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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (260 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Mawson Narrator: Allison Janney Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553751543
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It takes just a moment for a family's life to be changed forever. For a twelve-year-old boy to dash across the street for a pack of peppermints. For his seven-year-old sister to follow him into traffic. For a bus to swerve out of control. And with that terrible moment, a family's search begins for the unlikely miracle that will put together their shattered lives--and bring their daughter back to life....

In a small hospital room, little Frankie Heywood lies in a coma so deep, no one--not even those who love her the most--can reach her. It is a parent's worst nightmare. For months the Heywoods have kept an uneasy vigil at their daughter's bedside, waiting in vain for the least sign of hope. There they watch helplessly as doctors come and go, unable to do anything for Frankie but keep her body functioning.

Now the experts are telling them that prolonging Frankie's existence may be damaging to their son Ben, who is slipping deeper and deeper into a dangerous emotional isolation. Their marriage already strained to the breaking point, the Heywoods are desperate as only a family can be. Against the expert judgment of all around them, they grasp at their last chance: the brilliant neurologist Elizabeth Chase.

Lizzie Chase knows what it's like to lose a loved one to the darkness. She has dedicated her life to coaxing children back from the brink of oblivion. Her revolutionary work offers the only hope to families like the Heywoods. It has also drawn the unwanted attention of those who through ignorance, greed, or fear would do anything to stop her.

But Lizzie and the Heywoods refuse to be stopped. They are certain that somewhere, just beyond their reach, Frankie is waiting for the lifeline that will lead her back to them. Together this passionate healer and this courageous family will take any risk, make any sacrifice, and defy all odds to turn the ultimate tragedy into the ultimate triumph...but not even miracles occur without a price.

The Lazarus Child is that rare novel that touches you in a way you didn't know you could be touched. It is an unforgettable testament to the power of love, hope, faith--and the inexplicable magic of family.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 1/5/2014

    " The first half was great, but it takes a weird turn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norma | 12/31/2013

    " Bringing a baby back from the dead is a weird topic for a book...but this book did raise some interesting ethical questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 11/30/2013

    " A very interesting and, at times, intense story about a child in a coma and the doctor who delved into the unknown to "bring them back". All in all, a memorable book as who's to say this is not how it happens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 11/21/2013

    " It's a story any parent can relate to. But it is a bit drawn out "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liberty | 10/28/2013

    " Wow! This is really not one of my usual books but I have to say I really enjoyed it. As a mother it really made me take a look at what I would do if I was in a situation like this. I still don't know the answer. Very thought provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 6/14/2013

    " The scenes of what the Ben was thinking or "doing" while he was unconscious were just too far out for me. I also think I realizes a third of the way in that I had read the book before and started remembering the story. Kim D. - why didn't you think I'd like it? I'm curious. (: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faye | 4/25/2013

    " Excellent read. Well written and thought provoking. How far would you go to get a love one back? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Leurs | 4/16/2013

    " Niet echt geweldig geschreven! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 4/3/2013

    " As with a lot of fiction that deals with medical issues, I end up wishing medical science could catch up to medical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucia Juliet Silva | 3/16/2013

    " this is my favorite book ever. I really love Elizabeth Chase, she was my favorite character ever (i hate his character in the movie :S c'mon, she is blonde!) and I love Boyd too, what a beautiful man. This book was all for me. Thanks, Robert. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 10/8/2012

    " This book was not something I typically read. It's a story about a family that would do anything to save their daughter, and a doctor who risks everything for what she believes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hazel McHaffie | 9/16/2012

    " My kind of subject a child in a coma, experimental medical treatment ... the writing annoyed me at times though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angel Angel | 4/15/2012

    " found that i was losing interest by the end of this book where as i was totally gripped at the start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shayne | 10/24/2011

    " It was a very intresting book and i enjoyed it a lot. It had a huge pull on me in the begining and kept it going. It slowly lost it's effect in the end, as the ending was dull. It was pacted full of emotions and almost made me cry at points. Overall it was a good book, and i will r "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stormcrow | 10/21/2011

    " abgebrochen, zu langatmig. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 5/23/2011

    " I thought it was good. It made me wonder about what really happens to people, especially having known someone who experienced a serious head injury. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cass | 1/10/2011

    " This is a medical drama that takes on a touch of science fiction towards the end.

    I only read it because my friend asked me too.

    The storyline was boring and a bit unbelievable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 1/2/2011

    " I thought it was good. It made me wonder about what really happens to people, especially having known someone who experienced a serious head injury. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shayne | 5/22/2010

    " It was a very intresting book and i enjoyed it a lot. It had a huge pull on me in the begining and kept it going. It slowly lost it's effect in the end, as the ending was dull. It was pacted full of emotions and almost made me cry at points. Overall it was a good book, and i will r "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 3/16/2010

    " The scenes of what the Ben was thinking or "doing" while he was unconscious were just too far out for me. I also think I realizes a third of the way in that I had read the book before and started remembering the story. Kim D. - why didn't you think I'd like it? I'm curious. (: "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/11/2010

    " This book was not something I typically read. It's a story about a family that would do anything to save their daughter, and a doctor who risks everything for what she believes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 7/11/2009

    " It's a story any parent can relate to. But it is a bit drawn out "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 3/20/2009

    " The first half was great, but it takes a weird turn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hazel | 1/27/2009

    " My kind of subject a child in a coma, experimental medical treatment ... the writing annoyed me at times though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angel | 2/1/2008

    " found that i was losing interest by the end of this book where as i was totally gripped at the start. "

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