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Before the Storm Audiobook

Before the Storm

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Publisher's Summary

Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she has succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent - maybe even overprotective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social - a decision that terrifies her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives...and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart.

But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son...and how far she'll go to keep her promise to protect him forever.

©2008 Diane Chamberlain (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A complex and emotional story." (RT Book Reviews)

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  • Simone
    St-Laurent, Montreal
    29/06/16
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    "Good in Reverse Order"

    I read these books out of sequence and honestly I think it was just as good as if I had read them in order.

    Sure the reader (you) already knows the whole story, but the characters don’t know anything yet and so there is an element of suspense that keeps you hooked “when / how will they find out?”

    Having read book 2 first was not at all like knowing a spoiler in advance – reading Book 1 second, it felt like I was learning the true details of an event that happened from someone else’s point of view.

    I enjoyed Book 1 just as much as Book 2, it was a really captivating and highly interesting story… I’d read Book 3 if ever she writes one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    10/03/15
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    "Great book...HORRIBLE performance"
    What did you like best about Before the Storm? What did you like least?

    The story was very well done.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Quite a bit, there are two narrators for this book and they are horrible. The woman does this inflection thing at the end of most sentences that causes me to just focus on that, in addition to this almost breathy quality. Both narrators just sound so fake.


    Do you think Before the Storm needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It does have a follow up book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Monrovia, CA
    2/01/15
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    "Depressing"
    What disappointed you about Before the Storm?

    Everything disappointed me about this book. None of the characters made me want to root for them (except maybe the one guy that dies) Everyone is just so full of self pity and Waaaa...poor me, life's so unfair. The entire story is one depressing chapter after another. Definitely not an uplifting book. I was actually in my car saying to the audio narration: "really?" Take a look in the mirror, change your life and maybe things will change. Hate is a strong word but, I Hated it


    What was most disappointing about Diane Chamberlain’s story?

    Zero uplifting or redeeming characteristics in any personality.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Before the Storm?

    I'd start from scratch


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gina A Curler
    28/10/16
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    "Good Book"

    I liked the story overall.. However the narrator whispered so much during certain characters that I constantly had to adjust the volume. Very annoying!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/05/16
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    "WORST BOOK EVER!!!!!"

    I have read the trilogy from Diane Chamberlain, and they were 5 stars all the way. I could not even make it to the end, true torture. I am returning this one and the sequel. That is not going to stop me from buying one or two more to see if they are any better

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Mesa, AZ, United States
    7/02/15
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    "Excellent"

    Diane is one of my favorite authors. This was not my favorite story of hers but it was still really good. Slow at the beginning but had a good ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    NORTH BERGEN, NJ, United States
    30/05/15
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    "Great story, but I would prefer to read it myself"

    The story was well done and intriguing, but the narrators were very distracting. Their awful Southern accents and slow drawls were painful to listen to .

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Helen L
    10/01/16
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    "Emotional rollercoaster of a family story."
    Would you listen to Before the Storm again? Why?

    No - I don't re-read or re-listen to books but I have been thinking about the issues the booked raised.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked hearing the different voices - of Andy, Lauren, Maggie, Marcus - it gave the book a good energy.


    Which character – as performed by Abby Craden and Kris Koscheski – was your favourite?

    I liked Marcus & Andy.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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