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The Numbers Game

Narrated by: Michael Braun
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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Summary

In Danielle Steel's stunning novel, modern relationships come together, fall apart, and are reinvented over time, proving that age is just a number.

Eileen was happy to set aside her own dreams to raise a family with her husband, Paul. Together they built an ordinary life in a Connecticut town, the perfect place for their kids to grow up. But when Eileen discovers that Paul's late nights in the city are hiding an affair with a younger woman, she begins to question all those years of sacrifice and compromise. On the brink of 40 and wondering what she's going to do with the rest of her life, is it too late to start over? 

Meanwhile, as Paul is thrust back into the role of suburban fatherhood, his girlfriend, Olivia, is in Manhattan, struggling to find herself in the shadow of her mother, a famous actress, and her grandmother, a fiercely independent 92-year-old artist. With their unique brands of advice ringing in her head, Olivia takes a major step, expanding her art gallery business internationally. Seeing her mother pursue old dreams, and even find new love, Olivia realizes that there is so much she must learn about herself before committing her life to someone else. 

Ultimately, Eileen decides to chase her own dreams as well. She's off to Paris to attend a Cordon Bleu cooking school. What awaits is an adventure that reinvents her life and redefines her. 

At every age, there are challenges to be met and new worlds to discover. In this surprising, illuminating novel, Danielle Steel gives us a warmhearted portrait of people driven by their emotions, life experiences, and loyalties, who realize that it's never too late to turn a new page, and start again.

©2020 Danielle Steel (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Nice and easy read

Narrator was great
story was ok
too many characters
not one of my best
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Not one of her best.

I love Danielle Steel. I’ve listened to all of her books and recently she’s been even more prolific, publishing six a year. She has a talent for producing absorbing family stories and feel good endings.
This one is ok but not one of my favourites. A quick listen with a brilliant narrator, but lacking something. Too many characters perhaps, so that I couldn’t warm to anybody that much.
Nevertheless this story kept me company and although I won’t be revisiting “the numbers game” I am already looking forward to the next DS novel.

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  • Renee Kelley
  • 07-03-20

The Numbers Game

The story here started off nicely. As I continued to listen, I thought I’d read it before; but only because of some of the same story situations sounded familiar to other pre reads. Soon after moving on, the book became more interesting and I was happy that the story went in an unpredictable way. A good read.

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  • Anne D. Smith
  • 05-04-20

Age is more than a number

Thought provoking but rather predictable. Pleasant diversion. Many characters to follow.
Many worthy of their own story.

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  • karinzart
  • 04-04-20

yuck

what a waste..................Can't believe I bought another Danielle Steele novel, thinking it might FINALLY be good.........it HAS been a long time. Well, the narration sucked and the story was so predictable and boring..........couldn't finish and returned for my money back!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-20

awesome book

loved it!! was a very good book. would definitely recommend it. very good narrating

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  • Sheila R.W.
  • 30-03-20

Life In Respective

The story walked me down memory lane. I had a similar experience many years ago. I am now happily married for 20 years to my 2nd husband, after spending almost 12 years as a single mom raising kids, between marriages. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the story and could relate to it, I would have preferred the narration having been done by a woman since the story involved the views of the women more then a man's. Even better would have been both a man & a woman narrative with respective type voices. Loved the story line.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-03-20

Age is only a number

Loved this story. It reminds you you can get through any of life’s challenges no matter what your age.

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  • missy
  • 27-03-20

Great Book!

This is a great book, with a wonderful story and great narrator. Some of Danielle Steele's latest books were different and lacking but this book is classic Danielle Steele style and very good.

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  • MiamiReaders
  • 20-03-20

Love!

I absolutely loved this book, I couldn't wait to get in my car and listen. I'm sad it's over ... but it was fun while it lasted :)

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  • Karen
  • 19-03-20

Age is only a Number

Life takes us is so many unexpected directions. Sometimes we enjoy the ride and sometimes we can not wait to change the ride were on. One thing is for certain time does not stand still. so, youn need to make the best of what you have and keep going foward. Remember it is okay to take care of you too.

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  • liza c
  • 15-03-20

It is just a number

Take one day at a time don't rush or take things for granted and be yourself
do everything you can or dreamed of