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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,840 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Tony Fusco Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553752489
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Bestselling novelist Danielle Steel takes us on a harrowing journey into the heart of America’s hidden shame in a novel that explores the power of forgiveness, the dark side of childhood, and one woman’s unbreakable spirit.

From her secret perch at the top of the stairs, Gabriella Harrison watches the guests arrive at her parents’ lavish Manhattan townhouse. At seven, she knows she is an intruder in her parents’ party, in her parents’ life.  But she can’t resist the magic. Later, she waits for the click, click, click of her mother’s high heels, the angry words, and the pain that will follow. Gabriella already knows to hide her bruises, certain she is to blame for her mother’s rage—and her father’s failure to protect her. Her world is a confusing blend of terror, betrayal, and pain. Her parents’ aristocratic world is no safeguard against the abuse that knows no boundaries, respects no person, no economic lines. Gabriella knows that, try as she might, there is no safe place for her to hide.

Even as a child, her only escape is through the stories she writes. Only writing can dull the pain of her lonely world. And when her parents’ marriage collapses, Gabriella is given her first reprieve, as her father disappears, and then her mother abandons her to a convent. There, Gabriella’s battered body and soul begin to mend. Amid the quiet safety and hushed rituals of the nuns, Gabriella grows into womanhood in a safe, peaceful world. Then a young priest comes into her life.

Father Joe Connors never questioned his vocation until Gabriella entered the confessional and shared her soul. Confession leads to friendship. And friendship grows dangerously into love. Like Gabriella, Joe is haunted by the pain of his childhood, consumed by guilt over a family tragedy, for which he blames himself. With Gabriella, Joe takes the first steps toward healing. But their relationship leads to tragedy as Joe must choose between the priesthood and Gabriella, and life in the real world where he fears he does not belong, and cannot cope.

Exiled and disgraced, and nearly destroyed, Gabriella struggles to survive on her own in New York. There she seeks healing and escape through her writing again, this time as an adult, and her life as a writer begins. But just when she thinks she is beyond hurt, Gabriella is once again betrayed by someone she trusts. Brought to the edge of despair, physically attacked beyond recognition and belief, haunted by abuse in her present and her past, she nonetheless manages to find hope again, and the courage to face the past. On a pilgrimage destined to bring her face-to-face with those who sought to destroy her in her early life, she finds forgiveness, freedom from guilt, and healing from abuse. When Gabriella faces what was done to her, and why, she herself is free at last.

With profound insight, Danielle Steel has created a vivid portrait of an abused child’s broken world, and the courage necessary to face it and free herself from the past. A work of daring and compassion, a tale of healing that will shock and touch and move you to your very soul, it exposes the terror of child abuse, and opens the doors on a subject that affects us all. The Long Road Home is more than riveting fiction. It is an inspiration to us all. A work of courage, hope, and love.

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Listener Opinions

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

    " A heart-wrenching story of a girl who is abused. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela McMurray | 2/5/2014

    " Always embarrassed to admit having read a Danielle Steel book, this is the first of hers that I ever picked up. The story grabs you in an 'Oh my God I cant believe this is happening, how awful!' kind of way but after the first half of the book it tends to become somewhat mismatched and I found myself feeling that I have been sad with this book long enough and wanted it to just finish. The relationship between Gabriella and the nuns of the convent is lovely and I enjoyed the slight exploration of religion. The heroine is easy to like and her naivety is completely believable. It is a depressing issue that Ms. Steele tackles here so I wouldnt recommend it as a holiday read. Maybe when there is a storm outside and you are feeling pensive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaylia | 2/1/2014

    " I enjoyed this book as Steele seemed to do a good job portraying the emotions an abused child/adult would go through. I also enjoyed the story, it was difficult to put down. However, this is the second Steele book I have read and I have already noticed the theme of the characters going through not only one life altering event, but they tend to go through at least two or three. I am okay with that, but I think it makes it seem less realistic when sometimes the real life stories tug at your heart a little more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dharamvir Joshi | 1/30/2014

    " A must read for D. S. fans... :):)... When I was reading this book I got emotionally attached to Gabriella and I was into that phase for a long time. Truly a wonderful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennah-lee Milks | 1/30/2014

    " This book was more than heartbreaking, beautiful and breathtaking... It was the first Danielle Steel book I read and it stays with me to this day "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Belyea | 1/1/2014

    " this book changed the way i view a lot of things. It is good and a great story of true love and true pain. of sacrifice and so many other of lifes many blessings and tragidies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adel | 12/29/2013

    " The first book to make me cry. It reminds me of the strength we can find within ourselves after we over come adversity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire Capul | 12/29/2013

    " Tells you something about "Tomorrow is another day" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 12/29/2013

    " This is a great romance novel about Gabriella's adventures in love with a priest as she's a nun and life after it. She finds new love again. A touching story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Fotheringham | 12/27/2013

    " I thought that is book was sad and depressing at first but when she got out of the house everything went up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlyn Wallace | 12/21/2013

    " i really liked this book, which was kind of surprising because my mom gave it too me! lol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jann | 12/16/2013

    " I haven't read DS in a while but came across this one and was intrigued. This is about a child who was hated and abused by her wealthy mother while her father ignored it. The book takes you through childhood and adulthood. Very different for DS but very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/9/2013

    " It was a typical DS, I did my usual quick skipping reading, it was ok, easy to read which suits a purpose. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 K | 12/6/2013

    " My one and only interaction with Ms. Steel. Never again. So hilariously bad and melodramatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reem Murra | 11/19/2013

    " as i remember it was my first book to read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 8/26/2013

    " This book was so badly written that even a half-decent story was ruined by poor sentence structure and worse character development. I will never touch Ms. Steel's books again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adaora | 8/5/2013

    " Children are blessings 4rm God. No matter the circumstances surrounding u before or after their birth,love and care 4 them, don't maltreat them.Bring them up in the right way.Blessings come in disguise. In the middle of difficulties lies oppurtunites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maldivianbookreviewer | 7/9/2013

    " This is a story that touched me deeply, reading about the abuse that the heroine went through wasn't easy. But I wouldn't change even one word of this book - it's just perfect the way it is! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eves | 7/7/2013

    " Exhausting, long, and boring. Too many 'adventures' and I couldn't pay attention to everything that happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/5/2013

    " i really liked this book. it was a traumatic story, but kept my interest the entire book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 2/21/2013

    " Seriously my favorite book of this authors! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 2/11/2013

    " My favorite Danielle Steel book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia Bond | 5/23/2012

    " My daughter's name is Gabrielle, same as the main character so at times this book was extremely hard to read. The events in girls life as she becomes a women just makes you want to sob and cheer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/18/2012

    " I really liked this one, although it was heartbreaking! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rflutist | 11/17/2011

    " I had to stay up late to finish this one! It was worth missing sleep. The furst few chapers are rough reading due to the subject matter of the plot, but once you're past that, you'll be hooked! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 9/5/2011

    " The story still schoked me as much as it did the first time I read it years ago... real tear jerker! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 5/24/2011

    " Really sad. Made me cry in lots of parts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette McCulloh | 5/10/2011

    " I liked the first two parts of this book, and the third part was okay. You have to feel bad for the little girl with a weak father and s jealous and abusive mother. "

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

    " My daughter's name is Gabrielle, same as the main character so at times this book was extremely hard to read. The events in girls life as she becomes a women just makes you want to sob and cheer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaylan | 4/29/2011

    " My one and only interaction with Ms. Steel. Never again. So hilariously bad and melodramatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennah-lee | 2/24/2011

    " This book was more than heartbreaking, beautiful and breathtaking... It was the first Danielle Steel book I read and it stays with me to this day "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona | 12/9/2010

    " Definitely one of my favorites of her novels. Did not want to put it down. Topic this time is child abuse. Difficult to read then and even more so now because I am a mother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maldivianbookreviewer | 12/4/2010

    " This is a story that touched me deeply, reading about the abuse that the heroine went through wasn't easy. But I wouldn't change even one word of this book - it's just perfect the way it is! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 10/26/2010

    " The story still schoked me as much as it did the first time I read it years ago... real tear jerker! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desiree | 10/23/2010

    " Really good book. Tugs on the heart strings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jann | 9/9/2010

    " I haven't read DS in a while but came across this one and was intrigued. This is about a child who was hated and abused by her wealthy mother while her father ignored it. The book takes you through childhood and adulthood. Very different for DS but very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 8/20/2010

    " Really sad. Made me cry in lots of parts "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shell | 8/10/2010

    " This is the saddest book I have ever read yet I could not put it down. It was distressing to read about this womans life and how every turn had some sort of tragedy happen to her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adaora | 8/5/2010

    " Children are blessings 4rm God. No matter the circumstances surrounding u before or after their birth,love and care 4 them, don't maltreat them.Bring them up in the right way.Blessings come in disguise. In the middle of difficulties lies oppurtunites. "

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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.