A book I read in high school and then I fell in live with Danielle Steel and reading all over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tirza Horvath | 7/2/2013

    " I loved the book, but I wasn't very fond of the ending... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordyn | 5/24/2013

    " This was a really touching book I cried through most of it but it was so good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Andrews-Prideaux | 5/19/2013

    " Very sad, but then very uplifting. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Advie | 4/4/2013

    " Challenges of many kinds find unique and wonderful endings in this novel.To me it shows truly what a gift is "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisa | 3/19/2013

    " This book was amazing! One of my favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren~ | 2/25/2013

    " A touching book and made me tear up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/16/2013

    " What can I say? Up until the mid-90's I read every Danielle Steel book the minute it came out. It's kind of like my obsession with Harold Robbins and Sidney Sheldon. I'm so over all of them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/14/2013

    " Heartbreaking story which was a very good read but I was disappointed with the ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona | 1/22/2013

    " It is a great book I liked it so much ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Chamberlain | 10/23/2012

    " Classic Danielle Steel, this book is heart-warming and difficult to put down, while also being unique to what she has written before "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LeAnn | 10/12/2012

    " My mom made me read it... and I regret to inform you that... I enjoyed it... No, honestly, I'm not a Danielle Steel fan, but this was a sweet story. Incredibly sappy, though :) "

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About the Author
Author Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over six hundred million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.