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The Girl Who Came Home Audiobook

The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic

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A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman….

Ireland, 1912…

Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For 17-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Samus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the few passengers in steerage to survive. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that fateful night again.

Chicago, 1982…

Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her great-grandmother Maggie shares the painful secret about Titanic that she's harbored for almost a lifetime, the revelation gives Grace new direction and leads both her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.

Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Came Home poignantly blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic tragedy's impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.

©2014 Hazel Gaynor (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    alison 03/06/2015
    alison 03/06/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Charming tale, lacking a bit of substance"

    A charming tale of loves lost and found, but I just felt that it could have been so much better. I liked the links between 1912 and 1982, which for the most part flowed well, but I would have liked to have known a little more about the events directly after the sinking and how it had impacted on the survivors in the story. Little things niggled - it is a fictitiuous tale so why name characters with similar names, it just makes it confusing for the reader/listener. As much as I like a happy ending, would the fact that Maggie had been married to her Seamus all along really never have come up with her family some where over the years?
    That said, I still enjoyed the book. I liked the descriptions of Irish life, the protrayal of the class inequality aboard the ship and depiction of the terrible heartache and tragedy as the ship was sinking, all of which made for a good story.
    It was very well narrated too.

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  • Cathy Osier
    Wrightstown, NJ United States
    23/06/15
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    "Wonderful story"

    Just finished! What a wonderful, well written tale of a Titanic survivor. A must read or audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeannie
    15/05/15
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    "Love Titanic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book! I was very well done. Instead of a single time line, this book want from 1912 to 1982! I fell in love with all the characters. I loved the ending, it made me cry! I would recommend this book highly!


    Have you listened to any of Connor Kelly-Eiding and Alana Kerr ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It was genius having to narrators with very different dialects! The ladies brought life to the characters!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patti Fulmer
    Chapin, SC
    21/04/15
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    "Great story for Titanic Lovers"
    What did you love best about The Girl Who Came Home?

    Love the History of the Titanic braided into a beautifully told story. Grabbed and pulled me in from the first sentence.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl Who Came Home?

    Realizing that Chemus was James


    Which character – as performed by Connor Kelly-Eiding and Alana Kerr – was your favorite?

    Maggie


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joaniecp
    20/04/15
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    "Loved it!"

    Such a lovely story and so well performed! I loved the readers voice and accent. Soothing and perfect for this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maine Knitter
    Central Maine, USA
    25/01/15
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    "I couldn't put this down"

    I couldn't put this down. Once I got over the confusion of Maggie and Margaret and Peggy the book was a delightful, although sad, story. I was teary in Chapter 3 before they ever got on the Titanic. Seamus and his letters! I'm glad this wasn't a re-telling of James Cameron's movie (which was not as good as earlier movies) and was instead the tale of a group of friends from a small Irish village. My grandparents left Ireland at about the same time so I was very moved by the story. I usually don't like audiobooks with multiple narrators but this worked well to differentiate the change in time and POV. The ending was a bit predictable (there were subtle clues) but I enjoyed this very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth Bain
    Orange County, CA
    8/06/16
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    "Loved it ! And disappointed, too"

    Loved the historical setting, didn't like the present-day (1982) sequences quite as much, but the alternating stories kept me engaged, until the big "climax". Such a cheat ! I hate it when authors think it's a plot twist to withhold information until the final reveal. ( I don't want to give anything away, but most astute readers will see what's coming, so it's anti-climatic). It's not a plot twist, it's deceiving the reader😔
    However, until that big let-down of an ending, with everything too neat and HEA ( happily ever after), this was really wonderful. Great narration !

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Simone
    St-Laurent, Montreal
    6/07/14
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    "Great Idea – Awful Execution"

    I hate it when that happens! When a good idea for a tale is ruined by a poorly written story… it’s so annoying!

    I was looking forward to a good book and the idea was promising but the execution was a huge let down, packed with clichés and eye rolling coincidences and silly developments; such a shame.

    The book was: Insipid. Cliché. Formulaic. Trite. Simple. Flat. Predictable… Pick any one, they all fit.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amy E. Scarcella
    Boston, MA.
    27/11/16
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    "One to get lost in..."

    ...a true tale of love, loss, perseverance and the unbelievable strength of the human spirit!
    My great grandmother was ten minutes late for boarding Titanic, thus why I am here, able to write this review. There are no mistakes.
    If you have always been fascinated, with all things Titanic, RUN & read this beautifully written story, I promise you won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    15/11/16
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    "Absolutely amazing !"

    This was the most beautiful book I have ever read/listened to!
    The accents of Irish and English are mesmerizing and charming. I cried, I was happy, I had a million emotions go through me throughout the book.

    PLEASE READ THIS BOOK ! You will be over joyed to have experienced this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silverfoxdlc
    27/09/16
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    "Beautiful!"

    Oh, what a beautiful story; so touching and heart wrenching. Such a gifted author; its really two stories in one. This story is a "keeper" for me. I shall listen to it again, in time. Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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