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Publisher's Summary

The decision to publish the book has been very difficult, and taken with heavy hearts... My reason for writing it is simple: to give an account of the truth...

Writing this memoir has entailed recording some very personal, intimate and emotional aspects of our lives. Sharing these with strangers does not come easily to me, but if I hadn't done so I would not have felt the book gave as full a picture as it is possible for me to give.

As with every action we have taken over the last four years, it ultimately boils down to whether what we are doing could help us to find Madeleine. When the answer to that question is yes, or even possibly, our family can cope with anything... nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.

Gerry McCann says: "It is a sad fact that not a single police force anywhere is proactively looking forMadeleine (as is the case for many other missing children). I am sure this book will re-energize the search for our daughter and the public will get behind the Find Madeleine campaign once again. It is simply unacceptable that the authorities could give up on Madeleine - especially without a single review of the case having been carried out. Our daughter, and whoever took her, are out there. We need your help to find them."

All royalties donated to Madeleine's fund.

©2011 Kate McCann (P)2011 Random House Audio

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Very moving account of a tragic event

I was moved to tears by this mothers story. I had heard things in the media of course but this story tells the heart of what happened and the author is very honest. It comes across that she has opened her heart and life up in this book in the hopes it will help the search for her daughter. I had a lot of mis information from the media and I felt this was an honest account of the parents perspective but it didn’t come across that the purpose of the book was to clear their name or justify things. The author tells what happened and the judgement they used at the time. I can’t find any fault with anything they have done , in hindsight it’s easy to say they shouldn’t have left the kids Etc. A very brave book. It is very very sad that some of the cultural differences and the way the investigation worked in Portugal may have prevented Madeline being found sooner. You can feel the anguish of the family as they tell the story. And the added frustration of the accusations they were involved or were negligent it’s very sad. The media can have such a positive role in finding missing children but it can be so damaging too and take the story away from what matters - the safety of the children. One thing that really struck me was that the author acknowledges awareness of how much media attention Madeline’s disappearance gained and that there were other children who did not have that kind of attention. It’s must be a very hard thing to be in the middle of your own family nightmare and still recognise others suffering too and that the other missing children are precious And need to be found too. I admire the way the author has used their position of being known in the media to shine the light on all missing children. I was very moved and felt I knew a piece of the authors heart after reading. I pray Madeline is found and for all the missing children and their families I hope this book will help the search for all lost children. I really am glad the author shared this story

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  • Daryl
  • 28-01-2014

Tragic story of a family

Would you listen to Madeleine again? Why?

Yes. Kate McCann's tale is compelling as it is tragic, and the narration is wonderful. Like another reviewer stated, it might have been better if Kate had read the book herself (she did read the foreward), but perhaps this was not possible for a number of reasons.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Madeleine?

There are many touching moments with the children, and of course the disappearance of Madeleine was very tragic and distressing to read about.

Any additional comments?

This book is a tragic, well-told chronicle of the events leading up to and after the disappearance of this little girl. In parts it was hard to follow everything that was going on, but this actually fitted well and helped me to empathize with the hell that this family has gone through and will continue to go through until such point as Madeleine is found.

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  • Mrs
  • 16-04-2012

An insight into what happened

What made the experience of listening to Madeleine the most enjoyable?

Kate McCann telling the true story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Madeleine?

Her outgoing personality and the caring of her siblings.

Did Kate McCann (introduction) and Lesley Sharp do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, they did and it was possible to remember who was in their group of friends and to separate from the family members. How this was dealt with and repeated, you felt that you actually knew the people that were caring for Kate and Gerry McCann.

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

It made me feel very sad at times especially how the police did not seem to care or take action quickly enough following Madeleine's abduction.

Any additional comments?

This book is well worth reading as you actually find out the truth of actually what happened to very loving and caring parents, which didn't always come out in the media reporting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Rob
  • 23-04-2018

A necessary perspective for anyone interested

This is a necessary perspective to hear for anyone interested in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Well narrated considering subject matter.

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  • amazoon
  • 25-03-2018

Such an sad story

I been following this story for years and still hoping Madeleine will be found I look for her every place I go specially I look for the birth mark in her eye if I see anyone looking like Madeleine.

Find your way home Madeleine.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-03-2017

heart wrenching

I was not ever very fascinated with the McCann story being all the way in the USA other then I have always felt awful for them.
so much time has passed that I myself have grown into a full fledged adult with children of my own one being a 3 year old almost 4 year old girl.
As a mom I struggled too wrap my mind around the horror this mom and dad wake up too every day. I can only say Kate and Gerry must be incredibly strong people.
I feel awful for them and pray that Madeleine is found alive and well soon.
It was informative and fact based. I would highly recommend reading it could probably even change the minds of people who wrongly accuse these parents I believe.

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  • Laura
  • 23-04-2014

Unforgivable parental negligence

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Absolutely not. The main protagonist, the mother of the kidnapped gift, whines and complains that the local police didn't do enough to find her daughter. The mother made the decision that leaving her children alone in a resort villa was okay b/c, after all, she wanted to dine and drink with other vacationers. I was so disgusted by the mother's behavior I couldn't finish the book.

If you’ve listened to books by Kate McCann before, how does this one compare?

Haven't previously been subjected to this whining, "feel sorry for me" narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate McCann (introduction) and Lesley Sharp ?

IDK.

What else would you have wanted to know about Kate McCann’s life?

WHY the selfish, useless "mother" abandoned her children for a good meal in a restaurant.

Any additional comments?

What parent would leave sleeping children to dine out? Seriously, why weren't this young girl's parents jailed?

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  • Kristine
  • 19-05-2018

10% Madeline, 90% excuses

I was going in this book with my mind already made up, but this book did little to convince me otherwise.
it's just an account of what happened, excuses and thank yous and nothing to even slightly admit they might have done things a bit wrong (leaving kids alone with plenty of other options within budget).
Aside from the famous passage mentioning your child's privates, this book slightly sympathies with the lucid abductor (no evidence?) and says more stern words about the police of another country.
It's just odd. Plain odd.
Aside from that, it's not too good of a book and we learn nothing about Madeline (it's like she did not exist before this tragedy), nothing. Just what she wore on the holiday, and a few (FEW) other bits. It should not be called 'Madeline'. It's a very self indulgent thing to publish such a book. Everyone else is to blame.

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  • Christina M. Croft
  • 10-10-2015

This is not about Madeleine

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the book had been about the little girl rather than her mother.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kate McCann again?

No

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm sorry, no it didn't. I was extremely disappointed and rather shocked by the way it was more like Kate McCann's uninteresting autobiography.

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  • jackie
  • 19-06-2012

Insitefull reading , great read

Fantastically written, heartbreaking book. Shame on all those people who presumed the worst of the family before waiting to hear their version of events. My only wish was that Kate McCann could have read it herself.

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  • hayley coombs
  • 14-05-2018

inspirational

this is a perfect example to show that people should not always believe what is in the media.
A courageous and inspiring family. Being able to fight daily with vultures, insensitivity and pure cruelty whilst living every parent's worst fear but still being able to bring up 2 beautiful children and fight to find their beautiful Madeleine. I am not religious but I pray Madeleine will be found safely and bought back to her loving family.
Kate - you are stronger than you believe in being able to have to relive details of horrific experiences in order to put the story straight and hopefully get correct details out so Madeleine's cause can still carry on until she is reunited with her family. my heart goes out to you xx

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  • Diann
  • 30-03-2018

Truly harrowing.

I never write reviews but felt compelled.. I felt so angry shocked and dismayed listening to this book and all the injustice done to the Mc Cann family ..not only had their cherished daughter be taken but the outright mental torture and incompetence by the police is truly unforgivable.. not to mention the media and all the idiots that have tried to destroy them.. any fool following the case at the time could see it just wasn’t possible they had a part in Madeleines disappearance.. my God if the police had done their job instead of looking for an easy way out Maybe Madeleine might have been found.. The police ,media and all the trolls are in my opinion as evil as the inhuman creep that took poor Madeleine ... I couldn’t stop listening to this book all be it with my mouth on the floor throughout.. I hope and pray that one day the injustice to Gerry and Kate is brought out into the light and above all they find their precious Madeleine..

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  • ELAINE
  • 10-12-2017

Memorable read <br />

As expected a heart felt narrative of events before during and after abduction. I hope and pray for your happy ending.

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  • Clare Hill
  • 12-05-2017

Heartbreaking

Kate's agony runs through this book, and I found myself in tears several times while listening. The focus, of course, had to be on the search for Madeleine. All the McCann's want is to find their missing daughter. The Portuguese "investigation" was appallingly sub-standard and the family have faced constant criticism, suspicion and intrusions while still desperately trying to find Madeleine. I sincerely hope that they will be reunited with their beautiful Madeleine soon.

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  • John McCluskey
  • 17-05-2016

Harrowing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, its Kate's account of what happened at the most harrowing time of their lives. A story we all think we know but cant imagine in our worst nightmares. Heart felt and sorrowful.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Only thing which would make it "enjoyable" would be an additional chapter when Madeleine is found.

Any additional comments?

This is the account of what happened from Kate's perspective. It is absolutely heart-breaking and terrifying as not only have they lost their daughter but the Portuguese Police seemed hell bent on stitching them up as well. None of us know how we would react in their situation and there is no precedent for it. I know there are other accounts of what happened at that time but lets just hope that whoever took her did so to love and look after Madeleine and that she has come to no harm to be reunited one day with her parents and siblings.

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  • tina
  • 08-02-2017

Truly heartbreaking story.

Beneath the rumours conspiracies and lies I truly hope this family can stay strong in the hope that one day Madeline is reunited safely home.

God bless you all. ❤️

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  • victoria
  • 12-07-2013

Sad but good to know the truth

What did you like most about Madeleine?

It's not a book to judge the character is very sad real life storyWhich has been told well

What did you like best about this story?

Knowing the truth It's better to read the real story and not what is said in the paper

Have you listened to any of Kate McCann (introduction) and Lesley Sharp ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

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

All of the book it's such a moving story which makes you wonder how you are supposed to move on and continue with the family and hold it all together

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