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Elizabeth Is Missing Audiobook

Elizabeth Is Missing

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Publisher's Summary

Costa First Novel Award Winner 2014

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it.

She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

©2014 Emma Healey (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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    paula 16/02/2015
    paula 16/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "So sad, so frustrating."

    Narrator was brilliant, from an old lady to a irritated policeman she does it all well.
    I found the book very sad, no one understands her and ( like me) she forgets the words for things.
    The frustration you can almost feel...

    The ending seemed rushed but is worth listening to just to get a sense of where we will all be in our 80's and maybe help us all understand our elderly a little more and help us to be more sympathetic and caring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    aussiegirl 20/11/2015
    aussiegirl 20/11/2015
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    "A must to download"

    I manage an aged care service and want to buy a copy of this book for all my staff. A fantastic account of what it must be like suffer from dementia. Although the story may sound a little dry from the description, don't let this fool you. I have been raving about this book since I finished it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Darlington, Australia 06/03/2015
    Amazon Customer Darlington, Australia 06/03/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "A thriller with a twist"

    I really enjoyed the insights into dementia as well as the rather creepy story. The plot is a clever way of combining past and present with recollection being a natural part of old age and often running alongside dementia. I particularly liked the daughter character, her barely controlled impatience at times and yet her total loyalty to her mother.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn 28/02/2015
    Robyn 28/02/2015
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    "a nice story with a twist"

    I go to bed with very sore eyes and don't seem to be able to read but I can listen for hours what a wonderful experience this was. The narrator was really good with characters even when she did male voices. Loved it I will be back for more and more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bee 29/06/2016
    Bee 29/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Too long"

    The basic idea is interesting, an elderly woman with advancing dementia recalling a tragic family mystery. Could make a good film. Unfortunately it's just too long and I got fed up with the main characters constant indignation. By the time I got to 5 hours left I was so frustrated I had ceased caring about the story so I skipped forward to the last hour and got the conclusion.

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    Helen 01/05/2016
    Helen 01/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional, and enlightening read."

    This was a agreat portrayal of someone going through dimensia from their perspective. The reader was very believable and i loved every minute of it.

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    Sarina 18/03/2016
    Sarina 18/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Very well written "

    Really enjoyed this book well written and we'll read highly recommend listening to this book

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    Trish 09/02/2016
    Trish 09/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "What a journey!"

    Wonderful story & insight into progressive dementia. Brilliant narration. Captivating characters - a story within a story.
    Should be mandatory listening for all Aged Care workers. Cant wait for more from this author.
    only sorry Audible Books keep cutting off mid chapters, even when fully downloaded.

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    Barbara 30/10/2015
    Barbara 30/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it!"

    wish I'd read this book while I was looking after my father who had dementia. I think I would have understood a lot more.

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    Miss Jennifer J Lyle Carlingford, NSW Australia 08/10/2015
    Miss Jennifer J Lyle Carlingford, NSW Australia 08/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "When memory holds the key to solve the mystery"

    Maude the central character provides a different and interesting point of view. Suffering from dementia she isn't sure what she needs to remember and memories of the past are getting muddled with the current. A good story with quality narration, I just didn't love it.

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  • Madeleine
    London, United Kingdom
    27/12/14
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    "Relentless, Poignant and Incredibly Insightful"

    If you require a clear narrative in your detective fiction, you will not like this. The POV of a woman suffering from dementia makes it a very compelling and radically different type of storytelling. But I loved it. I fell in love with the character. My heart went out to her, and Anna Bentinck's narration was superb.

    Beyond simply being a very innovative approach to narrative, it really gave me a perspective on people suffering from dementia. I'm never going to cluck my tongue at my mother again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bjerkana
    Australia
    31/08/14
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    "Insightful, sensitive, intriguing"

    As the daughter of a 91 year-old widow who still thinks her mind is sharp as a tack, I found this book particularly poignant. The author shows great insight into the mind of her heroine, its intertwining of past and present and the confusion of drifting between the two. The portrayal is sensitive and sympathetic, suggesting familiarity with the problems of encroaching dementia. The interwoven story of Maud's youth and the mystery which has left its mark on her emotions is wonderfully told and delightfully connected with her perceptions of the present day. Her distress at being unable to find her only friend, so important to older people who have lost just about everyone else in their lives, is very real. The conclusion to the mystery is a wonderful culmination to the book, which can have no happy endings. I enjoyed the way details of present objects led to recollections of the past and connected the two stories together.
    The narration of this book was particularly outstanding. Anna Bentinck gave every character their own, recognisable voice and her portrayal of Maud, the central character, was sensitive and appropriate. I really enjoyed this book and would look for others by the author and narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sysop
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    30/07/14
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    "Fantastic Book! I loved every minute of it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to several of my friends and family.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Maud of course, but also the granddaughter who was so kind to her when everyone else was treating her like a silly old woman. She didn't assume that Maud had lost her sense of humour just because she was old.


    Which character – as performed by Anna Bentinck – was your favorite?

    All of them! They were all well rounded characters and either lovable or loath-able (is that even a word?) The range of 'Maud voices' was very well done and gave great depth to the story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Elizabeth Is Missing and why?

    Maud, Helen and Peter - was that man annoying or what! Such a pompous windbag - I wanted to give him a good slap!


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that I kept on thinking was, why didn't Maud make a note of Elizabeth's whereabouts once she knew of them? She wrote everything else she wanted to remember down, but not that most important thing ... but then, there wouldn't have been this wonderful story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Quorrobolong Australia
    23/03/16
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    "gut wrenching"

    one of the best books I have read. really puts you in the world of a demented old lady. I now have a greater understanding of where their world is and a fascinating whodunnit to boot

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  • Mrs. Denise Slatter
    UK
    8/07/14
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    "Elizabeth is missing"
    Where does Elizabeth Is Missing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top stories I have listened to. two.women missing 50 years apart a whodunit with a difference!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is searching for Elizabeth whilst suffering the beginnings of Dementia
    Her reliance upon slips of paper to work as an aide memoir, dated but what happens when you don't remember the date or if you have already acted upon what's on the paper


    What does Anna Bentinck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Anna brings the characters and story to life with the feeling that you are a character within the story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The main characters narration and her sudden confusion as to who this woman in front of her is.
    The story itself takes the listener into how it must be for somebody suffering from dementia and how sometimes she will recognise her daughter and grand daughter then suddenly wonder who these people are.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the character is suffering from dementia, the actual story is about two missing Somerset gif th years apart. It is a who done it with many red herrings and twists that when the story ends you are left wanting to remain and hear more.
    Wonderful thought provoking enjoyable adventure
    Never judge a book by its cover ....is so true of this book

    26 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Jules
    UK
    12/06/14
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    "Unsettling"
    If you could sum up Elizabeth Is Missing in three words, what would they be?

    Addictive - thought-provoking - mystery


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Elizabeth Is Missing?

    That would give the story away!


    What does Anna Bentinck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I think her voice was just right. She got Maud's vocal age very well.


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

    Both. Made me think a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to another book!

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Cabaspre
    Mallorca
    26/07/14
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    "A distressingly human story so well told"
    Any additional comments?

    How frail we are! The narration was wonderful, depicting Maud as an increasingly disturbed lady and a young innocent girl. I think I knew the outcome but wondered how it would resolve. I have to say I found the story and the telling deeply depressing but would have felt almost cowardly to "look away" as we so often do in society. Hopefully this will be made into a film to further increase our understanding of dementia in all its forms. Well done to Emma Healey for a brave story.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • MjB
    N.Yorks
    26/10/15
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    "So different..."

    A delightful and intriguing read. The author has both humour and a wonderful insight whilst weaving a mysterious tale. And as usual fantastically narrated by Anna Bentinck.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Newport, United Kingdom
    13/07/14
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    "Heartbreaking"

    Maud has dementia but whilst she struggles to remember what she needs to buy in the shops, where she lives or even fails to recognise her own daughter, she clings to her belief that something has happened to her best friend Elizabeth. The problem is she can't remember what she has found out and she keeps forgetting quite what she is trying to do. As she continues to try and find her missing friend, older memories haunt her and a much older mystery begins to rise to the surface.
    This book had me hooked from the opening chapter. The whole story is told from Maud's point of view so we really share her confusion and empathise with her struggle to pull all the clues together. The narrator does a superb job, moving effortlessly between the elderly and younger Maud. I laughed out loud at times but was unbearably moved at others.
    I can't recommend this book enough.

    21 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Wras
    Kildonan
    28/12/14
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    "Memory is all we have but it is not permanent."

    Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.
    Albert Einstein
    Memory is all we have and the most precious thing we can lose. Material things are transient but our memories endure and are distilled into an amber jar that we imbue with all kinds of reflections and powers that were never present in the past and so we recreate the past and sometimes we censor it or bury the inconvenient truths, living only the golden comforting memories. But sometimes things can not be buried or silenced sometimes our minds pick at the lock of the mysteries of our youth and begin to discover rooms made of secrets, lies that want to be no more. Making the land of the past as unknown as the hase of the inexorable future.
    The heroin of the book deals with all this plus the dementia, Her short term memory is gone and she tries to compensate by sending notes to herself but it can not work, they just confuse things even more, she distrusts her reality and those around her; but she has a quest an obsession she rekindles with this reminders, and she has her past that seems to be more coherent than her present.
    This book is beautifully written, and describes this woman's struggles from her point of view, which at first is as frustrating as life must be for her, but thru the fog of her mind we start to see that some people have nothing but the best intentions and love for her and when she remembers we see the young vital woman she once was.
    I grew to like this book more and more as I entered deeper into her world, some of you will have known someone like this or had a glimpse of this reality in your own family and you will know and respect that frailty even more after reading this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Messypig
    27/02/15
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    "gripped me from the beginning"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    without a doubt,
    The story itself is intriguing and caught my attention immediately. However the narration is beyond fantastic and brings the novel to life for me, The way that Anna Bentinck distinguishes between Maud and Mops is subtle but oh so effective - bravo!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maud - although there were times when I had to step back and try to see things from Cara and Helen's point of view and realised what a difficult situation they are in.


    Have you listened to any of Anna Bentinck’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but will def seek them out


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    many tear jerkers - mostly throw away lines about Maud's relationship with HER mother or with Helen when she was a child - caught me quite unawares.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Kew Gardens
    30/01/15
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    "Compelling narrative beautifully read."
    If you could sum up Elizabeth Is Missing in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping. Touching. Delicate


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Undoubtedly Maude was my favourite character. I loved how the story switched from past to present. I became absorbed in her thought processes.


    Have you listened to any of Anna Bentinck’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I heard Anna Bentinck before in The Bone Clocks and enjoyed her performance then. I was pleasantly surprised to come across her again. Fabulous reading. Full of sensitivity and character. I always knew who was talking and felt that she gave real and consistent authenticity to each personality.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Unforgettable


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have enjoyed this book the most out of all the ones I have listened to so far. In my opinion the only thing that lets it down is the epilogue which I felt added nothing to the plot.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Gill Melling
    Lancs, UK
    7/10/15
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    "a very poignant tale"

    this was a very poignant story told from the POV of an elderly lady with dementia. the way the author described the condition was really enlightening as I have very little knowledge of it and it opened my eyes as to how sufferers must feel. heartbreaking to listen to in parts, this is a wonderful book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsey
    Coleshill, United Kingdom
    14/02/15
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    "Not as anticipated but..."

    I had thought this would be a thriller with a twist, but instead it's a sad insight into the decline into dementia. Incredibly well portrayed by the narrator and cleverly expressed by the author. There is a mystery at the centre of the book but it is a sideline to the struggle Maud has in her daily life. Not gripping, but definitely thought provoking.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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