Publisher's Summary

The decision to publish the book has been very difficult, and taken with heavy hearts... My reason for writing it is simple: to give an account of the truth...
Writing this memoir has entailed recording some very personal, intimate and emotional aspects of our lives. Sharing these with strangers does not come easily to me, but if I hadn't done so I would not have felt the book gave as full a picture as it is possible for me to give.
As with every action we have taken over the last four years, it ultimately boils down to whether what we are doing could help us to find Madeleine. When the answer to that question is yes, or even possibly, our family can cope with anything... nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.
Gerry McCann says: "It is a sad fact that not a single police force anywhere is proactively looking forMadeleine (as is the case for many other missing children). I am sure this book will re-energize the search for our daughter and the public will get behind the Find Madeleine campaign once again. It is simply unacceptable that the authorities could give up on Madeleine - especially without a single review of the case having been carried out. Our daughter, and whoever took her, are out there. We need your help to find them."
All royalties donated to Madeleine's fund.
©2011 Kate McCann (P)2011 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By carly on 09-11-2017

Very moving account of a tragic event

I was moved to tears by this mothers story. I had heard things in the media of course but this story tells the heart of what happened and the author is very honest. It comes across that she has opened her heart and life up in this book in the hopes it will help the search for her daughter. I had a lot of mis information from the media and I felt this was an honest account of the parents perspective but it didn’t come across that the purpose of the book was to clear their name or justify things. The author tells what happened and the judgement they used at the time. I can’t find any fault with anything they have done , in hindsight it’s easy to say they shouldn’t have left the kids Etc. A very brave book. It is very very sad that some of the cultural differences and the way the investigation worked in Portugal may have prevented Madeline being found sooner. You can feel the anguish of the family as they tell the story. And the added frustration of the accusations they were involved or were negligent it’s very sad. The media can have such a positive role in finding missing children but it can be so damaging too and take the story away from what matters - the safety of the children. One thing that really struck me was that the author acknowledges awareness of how much media attention Madeline’s disappearance gained and that there were other children who did not have that kind of attention. It’s must be a very hard thing to be in the middle of your own family nightmare and still recognise others suffering too and that the other missing children are precious And need to be found too. I admire the way the author has used their position of being known in the media to shine the light on all missing children. I was very moved and felt I knew a piece of the authors heart after reading. I pray Madeline is found and for all the missing children and their families I hope this book will help the search for all lost children. I really am glad the author shared this story

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4 out of 5 stars
By Daryl on 28-01-2014

Tragic story of a family

Would you listen to Madeleine again? Why?

Yes. Kate McCann's tale is compelling as it is tragic, and the narration is wonderful. Like another reviewer stated, it might have been better if Kate had read the book herself (she did read the foreward), but perhaps this was not possible for a number of reasons.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Madeleine?

There are many touching moments with the children, and of course the disappearance of Madeleine was very tragic and distressing to read about.

Any additional comments?

This book is a tragic, well-told chronicle of the events leading up to and after the disappearance of this little girl. In parts it was hard to follow everything that was going on, but this actually fitted well and helped me to empathize with the hell that this family has gone through and will continue to go through until such point as Madeleine is found.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 16-04-2012

An insight into what happened

What made the experience of listening to Madeleine the most enjoyable?

Kate McCann telling the true story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Madeleine?

Her outgoing personality and the caring of her siblings.

Did Kate McCann (introduction) and Lesley Sharp do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, they did and it was possible to remember who was in their group of friends and to separate from the family members. How this was dealt with and repeated, you felt that you actually knew the people that were caring for Kate and Gerry McCann.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me feel very sad at times especially how the police did not seem to care or take action quickly enough following Madeleine's abduction.

Any additional comments?

This book is well worth reading as you actually find out the truth of actually what happened to very loving and caring parents, which didn't always come out in the media reporting.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Christina M. Croft on 10-10-2015

This is not about Madeleine

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the book had been about the little girl rather than her mother.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kate McCann again?


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm sorry, no it didn't. I was extremely disappointed and rather shocked by the way it was more like Kate McCann's uninteresting autobiography.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kristine on 19-05-2018

10% Madeline, 90% excuses

I was going in this book with my mind already made up, but this book did little to convince me otherwise.
it's just an account of what happened, excuses and thank yous and nothing to even slightly admit they might have done things a bit wrong (leaving kids alone with plenty of other options within budget).
Aside from the famous passage mentioning your child's privates, this book slightly sympathies with the lucid abductor (no evidence?) and says more stern words about the police of another country.
It's just odd. Plain odd.
Aside from that, it's not too good of a book and we learn nothing about Madeline (it's like she did not exist before this tragedy), nothing. Just what she wore on the holiday, and a few (FEW) other bits. It should not be called 'Madeline'. It's a very self indulgent thing to publish such a book. Everyone else is to blame.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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