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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,987 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553752557
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Vanished tells the story of a man and woman faced with an almost unthinkable tragedy—the mysterious abduction of their son.

In the late 1930s, in the shadow of the Lindbergh kidnapping, and as war looms in Europe, Marielle Patterson shares and elegant Manhattan brownstone with her husband, Malcolm, and their little boy, Teddy. Though the couple's lives are filled with secrets, Marielle is a devoted wife and mother, and Malcolm is a man everyone admires. 

On the eve of Teddy's disappearance, Marielle runs into her first love, American expatriate Charles Delauney. And when Teddy is kidnapped, Charles is first blamed, then arrested. But as the search for Teddy widens, even Marielle is scrutinized by the FBI and special agent John Taylor. Suspicions and accusations mingle with terror and heartbreak as every threat, every failure, every fear, is remembered, examined, explored.

During Charles Delauney's trial, a series of revalations begins to unravel the about Marielle, Charles, and Malcolm, uncovering the motives and passions controlling their lives.

Vanished is a tale of guilt, desire, suspense, and of people drawn inexorably together, seeking the child who... vanished. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 2/20/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book...A fast read..Very sad made me cry at times.Don't know what I would do if that happened to my baby. I don't think I could go on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathaileen | 2/9/2014

    " It's about a gal who marries and then her child is kidnapped, only to find out that her husband was in on it the whole time. It was a TV movie with Lisa Rinna. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva suryaman | 2/5/2014

    " another story of danielle steel's, pretty nice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/2/2014

    " I am reading this one right now. I can't find enough time to finish it. I have been reading it for like two years now. I will finish this year though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shany | 1/27/2014

    " I loved it ... Absolutely awesome .. "

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

    " Really enjoyed this one, its more than just the usual Danielle Steel romance, it tells the story of a family whose child is abducted and has an interesting twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sandra | 1/23/2014

    " Very good, very nice but like usuall very sad. "

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

    " Too predictable. Although there was enough action and dialogue to keep my interested, it was just too obvious from the get go. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 1/16/2014

    " Boring, disappointing, predictable, constantly repeats the same things & yet again I ask myself why did I bother? I've got to stop expecting there will be a DS book that is actually worth reading. As much depth as candy floss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/16/2014

    " the tragic story of a womans life, Marielle. At the age of 18, her wealthy family and herself were on the Grand Tour in Europe, where she meets a 21 year old man, Charles Delauney, whos parents are also very wealthy. Charles is known to be the son of a rich and powerful man, he ran away when he was 15 to join the civil services fighting for causes against hitler and the wars in spain and europe. The two fall in love and then elope. They return from their honeymoon where her parents waited for her, expecting a divorce. She doesnt divorce him because she is pregnant with a little boy, the pride and joy of their family who later on drowns. She was by then pregnant with a little girl, who Marielle ends up killing by jumping into the icy water that took the life of her son Andre. Charles blames her for the loss and almost kills her. She ends up going to a mental clinic and she refuses to return to charles because of the danger he was. She attempts suicide 7-8 times in the clinic because she felt she couldnt live without the love of her life and her babies. The strain of her life events caused the death of her father and then later on the death of her mother because of suicide. She then moves back to the United States, where she meets a rich man, Malcome Patterson, that takes care of her. He believed that everyone has a past and that she should try to forget it. She never loved Malcome, just the part of him that took care of her, similarly, he never loved her, he just wanted to bear a son that would later become the heir to his fortunes. The child was born and named Teddy. Seven years after last seeing charles, she runs into him at Saint Patricks Cathedral on the anniversary of their childrens death, shocked at their coincidental run-in, charles tries getting her back but she refused to and later on tells him about Malcome and her marriage. The next day, Teddy(her son) and her run into him in central park while he was drunk. He was angered that she had a new life and a son that looked just like Andre, their child that died, and he had nothing. He threatened to take Teddy if thats what it would take to force her back into his life. Marielle was never accepted within Malcomes home, all the servents hated her, and possible were jelous that they were there longer than she was and she became his wife. 11 days before christmas, the day right after seeing charles at central park, teddy was kidnapped from the patterson's mansion. A court case comes into place, and the worst had taken place. Marielle was always worried about teddy because a past kidnapping took place within another wealthy family, but the result was too late and the child was dead. The worst seemed to take place and heated discussions pointed to Charles being guilty. Investigations find the Teddy's pajamas and his favorite teddy bear in charles' mansion but it turns out he was framed because he was at a bar all night, soaking up his encounters with marielle. Someone had paid another person to place the pajamas and the teddy bear into his house and charles was being used as a scapegoat. Malcome, teddy's father and Marielles husband ends up being the mastermind between this whole ordeal, the only goal in his mind being him getting rid of marielle and running away with his secretary that he had secretly had an affair with and teddy. Danielle Steel is an amazing author. This book in particular was very fasinating and thrilling. I couldnt seem to put the book down because i always wondered what events would take place next. Its very catchy and makes you want more. Loved the book; i highly recommend it, even though i basically told you everything that happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 1/9/2014

    " She pulls you in and you feel the pain they are in. The lose and the grief. Such an amazing story and again pieces of history pulled in. "

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

    " I absolutely loved this book! I think I finished it in a few days. It's not my usual love story, it's a mystery. It was a real page turner w/ a good ending. "

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

    " I found it to be very well-written. I almost forgot that I was reading something set in the '30s! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 12/18/2013

    " I read this book a long time ago. I liked it okay and I still remember the story, so I guess that says something. It was the first Danielle Steel book I read, haven't read one since. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordyn | 11/26/2013

    " This was a mystery love story very good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Audu | 10/31/2013

    " I love this story, it's a great book worth to read by mothers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 10/30/2013

    " Good story. A quick little summer read just for fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 9/30/2013

    " This book was really good. It was somewhat of a slow start but really picked up speed the last 5-6 chapters (only 16 chapters in the book). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 9/18/2013

    " It was a good story, but a little too predictable. They probably made a lifetime movie out of this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie McClain | 9/13/2013

    " Danielle Steel did not let me down. I couldn't stop thinking about this book until it was through, and I'm pretty sure I cried through nearly the entire thing. Must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 9/11/2013

    " Couldn't finish it. Just didn't suit my interests. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori Baldi | 9/6/2013

    " I was disappointed in the story. The setting of pre-world war 2 Manhattan should have been the hook for me but as usual, I did not enjoy Danielle Steel's book. This was the last time I picked up a book of her's. We'll keep it that way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nag Nag | 9/5/2013

    " just another novel yg membuai n bisa ditinggal-tinggal bacanya.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 8/14/2013

    " This was a good book - I read it in about 3 hours and then had a headache. It was very predictable. I figured out early on who was responsible. So much of the story was the trial which sort of bothered me and I wish something more came of Marielle and Charles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 7/19/2013

    " Loved it, never a dull moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 6/14/2013

    " Great book! I haven't read a Danielle Steel in a long time and was a little worried about the possibility of it being too sensual, but that was not the case at all. More of a mystery/court drama than a romance. I found it predictable, but a good read and page turner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 5/11/2013

    " Oh my gosh! This is my kind of story. I love historical and mystery type novels and this one was wonderful! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandy | 5/9/2013

    " Read this book years ago. Same old, same old. Ugly girl finds rich handsome husband....blah! blah! blah! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shruthy Vaishali | 4/28/2013

    " Again Danielle Steel doesn't bother to soften some facts about the real world .... But that's what makes her book worth reading....no matter how much knowing the truth hurts.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chieky | 3/31/2013

    " "You must cherish every day as if it were your last because anything in this crazy world can happen" A must read book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 1/27/2013

    " It6 was a quick read. Good for a plane "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronica | 11/2/2012

    " I read this book when I was in high school and I thought it was ok, I didn't think this one of her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 10/25/2012

    " Similar to and even mentions the Lindbergh baby vanishing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy Maggiacomo | 9/15/2012

    " Not my type of book. "

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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

Boyd Gaines’ many film credits include Second Best, I’m Not Rappaport, Heartbreak Ridge, Fame, and Porky’s. He’s won two Tony Awards for performances in the The Heidi Chronicles and the musical She Loves Me. On television he’s appeared in A Woman Called Jackie, A Son’s Promise, and in the popular series One Day at a Time. He has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.