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Madeleine

Our Daughter's Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her
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The decision to publish the book has been very difficult, and taken with heavy hearts... My reason for writing it is simple: to give an account of the truth...

Writing this memoir has entailed recording some very personal, intimate and emotional aspects of our lives. Sharing these with strangers does not come easily to me, but if I hadn't done so I would not have felt the book gave as full a picture as it is possible for me to give.

As with every action we have taken over the last four years, it ultimately boils down to whether what we are doing could help us to find Madeleine. When the answer to that question is yes, or even possibly, our family can cope with anything... nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.

Gerry McCann says: "It is a sad fact that not a single police force anywhere is proactively looking forMadeleine (as is the case for many other missing children). I am sure this book will re-energize the search for our daughter and the public will get behind the Find Madeleine campaign once again. It is simply unacceptable that the authorities could give up on Madeleine - especially without a single review of the case having been carried out. Our daughter, and whoever took her, are out there. We need your help to find them."

All royalties donated to Madeleine's fund.

©2011 Kate McCann (P)2011 Random House Audio
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10% Madeline, 90% excuses

I was going in this book with my mind already made up, but this book did little to convince me otherwise.
it's just an account of what happened, excuses and thank yous and nothing to even slightly admit they might have done things a bit wrong (leaving kids alone with plenty of other options within budget).
Aside from the famous passage mentioning your child's privates, this book slightly sympathies with the lucid abductor (no evidence?) and says more stern words about the police of another country.
It's just odd. Plain odd.
Aside from that, it's not too good of a book and we learn nothing about Madeline (it's like she did not exist before this tragedy), nothing. Just what she wore on the holiday, and a few (FEW) other bits. It should not be called 'Madeline'. It's a very self indulgent thing to publish such a book. Everyone else is to blame.

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This is not about Madeleine

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the book had been about the little girl rather than her mother.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kate McCann again?

No

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm sorry, no it didn't. I was extremely disappointed and rather shocked by the way it was more like Kate McCann's uninteresting autobiography.

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A bit odd

It’s a strange book one time you feel sorry for them the next minute you remember how she went missing. Somethings don’t add up. Worth a read tho

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Guilty as hell

The more i read, the guilt is obvious, there is about 1 chapter about madeline and the rest is about them and who they made friends with along the way.

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Moving

Read this physical book on holiday in 2012...so thought Iisten to audio version, excellent book..and so moving..my heart goes out to Gerry and Kate, just wish Kate had narrated! I have always believed they are innocent..god bless, hope there is an ending to their ongoing torture , please listen to their story .

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❤️

How can you rate a mother, doing what she can to find her gorgeous daughter and writing this book is part of the exhausting effort to do this.. I wanted to hear her story and my heart melts. Needs updating. xx

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Touching listen

Difficult to comprehend the emotions these dear people have had to endure but the book does reflect this pretty well. Very interesting look on the case, which balances off some of the negative articles that have been printed about the McCann’s. It details a number of question that the public domain has brought to light although outlining with confidence the innocence of the McCann’s. It’s a must read for anyone who has been following the case since that fateful day.

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God bless Madeleine

Always have hope. God bless you all. I will remember Madeleine & you all in my prayers. I strongly believe that God will bring Madeleine home...one day. He is a supernatural God.

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Very sad

The book deals with the terrible events from the perspective of the person probably affected the most.
To the people who say, hasn’t she got any shame, she knows what happened etc, read this book.
I don’t know that happened, Mrs McCann is suffering on a daily basis, that much is clear.
As for the book, it’s well written, points are well made and argued.
I hope there is a happy sequel one day.

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Heartbreaking

Kate's agony runs through this book, and I found myself in tears several times while listening. The focus, of course, had to be on the search for Madeleine. All the McCann's want is to find their missing daughter. The Portuguese "investigation" was appallingly sub-standard and the family have faced constant criticism, suspicion and intrusions while still desperately trying to find Madeleine. I sincerely hope that they will be reunited with their beautiful Madeleine soon.

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  • Andrea Rberson
  • 03-03-19

Unwavering Courage

I cannot even begin to fathom the courage and determination it must have taken Kate McCann to relive every excruciating detail of her beautiful daughter’s abduction while on holiday in Portugal. This book is testament of a mother’s love and the lengths she went to and still is, in finding her daughter and bring the monster to justice. As hard as it was to listen to Kate recount and relive every moment of horror and heartbreak in hopes of finding her little sweet girl. Sadly, it’s now 2019, no sign or even a whisper of promise 12 years after the nightmare began. Madeleine would be a teenager by now, virtually unrecognizable to her parents. God willing she will someday find her way back to her mother’s arms, safe at last, once again. Godspeed Madeline. Godspeed Kate❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-02-20

Beautiful

This is worded so beautifully, I do not believe they were involved with her disappearance. I also pray for her family. I pray they find peace and I hope they find answers as to what happened.

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  • Jose Rendon
  • 14-01-20

Really well done and nothing but love to this family

I’m so glad Kate decided to write this book. I remember when their search for Madeleine hit the news, and I also remember how difficult it was to know whether or not what was being reported in the news was accurate. It was heart wrenching watching their pain play out in the media, and this book is so well done. All the mis-information and details are addressed, and the real people in this story come to life finally. It is sickening how many people involved, who could have and still could help make a difference, let ulterior, self-promoting motives dictate their behavior. I will recommend this book over and over in hopes that it will help this precious person to be found and returned to her family.

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  • Richard
  • 26-08-19

Good to get the facts from those actually there

Lots of info in this book you won't get anywhere else. Helps paint a clearer picture of what actually happened.

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  • Margaret Lain
  • 10-06-19

Amazing Read, but Heartbreaking!

Heartbreaking story. I felt the anguish and heartache this family has endured over the years. This book answered a lot of questions for me. It captured my attention from cover to back. Praying for Madeleine's safe return.

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  • Teresa Lubarsky
  • 17-04-19

So sad

This book was very well written. I admire Kate and her strengths to hold her sense of reality. I admire her love of her relationship with her husband and her God.

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  • julie
  • 16-04-19

Gut wrenching account of the search<br />for Madeleine

This is a real life nightmare that could happen to anyone. Sad but
beautifully written by Kate Mccann.
Its so hard to imagine this is their lives. Hopefully and prayerfully she is found and reunited
with her parents and siblings.
The love Kate for her daughter is so strong, so endearing.

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  • Daryl
  • 28-01-14

Tragic story of a family

Would you listen to Madeleine again? Why?

Yes. Kate McCann's tale is compelling as it is tragic, and the narration is wonderful. Like another reviewer stated, it might have been better if Kate had read the book herself (she did read the foreward), but perhaps this was not possible for a number of reasons.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Madeleine?

There are many touching moments with the children, and of course the disappearance of Madeleine was very tragic and distressing to read about.

Any additional comments?

This book is a tragic, well-told chronicle of the events leading up to and after the disappearance of this little girl. In parts it was hard to follow everything that was going on, but this actually fitted well and helped me to empathize with the hell that this family has gone through and will continue to go through until such point as Madeleine is found.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-03-17

heart wrenching

I was not ever very fascinated with the McCann story being all the way in the USA other then I have always felt awful for them.
so much time has passed that I myself have grown into a full fledged adult with children of my own one being a 3 year old almost 4 year old girl.
As a mom I struggled too wrap my mind around the horror this mom and dad wake up too every day. I can only say Kate and Gerry must be incredibly strong people.
I feel awful for them and pray that Madeleine is found alive and well soon.
It was informative and fact based. I would highly recommend reading it could probably even change the minds of people who wrongly accuse these parents I believe.

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  • Mrs
  • 16-04-12

An insight into what happened

What made the experience of listening to Madeleine the most enjoyable?

Kate McCann telling the true story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Madeleine?

Her outgoing personality and the caring of her siblings.

Did Kate McCann (introduction) and Lesley Sharp do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, they did and it was possible to remember who was in their group of friends and to separate from the family members. How this was dealt with and repeated, you felt that you actually knew the people that were caring for Kate and Gerry McCann.

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

It made me feel very sad at times especially how the police did not seem to care or take action quickly enough following Madeleine's abduction.

Any additional comments?

This book is well worth reading as you actually find out the truth of actually what happened to very loving and caring parents, which didn't always come out in the media reporting.

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