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The View from Alameda Island

Narrated by: Therese Plummer
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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A poignant and powerful story about how one woman’s best intentions lead to the worst of situations and how love helps her to heal and ultimately triumph. 

From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy - a successful career, a solid marriage to a prominent surgeon, and two beautiful daughters who are off to good colleges. But on her 24th wedding anniversary, Lauren makes a decision that will change everything. 

Lauren won’t pretend things are perfect anymore. She defies the controlling husband who has privately mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life, she meets a kindred spirit - a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage. 

But Lauren’s husband wants his “perfect” life back, and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future, Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had as she fights for the love and happiness she deserves.

©2019 Robyn Carr (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • Kellee
  • 01-05-2019

Happy Anniversary....lol

I have been through divorce so I could totally relate to this story. It was refreshing to hear a story about adults, divorcees, children, second chances, non virgins - REAL LIFE STUFF. I loved Therese and all of the voices she was able to do. Great book!

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  • Laura
  • 02-05-2019

Realistic-sometimes warm, sometimes thrilling!

Robyn Carr at her best here. Her main character Lauren realizes she has made a kind of "pact with a devil" when she had married successful, but abusive husband surgeon Jack. As always, I loved reading about the personal courage, fortitude and of friendships/family
along the way that enriches and supports Lauren as she gets herself out.
Also loved a parallel story with the man she meets, and gains support from, who is also
living through similar, (and sometimes dangerous) challenges. Loved the adult chidren's character's here as well, and the wonderful, honest dialog all around. Very satisfying, and well earned ending!
As a Bay Area native, am delighted about mentions of the pleasures of going on the Alameda ferry, and other great local references. Actually thought the narrator did an excellent job. But please, editors-let her know that Alameda starts with a
Short a sound as in alligator? The current version will drive everyone who crazy who hears it mispronounced,( who listens to the audio version).
Otherwise a really great read!

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 16-05-2019

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I love Robyn Carr and all of her books. This wasn't my favorite because things felt a little far fetched in the drama department. I love that the characters are mature and I always like seeing characters that are having a rough time persevere and come out better in the end which this couple does. In the end it was enjoyable and had a very happy ending.

The narration as always is Therese Plummer who I adore so of course she was amazing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-2019

So predictable

Basically a romance novel, characters are two dimensional, they are either perfect or evil.
Knew exactly where this story was going.

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  • Michele
  • 30-05-2019

Boring

I wanted to like this book. It had such good reviews. I am 3 hours in and I can't listen a minute more. This is one of the most boring books I have ever read! I wish I could stick with it to see if "maybe" it gets better but I just can't do it. This book was just not for me.

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  • Wendy
  • 22-07-2019

Formulaic

The challenge with Robyn Carr's books is that they are all read by the same narrator. Don't get me wrong: Therese Plummer is a good narrator, but her range of voices is very narrow which unfortunately highlights the reality that most of Robyn Carr's books are basically the same story, with names, locations and situations changed.

This story was not bad. Nor was it good. Some of it was so patently contrived and as to be laughable, with characters I wanted to like, but which ended up so stereotyped that all credibility was lost.

Ms. Carr can write a good story -- Four Friends is a good example -- but she tends to take the easy road and follow a formula which is very evident in this book. Hopefully she will soon reach a point where she no longer needs to churn out repetitive crap and can concentrate one really good book each year ... and choose a different narrator for each to help differentiate the stories.

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  • Gina
  • 18-05-2019

This is a don’t miss selection

Fully developed characters in an interesting story. Leaves room fo a sequel. One of Robyn Carr’s best.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-2019

LOVE this story!

Robyn Carr has done it again! I LOVE this story!! I want more! I hope this becomes a series!! PLEASE!

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  • shoppingmama
  • 07-09-2019

Just ehhh!

The book is okay. Not much happens in the first half of the book. Thankfully it gets better f you can hang in there about 4 hours.

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  • Ted Hillman
  • 15-08-2019

So winey

I felt bad for the main characters. They had so much unbelievable drama going on. it was a very winey story.

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  • ian mcnamara
  • 10-05-2019

really good story.

This was another really good offering by this author. She is a fantastic writer and really makes you fall in love with her characters even the nasty ones. This was a really good story and the characters were engaging and really fun to follow. I always look forward to any book by this author. I do enjoy her series but I also enjoy these stand alone books to. The stories are engaging and full of all emotion.