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When We Believed in Mermaids

A Novel
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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From the author of The Art of Inheriting Secrets comes an emotional new tale of two sisters, an ocean of lies, and a search for the truth.

Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news...

Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions - grief, loss, and anger - that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie.

After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.

Now, if two sisters are to reunite, it can only be by unearthing long-buried secrets and facing a devastating truth that has kept them apart far too long. To regain their relationship, they may have to lose everything.

©2019 Barbara Samuel (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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love it

It moved along well. I kept my interest. good story. I didn't guess all so it kept me thinking.

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A breath of literary fresh air!

I’m an avid reader and audible listener and I hadn’t realised what I was missing in my novelists recently till I listened to ‘When We Believed In Mermaids’. The language is thought out and exquisitely descriptive. The emotions are real. The story always holding a couple of questions and yet giving the right amount to keep you interested in every chapter. This was my first Barbara O’Neal novel and I’m about to dive into another right now. Also a big congratulations to the narrators. I loved listening to you both. The kiwi accent adding the perfect amount of authenticity!

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Loved the story and narration

I really enjoyed this book, it was so heartfelt and the mystery as to why Josie faked her death kept me going. I found the characters interesting and relatable and also especially enjoyed the description of Auckland, having visited there myself recently.

Reading other reviews from the USA it is amusing how many people didn’t understand that the narrators were using a Kiwi accent. Yep they do pronounce fingers as fungers!

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  • katie brinson
  • 11-11-2019

Still listening, but barely...

...I can’t imagine who thought it was a good idea to choose a narrator who is incapable of pronouncing certain words/sounds. She can’t say “insight” but rather “unsight”. Not “kiss” but “kuss”. “Nupples” instead of “nipples”. Are you kidding Audible?! Thai doesn’t even get into the words she clearly has never heard and so she butchers the pronunciation. The story is fine. I still haven’t finished but I’m about to stop because of the hideous narration. Please do better next time.

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  • R. Robinson
  • 26-10-2019

Disappointing

I tried to keep going with this.one, but the farther I progressed, the worse it got. I felt like the author was getting paid by the adjective count. The rambling on of descriptive details about every single scene was not only distracting to the story but so repetitive that I started to feel like I was being talked down to. I eventually gave up, no longer caring how the story ends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-2019

Narrator Pronunciation

I am about 2 hours into this book and although the story is ok I am about to give up because the narrators are AWFUL! The one narrating Kit is tolerable I guess but not that great but the one that is narrating for Josie/Mari is clearly not American. That’s not a problem In and of itself, i actually usually prefer foreign narrators because their voices tend to be more pleasant to me. However, she is narrating an American character and nowhere in America do they pronounce I as U. Fungers, that’s how she said fingers. Every short I is pronounced as “uh” and it is driving me crazy! I may need a refund on this one.

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  • Carrie Ann
  • 27-11-2019

Weak!

The story was so lame. It could've been so good had they built up the whole character theme and everything else. Kit as a narrator was horrific! That narrator sounded so disinterested, and it had nothing to do with the character of the story, it was the narrator who is terrible in her delivery. The overall story, bleh, I would not recommend this. It's a cute theme about mermaids and would be a very safe PG-ish book club read.

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  • Kaitlyn Bouchard DiCicco
  • 19-12-2019

Hard to get past one of the narrators

Like others have reviewed... it is very hard to get past one of the narrator’s pronunciation of some words. Did no one else listen to this before it was sent off to the public? I really hate to be harsh - it’s not the fault of the narrator because she should have been corrected or not hired in the first place. Many words with the letter “i” in it are pronounced as “u”. “Hands on her hUps”, “kUds”, “nUpples”, etc. It’s very distracting. I’ve only just started listening, but I felt the need to share.

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  • M. Ryder
  • 22-11-2019

Just Plain Boring!

Story is uneventful, and pretty much goes nowhere... both narrators are really awful! Their attempts at accents were pathetic! Characture-like... don’t even bother listening! Parts read like a romance novel.

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  • Mya C.
  • 08-11-2019

A dull read that drags on

I wanted to like this book. Initially, the characters were interesting and the story line slightly engaging. Then, brace for a reiteration of an overly descriptive/repetitive walk through the character's memories over and over again. It was an, "OK, we get it!" kind of book. And....don't get me started on the bizarre narration. It was incredibly distracting to hear the actor with such a thick accent try to sell her American born character through the wraparound syllables of Australia. I found myself focused on her I's which always came out as U's. I am 3/4 way into this book and declared, "U'm, done."

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  • amazon2
  • 31-10-2019

a little too sentimental

the book was very predictable and sometimes so sentimental or sickeningly sweet that I struggle to get through it.

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  • kindle unlimited user
  • 02-08-2019

When we believed in !mermaids

I don't get the rave reviews granted I'm not finished yet but a third thru i find it very average , kit is supposed to be looking for her sister in a foreign country but so far she spends a lot of time iwith a man she has met. Going around as if she had all the time In the world a physician with time off? Kinda silly almost, In my opinion it would have to change drastically to rate above a 3 for me anywa.y but we are all different when it comes to storytelling .

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  • mlfarr
  • 24-08-2019

Couldn't finish.

Got about half way through but couldn't finish. To much descriptions of sex, food and drug use. Story started to really drag making the book feel like it was rambling on forever.

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