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  • Two Thousand Minnows

  • A Young Girl's Story of Separation, Forgiveness, and Hope
  • By: Sandra Leigh Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (102 ratings)

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Two Thousand Minnows

By: Sandra Leigh Vaughan
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
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Summary

When Sandra Leigh was seven years old, she fell into the role of protector of her mother and three younger siblings. One winter night, she ushered her mother out of the house during one of her father’s tirades, and then snuck her back into the dark home through a window. Sandra was used to events like these; what she wasn’t used to were the mountains and nature surrounding her new home in West Virginia. Raised in the city, it took some time to get used to the long, hot summer days and nights, but she soon found that the forests, rivers, and mountains were more secure and comforting than the house that held her abusive and volatile father. Catching minnows in the gentle river, riding on rope swings, and exploring the outdoors distracted her from what was waiting at home. But then, her mother became pregnant again, and Sandra’s concern for her family and their well-being grew when her mother returned home from the hospital without the baby. In Two Thousand Minnows, Sandra reflects on the events of her childhood and adolescence, including the time spent traveling across the country with her anxious, worn-out family in a small, cramped car. As Sandra grows older, she realizes that what they’re chasing when they move from town to town the perfect, stable life cannot exist, at least for her, until she has the answers to all the questions she never asked. As an adult, Sandra decides to stop running from the past and instead revisit it, refusing to give up until she unearths the truth and finds the sister who never came home.

©2014 Sandra Leigh Vaughan (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Best book I’ve listened to in a long while

Wow! Just wow! A thought provoking and profound book. Which I became completely engrossed in. The story of growing up and the fears,

worries and triumphs that we can all empathise with to some extent. Was sad when it finished.

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Really good

I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did, it was an included book so didn’t use a credit however it was definitely worth one!
Such an interesting story, sad at times but kept my interest and would thoroughly recommend to others.

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FABULOUS

what an amazing book I loved the way it just flowed along, it kept me absorbed throughout

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What a beautiful book

The author transported me right back to my childhood. Same story although different place and world. This book got into my head and echoed my feelings and thoughts at that age.
Loved it. Amazing
This was an audiobook included for free I’m so glad, if not I might have missed it. It is the only book from this author - so far🤞she writes more

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Beautiful story

I had no idea this was an autobiography until I was about an hour from the end.
Beautifully written and so touching. My heart felt so very sad for these children.
The narrator spoke too slowly and irritated me, but I am still giving this five stars as the story was so good.

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Fascinating story but at least a third longer than it needed to be.

This book was beautifully read and for the most part kept me engaged. However, there were some stretches that seemed unnecessarily long and yet the very end seemed rushed.
My sympathies with the mother got a bit thin towards the end too as I couldn’t see why she didn’t leave her violent, nasty, damaged husband. She clearly had family she could call on for support. Anything would have been better than living the half-life that was hers and her children’s.

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Two thousand minnows

This is the best book I have listened to on audible. to get inside Sandra’s head was magic. So very real even as she got older. The writer got it just right

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Good

Not my usual type of book at all but strangely compelling! Loved the narrator.

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long but worth it

longest book I've read, it seems a bit 'pointless' you feel at times but it isn't at all when you realise and remember it's her story. I dipped in and out of this book between starting and finishing various others but I managed the last 11 hours with no interruptions. stick with it, you'll start to attach yourself to her and her family.

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different kind of book!

I believe I've never read anything like this book, it was slow at the beginning but you have to trust the process. Having difficult childhood myself, I could really live through some of those chapters. It was one of the longest books I've ever listened to but worth it.

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