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When I Was Invisible

Narrated by: Susy Kane, Sara Powell
Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
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'Do you ever wonder if you've lived the life you were meant to?' I ask her.

She sighs and dips her head. 'Even if I do, what difference will it make?'

In 1988 two girls with identical names and the same love of ballet meet for the first time. They seem destined to be best friends forever and to become professional dancers. Years later, however, they have both been dealt so many cruel and unexpected blows that they walk away from each other into very different futures - one enters a convent, the other becomes a minor celebrity.

Will these new 'invisible' lives be the ones they were meant to live, or will they find that kind of salvation only when they are reunited 20 years later?

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Dark subject matter but most engaging

From the first 5 minutes this book has you hooked. Whilst not a nice underlying subject the book tells an engaging story of the long term impacts these events can have on individials, and all their relationships.

There are some interesting turn of events with the outcomes not always as anticipated.

Another interesting read from an Author I recently discovered.

Keeps you hooked but subject content won't be for everybody.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-10-2018

extraordinary tale

I loved every minute, every single word, I sighed and cried. Performance excellent, story wonderful. What can I say? Bravo!

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  • Emily
  • 06-08-2016

Dorothy Koomson is back on form!

This story is brilliant. The last few from her have been a bit blah but she's back on form! I couldn't stop listening to this. Performances were really good too.

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  • Lucy
  • 31-08-2017

Excellent story, well read.

What made the experience of listening to When I Was Invisible the most enjoyable?

I've listened to Dorothy Kroomson books before, and I love her style and the way her characters are so believable and have depth. She deals with issues without you feeling like the whole story is about those issues, it is very much about the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the story and characters are still with me. I had to keep listening to find out what was going to happen next.

Which character – as performed by Susy Kane and Sara Powell – was your favourite?

All the characters were performed brilliantly and were very real.

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

I don't want to give the story away! Very real depictions of how people can end up in situations they didn't imagine.

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  • Musicista
  • 08-09-2016

Superb storytelling

I admire the work of this Dorothy Koomson and have downloaded the majority of her books available on Audible. Her characters are always interesting and engaging and the storylines have unanticipated twists and turns. This book is no different and, in my opinion, it is her best.. Brilliant premise and I love the device of the delivering the story using changing timelines. I very much look forward to the next book by this author.

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  • Ann D
  • 03-08-2016

Compelling!

What about Susy Kane and Sara Powell ’s performance did you like?

The narration was perfect.

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This is beautifully written and compelling, with richly drawn characters that are easy to care about. It is filled with human distress, but there is believable justice there too. A warm blanket of a book.

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  • Tammy
  • 04-08-2020

Gripping story of betrayal and love

At first I struggled to keep pace with the movement through different years and different stories but when it finally clicked, I couldn’t put this book down. The twists and turns kept you gripped and as the truth played out I was engrossed in the plot. It was totally plausible that this could have happened and the strength and emotions of both Ronnie and Nicka were well researched. A great read and reminded me of the ice cream girls.

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  • ML79
  • 23-01-2020

Emotional experience written really well

The emotional experience of trauma was covered unusually well for a fiction book. There are some quotes of the book that are very similar to things I have journaled or communicated about a couple of experiences the protagonists suffer.

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  • Sigrin
  • 15-12-2019

Invisible festering scars

I have only give this book 4 stars, but feel I need to explain as this was a excellent book, and I did enjoy it.

The characters are well drawn and the book is about Roni and Nika and how they dealt with the issues that surrounded their youth.

I feel the homelessness issues were covered so well and Ms Koomson has done her research well. However I feel the other issue that this book tackled which was very important to write about had quite a few anomalys that just did not make sense, but it still made a good book.

Lastly the reader for Nika had a lisp, which is not a problem, but took a couple of hours for me to get used to. Its a bit like when you first listen to Johnathon Ross and one listens at the voice rather than to the voice.

With all that said, I will definitely return to a Dorothy Koomson book in the future.

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  • Charlotte James
  • 30-05-2019

An emotional rollercoaster

Elements of this could be my story.....you’ve done your research extremely well DK......or is this from personal experience......either way, it’s emotionally raw, you will live and breathe the characters right till the end. It’s a topic that needs to be exposed and talked about more openly.....historical sexual abuse and its impact on the victims....it affects you right through your adulthood.....it’s always in the background.

Thank you DK....a hard read for me but am so glad I did. It’s a story that needed to be told in a sensitive way and they have got it exactly right. It’s narrated extremely well which adds to this emotional rollercoaster

Dorothy Koomson does it again.....why isn’t this author widely talked about?

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  • Sandra Robinson
  • 18-10-2018

Original and well constructed

Although the story kept me hooked ,the constant time changes became tedious and confusing at times.

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  • sue gilson
  • 24-04-2018

Perfect

I loved this book. I love all Dorothy's books, but this one was one of her best. It was read perfectly, I was gripped from start to finish. I will certainly listen again when I am ultra challenge training... I covered many miles walking while I listened and I hardly noticed where I'd been! Xxx