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The House We Grew Up In

Written by: Lisa Jewell
Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
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Meet the picture-perfect Bird family: pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and towheaded twins Rory and Rhys, one an adventurous troublemaker, the other his slighter, more sensitive counterpart. Their father is a sweet, gangly man, but it’s their beautiful, free-spirited mother Lorelei who spins at the center. In those early years, Lorelei tries to freeze time by filling their simple brick house with precious mementos. Easter egg foils are her favorite. Craft supplies, too. She hangs all of the children’s art, to her husband’s chagrin. 

Then one Easter weekend, a tragedy so devastating occurs that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass and the children have become adults, while Lorelei has become the county’s worst hoarder. She has alienated her husband and children and has been living as a recluse. But then something happens that beckons the Bird family back to the house they grew up in - to finally understand the events of that long-ago Easter weekend and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home.

©2013 Lisa Jewell (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Uncertain until Nearly the End

I was uncertain about this book for several reasons — the hoarding of the mother being the one, but also some of the adult children’s poor choices and immaturity. The descriptions of the house full of stuff were so vivid and evoked such overwhelming images that I actually felt nauseous at one point! I found myself wondering if I should just stop listening, but I continued to the end of the story (hoping, and not being disappointed) that the author would be able to pull off a realistic and satisfying ending. Hence my mixed review, and my hesitation to recommend this book.

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  • moore4leah
  • 2019-11-01

Such a lovely novel...I felt as though I was part of this chaotic, funny, outrageous, damaged but beautiful family.

This story is filled with, hopes, dreams, tragedy, personality disorders, secrets & blunt truths. I loved every page of it & found myself listening to it straight through to the end! I hates to see it end... 5 stars!

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  • gisele
  • 2019-09-19

Phenomenal

Another great book by Lisa Jewell... she gets inside the mind of a hoarder perfectly... and presents us with vibrant intriguing characters we care about... a page turner, vivid, wise, kind, complex story.

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  • Tresa
  • 2019-12-01

Heavy- but well written

First off the narrator was outstanding!! It was very heavy though. It could have used at least one character
or storyline that brought some levity. It was very well written and in the end there was closure.

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  • Melissa Mason
  • 2019-11-30

One of the best

I truly enjoyed this book! The narrator, Karina Fernandez, was one of the best I’ve ever heard!

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  • Nicole L. Radoichin
  • 2019-11-01

Must read

I loved this book! I found a little something I could relate to with each character.

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  • Aaron Jacob
  • 2019-10-05

Not a mystery. Slow start.

I read 2 of the authors books before this one & wow this was so disappointing. Slowest start ever. It was n hour in before it got to the story. Not a mystery. Not plot twist at the end. Wouldn’t recommend.

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  • Sande
  • 2019-10-04

great book!

Loved it. The narrator was exceptionally good. This is on e of my favorites by Lisa Jewel

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  • Marilyn Miller
  • 2019-09-30

Enjoyed, but....

I truly enjoyed the book, but the one part of the ending...what was in the packets Rory found? It never came back to that. I was thinking it would tell us something more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-27

This is NOT a new book!

I bought this when I get an email saying my new author had a new book out. It’s not. This was released in 2013 with the same narrator! I was a few hours in when it started seeming familiar and searched it on audible - 2 entries for the same book! Going to be asking for my credit back.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-26

Did I Miss Something?

Painfully slow and dreary, to trudged through this hoping there would be an interesting twist at the end. Boring story about a dysfunctional family. I can’t imagine why anyone would enjoy this.

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