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That Girl from Nowhere

Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Akiya Henry
Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
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From the best-selling author of The Ice Cream Girls, The Woman He Loved Before, and My Best Friend's Girl, an emotional story about love, identity, and the meaning of family.

‘Where are you coming from with that accent of yours?’ he asks.

‘Nowhere,’ I reply. ‘I’m from nowhere.’

‘Everyone’s from somewhere,’ he says.

‘Not me,’ I reply silently.

Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby, and the only connection she has to her birth mother is a cardboard box hand decorated with butterflies. Now an adult, Clem decides to make a drastic life change and move to Brighton, where she was born. Clem has no idea that while there she'll meet someone who knows all about her butterfly box and what happened to her birth parents.

As the tangled truths about her adoption and childhood start to unravel, a series of shocking events cause Clem to reassess whether the price of having contact with her birth family could be too high to pay....

©2015 Dorothy Koomson (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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Koomson doesn't disappoint

Loved this book. This is the first audio book I've had and I was unsure if it was my thing but was struggling to find time to read the things I wanted.
This book really is great. I'm always apprehensive reading a new book by an author I really like as I worry that it won't be as good as the previous ones. Having read My Best Friends Girl (My favourite book) and Goodnight Beautiful I had this fear but Koomson catches your interest immediately.
This is definitely being added to my list of favourite books.

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Great story

I am now a confirmed fan of Dorothy Koomson's books. This is my second Dorothy Koomson audible book and it was as compelling a listen as my first, "The Woman He Loved Before". Thiis particular book, "The Girl From Nowhere" is a story about a black woman adopted as a toddler by a white family meeting her biological family as an adult. I found the story illuminating as it explores the reunion from the perspectives of the adopted daughter and members of the adoptive and biological families. I am able to immerse myself in Miss Koomson's worlds thanks to the brilliant narration and characterisations of Miss Adjoa Andoh. What I particularly enjoy about this author's books are the believable characters and unanticipated plot twists. I am in the process of selecting my next book by this author and I'm confident that I won't be disappointed.

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Gripping as always

This was another classic twisting turning story that got to the very hub of human emotion. Hard to put down

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Disappointed

I've read or listened to all of Dorothy Koomson's books and I've enjoyed them all. I have to say that I struggled to get into this one and although it was ok it didn't grip me and I didn't really care about any of the characters. The story was based around the most contrived coincidence imaginable and I never really got over that! If this is your first Koomson don't write her off as this is not her finest hour!

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Very disappointing

I found this book very disappointing. The story had too many unbelievable twists and lacked credibility. There were too many characters introduced without really contributing to the story line while the various themes were not fully explored as there were too many. I also failed to see how the chapters relating to the emails contributed much to the story. Finally while I appreciate the narrator had a considerable task, the various character accents throughout began to irritate. I really like this author and this book won't put me off buying more of her work.

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Very long and messy

There were too many threads in this story and it felt a bit messy. It was so long! Also it kept moving through time with no distinguination which became rather confusing.

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Enjoyable easy listening

Although this book introduced many different themes, moved between now and the past and had many characters it was easy to become involved & follow the story line without difficulty. A little unbelievable in places but it is fiction after all. I liked the narrators very much.

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A good listen

I am a sculptor and listen whilst I work .... This was a very interesting book well narrated with twists and turns loved it.

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thoroughly enjoyed the story, great characters

Loved it. easy listening. thought provoking about the different sides of adopting.

very good narration too.

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Disappointing

Have previously very much enjoyed some of Dorothy Koomson's books, bot found this one disappointing
Intact I abandoned it about one third of the way through and only went back to it when I was on holiday without WiFi and had nothing else to listen to
The main reason I disliked this book was that there were too many themes going on:
- the right to die
-inter-racial relationships and discrimination
-the journey of finding birth parents
I also found the main character Smitty self indulgent and annoying.
In addition some of the accents used by the narrator were hard to stomach
I hope Dorothy Koomson is able to return to the standard of " The woman he loved before", which was one of my favorite audio books ever.
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