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A Life Made of Lava

By: Lissa Del
Narrated by: Lynn Devereux
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

Evie Danvers has three beautiful, if slightly out-of-control, children; a stray cat named Dr. Moxley; and a best friend who drinks unapologetically at 9 a.m. Evie also has stage-four bone cancer and a gallows sense of humour that drives her husband, Nick, demented. Nick wants Evie to fight. Evie, on the other hand, is almost ready to die. This is not Evie’s first rodeo. She kicked her cancer twice before. But this time around, Evie knows it’s a battle she can’t win. 

Instead, she focuses on avoiding her oncologist, playing wicked pranks on her mother-in-law, and getting her affairs in order, which includes hiring a nanny to take care of the kids after she’s gone. Having Julia Soanes in his house would not have been Nick’s first choice. Julia smells of memories. And sex. Something Nick hasn’t had in a while. Nick’s moral objections, however, are short-lived. The woman he loves is dying. He can honor her dying wish. Can’t he?

©2018 Melissa Delport (P)2019 Melissa Delport

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  • NM
  • UK
  • 21-03-19

I couldn’t do it!

My heart is broken. At least at times it seemed like it would break, whilst listening to this book. A heart-wrenching tale of the one thing we can all be sure of, no matter how it comes our way.
Listened to this one at every opportunity and it didn’t disappoint. I cried, I laughed, I hoped...
The narration lacked lustre at times, as it was quite monotone for me. Just not my preferred style.
Nonetheless, it didn’t detract from story and the the selfless human being that is Evie, although I’m not convinced the treatment of her mother-in-law was entirely justified. However, I’m willing to forgive her on this occasion as I get back to the premise of the story. I’m not sure I’d be able to be that selfless. I’d like to think I would; not so sure I could.
A beautiful, contemplative tale. Would read or listen to more from this author.

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Beautiful and heartbreaking


What a beautiful and heartbreaking book about love in even the darkest of times. Being handed a diagnosis of incurable cancer the love this mother has for her family causes her to set up a plan for them for the future. Attempting to make her husband see that she won’t get better and accept the inevitable was so sad but the book was ultimately about how love is all that matters even in the worse of times.

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Tear jerking and beautiful

Truly an amazing read. Could never have asked for a more emotional and brilliant story

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  • DubaiReader
  • Holsworthy, Devon, United Kingdom
  • 30-04-19

"The floor is lava!"

I loved this book - assuming that you are allowed to love a book about dying. It took a serious subject and filled it with wry humour and lovable characters.

Evie Danvers has already survived two rounds of treatment for her bone cancer, so when it reappeared for the third time, she knows her time is limited. She has a devoted husband and three young children, so this is not an easy decision. The way she goes about her preparation though, is impressive. I don't want to give too much away, this is a book you have to read.

I have given 5 stars for the book itself, if I were to rate the narration it would not be so high. The narrator reads well but makes no effort to distinguish between male and female voices and if you happen to have lost concentration at the opening of each chapter, you will have no idea whose voice you are listening to.

This is a realistic scenario, well handled, with a taste of wacky and crazy thrown in. Not to be missed.

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Thought provoking

What a thought provoking book, it made me laugh and cry and made me think about how I would act in a similar position. I thought the characters were great, really drawn well, and Nick and Evie's relationship a real foundation of the book. Although about a sad topic, the book wasn't at all melancholy and dealt with the subject matter sensitively and realistically. The book drew me into the character's lives and their different struggles. This is the first book I've listened to by Lissa Del and I will be trying more.

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Right in the feels without being soppy - fabulous!

Wow! I didn’t know what to expect from this book and was a little sceptical if I would like it - I think most of us know someone who had or has battled cancer and I wasn’t sure I wanted to hear about it in my precious reading time. However, it hit me right in the feels - in a good way. While it had me in tears a few times, it keeps a perfect balance between humour, profound insights and sadness and the whole story is full of heart, the characters are great and it thankfully avoids drifting into soppyness.
I struggled a bit with the narration to begin with but it was absolutely fine for me at 1.25x - in any case the story was so well written, the characters so real, I couldn’t stop listening. Fabulous!

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Warning - difficult listen when driving!!

Warning - you might find it a difficult listen when driving as you are either sobbing or laughing out loud!! I found this a book that draws you in quickly, with characters you grow to love and care about deeply. Although you know that Evie has stage 4 cancer and there are some tough elements this is still a warm, honest and life affirming read. I raced through it and then was sad when it ended - I will be seeking out more books by Lissa Del.

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A Life Made of Lava

This is, without doubt, one of the best books I have read (or listened to) in a long time. Having lost someone recently to cancer, this was incredibly poignant without being overly melancholy. The characters were likeable without being perfect and the multiple perspectives really added to the story. Even though it is obvious where the book will end from the very beginning, I was still heartbroken when we got there. I also didn't expect the twist! I cried, both from laughter and sadness and can't recommend it more highly!

This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for a review.

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  • TG
  • 03-04-19

good listen, warm characters, tough subject matter

Some really likeable characters and a brutal but real subject with some gallows humour. I listened to this at 1.75 speed and enjoyed the narrator.

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A Very Special Story

A very special story, Evie is dying of cancer and we get to share her last few weeks with her. Her indomitable spirit and wicked sense of humour make this a book so worth reading.

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  • Dee
  • 25-03-19

I'm not crying, you're crying!

You know in the first chapter where this book will end up. The story is very much along the lines of 'Terms of Endearment' so be prepared. I loved this family. I loved Evie and Nick. I loved their story. I loved their friends. There is more truth in this listen than I'm comfortable with so I had to step away from time to time. Still, I'm a better person for having experienced this story.

The narration was hard to follow. The book went back and forth between Evie and Nick but sometimes there was no clear distinction between the voices. I found myself not always knowing who was talking.

This was a very sweet, sad, wonderful story.

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  • Lisa
  • 22-03-19

Lava

Story was touching but the narrator was horrible. I got the kindle to finish it. I have hear Devereux in other audio books and she was okay. Don't know what happened. I received this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Tammy
  • 14-03-19

A heart wrenching story.

I am in the minority on this one and it could be the timing more than the book. I live in New England and the weather has been dreary for so long now that the last thing I needed was a sad book.

I liked it but never got hooked like everyone else did. I also had a real hard time with the narrator. I was concentrating on if it was really a person or a robotic type narration.

So, please read what others thought about the book and listen to a sample to see if the narration is okay for you.

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  • Hanny
  • 15-07-19

loved it!!!

I absolutely loved this book. it was moving, funny and so smart. loved the characters and the story.

I received this audiobook at my request and I voluntarily wrote a review

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  • Sandra
  • 09-07-19

Loved It

this was really good Evie is ready to find a nanny for her kids she knows they will need the help her husband doesn't want to accept it but knows he has to great listen fun and real!

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  • Poplap Roux
  • 07-07-19

astonishing story

I received a free code to listen to this book and I did so willingly.

This is book written about real life... the ups and downs... the life of sickness, health and death. It is so pain stricken familiar, so many of us had to go thru. I truly enjoyed it immensely and had to pick quite a few tears, but I am so glad that I had read it.

very realistically narrated by Lynn
Melissa you are a writer that is taking the world by surprise

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  • Sara
  • 06-07-19

Sad but Beautiful Story

I enjoyed listening to this book despite the sad topic. I have never in all of my years of listening on Audible had to increase the speed, but the narrator was so slow that I couldn’t take it so I had to speed it up so she would talk faster. Once I did that, it was fine but parts of the narration seemed weird to me. The overall book and storyline was good and I did enjoy it. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Liesl
  • 18-04-19

A great listen

The narrator wasn't bad. But the story was amazing. Some events nearly made me cry as you really felt the emotion, the same is applicable when you want to laugh because of what Evie because of her sense of humour. A great listen.

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  • Joan
  • 16-04-19

Very good story

This book was recommended to my by a friend as it is not usually a genre I read. I'm glad I listened and picked up the book. I listened to the audible version and while the narrator is not great and extremely slow, I sped up the audio to 1.7x and it made it worth the listen.
The book is very well written and while I did find that the characters were a bit too wholesome for my liking, they were not unbelievable or irritating (which is mostly why I avoid this genre). Even though you know the inevitable ending for Evie right from the start, the story was still intriguing enough to keep me listening at every opportunity.

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  • Jenny B
  • 06-04-19

There went my heart

While I knew exactly where this story was going the author did a great job keeping the pace and things moving to keep you totally captured into the story. I absolutely loved the character of Evie and felt like she could be my best friend. Nick is the perfect husband struggling to keep it all together given the circumstances. And Julia is just the sweet character who is trying to figure out where she belongs. Given the tragic circumstances this story still packed in a bunch of wit and laughter and some shenanigans.

I think Lynn Devereux did a great job narrating this story and provided some great emotion through her voice to each of the characters.

Truly a wonderful yet tragic story that will make you a part of their family. And watch out for the lava <3