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Pretty Baby Audiobook

Pretty Baby: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national best-selling author Mary Kubica.

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What begins as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

©2015 Mary Kubica (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Ann Newcastle, England 16/12/2015
    Ann Newcastle, England 16/12/2015 Member Since 2014

    Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true

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    "Brilliant!"
    Any additional comments?

    A brilliantly written tale of of human fallibility, evil, damage and vulnerability. Each character, the troubled and the reprehensible, were brought fully to life. Not one to read when feeling fragile in any way.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pam 05/08/2015
    Pam 05/08/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "I'm not good with American stories but this gripped me"

    This book got better and better as it went along- i loved the narrators which is difficult - struggle a lot with strong accents. But it was moulded and folded and unfolded professionally - a sign of a good book for me is 'un-put-down-able' and I was listening wherever I went! Good on you Mary Kubica and your narrating team. 5* from me!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MaMaMason 02/08/2015
    MaMaMason 02/08/2015

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    "Can't carry on listening to this ~ too disturbing"

    The story is constructed so that you're pulled in and hooked, but I got to the point where the adrenaline was up just a bit too high, and had to stop listening.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jenna Somerset 10/12/2015
    Jenna Somerset 10/12/2015 Member Since 2015

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    "kept me gripped!"
    If you could sum up Pretty Baby in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, clever, twisty!


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story and people and plot were all intersting and made you care about what was happening to them


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Natasha R Kibrya 17/10/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Sucks you right in"

    The style of writing is excellent, Mary really places you there. The voices were so pleasant to listen to - I enjoyed every minute of this book on my long walks. Highly recommend.
    The story builds slowly (but never boringly so) and before you know it you are immersed in the lives of Heidi, Willow and Chris and can't stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    metfer 08/04/2016
    metfer 08/04/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed after reading other reviews"

    Struggled with this audio book from the beginning really, the story never really seemed to get going & several times I almost decided to abandon it. However I persisted, I found the narrator who played Heidi had a particularly monotonous voice which didn't help matters. All in all a rather dreary book. Guess I have been lucky with other audio books I have listened to in Audible - can't win them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CT
    02/09/15
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    "Not worth your time."

    I spent the entirety of this book telling myself to have an open mind; scolding myself every time I felt the author was "reaching" for big descriptive words at a time when simplicity could have worked better; knocking myself down a peg when I felt I should just stop listening, wasting away those precious hours I spent listening to this book.

    I felt the book was pointless, depressing, weak, trying-too-hard-to-impress. Overall a giant waste of my time.

    91 of 97 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/08/15
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    "Mundane"

    I struggled to finish this book. The extremly slow unwind of the story was just too much for me.

    43 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Brandon, FL, United States
    21/09/15
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    "Don't waste your time"

    This book was a total let down and very predictable. The summary is the best part. Narration was good, though "Willow" sounded like she should blow her nose all through the book. I read the reviews, some of them were like wow what a great book. I think I listened to a different book then they did. Ideas weren't bad but it could have been so much better. Very disappointed.

    49 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • Avid Reader Girl
    CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI, United States
    28/08/15
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    "sorry it wasn't good."

    It was long and drawn out and the ending wrapped up quickly yet unrealisticly. Sorry, not a good one despite the reviews.

    38 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Carmen C
    12/08/15
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    "Loses Steam"

    I felt like this book had a lot of potential that wasn't realized. The end really pittered out for me. I would have liked to have heard more from Heidi at the end, and it ended at an unsatisfactory point in the story to me. However, the narration was sublime. That part was excellent! Overall - the premise was interesting but it never really lived up to itself.

    43 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • M. Simpson
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    23/09/15
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    "Implausible and imitative"
    What would have made Pretty Baby better?

    I hate to say this about a woman writer, but this book has terrible portrayals of women and that bothered me. You have a neurotic woman pining for a baby, an adolescent who is repeatedly raped, negligent/unsympathetic social workers, and a predatory femme fatale. So I don't know that it could have been made better.


    What was most disappointing about Mary Kubica’s story?

    There are some really bad stereotypes of the foster care system and adoption. The details-- and myths -- about abortion are truly troubling. The whole approach is derivative of "Gone Gone" (alternating viewpoints of husband and wife, unreliable narrators) without the subtlety of Gillian Flynn. You have to take gigantic leaps to believe certain portions.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I think they were given a tough job, given the nature of the book. The male was fine; the woman reading the Heidi parts had some incredibly treacly lines to read so I can't fault her performance except to say it was annoying. She should ask someone from Nebraska how Kearney is pronounced.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pretty Baby?

    The whole idea of a teenager taking a bus to Fort Collins, finding a house on foot, and then getting away with what happens in this book begs the question of whether this was vetted at all as a manuscript.


    Any additional comments?

    Ok. "Gone Girl" was an amazing success but can we move on?

    60 of 66 people found this review helpful
  • Marianna
    ANNAPOLIS, MD, United States
    12/08/15
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    "cliché upon cliché"

    Not sure why I finished it-- could only bear to listen to it while doing household chores.

    40 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Nia
    Texas
    11/09/15
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    "Entirely too long"

    To be honest, the reviews kept me listening. So many saying this was an amazing story. I just felt cheated, lied to, mislead, overwhelmed, burglarized, and simply put: I feel this story was entirely too long. (Do you see how many words were in my last sentence just to say it's too long? That's exactly how I felt this story was).

    I'm disappointed.

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Nikole
    31/07/15
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    "not what I expected! BETTER!"

    has a lot of twist to it, at first I was a little lost and was just going to stop listening, I'm so glad I didn't!! I recommend this book highly!

    42 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    St. Paul, MN United States
    01/08/15
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    "Deserves Awards!"

    Great psychological thriller. Actually believable with few holes. I could not put it down. Well written. Perfectly narrated. I will recommend to everyone!

    45 of 54 people found this review helpful

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