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Honor Thyself

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  2,122 ratings  ·  186 reviews
Carole Barber has come to Paris, with its rain-slicked slate roofs and winding streets, to work on her novel - and to find herself after a lifetime in the spotlight. A legend of film and stage, Carole has set a standard of beauty and grace, devoting herself to her family and causes around the world. But on this cool November evening, as her taxi speeds into a tunnel just p...more
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Published February 26th 2008 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2008)
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Clint Mccoy
Jun 04, 2009 Clint Mccoy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: 13 year old girls
This book raped my eyes.

So, sometimes, I like to read chick-lit. Of course, I'll read it in private, lock all the doors, shut the blinds and make sure to punch a wall next time I'm angry.

But anyway, I picked up this novel. The cover seemed pleasing enough, a woman walking in the rain almost monotone. It looked like a solid romance novel cover. Hell, even the title: Honor Thyself. Yes, when I read that I knew this was chick-lit.

So after locking my doors, shutting the blinds and kicking my dog, I...more
Kristy Trauzzi
I usually love Danielle Steele. I am such a sucker for her books. However, this one, not so much.

Danielle Steele has a tendency to repeat herself. In chapter one she will be like the boy liked her hair. And then in chapter two she will be like the boy liked her hair. It was long and blonde and --- did you notice she never has ugly people as leading characters? But all of these amazingly gorgeous women always don't see themselves as pretty. OMG! And then in chapter three she will be like this oth...more
I can't quite belive how awful this book was. I couldn't even finnish it, i had to skim read the majority in a few minutes. It completely failed to capture my attention and the main character is someone that no ordinary human being can possibly begin to relate to. (The world's most famous actress apparently)

It is disgustingly badly written and I could not care less about the woman (whatever her name was - Carole i think?). Horrible, waste of time read and if it was possible I'd give it maybe one...more
I read this book at the start of my trip out to California for my sister's wedding and I hate to say this about a Danielle Steel novel but I've already forgotten much of the book. Her novels in the last few years fall way short of what they used to be. Which was sweeping family sagas of the years and the trials families faced during troubled times in the past. She seems tired of writing and it shows. The theme of this book was great (honor yourself and your feelings always) but it wasn't develop...more
I enjoyed this book. This book takes you on a journey through a famous actress who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. She finds herself in Paris going through a tunnel at the exact moment of a suicide bomber. She is knocked unconscious and sits in a hospital for 2 weeks unidentified until someone realizes she is missing. This book takes you on a path to recovery for a head trauma victim. She suffers memory loss and you find yourself learning about herself as the same time she does. You fin...more
Over all an okay book... Wasn't exactly a satisfying read but it wasn't terrible either. There were alot of facts that the author kind of just blindly gave away without really giving much substance to it. And also there was alot of information that the narrator would share that really didn't help in building the story at all and really could have been left out as it wasn't of any importance. The ending wasn't satisfying and I found the story to be quite anti - climatic. The first 2 chapters coul...more
This was a birthday gift (otherwise I wouldn't have chosen it) and I felt I had to finish it, but it was so boring that I read it straight away in just one day just to finish it as quick as possible and move on to a real book.
There was no action at all and it always ended talking about the same stuff over and over again. I didn't empathise with the main character and I wished there was more description of Paris but it all happened in a hospital. My recommendation: life is short, choose another...more
Jacob Lasher
The book was perfect until Matthieu came into the picture. I just felt like it was unnecessary to add so many love stories into a short novel. At one moment I was mourning for Sean, then Jason, then Matthieu came along and I didn't personally like his character.

I really did like Stevie and Carole's friendship though. It was so sweet and genuine. :). The storyline was actually really interesting. I was in Math class when I was beginning it and slacked a little in class. Oops :P. Hahaha.
Just once I wish Steel would write a book with a normal character. The heroine is always perfect- beautiful, talented, smart, rich, etc... Why can't she at least have large ears??????????????? This is just a normal Steel book- low on storyline, high on a 'isn't she wonderful' character. But they are quick reads that are forgetable!
Blah. I stopped reading Danielle Steel quite a while ago, but I picked this one up on a 'give and take' shelf. It reminded me why I don't read her stuff anymore. Boring and repetitive.
This book made my brain hurt with constant repetition but book club discussion was great. Kathy won best discussion for this book so it wasn't all bad.
Memo to self - stop reading these!!
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Carole Barber is a famous actress that hasn't worked in over three years since the death of her husband Sean. Carole is trying her hand at writing a book but finds herself daydreaming. She's stuck with classic writer's block. Stephanie or Stevie Collins, Carole's assistant thinks that Carole needs a change of scenery to help with the writer's block. Carole makes plans to visit Paris, France. She already begins to see the possibilities and has several new ideas for her story since arriving. She's...more
Carole Barber: actress, mother, divorcee, widow. She has been desperately trying to write a book, but has writer's block. Why? Her assistant and gal Friday, Stephanie "Stevie" Morrow suggests that she take a trip that may help unblock her inner self. "I will think about it." claims Carole.

Carole does decide to take a trip, to Paris. She always loved Paris and had lived there for a few years when her children were younger. And, she had fallen in love there with the Minister of Interior, Matthieu,...more
Apr 03, 2008 Pam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
RATING: 3.5/C+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Fiction/2008/8 CD's
TIME/PLACE: Present/ Los Angeles, CA & Paris, France
CHARACTERS: Carole Barber/Actress

COMMENTS: Not one of her better stories. Carole Barber is 50 and a highly succesful actress for the past 3 decades. She has 2 children in their early 20's, their father her 1st husband left her for another woman after 10 yrs of marriage. She later remarried Sean, who died a few yrs a...more
I haven't read a Danielle Steel book in several years but this one was a convenient distraction and once I started, it was hard to put down. The main character suffers massive injury in a terrorist attack and has to rebuild her memory with only the friends and family and previous love interests who show up when she is finally identified.
The theme is strongly about life review from middle age, with a strong sense of finding oneself and being strong about choices and second chances.
Danielle Steele's work, Honor Thyself is the story of Carol Barber, a famous movie star, and her path to discover who she is after a tragic accident that left her with amnesia. While trying to remember who she was, she learns more about the past and how to deal with all the heartbreak she has endured.
This book is sad and exciting at the same time. Themes in this book is self discovery and love upon many others. It fills readers with hope for her condition and draws sincere emotion. I enjoyed rea...more
Ney Mangahas
First impression that did not last:
Maybe this book could help me honor myself?

The story:
Plain. Boring. Almost there...but not quite. Steel was trying to make me cry but failed. It was as if eating a delicious food but something prevented me from savoring it.

The characters:
Maybe I was not able to connect with the main character because she's 40 and I don't have much experience to actually feel the feelings of a forty-year old for some things. Whatever!

How it is written:
Not D. Steel's best.

My Rati...more
Fiona Mutanu
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Normally I love all her novels and will read them in less than a day. This one took me forever to get through. I found it boring. It will not stop me from reading her again
"Carole closed her eyes and silently thanked God for the blessings she had, and then opened them again and smiled. She had everything she had ever wanted and more. And best of all, she had herself. She hadn't compromised herself in the process or in the course of her life.She hadn't given up her ideals and values, or the things that mattered to her.She had been true to herself and those she loved. She glanced at the Matthieu had given her, and read the inscription again. 'Honor Thyself'. To the...more
Found this one different than her other ones, really enjoyed the story......
Not quite so typical DS, but a nice read all the same, especially as I love Paris.
Barbara Elsborg
My first ever Danielle Steel. Oh dear. I can see that I'm not a fan of stories told in reverse - all narrated AFTER the fact, I mean. It just seemed so dreary. I didn't like the characters at all. I had no interest in whether they lived or died. The actual incident that led to the unraveling of the story WAS interesting and I had hopes more would have been made of that, but no. It was just an examination of lives, loves and mistakes. I'm sure it must please many people who want a gentle read but...more
Julie Valladares
Started to read this book from a break I had during school. It was hard to get into and needless to say hard to continue reading. By the time I got back to reading I had forgotten what had happened. I had to reread a few parts. Towards the end of the book I got into it more and it was hard to put down. I enjoy Danielle Steel novels but this one seemed to repeat some events from other books. Overall it was still a great read and can't wait to read the next Danielle Steel novel.
I often listen to audio books that I wouldn't otherwise read, just because it's hard to get ones hands on inexpensive ones. I gave this one a chance because it was set in France. The language was irritatingly repetitive a times and felt a bit like it was written in one sitting... I haven't had all that much experience with authors who write billions of books so maybe this is the normal quality. Still, it wasn't hard to listen to and I finished it within a few weeks while driving.
I haven't read a Danielle Steel book in awhile. This was a good book but not necessairly one of my favorites of hers. It was an interesting story about a woman who loses her memory after living through a terroist attack in Paris. Through her journey to gain back her memory the reader learns about her life as she does. All the loose ends were tied up at the end I guess I just felt like there was something missing at the end. Worth reading just not my favorite ever.
For some reason I expected more out of this book. I mean a woman caught in a terrorist explosion in Paris and she loses her memory and has to re-discover who she is....it has a lot of potential. But it fell short in almost every area. The action/suspence was about 3 sentences, the romance was dull (especially for a Steel novel) and involved an old guy, and her memory returns before she even leaves the hospital! it was very anticlimatic.
Layla Zibar
In this book , The value of memories shocked me .. and while most of us want to forget the painful ones. Others need them to see how did they do , and how they did overcome the pain .. I saw that Love never dies .. it just transforms from one shape to another .. or it simply remain hidden till the time is right .
A Joy to read ..

"It was as though all these years later, he was still a place of refuge and peace"
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