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The Girl You Left Behind Audiobook

The Girl You Left Behind

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Publisher's Summary

France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre is ordered to serve the German officers who socialise in her hotel. When the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by her husband Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth - and its troubled history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down….

©2012 Jojo Moyes (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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    Emmy Wincen 16/05/2016
    Emmy Wincen 16/05/2016
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    "Triumphant victory over hate and loss!"

    This very moving narrative is a story of love over hate, despite unbelievable obstacles and terrifying ordeals.
    It will long remain in one's memory as a reminder of the indestructible human urge to protect, to endure and love amidst unimaginable circumstances.
    Highly recommend this to readers who will appreciate the author's wonderful penmanship. Thank you, Jojo, for letting us into another world and allowing us to appreciate our good fortune in escaping the horrors of was.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Miss N S Alcock 29/11/2016
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    "Loved every minute"

    When you hear a good book, it makes all the others fade in comparison. Characters, storyline, writing were all vivid, memorable and encompassing. The author has passion and intellect and both were apparent in this wonderful story. So happy I found it. Thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Glenn 06/11/2016
    Ellen Glenn 06/11/2016
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    "good holiday read"

    I loved part one of this book & couldn't put it down but I thought part two dragged a bit initially. Still the last few chapters have quite a few twists which picked it up & it wasn't until the very end the secret was revealed. All in all, I enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 14/10/2016
    Sharon 14/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely loved this book!!"

    Absolutely loved this book!! Couldn't stop listening! Great narration, and a fabulous story! I will listen again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 13/10/2016
    Rebecca 13/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "I could read and re-read this book endlessly "

    I first read this book and fell in love with the story. I saw the book on audiobooks and saw that Clare Corbett was narrating (one of my favourites) and couldn't not listen to the audio version. So happy that I did, the performance was brilliant and both Clare and Penelope did an amazing job. They really brought the characters of Sophia and Liv to life!
    Only one small annoyance - the audiobook cuts short the chapter about Lilanne being brought in front of the town by the Germans, or at least in comparison to the book version I read. I thought that this removed a lot of value to that cheaper, but not enough to reduce my overall rating from a five 😀

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    Liarne Erina, Australia 20/09/2016
    Liarne Erina, Australia 20/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    Loved it. Well written. Gripping and just a beautiful story. Hard not to fall in love with the characters.

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    J. Ball New Zealand 19/09/2016
    J. Ball New Zealand 19/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful"

    Lovely story. Enough twists not to be entirely predictable. I loved the span of two eras.

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    R. Hales 23/09/2016
    R. Hales 23/09/2016
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    "Excellent"

    Another enthralling book by Jojo Moyes. She is a great storyteller and I found it hard to stop listening.

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  • Aimee
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    5/06/14
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    "The Girl you left behind"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Mo, she was an interesting character and I wish there was a little more of her


    What about Clare Corbett and Penelope Rawlins ’s performance did you like?

    The narration was great by both ladies


    If you could take any character from The Girl You Left Behind out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mo, she seems like a lot of fun


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book a little slow at the beginning, I struggled with it for maybe the first hour. But after that I really started to enjoy the story. Overall I really enjoyed it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Happy and Smiling
    London, England
    16/02/13
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    "Spellbinding - I loved it"

    I got drawn into this book very quickly. It was extremely well read, particularly the character of Sophie was extremly well portrayed. A brilliant storyline that starts during the 1st world war, in an occupied town in northern France. A german officer becomes obsessed with the beautiful Sophie, whose portrait hangs in the restaurant that she runs with her sister. The danger and perils and tragedy of war make for a great storyline in themselves, but abruptly (on a cliffhanger) the story changes to modern day England. The portrait has survived 100 years, and has a new owner, with an equally compelling and engaging story. There is humour and romance in the modern setting, to lighten the mood after the increasingly tense 1st world war section. Gradually the two stories are told side by side. I was intially desperate to find out what happened to Sophie and the author managed the suspense beautifully. The ending was brilliantly thought out and tied up all the loose ends. Jojo Moyes writes exceptionally engaging books that always end the way they should. In my opinion this book is better written than The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, and much more engaging. My only complaint is that I could not stop listening, and I am now extremely tired having stayed up half the night listening to get to the end on my ipod.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Kathleen
    Hamilton, United Kingdom
    29/11/12
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    "The Girl you left behind"

    I have just finished this audio book and it will stay with me foe a very long time an absorbing book played out between occupied France in 1917 and London today. I must mention the narrators who were fantastic, I will miss it.

    Kathleen Hamilton

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    Co Dublin, Ireland
    16/10/12
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    "Wonderful"

    Having read 'Me before you' i couldn't wait to read another JoJo Moyes book. This is a wonderful book and I can't wait to recommend this book to my friends. Once i started listening i couldn't wait to get back to it - i looked for every excuse to plug in my earphones.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Dobsew
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    13/04/13
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    "Past and present day entwined"

    This is a story of long lost love, finding out the truth from going back in to history and standing up for what you believe in.



    This book is everything that you would expect from Ms. Moyes, it is well written and with many likeable characters, a very good read. I loved how the book was split between the past and current day and how one painting connects that two together.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    13/11/12
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    "Outstanding. If I could I would give this 10 stars"

    Having read 'Me before You' (another must-read) I couldn't wait for the arrival of Jojo Moyes next book 'The Girl You Left Behind'. It was lovely to be able to read her prequel novella 'Honeymoon in Paris' which takes place a few years before the main story. 'The Girl you left behind' is full of romance, intrigue and is at times heartbreaking and thought provoking. It flows beautifully between the main characters, Sophie and Liv, a century between their lives, without losing the thread whatsoever.

    I worry sometimes that the voice of the Narrator may let a book down but I can't think that anyone could have done a better job than these two females who made an outstanding book into an outstanding listen. Not easily done and I would think Jojo Moyes is overjoyed with the result.

    I have now read/listened to all of her books and can only say she just gets better and better.

    I am about to start it all over again. Thoroughly recommended. Thank you so much Jojo.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    22/03/14
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    "Storytelling at its best"

    I just finished listening to this book after allowing it to languish in my library for far too long. I think I was worried that this might suffer in comparison to Jojo's other excellent story 'Me Before You'. I was of course completely wrong. This is a poignant story of two women left to cope with their lives after being parted from the men they love. Sophie's story set in occupied France during the First World War is is a tragic tale of a good person being set upon by an enemy who is not always obvious. The momentum of her story is maintained throughout the book and I felt almost breathless when it reached its conclusion. Liv, the modern woman, sufferers some horrible injustices and I was rooting for her right to the end. It is really clever the way the author has managed to interweave two completely different lives and despite the subject matter I left the story feeling completely uplifted.

    The two narrators are brilliant and conveyed the characters convincingly. If you want to listen to something that will keep you completely enthralled for over 14 hours this is the story for you.

    Before this book I listened to the Honeymoon in Paris prequel. Whilst it was not essential to this story it was a nice introduction to the main characters and gave a little bit of insight into the two main relationships.




    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia Grundy
    Ossett, West Yorkshire, UK
    5/05/15
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    "Excellent listen"

    What a little gem this one was!

    The story is great, the narration is superb and I've not been able to stop listening since I started it. Amazing!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Aline Stokes
    1/08/14
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    "Is this really Jojo Moyes?"
    What would have made The Girl You Left Behind better?

    Not having to listen to really bad French accents- the story takes place in France, I get it. Had it been read without the daft accents, I could have imagined the scenes- it would have been much more realistic. With the accents I find I am continually wondering why Mr. Armand, Mme. Lefevre and the others are all talking to each other in English with those weird and supposedly French accents.


    What will your next listen be?

    About to look for a replacement.


    What didn’t you like about Clare Corbett and Penelope Rawlins ’s performance?

    Accents!!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance & irritation.


    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • sue
    fordingbridge, United Kingdom
    17/04/13
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    "Another fantastic read from Jojo Moyes"

    I loved this book,but I thought I would be a little disappointed when we left France for modern day England but soon everything came together and made a perfect read for me .A star

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • EGS
    UK
    13/11/14
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    "Good story marred by poor narration"
    Would you listen to The Girl You Left Behind again? Why?

    No. I never listen more than once.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl You Left Behind?

    No particular moments stand out, but the description of life in the occupied town was very vivid.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was a real problem for me, especially the narrator reading the part of Sophie. The fake French accent was totally unnecessary; we know it is set in France, so we don't need reminding constantly. The silly voices used to depict different people were also irritating. To add insult to injury many French words were mispronounced! This also applied to many German words, and both narrators were guilty of this. These professionals should surely go to the trouble of checking how to pronounce words. So both my stars are for the narrator of Liv. I'm afraid the poor narration really spoiled my enjoyment of what is clearly a good book.


    Any additional comments?

    I've said it all already

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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