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Before We Were Yours

A Novel
Durée : 14 h et 29 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 notations)

Prix : 34,66 €

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 THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT - A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Best Seller

For listeners of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart...based on a notorious true-life scandal.”

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty. 

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption. 

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals - in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country - Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

Publishers Weekly’s #3 Longest-Running Best Seller of 2017 

Winner of the Southern Book Prize 

If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection 

“A [story] of a family lost and found...a poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets.”(People)

“Sure to be one of the most compelling books you pick up this year.... Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you’ll find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann’s legacy.” (Parade

©2017 Lisa Wingate (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critiques

"This heartbreaking story is also heart-mending - a powerful tale of family, of sisters, of secrets kept and secrets shared. I absolutely loved this book. I'm still basking in the afterglow, in shock at the true-crime elements, in awe at the journey of these characters who seem to have immortal souls." (Jamie Ford, New York Times best-selling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost)

"This captivating novel will quite likely break your heart, but because it's Lisa Wingate at the helm, you will not be left broken. She is a master storyteller and never fails to get to the heart of what makes us hold on to hope despite the worst that can be done to us. An unforgettable read." (Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life)

"Emily Rankin and Catherine Taber are polished narrators who give us sympathetic, memorable characters whose voices are age appropriate and conventionally Southern.... This story is well presented - perfectly paced and emotionally satisfying." (AudioFile)

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loved it

very good story. the author was able to keep the suspense going. we really fall in love with Evry and May!

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Absolutely marvellous

I read and listen to audio books regularly. "Before We Were Yours" touched me profoundly. It is beautifully written and interpreted in such a sensitive way by the reader. I highly recommend it 👍🏼

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  • Lin Cloward
  • 26/06/2017

I was rivetted, finished in three days.

From a person who has read Orphan Train and started reading The Lost generation, this book had my attention right from the start and I quickly became engrossed in the story line. It is hard to read or hear about the abuse of the innocent, but the story line balances the tragedy of the terrible criminal acts with the strength, courage, resilience and tanasity of human nature walk forward and eventually over coming the past. I really wanted to know what happened to the 10 year old and the two little boys, but I do not want to spoil the story. I could not put it down. Very very well constructed and performed. The characters were very well developed, and even though it is based on true circumstances but not necessarily these people and outcomes, I cannot help but to hope that one day, all of these stolen people are somehow found, and reunited with their families or their information reunited with the descendants of the families they were stolen from. I did do some research on Georgia Tann, what an evil demon of a woman. But what a lovely outcome in the story for this young woman and family. I do not like stories that lay out too much abuse and terrible hardship, this story does not do that, it is worth reading, I highly recommend it.

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  • American Mom
  • 15/07/2017

Fantastic book and narrator!

Out of the 15-20 audiobooks I've listened to so far this year, this one is the best! Heart-wrenching at times but not over the top as to make you feel the book is a task to get through. Not at all. It was tastefully done with plenty of happiness, too. The story gripped me from the beginning! You'll not want to put it down! 5 stars!

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  • Susan
  • 09/06/2017

Gut Wrenching Life Journey

From the first page this story takes over your life. So full of love, hardships, life struggles and endurance. I was totally consumed. Also, a grim reminder of real life histories, poignant love.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • J. OBrennan
  • 08/01/2018

Painfully distracting narration...

You only have to listen to a few audio books to learn that the narration can either make or break the whole experience. Before buying "Before We Were Yours" I read the reviews and so I can't claim ignorance to the many complaints of Avery's narration -- but the overall reviews were so good, and the "sample" listen sounded endurable, so I gave it a shot. Well...I very nearly returned this book after the first couple of chapters because the narration for Avery's segments of the story were truly almost too painful to listen to. The narrator's emphasis was all over the place, and rarely on point. I found her male characterizations slightly easier to listen to, but her Avery was slow, superficial and bloodless. Worst of all, her breathy, whispery dips for dramatic emphasis made my skin crawl and cast the character in a haze of mopey melodrama. It totally detracted from the story.

Rill's narrator, on the other hand, did a great job. Her cadence and accent flowed perfectly, and she created clear and believable distinctions between characters. But to be honest, Rill's overall story line was simply more enjoyable and compelling than Avery's. Its really as though two different authors wrote the two story-lines -- and Avery's just failed on so many levels. While Rill was a compelling and sympathetic character navigating through interesting and engaging experiences, Avery's story was kind of flat and her character came off as pouty, spoiled, weak and annoying.

Although I think I might have enjoyed this book a bit more if I had read the physical book for myself, I wasn't super impressed with any part of it. I was initially torn between giving the audio book two and three stars, but I went with three for the sake of Rill's story-line and narration, and because I did actually wind up listening to the whole thing. But I have to say that I'm a little bit baffled by all of the four and five star reviews out there. Overall the story felt like a cross between YA fiction (which I don't knock, by the way) and a flimsy Romance novel. In the end the actual history behind the book was worth learning and, like I said, Rill's story line was pretty good. So I can't say it was a complete waste of 14 hours...but I just can't recommend "Before We Were Yours" to anyone.

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  • p
  • 04/08/2017

Good

I couldn't put it down. I listened every chance I could. Id have to say my favorite so far

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  • M. Ryder
  • 21/06/2017

Excellent But Disturbing!

Story was well written and told. Kept me glued, and wanting to learn more about Georgia Tan and if the children ever reunite with their families, even in adulthood. Had never heard of her, and extremely sad how she managed to get away with what she was doing for so many years. Really loved the narrators, especially the one who performed the parts of the big sister (May) and her siblings. Her southern drawl and ability to sound young was pretty impressive. Must say that I had a difficult time listening to this book, only due to the terrible treatment which was described throughout. An eye opener for sure!

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  • Michael
  • 16/05/2018

Creative History?

I am not sure what this was. It is not really bad, but I am not sure why it was written. It is kind of a fictionalized telling of a historical outrage of stealing and selling children, but everything that would create any dramatic tension is so thoroughly foreshadowed that there is absolutely zero drama. For me this was like a dark Hallmark movie. Everything, almost every word, was predictable. It seems to me this could have been a good fiction book, or a good non-fiction history, but the blend seems to suck the life out of both stories.

I was also not a big fan of the narration. The accents were all a bit off and took me out of the story. The narration did not add any emotionality or interesting characterization, but was reasonably clear.

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  • Ava
  • 03/08/2017

Was heartwrenching but could have been better...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend, but I really think this story, while good, could have been great. Specifically, I found Avery's narration a bit irritating and her character dull and one dimensional.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rill. Her character and story brought me to tears at times, which is rare for me. You could feel how much she loved her siblings.

Any additional comments?

I loved the story that this book told. I had never heard about Georgia Tann or the Tennessee Children's Home and although the details are disturbing, the author does a great job of revealing the horror without getting into gory specifics.

I also thought the way May and Judy's relationship was revealed was a little confusing...

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  • Mary Smiroldo
  • 31/07/2017

So Glad When It Was Over!

I just don't understand all the five star ratings for this book! I almost gave up after the first hour, but I thought I must be missing something. It was so drawn out, I just wanted them to get on with it. The only reason I continued was that I was hoping to learn more about Georgia Tan and the "homes" she ran for children. There was good insight into her operations, through the voice of little Mae. It is unfair to give an overall rating for performance when there is more than one reader. I would have given Catherine Taber five stars and Emily Rankin only two. The later's voice was so overly dramatic, I found myself rolling my eyes. If the story had been told through the eyes of Mae, it would have been much more interesting. All the rest of the gobbledygook was useless and boring!

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Sundee Cline
  • 15/10/2017

5 Stars if you Skip Half the Chapters

Rill’s chapters made for a great story. 1.25x speed is perfect. Last Avery chapter was needed to piece together some of what was meant for proper tie-in. Performance was dragged by the poor inflection for the character’s dialect. Worth downloading. Probably better read, as one’s imagining of the characters’ voices would bring better life to the story.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • shanna
  • 02/08/2019

Suspense to the end

A very touching story about an abandoned little girl. Just proves how cruel and ignorant society can be. Even more so, that she educated herself and wrote bestsellers.

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  • Adina
  • 05/06/2019

sad and happy story afterall

It was really nice to listen to this audio book. The part told by the child is really good. the part told by Avery is full of mystery and somehow a bit hard to follow up.

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  • Larissa Biersack
  • 02/04/2019

Super!

Super spannend und echt gut gesprochen.
Die Geschichte ist zwar krass, aber die Autorin bringt die Vergangenheit und Gegenwart ohne Probleme zusammen.

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  • heloise22
  • 21/03/2019

spannend und ergreifend

sehr gute verwobene Geschichte, dass die Hintergründe wahr sind hat mich erschüttert, das Hörbuch für mich noch intensiver gemacht. Insgesamt ein tolles Hörerlebnis.

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  • J. Clever
  • Hagen, NRW
  • 19/02/2019

Eine kaum zu glaubende, berührende Gesichte

Eine tolle Geschichte - wahnsinnig gut und emotional erzählt. Man kann sich in das Schicksal der Hauptfigur eindenken und erlebt die Tragik ihrer Geschichte beim hören mit. Unvorstellbar, dass es dieses Schicksal für zahlreiche Kinder und Familien wirklich gab.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 14/06/2018

Worth listening to

A very engaging story with elements of truth. It is well read and the story balances hope and sadness well.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Renee
  • 22/11/2017

excellent!!

compelling story, perfect narration . the sad truth is that marketing of humans as a commodity is still big business; adoption, modern day slaves, even transport of refugees.

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  • Saskia M
  • 08/09/2017

Beautiful, sad and wonderfully written

I just loved this audiobook. I definitely recommend this audiobook! wonderfully written and a beautiful but at the same time sad story.

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  • Emily
  • 05/06/2019

Extremely gripping

So sad but such a gripping story. I couldn't stop listening, stayed up all night.

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