Half a World Away Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the author of The Man I Think I Know.
Strangers living worlds apart.
Strangers with nothing in common.
But it wasn't always that way....
Kerry Hayes is a single mum, living on a tough south London estate. She provides for her son by cleaning houses she could never hope to afford. Taken into care as a child, Kerry cannot ever forget her past.
Noah Martineau is a successful barrister with a beautiful wife, daughter and home in fashionable Primrose Hill. Adopted as a child, Noah always looks forward, never back.
When Kerry reaches out to the sibling she lost on the day they were torn apart as children, she sets in motion a chain of events that will have life-changing consequences for them both.
By turns funny and moving, Half a World Away is a story that will stay with you long after you listen its powerfully emotional, heart-breaking final minute.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 40 minutes|
|Narrator||Kayi Ushe, Joanna Brookes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 13, 2019|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #17,371 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#748 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,922 in Contemporary Women Fiction
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I wasn't fond of any of the characters, the children were written as older than they were meant to be, and the main character, Kerry, was the most flawless, saintly person anyone could be.
There were smaller story lines within the main story which could have let somewhere, but they died off pretty quickly.
I read it because the reviews told me too, but I felt like it was a real waste of my time.
Top reviews from other countries
In her early 40s, Kerry makes contact with her younger birth brother, now called Noah, who was adopted at 18 months old. He's had a wonderful life and ended up as a barrister, married with one daughter. Kerry hasn't been so lucky, going into care and ending up as a single mother with a cleaning job to make ends meet. So far so believable. However, Noah is having marital problems. And this is what, for me, makes the whole thing just a bit daft. He's ended up seemingly well adjusted, adopted into a happy family and not in the least bit curious about his birth family. His wife Rosalind, however, thinks he should want to know more about his past and goes on and on about him burying his head in the sand. This is weird. Surely if you are a happy adoptee why would anyone constantly nag at you to dig into stuff that you have no interest in? And then, because you don't want to, have this as one of the main reasons to separate? Because I thought this so strange I found the whole storyline between Noah and Rosalind to have no basis.
Noah and Kerry meet up and begin to get to know each other. It all seems a bit too good to be true. However, there is an ulterior motive as to why Kerry has got in touch and this did not go the way I expected - maybe I read too much crime - but it was all a bit ridiculous. Also, all the characters, particularly the two teenagers, were just far too good to be true. I did read to the end, which was done up with a twee little ribbon. One for the fans, but if this is not your usual genre I can't imagine this would do anything to convert you.
The warmth of human relationships shine through (and literally choked me) but there was no escaping the struggles and hardships people in our society face today.
Enjoy a weekend off Mike but if you could make a start on your next book on Monday that would be great!