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My Lost Family

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,903 ratings  ·  163 reviews
A family must come to terms with the past when two missing children reappear after 40 years. As the secrets unravel in this real-life tale, can the family lay to rest the ghosts of the past? Growing up in a poor Yiddish-speaking home in 1950s London, teenager Lillian marries a charming older man, Raymond. One day he takes their children to the local park. They never come b ...more
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Published October 3rd 2019 by Audible Original
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Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this up on Audible in their monthly freebie selection, and I didn't actually know what to expect. What I got was a story of a family ripped apart by the actions of one man, and the trauma that has resulted over the intervening 40 years or so.

I do think that this is best heard first hand, so I won't really recap, but I will just say that I felt all sort of emotions as I was listening to this, and more than once it almost made me cry. (There's something about 80 year old women sobbing as
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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This is a documentary style audiobook that focuses on a family of four. First she was married and had a boy and a girl or husband then stole away her children and for 40 years she didn’t know what happened but during those four years she looks for them she searched for them then she gave up and she move Don and she got remarried and had a family of her own a boy and a girl. Now the sun is on a mission to find his long-lost brother and sister and get their side of the story figure out what happen ...more
Very interesting..

My Lost Family was a pretty short audible original. It intrigued me because it was two kids who went missing, kidnapped most likely, and then find their way back to their family. I've always wondered what it would be like when someone comes back into your life after being drastically taken out of it. So I didn't really hesitate to pick this one.. but a 40 year difference - man, I had no idea what I was walking into.

That being said, I liked the book because of how/>My
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I selected My Lost Family as (one of) my free titles from Audible this month. I was absolutely intrigued by the book's summary / description alone. In short, a woman's children **POOF** disappear but reappear 40 years later? What on Earth happened!?!

Without revealing any specifics, it is important to listen and only listen. At first, I found it very difficult to set aside my own judgements, thoughts, and opinions about the situation and the people involved, especially the mother. I t
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Melbourne filmmaker Danny Ben-Moshe set out to learn the story behind two lost siblings. His English mother at a very young age married an Iranian Jewish student. He was from a wealthy family, but when they married and had two children, they were living with her mother and stepfather in a single room flat. At some point, her husband is asked to leave, and he visits his children weekly. During one of those visits, the children disappear and are never found. There are questions answered in this sh ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is a wild ride! I honestly don’t understand how the Mom NEVER went to find her kids that’s outrageous to me. I know she clearly suffers from mental illness (severe depression) but still I can’t get over this. I 100% agree with Andrew and felt for him the most. I also feel for her daughter from her second marriage as well. It’s a great story but just kind of wild and makes you wanna roll your eyes.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This was such an unbelievable story and made for a good listen, but I could not stop being distracted by how horrible Lillian is. I mean, Raymond is clearly the villain...he was a horrible man, clearly a misogynist, and a terrible father. He kidnapped his children and Lillian was a victim in that. However, Lillian never once admits her own fault in not trying to get her children back. She never apologizes to them when she is reunited with them. Yes Raymond created the traumatic experience, but s ...more
Lis Carey
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the true story of a family turned upside down by the reappearance of two children who disappeared forty years previously.

Lillian was a young girl growing up in a Yiddish-speaking East London neighborhood when she met handsome, charming Raymond. He was twenty and she was fifteen, when she got pregnant with their first child, and they immediately married. When they wound up living in the tight quarters of Lillian's parents' apartment with their two young children, it breaks wha
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting story that went on just long enough at two hours. Other reviewers seem to feel there were loose ends needing answers, but not me.

Pamela Scott

I feel quite stunned after listening to this. I still can’t get my head around what happened to Lillian and her children. I don’t suppose Danny and his family will ever get the whole story. I don’t understand how Raymond could just take the children and vanish. I don’t understand why Lillian’s family did not contact the police and allowed him to kidnap them. It’s not as simple as it appears but the gist of what happened is that Lillian and her family put little effort into finding them
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Lost Family is an audio-documentary from Audible Originals. It was a fascinating, but very sad account of a family. After divorce, the father took his two children to the park and never returned. He took them to his home country of Iran. The part that I had difficulty accepting was that the mother never looked for her children. She was very young and suffered from severe depression, had no idea how to search for her children in Iran, and was discouraged from searching by her parents. It still ...more
Melanie Lewis
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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What a beautiful and thoughtful example of investigative journalism and really shows that journalists are not all muck-racking, gossip spreading bad guys. Danny Ben-Moshe looks into his own family's history in a thoughtful and sensitive manner. His solicitous and professional attitude makes the emotions behind this tale stand out starkly in contrast. Whilst interviewing his own mother and her apparent lack of effort to locate his half siblings he is tender and sympathetic. Even when he meets Ray ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a love story.
It is about a man who loves his mother and wants to understand the trauma she has lived with his entire life.

Danny Ben-Moshe is the son of Lilian and Henry, has a sister, Ira, and decides to delve into a fateful day that changed his family's life.
Before Lilian met Henry, she was married, had two children before the age 19 and one day the father of the children left with them and she did not see them again for nearly 40 years.

The trauma of this
Solace Winter
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Compelling, with an interesting story, but this felt superficial in a lot of ways. I can understand, since it was the author's mother, not wanting to spread many of her secrets, or their family's secrets, but at the same time this only scraped the surface of so many of the issues it brought up. I do not begrudge this story at all what it tried to do, it succeeded, but there could have been so much more depth and it was disappointing not to get that.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, read-2019
Another Audible freebie. The author/narrator explores his own family's history, specifically the mystery of his two older half-siblings who were taken away by their father and disappeared for forty years. To be honest, I mostly found this to be a depressing tale involving a lot of resentful, not particularly likable people that avoided going too deeply into any of the more controversial aspects that were but briefly mentioned.
Alan Teder
Incredible Family Saga
Review of the Audible Original podcast edition (2019)

This was a suspenseful podcast audiobook which gradually reveals different views of a story of family abduction from over 40 years ago. Various family members are interviewed and give their own versions of the story (some of which are contradictory). Perhaps the most shocking element is that the police were never involved. The resulting story travels from England to Israel to Iran and finally to the USA and then back again. Thi/>Review
Stephanie (Bookish Plans)
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
{Rated PG} How do you rate a documentary that is about someone’s life experiences and trauma? I absolutely hate giving any star rating on stories like this. I thought the podcast style and documentation was fabulous. There are some things that still didn’t add up for me, but it’s not my story... it’s this families true story about love, loss, depression, acceptance, and the ripple effect that one persons lifestyle and bad decisions can make on a family for generations to come.
Amanda Horowitz
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars was the inconclusive ending. I was hoping to know more about the development of the reunited. Otherwise it was a pleasant read. The mother had a very like able way about her. Her son Danny was also a good send to his mother!
Rachael | booksforbrunch
I really enjoyed learning about this family's story. I still cannot believe that much trauma took place in one family.

Enlightening and unique perspective on a true crime decades later.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this short documentary style audible. I can't imagine the hardships that the mother and the rest of the family faced, but this was very well put together.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
2.5 stars

What a messed up true story but it gave a good backstory/explanation of what really happened.
Erin Clark
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very interesting listen! Amazing story about a family separated and reunited forty years later and documented by one of the sons. Highly Recommended.
Jay DeMoir
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this! It was moving and emotional. Just wish there was a formal conclusion. How did it all end? Did they resolve their issues?
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting!
Nicole Curtis
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a free audible original book. It was very short and more like a podcast. I find stories like this fascinating. I felt like the mom was a little flippant about the feelings of the children. I get that she was just a young teen and didn’t know what to do when their father took them but it seems like she thinks, “Well, I moved on had a great life.” She did struggle with depression but I’m not sure she even thinks that is related to this incident? It could have gone a little deeper. On the ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This Audible Original is a short (2hr 13 min) audio documentary. It’s the true story about a Jewish woman, Lillian in London England who was seduced by a rich Iranian Jew in the 1950s. She became pregnant at 15 and again at 16. They got married and lived with her parents, raising the children. One day the husband, Raymond took their two young children to the park and he never came back with them. The two children aged 3 and 1.5 disappeared and Lillian didn’t see or hear from them again for 40 mo ...more
Nicholas Driscoll
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Libre Livre
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 to be honest. This was a fairly short, audio documentary that I listened to in the course of one day. I was absorbed by the harrowing tale of a fractured family, the five-part structure as well as the majority of the interviews. It remained, however, simplistically told, given such complicated dynamics. I feel the conversation on misogyny and gender inequity was not even glossed over, it was completely set aside, and I have to wonder if that was due to the interviewer’s editing and editorial ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Lost Family is the sad and sometimes shocking and ugly story of what happened to a young Jewish woman and her family in London in the 1950s. As a fifteen year-old, Lilian married Raymond, an Iranian man, and had two children. They divorced when the children, Andrew and Michelle, were three years old and two years old. One day Raymond came over to take the kids to park and the three of them disappeared. Lilian eventually re-married and had two children, Danny and Ira, with her second husband. Forty ...more
Karissa Ostheimer
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining/depressing way to exercise your empathy skills. You hear each piece in this damaged puzzle of a family. Why would a man take his children from their mother and yet not care for the children? Why would the mother not put effort into locating her children? Why does each child harbor different emotions towards the mother, one ready to forgive and the other stuck in resentment? You can hear the confidence in each parents voice that they did what they thought was best for the ...more
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