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  • The Making of Us

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  • Written by: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (513 ratings)

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The Making of Us

Written by: Lisa Jewell
Narrated by: Helen Duff
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Publisher's Summary

Lydia, Dean, and Robyn don't know one another...yet. Each is facing difficult challenges: Lydia is still wearing the scars from her traumatic childhood. Wealthy and successful, she leads a lonely and disjointed existence. Dean is a young, unemployed, single dad whose life is going nowhere. Robyn is 18. Gorgeous, popular, and intelligent, she entered her first year of college confident about her dream to become a pediatrician. Now she's failing her classes. Now she's falling in love for the first time.

Lydia, Dean, and Robyn live very different lives, but each of them, independently, has always felt that something was missing. What they don't know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down. It's a letter containing a secret - one that will bind them together and show them what love and family and friendship really mean.

A literary gem, The Making of Us will remind listeners of the miracles that happen when we bring life into the world and share our lives with those we love.

©2012 Lisa Jewell (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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loved this story

My first book by this author and it will definitely not be the last. A very well plotted story told so well by an excellent narrator. I absolutely loved it.

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Great!

I really enjoyed this novel. It deals with hoarding which makes me sick to even think about but it did help me understand how things slowly go from cluttered to overwhelming and the affect it can have on a family. Great story-lines for each family member and a novel that make allow you to have more compassion for people in this situation.

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  • 2019-09-10

such a warm amazing story

I Loved this heart warming story, so well written. Its definitely worth listening to. The narration was lovely.

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It was okay...enjoyed overall.

The story fumbled in the beginning but quickly we acclimated to the storylines and characters.The mini story plots were just okay. The ending that was supposed to tie it all together in a climatic moment , kinda felt rushed but it was heartfelt and a reminder of the fragility of life.I wish the side storylines were more interesting but still a solid read.

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I'm sad it's over!!

This was a beautiful book, and I really miss the characters already! Each of them were beautifully done, and I enjoyed listening to each of their stories equally. Although this book wasn't inherently happy, I enjoyed that I wasn't crying the whole time through, because each of the sad moments also seemed hopeful. This was a lovely read, and I'd definitely recommend.

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I LOVE this book

Great story, Good characters. Love the story line, the writing, the humor, the character development, Everything about this book was time well spent.

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A very in-depth, engrossing novel

The topic is fascinating and the characters developed well as the story went on. The loose ends were tied up well. Lisa Jewell writes very well. One criticism might be that the story is very drawn out and some day to day detail could be eliminated. This is the second novel I have read by this author and I will read more. Definitely recommend this book.

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Gripping book with the best narration

The story is incredible and the way it is told and narrated makes it easy to follow. I am generally really bad at following stories with many characters because I get confused who is who. But the way this was written and especially the way it was narrated was absolutely INCREDIBLE. Made to so easy to follow.

The story was slow at times but in a nice way. I wish there was a sequel because I don’t want to say goodbye to the characters.

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Helen Duff is incredible. Love the voice-over!

I now have a new tag line. WOW. I laughed every time it was said especially when the sexy trainer said it.. I am so glad I did not have a hard cover I would have peeked at the ending for sure and ruined it all. Loved this book, even more because I found it on a daily deal, its worth the $ and the read.
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Such a great listen

I just love this author - the book was intriguing. Very well performed & I thoroughly enjoyed the plot.

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  • JimKnott
  • 2018-08-16

Extraordinary Stories

I am probably not Lisa Jewel’s target demographic, but I love her stories. The characters are relatable and real. Helen Duff’s narration is wonderful. The Making of Us is my 5th listen in a row from Lisa Jewell with Duff’s narration. I Found You, The Third Wife, Before I Met You and Then She Was Gone are all amazing. Keep them coming Lisa Jewell, this 54 year old American male will continue to listen.

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  • cristina
  • 2018-06-11

Great entertainment

I have recently discovered this author and this is the third book I've listened to in a row. They're not great "mysteries" (my favorite genre) and probably too unbelievable to satisfy someone who is looking for great literary fiction...and YET, the stories are "unputdownable." The author somehow makes you care for these implausible characters and the twists and turns of their lives. She can count me as one of her newest fans.

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  • JNS
  • 2018-07-19

Best book I've read in a long time!

I was hooked within the first 30 minutes. There are so many characters and the narrator is brilliant at differentiating them all. It's not a romantic idea, (the basis of the book) but somehow I still felt swept up by the storytelling. This is my second book to read by Lisa Jewell. The first, "I Found You" was also captivating, but I think this one was better. Highly recommend!

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  • Mary Anne Mong
  • 2018-10-14

Life Is Complex

This is an interesting story of nature/nurture, personal legacy, and accountability. It took me a bit to get hooked and realize what was going on and who was who, but once the cast of characters was established, the threads began to converge. This is a relationship story. No big action or adventure, as predictable as braiding long, thick hair, but pleasing in it's conclusion just the same.

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  • Wolfe
  • 2018-10-18

not as exciting as her other books

really more of a Hallmark or Lifetime network kind of story. no real conflict, crisis or antagonist. she's a good dialogue writer for sure. I'm still a fan, just, this isnt my fave

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  • Abigail
  • 2018-11-11

I really enjoyed this book.

I found this book pretty mellow and enjoyable. I actually had to slow down because I didn't want to finish the book too soon. I got to warm up to all of the characters and couldn't pick a favorite. It made me think of the years I spent in London :)
I LOVE Helen Duff!!! It's hard to move on from her voice to anyone else's.

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  • Sarah
  • 2019-03-16

Good book

I enjoyed the book but the language is off putting and almost made me stop listening!

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  • JennyMarie
  • 2018-07-19

Lisa Jewell

Literally every one of her books that I've read, I've thoroughly enjoyed. I've read five.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-02

Slow start, good finish

A touching story of the complexities of our connections to our past, human emotion, and what it means to be family. Near the end of the book, I realized the slow start was necessary to explain all of the details of each character’s story. Another good book from Lisa Jewell and wonderful narration by Helen Duff.

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  • S. Kraft
  • 2019-09-18

Great prose, uninteresting story

It's always a joy to read Lisa Jewell, but... the story is kinda like a soap-opera.

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