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Moral Compass

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Narrated by: Dan John Miller
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
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At an elite private school in Massachusetts, a wide circle of lives will be forever changed by a devastating series of events in Danielle Steel's riveting new novel.

Saint Ambrose Prep is a place where the wealthy send their children for the best possible education, with teachers and administrators from the Ivy League and graduates who become future lawyers, politicians, filmmakers, and CEOs. Traditionally a boys-only school, Saint Ambrose has just enrolled 140 female students for the first time. While most of the kids on the campus have all the privilege in the world, some are struggling, wounded by their parents' bitter divorces, dealing with insecurity and loneliness. In such a heightened environment, even the smallest spark can become a raging fire. 

One day after the school's annual Halloween event, a student lies in the hospital, her system poisoned by dangerous levels of alcohol. Everyone in this sheltered community - parents, teachers, students, police, and the media - are left trying to figure out what actually happened. Only the handful of students who were there when she was attacked truly know the answers, and they have vowed to keep one another's secrets. As details from the evening emerge, powerful families are forced to hire attorneys and less powerful families watch helplessly. Parents' marriages are jeopardized, and students' futures are impacted. No one at Saint Ambrose can escape the fallout of a life-altering event.

In this compelling novel, Danielle Steel illuminates the dark side of one drunken night, with its tragic consequences, from every possible point of view. As the drama unfolds, the characters will reach a crossroads where they must choose between truth and lies, between what is easy and what is right, and find the moral compass they will need for the rest of their lives.

©2020 Danielle Steel (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Teenagers misplaced loyalty

Having worked for 20 years in a boys boarding house running boarding with my husband in a private school and also having taught in the state sector as well for many years, this misplaced loyalty issue is massive. It doesn't matter if a child comes from a poor, rich or middle income family, kids have this crazy idea, regardless of the implications, that 'snitching' as they like to call it, seems to show you're not a true friend and that it breaks some hidden code. The issues addressed in the story re the boys not telling the truth immediately, is so real. You can't assume it's some child from a rich family, its not, its a deep seated culture within all schools and within the student body of all schools. Fortunately not all of a school's student body will act like this, but a large number. Somehow, parents and schools need to tackle this problem that actually telling the truth, expressing what one knows is ok to speak out about and that there are so many ways information can be gathered and used so as not to highlight a person has spoken out. From a very young age continuing until a child leaves school, this message about being positive on speaking out has to be made a priority. In this story, I'm glad DS also raises the crazy out dated belief that just because a girl might dress in a certain way or drink alcohol she was, "asking" to be attacked/raped. What is it going to take to change such mentality? As women we should be able to dress as we like, drink alcohol etc and not fear we could be attacked. DS addresses this issue really well and the way it shouldn't be allowed for lawyers to attack rape victims and make it look like they were, "asking to be attacked". No women asks to be attacked, and DS addresses this really well

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Glued from the beginning

A storyline that is initially difficult to read but soon becomes gripping. If anything, this book is too short and leaves wanting to follow each character more intently.

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  • Sandy Burke
  • 17-01-20

Danielle Steele never disappoints her reader.

This book was not her usual storyline. It was a great book that all parents of teenagers should read or anyone for that matter. Morals, values and true character shine through in this book.

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  • WD
  • 11-01-20

Another good one!

This was a good book. Although parts of it are not for children to hear, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Deborah LaScuola
  • 06-02-20

kept my interest, but not really a romance

the story was good, I just did not like the male voice imitating female.

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  • Michelle
  • 31-01-20

Disappointed

Danielle Steel needs to start traveling again and doing some interesting research. She could write this book in her sleep, so could I for that matter. I beg of her some interesting and surprising stories. She’s been writing fluff for years and I just know she can do better. This was a predictable sorry and I kept waiting for an interesting twist or something. No. This story has been told hundreds of times. 🤦🏼‍♀️

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  • liza c
  • 21-02-20

When you do something terrible you must pay the consequences and be honest

Love the book enjoyed reading it it was so real like that sometime I forgot I was reading a book d.s. keeping them coming

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  • Bonnie Myers
  • 15-02-20

Very timely subject and well thought out plot

I enjoyed this book very much. Teenage drinking is extremely serious for the very reasons that are brought out in this story. I thought the ending very reasonably dealt with the issues that were presented . One of the best parts of this book was, as always, the narration by Dan John Miller.

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  • Karen
  • 14-02-20

Money Is it all That?

I felt like I was reading the backdrop of tabloids headline's from the grocery store. The nightly news before all the facts was out. Just the surface to make everything scandalous to draw everyone in. It gives readers an eye to the inside of the background of our rich and famous. Especially with high school children. One minor incident can change so many lives.

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  • Renee Kelley
  • 11-02-20

Moral Compass

This book was so boring. It was a book for the teenage reader, but certainly not one of Steele’s better reads.

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  • Jimi Ann Myers
  • 08-02-20

Moral compass

I enjoyed the book. However I didn't understand why the finger printing all when they had dna.

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  • Sue McNew
  • 07-02-20

Boring and slow

This book was not up to D Steele’s usual standards. Just never seemed to gain momentum. No real surprises. Story line was lackluster with no real depth