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The Other Son Audiobook

The Other Son

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Publisher's Summary

Alice has been lying to herself for years, holding fast to the belief that the needs of her family far outweigh her own. But her outwardly successful marriage hides dark secrets, and for much of her life the children were the only reason she stuck around.

These days, though her successful banker son lives nearby, his young wife seems to do everything she can to keep Alice at bay. As for Alice's other son, he has always been something of a stranger and has been traveling for so long that Alice isn't even sure what continent he is on anymore.

Alice can't help but wonder if the effort she expends presenting a united front to the outside world is actually helping anyone and what would happen if she suddenly stopped pretending. Could life, like the novels she devours, hold surprises in its closing chapters? And if she did shake everything up by admitting the truth about her marriage, would anyone be on her side? Has the time finally come for Alice to put her own needs first?

For the first time in years, her heart is racing. Can Alice really change her life? Dare she even imagine such a thing?

©2015 Nick Alexander (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    Ann Newcastle, England 30/05/2016
    Ann Newcastle, England 30/05/2016 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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    "Fabulous!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I found it truly difficult to turn it off and finished it within 24 hours.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all of the characters, except Ken.


    What about Imogen Church’s performance did you like?

    It was faultless.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am not inclined to cry in response to a book, but I did cry listening to this one. I was moved to tears at Matt's birthday present (I'll say no more to avoid spoilers). I was also quite moved at other moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best story of family life I have read/listened to. It very effectively reveals the complexies and multiple perspectives to be found in family dynamics. It also shows the powerful impact of nurture (nature, nurture) upon the individual, whether that is on the developing child or on an adult in a long marriage.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Bernice 09/08/2016
    Bernice 09/08/2016 Member Since 2016

    I love audiobooks and will listen to a book whilst gardening or doing things around the house.

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    "Heartwarming!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Other Son to be better than the print version?

    I have not listened to any other stories by Imogen Church and only ordered this because it was recommended and I wanted a change to my usual books. Initially I thought the story to be slow, but the characters became better rounded and the plot picked up.<br/><br/>I really enjoyed this!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has unexpected twists to the story that took me by surprise.


    Have you listened to any of Imogen Church’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to any other books by this author, but there is a free Christmas sequel. I suspect this is because the story has a bit of an abrupt ending and you are left wondering what happened next.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Matt's birthday present. Touching!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. I did not listen to it in one go - it is too long for that, but it was unputdownable.<br/><br/>Enjoy.<br/><br/><br/>(Let me know if you found this review helpful by ticking one of the boxes below.)

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    hazanne 23/12/2016
    hazanne 23/12/2016 Member Since 2017

    Needless to say I just love books. I like mostly psychological thrillers, Ruth Rendall is my favourite author also like Joseph Finder.

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    "The other son"

    Loved this book . Heartwarming and sad by turns and spot on with family relationships.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    dc 17/12/2016
    dc 17/12/2016
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    "Worth the time"
    Where does The Other Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked this book and didn't find it to be a waste of my time. It kept my attention and the narration did not bother me thereby taking away from the story.


    What other book might you compare The Other Son to, and why?

    I would not know what to compare this book to but it is a book that was written well enough that it did not need 'twists' or surprises to carry it.


    Have you listened to any of Imogen Church’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I did look for her other performances and shall buy some books when I see one I think I shall like. She has a lovely voice and accent.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't know what a 'tag' line is.


    Any additional comments?

    I totally enjoyed this book and it's narrator and I am quite picky. It is not one of these cheap, quickly written and sold for 99p books that are all advertising.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    g 13/11/2016
    g 13/11/2016
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    "A bit too close for comfort."
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Alice.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Alice and Bruno having supper together.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, like I said bought back many bad memories so needed a few breaks.p


    Any additional comments?

    For me it was very cathartic.<br/>

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pete 20/05/2016
    Pete 20/05/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"

    Nick Alexander never fails to impress me as an author and The Other Son is no exception. There is a serious heart to this story with some important issues being addressed but, as always with Nick's books, I left the book with more concern about my friends, the characters. Don't expect an action-packed novel, although it does have its dramatic moments. Nick's real gift is in the construction of believable situations with well-rounded characters. Be prepared not to read a story so much as to live within the story for a while.

    I also have to complement Imogen Church for the narration. Imogen manages to make the Canadian character sound Canadian rather than American which is most unusual

    Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cathy 10/06/2017
    cathy 10/06/2017

    Love "reading" while doing boring stuff

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    "Kitchen sink drama"

    A book that explores the intimate details of families and the dark experiences they share, written in a way that soon immerses the reader.
    I enjoyed this book on many levels but if I take one thing away with me it will be to be more patient with my own "Alice" the narrator was very good and I felt she enriched the characters. Highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sophie S 31/05/2017
    Sophie S 31/05/2017

    Female in my 30s. Work full time, listen to audio books in the car and in bed. Sometimes even when cooking!

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    "Boring and dreary , nothing happens!"

    I gave up after an hour or so. The book is incredibly dull. I can't recommend this .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom 06/05/2017
    Evelyn Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom 06/05/2017 Member Since 2007
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    "An interesting story"

    I enjoyed this book as it was well written with a well thought out plot and read beautifully. I thought the characters were carefully crafted. I particularly enjoyed Natasha, Tim's wife, and the reader did a brilliant job with her Russian accent. I would have liked the story to have gone back to them at the end just to know their reactions to the developments with Alice. There was a small twist at the end which I had not expected. I felt on the side of all the characters - apart from Ken!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "I wasn't ready for it to end..."

    When I first started listening to audibooks instead of reading (3 kids = no time to read anymore!) I worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as much as reading a book and using my imagination to picture the characters etc. This book just proved I had nothing to worry about. Even though you expect the story to be about 'the other son', it's really the story of 70 year old Alice, who escapes an unhappy marriage to angry, repressed Ken after many years. We follow her whilst she goes to visit her long lost son Matt in rural France. It's a story of self discovery and untold secrets (I never guessed hers!) I loved it. The narrator was outstanding, sliding effortlessly between characters and accents- Russian, Brummie, Canadian, she really brought this clever, touching story to life. I just wasn't ready for it to end and wanted to find out whether Alice would find her long lost love... any chance of a sequel Nick Alexander? I hope so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ann
    Edgewood, NM, United States
    06/11/16
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    "Wonderfully Done! "

    An ingenuously crafted story with an emotional ending that caught me quite off guard and somewhat stunned! A book I won't soon forget! So well done! I loved it!
    And, as always, Imogen Church does a masterful job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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