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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (402 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Veitch Narrator: Edwina Wren Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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A spellbinding contemporary novel, Without a Backward Glance draws us deep into the intensely private world of family life and brilliantly illuminates the joys, sorrows and sustaining comfort that we find there.

On Christmas Eve in 1967, a London woman unhappily transplanted to the Australian suburbs makes a decision that will change forever the lives of her four young children. Forty years on, those children are adept at concealing their shared pain. Deborah has a demanding political career, James is a successful artist, Robert a respected school principal. Only Meredith, the baby of the family seems struck. But as their father begins to lose his grip on reality, they find themselves floundering in an unfamiliar sea. And their past is about to reach into t he present in ways that will shock and challenge them all. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 2/12/2014

    " I would think this might be a difficult read for children of divorce or who have been abandoned by a parent. I found it interesting the way the grown children reconnected with a mother who had left them "Without a Backward Glance". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan 2 | 2/10/2014

    " The book follows the fall out after a mother just leaves without a word to her husband and four children. The family is fascinating, each child so different. I really enjoyed this Christmas book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maia | 2/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. The plot was compelling, the writing enjoyable and it definitely provided food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 1/5/2014

    " Good quick read...interesting premise of a woman who leaves her family and the kids life without her, and after they rediscover her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 12/26/2013

    " What a complete waste of time. The potential for s great story was just dropped at the end. Will not be passing this one on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 12/25/2013

    " I listened to the audio book version of this and thought it was really good. I liked the shifts in perspective and time and thought the reader, Edwina Wren, did a great job with all the different characters and accents. It was published as 'Listen' in Australia. While 'Without a Backward Glance' is probably more descriptive of the content (about a mother who leaves her husband and children after realising that she has made a mistake marrying so young and moving halfway across the world to Australia), it is not entirely accurate as Rose does have cause to look back and reflect and regret her decisions. I found the character of Deborah the most poignant and never really understood Rose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Spencer Inskeep | 11/20/2013

    " This author was all over the place. It was like she couldn't decide on a concrete idea - she just kept adding and adding and adding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 11/20/2013

    " I like this book okay, but I guess I just have different feelings about how everything played out. I don't know if I would be so accepting to everything that happened. I imagined it being a better read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/10/2013

    " Loved and hated this book. Took me to the raw center of being a mother...that need to do what is right and the want to run away. Painful in parts, joyful in others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 11/6/2013

    " I picked this book up randomly at Costco and thought it was great. It is a story about things that families experience on a daily basis-joys and tears. "

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

    " A sad commentary that ends up okay in the end. This book did a good job of explaining what a huge impacts Mother's have on their children. Even when those children are now grown. "

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

    " Really good read. The family dynamics in it were really interesting-the author did a good job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Register | 10/25/2013

    " My heart felt for the children as well as their mom, Rose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 10/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 8/23/2013

    " Coming soon to Lifetime Movie Network. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 8/15/2013

    " This was okay - it was easy to read and the story line was good, but the end was just kind of....anti-climatic. I'd probably give it 2.5 stars if I could. I probably wouldn't recommend it mainly because I have so many other books to recommend that are much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delilah Trenaman | 6/15/2013

    " I loved this book. The story is about the different relationships that go on between siblings and parents. It tells how your childhood can effect how you deal or don't deal with things as an adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 2/22/2013

    " Good holiday reading and every chapter getting more interesting. Lots of forgiveness lessons in a story about a woman who abandons her four children . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 8/8/2012

    " I liked the intricate characters in this Aussie chickish lit. It was heartbreaking and very real and I was so in love with James. Very good read with a satisfying ending. I was a little taken aback by the very sexual sex scenes, but not upset about them! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 7/6/2012

    " I felt it jumped around too much from character to character. Could not keep each person straight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 2/25/2012

    " A story of unusual family loss, the way it affects each child as they move into adulthood and their decisions on how to deal with being faced with the person who caused all the heartache in the beginning. I found it compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy Shue | 7/23/2011

    " I learned that in Australia, chickens are "chooks" and being "pissed" means being drunk, not angry. I also learned about the connections between brothers and sisters and how they bind and fray with love and distress. A wonderful novel about what makes a family tick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arelya | 4/1/2011

    " I liked how the novel unfolded and I felt satisfied at the end. Characters were alive and breathing. This is a good read for the summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 2/11/2011

    " My heart felt for the children as well as their mom, Rose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/13/2010

    " I'm not really sure what my opinion is of this book. It wasn't boring but I didn't fly through it either. The characters were interesting but some of them I wasn't very sympathetic for at all. I also didn't really care for the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 8/25/2010

    " Kate Veitch is a fine writer and Without a Backward Glance has an irresistible plot. One Christmas Eve in Australia, the mother of 4 announces that she is going out to buy tree ornaments. She never returns. Twelve years later ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 6/1/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. "

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