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A Friend of the Family

Written by: Lisa Jewell
Narrated by: Helen Duff
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Brothers Tony, Sean, and Ned had the perfect upbringing, but now that they are grown-up, real life is starting to get in the way. Tony’s dealing with divorce and a weight problem, novelist Sean is up against a serious case of writer’s block and a shock announcement from his “perfect” new girlfriend, and their parents have a new lodger, Gervase. Why is Bernie, their mother, so keen to give this unsavory waif a home? And what is the real reason for kid brother Ned’s surprise return from his travels in Australia?

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This author never disappoints!!

I cant get enough of Lisa Jewells stories, love her writing style, love her characters

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Great Book - Loved it!

Loved this book, the story and the characters, I really enjoyed this book. I have read so many of Lisa Jewell's books and have loved them all!

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Sweet story, light drama

I love Lisa Jewell, and as great as some of the characters and relationships are in this, I’m used to heavier thrill and complication in her writing. Lovely book, not my favourite of hers.

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  • Adele
  • 2020-02-05

Over use of blasphemy

I am not a religious fanatic or a prude or easily offended, but that exactly what this author managed to achieve with the constant “Jesus!” and “Christ!”, I got to the point where I was waiting for it.... and it was just too much!!

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  • Silvia
  • 2020-01-28

Awul, just awful.

could hardly finish it.Did Jewell really write this?? The story is boring, the conversations are awful. i thought something would turn this book for me, but no. Really awful.

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  • Andrew Dunne
  • 2020-01-26

So good!

I am a super fan of Lisa jewell’s work and this one is just amazing. I honestly did not want this to end. Love love love. Love the narrator as well.

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  • Joy Division/Crystal Castles/TS Eliot
  • 2020-02-06

Brilliant

I absolutely loved this book. The characters are so well developed and the nuances of love, life, pain, and family are masterfully explored. LJ can definitely be hit and miss but this one is a big, big hit. It is the true masters of storytelling who can, without the exploitation of things like violence/sex/drug use/disturbing content, maintain ones attention and have you rooting for each and every character involved for sometimes completely different reasons...There is gorgeous, descriptive language making it easy to see, hear, and feel these places and people in a way that is utterly human and real. I didn’t want this book to end. I am a hardcore mystery/suspense enthusiast so I sort of went out of my comfort zone with this book. I am so glad I did. I wish that there were ten more books about this family because I would read each and every one of them. Very, very well done.

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  • JimKnott
  • 2020-01-31

Done in Again!

Lisa Jewel’s work is always a refreshing break from the Post-Apocalyptic, blowing shit up, people dying stuff I read and listen to most days. A Friend of the Family is an inspirational and uplifting tale. This middle aged sentimental American man will revisit it again and wait enthusiastically for her next work of art.

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  • ivonne duque
  • 2020-02-15

A Friend of the Family

The worst book written by LisaJewell.
Flat characters, predictable and typical happy family ending. Terrible!

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  • Lori Lauck
  • 2020-02-20

A great heart warming story

Another great read from Lisa Jewell. just a heart warming story that will leave toy feeling all warm and fuzzy!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-03-25

Not her best!

I have loved every book by Lisa Jewell but this one never really captured my attention. I struggled to finish it and found it boring and predictable. Narration was great, plot extremely dull.

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  • Mollie M. Vogt
  • 2020-03-16

Disappointed

Not the edgy narrative I have enjoyed in her other novels. More like a soap opera

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  • 2020-03-07

Don't waste your credit.

Don't waste your credit. I kept waiting for the story to begin. IT never did. Very disappointing.