• Henry's Sisters

  • By: Cathy Lamb
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,802 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ever since the Bommarito sisters were little girls, their mother, River, has written them a letter on pink paper when she has something especially important to impart. And this time, the message is urgent and impossible to ignore - River requires open-heart surgery, and Isabelle and her sisters are needed at home to run the family bakery and take care of their brother and ailing grandmother.

Isabelle has worked hard to leave Trillium River, Oregon, behind as she travels the globe taking award-winning photographs. It's not that Isabelle hates her family. On the contrary, she and her sisters Cecilia, an outspoken kindergarten teacher, and Janie, a best-selling author, share a deep, loving bond. And all of them adore their brother, Henry, whose disabilities haven't stopped him from helping out at the bakery and bringing good cheer to everyone in town. 

But going home again has a way of forcing open the secrets and hurts that the Bommaritos would rather keep tightly closed. Working together to look after Henry and save their flagging bakery, Isabelle and her sisters begin to find answers to questions they never knew existed, unexpected ways to salve the wounds of their childhoods, and the courage to grasp surprising new chances at happiness.

©2018 Cathy Lamb (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Wait a moment

Some adored this book. I am not in that group. I couldn't get beyond a few chapters because these are messed up people who don't want to get better and seem to revel in their twistedness. Theyre truly horrible.. What I find so surprising is that people actually enjoyed it.

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Dark Depressing Drama

I couldn’t finish this book. I hope they got a lot of therapy. There are thousands of better things in which to devote even half attention when listening. The narrator was a little off for me, as was the writing, especially as depicting the brother with disabilities. Repetitive. This book could have been half as long. The torturous story (mental and emotional rather than physical) is drawn out, bringing on that feeling - like being done with a friend who is perpetually morose and self pitying.

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Horrible / Sick - Violent - perverse

I feel that I wasted one of my credits. With so many glowing praises, I thought I was about to listen to a great book. I guess there is a large audience out there who enjoy this type of depravity. YUCK!!!!

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Excellent book!

I've listened to this book three times now and. I wish someone would make a movie based on it!

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Just No

There is a fine line between reading with energy and being so over the top that the quirkiness of the performance distracts from the content. The narrator's choices for this book cross that line for me. Part of the blame lies with the writing, which is trying too hard to present the protagonist Isabel as a wry wit and free spirit to cover for the traumas of her life. In real life, I have never heard someone called fat to her face so often, and none of the women I know with trich ever do their pulling in front of others, and I've never met a person with dementia who is capable of talking *only* about their delusions. These are caricatures. As part of my ongoing campaign to get Audible to include content warnings on their books for those like me who are highly sensitive: contains THREE rapes, neglect, domestic violence, torture, fistfights and beatings, suicide completed and attempted, murder completed and attempted, and derogatory insults against fat people (the bigotry is relentless), mentally ill people, and intellectually disabled people. I don't know why I finished this book. I kept hoping the end would redeem the rest.

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Best Book I've Ever Listened To.

I'm not sure where to begin. I've listened and read a lot of books over my lifetime. Most were very good and some were excellent. This was outstanding. The narration was incredible. The characters were so real, you felt like you knew them in real life. This story had such depth to it. I've listened to many of this author's books and I'm not sure where she goes or what her experiences have been for her to create the stories that she does, but they all possess a brokenness and a traumatic theme. Fortunately, her books also focus on the healing and growth of the characters. This book forces you to experience all of your emotions, from sadness and anger, to laughter and while not joy, a move towards something akin to it. As you experience this book, you will definitely be affected by it and the characters in it. You will be emotionally drained as you move through it and will not wish for it to end. This book was make an amazing movie. I challenge you to pick out a favorite character, because you will love almost all of them. If I could, I would give it more than 5 Stars, because this book
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best book I have listened too all year.

This book needs to be the uplifting movie of the year. XE Sands was fabulous as always. I often pick books just because she has narrated. I love the amazing sence of family that is missing from society and the humor is spirit lifting. thank you for such a fabulous listen.

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XE Sands shines again....

This story is great, but XE Sands could make a phone book sound great. Love, love, love this book.

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Fantastic!

WOW Life and hardship kindness and compassion. I am finding myself glued t o every book that Cathy Lamb writes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The characters will capture you!

Superb character development and a narrator with performance skills that will blow you away. What a beautiful story.

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  • Liz
  • 04-30-22

Persevere

Nearly stopped listening after the first 5 Chapters, so glad I persevered, brilliant book, made me smile and really cry. I lost my disabled son who like Henry made our lives so much richer. I loved this book and the auditor was fantastic, loved Amelia and the fact that all the lose ends were tied!

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  • kerry power
  • 03-27-22

Moving, funny, beautiful

One of the best books I've read or listened to, a sometimes horrific, tragic and traumatic tale told with love, compassion, humour and heart. The characters will stay with me, as will the story itself. Highly recommended

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  • Katherine Croft
  • 08-05-22

Very pleasantly surprised!

This was part of the ‘Included’ in my Audible subscription and not really the kind of book I would initially choose if I were to buy a book. I’m so glad I did listen to it though, as it is one of the best books I’ve listened to. The story had me captivated after a few chapters and the narrator was also one of the best I’ve heard in my long subscription with Audible! It brought me to tears, it made me laugh and I kind of wished I’d known this family if they were real…and the town too.

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  • K. Brewis
  • 08-05-22

Hackneyed and over-written

Over sugared, and implausible. The narrative is overcrowded with self consciously dysfunctional characters. The characterisations are stereotypical and flat. The performer does what she can with mediocre material

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  • Pam Quelch
  • 07-19-22

well written

I loved the book it was quite a story. The narrator was very easy to listen too. Half hour from end I was sobbing 😭

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  • Dmorris
  • 07-13-22

Beautiful

I cried. Loved Henry and how he held them all together. Izzy is stronger than she thinks as are all the ladies. Read, laugh, cry and enjoy

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  • Amazon shopper
  • 07-13-22

fantastic

what a story , sooooo enjoyed this book, Scary at times ,so sad at others, I had tears rolling down my cheeks. The narrator was amazing, she bought the characters to life. 😁

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-22

real story

great narration. enjoyed story would recommend. real life story. thank you great. definitely got better

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  • Aero
  • 06-29-22

An exploration of familial love

The story was excellently narrated and helped bring the text alive.
The book deals with big topics of trauma, mental health, and family love and dynamics sensitively and in a way that draws you in and kept you listening. This is the second Cathy Lamb story I have listened to and I have enjoyed them both.

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  • maria goddard
  • 06-19-22

Brilliant

I very nearly gave up on this one, but am so glad I didn't, once you get to know & understand the characters everything fits into place! Such a fabulous book & the narrator is just brilliant. Found myself laughing out loud at the wonderful grandma.... and Henry, well I just fell in love with Henry, I wish I had a Henry in my life....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-22

you need this book in your life!!

absolutely loved it, the storyline was so good ... hard to put down and narrated perfectly it brought you into the story,I even wellws up on several occasions. this is a MUST read!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-22

I didn’t get past they 1st chapter

Unfortunately the reader was too hard for me to understand, her voice was difficult to hear.