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Finding Libbie

Narrated by: Siiri Scott
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

Poring over a dusty hatbox of photographs in her grandmother's closet, Emily Prentice is shocked to discover her father was married to his high school sweetheart before meeting her mother.

In the summer of 1968, Jack and Libbie fall in love under the spell of their small town, untouched by the chaos of the late sixties. Though Libbie's well-to-do parents disapprove of Jack's humble family and his aspiration to become a mechanic, she marries Jack a year after they graduate high school. But soon their happiness crumbles as Libbie's mental state unravels and she is drawn to alcohol and drugs. Despite his efforts to help her, Jack loses the woman he loves and is forced to move on with his life.

Now that Emily's mother has passed away, Jack is alone again, and Emily grows obsessed with the beautiful woman who had given her father such joy. Determined to find Libbie, Emily pieces together the couple's fragmented past. But is it too late for happy endings?

©2016 Deanna Lynn Sletten (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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very good audiobook

this book is so good and so well read that I couldn't stop listening to it until it stopped!

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  • Debbie
  • 13-10-19

A Tale of Then and Now

I almost stopped listening to this story of high school sweethearts that married young only to divorce, after only a few years of marriage. But I’m VERY glad that I didn’t. Way too much time was spent on the first half of the book, however, with repeated details of their young love story, and not enough details about Libbie’s strange, rich and snobby family who were at the root of many of the young couple’s problems. I wish that more of the book had been devoted to Jack and his second marriage and what happened after his wife died. Emily Prentice, Jack’s daughter, and her search for Libbie, after her mother’s death, made for a wonderful tale of redemption and made the story one that I won’t long forget. The stigma of mental health issues, Libbie’s own family’s tendency to hide the truth and give her pills even as a teenager, set up Libbie’s and Jack’s marriage for failure. I was filled with anger and sadness when the rich family bought off even the police to whisk away their daughter from her devoted young husband, even stealing away the home that Jack had worked so hard to pay for. For those of you who are tempted to give up on this book because it seems to be going nowhere, DON’T. Its well worth the wait.

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  • MarlaP
  • 02-04-17

Loved loved loved this story❤

This was an amazing love story. I just loved it. the narrator was great too!

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  • Catherine M. Samuels
  • 14-03-17

Wonderful ending!

This is such a good book. Difficult at times but so worth it in the end.

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  • Cheryl Leach
  • 08-02-17

beautiful love story

this is a painful but beautiful love story! I cried , and my heart ached for Jack (and Libbie). Like I said, It is a beautiful, heartwarming story of forever love.

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  • Toshaj
  • 25-01-17

Must Read

A true love story, written beautifully. One of the the best books I have ever read!!

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  • N. Thomas
  • 08-01-17

Interesting

Love story with mental health thrown in. Mental health is still a huge issue today and alcohol just exacerbates it. I wish more people would actually be helped like Libby but it is not happening with the many social welfare benefits being removed.
There were also many inaccuracies regarding aging( 65 is pretty young if you are healthy)
Yet author made me feel like death was imminent 😑

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-12-16

Finding Libby

Very heart warming I enjoyed it . Cryed witch Ijate o admit.Very well written will listen to it again

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  • Gerlinde C.
  • 30-12-16

I loved this story.

Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Libbie to be better than the print version?

No. The sounds the narrator made with her mouth were irritating.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending.

Would you be willing to try another one of Siiri Scott’s performances?

Probably not.

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

Goosebumps. It gave me goosebumps. Such a moving story.

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  • Avid Reader Girl
  • 17-12-16

Kind of slow

This was pretty good but had a very slow build up. I should probably work to have a better understanding of mental illness but to be honest, the story had me a bit annoyed with Libby for most of the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-11-16

libby

I loved this book!!! Grabbed you into this story, and wanted to keep listening. it was worth the time.

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