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Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Jennifer Lauck

Narrated By: Jennifer Lauck

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2000

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


With the startling emotional immediacy of a fractured family photo album, Jennifer Lauck's incandescent memoir is the story of an ordinary girl growing up at the turn of the 1970s and the truly extraordinary circumstances of a childhood lost. Wrenching and unforgettable, Blackbird will carry your heart away.

The house on Mary Street was home to Jennifer; her older brother B.J.; their hardworking father, who smelled like aftershave and read her Snow White; and their mother, who called her little daughter Sunshine and embraced Jackie Kennedy's sense of style. Through a child's eyes, the skies of Carson City were forever blue, and life was perfect -- a world of Barbies, Bewitched, and the Beatles.

Even her mother's pain from her mysterious illness could be patted away with hairspray, powder, and a kiss on the cheek...But soon, everything Jennifer has come to love and rely on begins to crumble, sending her on a roller coaster of loss and loneliness. In a world unhinged by tragedy, where beautiful mothers die and families are warped by more than they can bear, a young girl must transcend a landscape of pain and mistreatment to discover her richest resource: her own unshakable will to survive.


  • David Gardner

    This book tells about the abuse experienced by Jennifer Lauck at the hands of a stepmother. It is heart wrenching but at the same time, compelling. I love the writer's point of view - from the eyes of a child. In the listening, you understand what is happening to the child, but when you realize that the child doesn't always understand, it makes you feel restless - like you want to rescue her. This was a good listen and I would recommend it to those who are fans of memoir.

  • Renee Locks

    I would have enjoyed this more as a short story. It seemed to go on and on in a monotone and never built empathy in me.

  • Anonymous

    I'm not really sure what made me select this particular title, it's out of my usual genre, however I am very glad I did. This is the kind of story that stays with you. I found myself thinking about it all day long. The story is sad without weighting you down or being depressing. It was a wonderful story and I am now interested in anything else written by this particular author.

  • DLCT

    I listened with rapt attention but I kept waiting for some moment of enlightenment or some rise in tension in the narrative -- none of this occurred. This is a rambling, first person memoir of a horrific and unfortunate childhood. But Lauck never gives up a satisfactory ending and I left feeling unsatisfied and "is that all there is?" I detested the oft-used gambit of Lauck's writing, "There is the sidewalk, white and cool..." "There's my mother..." "There's the teacher..." Maybe Lauck doesn't know how to write like a child, but this didn't do it for me either. It's an odd tactic and, while acceptable at first, it got old and distracting after several disks. OK, but not a barnburner by any means. Don't expect a happy ending or much of an ending at all.

  • Chuck LeFebvre

    This is a touching story told well. The audiobook is read by the author, who inflects as her childhood self, depicted in the book, would speak. Although the impression may seem monotone or unsophisticated, I think the reading style helped me absorb the story. This book snuck up on me; it started out modestly interesting and ended with me completely wrapped up in the young Jennifer's struggles.

  • Anonymous

    I loved this book. There were several times I had tears in my eyes just listening to what this family, especially Jennifer, was going through. The author/reader's voice may be monotone, but I thought that her voice actually added emotion to the story. There were certain sentences where she sounded just like a little girl, which I felt drew me in even more to the story. I became very comfortable with her voice. If you enjoyed this book, you must listen to Still Waters to find out how it all ends up!!

  • Anonymous

    The book was gripping, but not well read. The reader is quite monotone which makes the book move slowly. Overall, I would recommend the book as a story of a childhood lost well-told from the child's perspective.

  • Anonymous

    Powerful and gripping.....made me cry and laugh out loud more than once.

  • Anonymous

    This is an excellent book for people who either had comfortable childhoods or for those who thought theirs were rough.

  • Donna

    Wow! Slow start, but once it got moving it brought the full range of emotions to the surface. Very powerful.

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