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His Kidnapper's Shoes

By: Maggie James
Narrated by: Nico Evers-Swindell, Susan Duerden
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Summary

Daniel is my son. He has always been mine. And he always will be.

On some level deep inside, Laura Bateman knows something is wrong. That her relationship with her son is not what it should be. That it is based on lies.

But bad things have happened to Laura. Things that change a person. Forever.

For twenty-six-year-old Daniel, the discovery that his mother is not who he thought comes close to destroying him. As his world turns upside down, he searches for sanity in the madness that has become his life. Daniel is left with nothing but questions. Why did Laura do something so terrible? Can he move past the demons of his childhood?

And the biggest question of all: can he ever forgive Laura?

©2016 Maggie James (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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His Kidnapper's SHoes

It has been quite a while since I have been totally enthralled in a book. I have enjoyed every word, sentence and chapter of this book. It addresses the complexity of people's life's, how those who draw the short straws, deal with great suffering and how this affects their mental capabilities, in continuing to live a day to day existence. Where one mistake has catastrophic consequences. But also this book addresses, how ones begins to look beyond the stereotype label attached to a person. It's so easy to condemn a fellow man. But deep understanding and compassion brings a healing presence to all.

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Really good read

Keeps you hooked from start to finish many twists and turns,Quite a sad story that makes you go through all emotions.Enjoyed every chapter!

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  • 14-01-19

Brilliant story but...

The female part is really hard to listen to due to her odd intonation. When she went into dialogue it disappeared though so not sure what was going on there. May be better if they had the her parts Re read.

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struggled

I only made it to chapter 5, the narration is odd, staccato and hard to follow because of it!

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Female reader

I did it really like the female reader I almost didn’t listen because of this

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  • 30-11-17

Challenging topics in a moving story

The female narration was bizarre.It was a sing song like crescendo of intonation. Very irritating and gaspy, but worth suffering for the sake of the book. The male narration was a youthful voice , very nasal but endearing. the story was full of chance meetings and coincidence but the topics were sad and moving. The last chapter was heart breaking. Overall a good book. Glad I persevered over the narration.

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Absolutely loved loved loved this title!! Her best one yet………….

I love this author and have listened to many by her. This one was one of the best yet! A full 5 stars. The narration was excellent. The story was excellent. I listened to this one in one day as I just couldn’t put it down. I binge listened late in to the night. I was gripped from the very start right to the brilliant ending. If you are a fan of the author,definetely purchase this title. You will not be disappointed.

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Terrible narration, fairly good story

Such a shame that the female narrator was so breathy and seemed to have strange intonation.
The story was quite good and the male narrator was better, but for me the irritation of the female chapters read in such an unusual style was just too off putting.

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  • 24-11-17

Good story, shame about narrators

I was distracted throughout by the very breathy delivery of the female and the wooden delivery of the male narrators. Could have been so much better

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Emotional and brilliant story

This story needs to come with a Trigger warning as it contains Kidnapping a child (Obviously) but also cot death.

I have had this in my collection for a while but I am glad I listened to it now as it is a brilliant book, which does deal with some hard issues.

The book follows Laura Bateman and her 'son' Daniel in alternating chapters told from each of their view points, and jumps all over the place from Laura's childhood through to 22 years after she has kidnapped Daniel.

The way the book is written is brilliant as it manages to cover the whole period easily without making it obvious how much it is jumping.

Mainly the chapters told from Laura's viewpoint are all told in the past as we learn about her childhood and why, and how, she kidnapped Daniel. The chapters told from Daniel's viewpoint cover the present where we learn how he is dealing with his life etc.

I would highly recommend this book as it kept me hooked throughout and left me guessing a lot.

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