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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine O’Flynn Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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Frank Allcroft, a television news anchor in his hometown, is on the verge of a midlife crisis. Beneath his famously corny on-screen persona, Frank is haunted by loss: the mysterious hit-and-run that killed his predecessor and friend, Phil, and the ongoing demolition of his architect father's monumental postwar buildings.

And then there are the things he can't seem to lose, no matter how hard he tries: his home, for one, on the market for years; and the nagging sense that he will never quite be the son his mother - newly ensconced in an assisted-living center - wanted.

As Frank uncovers the shocking truth behind Phil's death and comes to terms with his domineering father's legacy, it is his beloved young daughter, Mo, who points him toward the future. This spirited literary mystery is a funny and moving exploration of what we do and don't leave behind.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barkingmadcat | 2/18/2014

    " Tv news presenter needs a ratings boost. Investigating the death of his predecessor, and paying for bad jokes. Nostalgic over buildings his grandfather designed. "

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

    " Nowhere near as gripping or as wonderful as What was Lost IMO but O'Flynn writes beautifully yet again about lost, the lost and being found. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 1/2/2014

    " I really loved the characters in this book, and the small, every day emotional moments. I thought the big mystery was pretty easy to figure out and anticlimactic, but it was pleasant to spend time in these characters' lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 12/3/2013

    " Frank is a presenter for a W Midlands TV news programme with him we touch on the nature of local TV, ageing, urban redevelopment, loneliness but all rather superficially - a bit like local TV coverage perhaps? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayla | 11/12/2013

    " Slow character development with an ending that did not merit the buildup. I was left with the feeling that the author herself was mired in the past, a dominant theme in the book. Perhaps that was the meta-context? I wanted to like it more, but then, I always do:) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dianna Kemper | 10/28/2013

    " A little slow moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn Estepp | 10/24/2013

    " 4 1/2. while i didn't love it as much as "what was lost," catherine o'flynn has got serious chops and i kinda adore her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 10/7/2013

    " Gentle humour and moving moments of dark sadness. I loved the style of this book - so easy to read, interesting characters, something a little like a mystery story and yet not really...Very enjoyable read. I'm adding her previous book to me 'to read' list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 9/13/2013

    " Worth the wait, but maybe not quite as good as the first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Warrick | 8/19/2013

    " Sweet, slight little book about contentment, dressed up as a mystery. Not much of a mystery but a good character study and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy Jeffcoat | 6/28/2013

    " Kind of a strange book, but worth reading. It's about a television news reader and his mid-life crisis. "

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

    " Her books are novels that read like mysteries. Multiple plots, it all comes together in the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita | 1/12/2013

    " Just not a favorite writing style of mine. Plot moved slowly, too many 'flashbacks' to create the scenes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/7/2012

    " "Good read" but not as good as her first book. She does an amazing job of balancing humor with sadness. The concept of aging and legacy were interesting but this story just didn't hook me like the first one did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Maguire | 8/23/2012

    " This book was disappointing. It was not a patch on the surreal suburban ghost story 'What Was Lost', her debut novel. Although there was some lovely prose and perceptions about life, I felt it was a bit wishy washy and didn't really go anywhere. I wasn't gripped as I was in WWL. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Irwin | 10/7/2011

    " I wasnt sure about this at first but by the end I was hooked, and reall empathised with main character , Frank. Funny and sad all at the same time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Gorham | 8/31/2011

    " Finished because it's not worth any more of my time. Skip this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 6/30/2011

    " This was a pleasant gentle read with a hint of mystery. Frank allcroft is a genuinely nice guy wh loves his wife and daughter and doesn't like to say no to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 6/25/2011

    " Her books are novels that read like mysteries. Multiple plots, it all comes together in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 5/23/2011

    " This is by the author of WHAT WAS LOST, & although this story isn't as good, it has its moments. The protangonist's architect father spent his entire life at his job to the detriment of his relationships with his wife & son. And now all but one of his buildings are being demolished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana | 5/8/2011

    " I couldn't decide whether I loved this book or not. The characters are interesting, the story moved along quickly, there were certainly some beautiful passages, but it felt like something was missing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barkingmadcat | 4/18/2011

    " Tv news presenter needs a ratings boost. Investigating the death of his predecessor, and paying for bad jokes. Nostalgic over buildings his grandfather designed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 4/14/2011

    " Gentle humour and moving moments of dark sadness. I loved the style of this book - so easy to read, interesting characters, something a little like a mystery story and yet not really...Very enjoyable read. I'm adding her previous book to me 'to read' list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natashya | 4/7/2011

    " A lovely book, beautifully written, about the sadness and absurdity of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 3/25/2011

    " An easy read with well-drawn characters. The plot felt a bit meandering, although it managed to surprise me a little at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 3/17/2011

    " I really loved the characters in this book, and the small, every day emotional moments. I thought the big mystery was pretty easy to figure out and anticlimactic, but it was pleasant to spend time in these characters' lives.

    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Venuskitten | 3/12/2011

    " Frank, regional news presenter with a line in corny one-liners, struggles to come to terms with the demolition of buildings designed by his late father, the death of his work colleague in a hit and run accident and his mother's ageing. An accomplished, thought-provoking and enjoyable novel.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 3/8/2011

    " A great quick read. It is witty yet insightful. It examines the passage of time & ageing from so many angles through the different characters almost without you realising. I got swept along so quickly by the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/24/2011

    " Very enjoyable, easy to read, well written and engrossing book. I found that although there is not much action it didn't seem to matter. I would read this again and recommend it to anyone to read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 2/21/2011

    " I wasnt sure about this at first but by the end I was hooked, and reall empathised with main character , Frank. Funny and sad all at the same time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob | 2/17/2011

    " I'm half way through this book, which I'm reading on my iphone. I downloaded it because the range of books on iBooks is very poor.

    I've got to say this is pretty lame and dreary. "

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About the Author
Author Catherine O’Flynn

Catherine O’Flynn’s debut novel, What Was Lost, won the Costa First Novel Award in 2007, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. She lives in Birmingham, England.

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.