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  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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The Life We Bury

By: Allen Eskens
Narrated by: Zach Villa
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Summary

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Aided by his skeptical neighbor, Lila, Joe throws himself into uncovering the truth. Thread by thread, he begins to unravel the tapestry of Carl's conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it's too late to escape the fallout?

©2014 Allen Eskens (P)2015 Tantor

Critic reviews

"More complications ensue, until the novel's satisfying resolution." ( Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

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Buried Lives

This was an unexpected gem. A story full of characters which have depth and are believable.
A man lays dying and has spent many years in jail for a crime he may or may not have done. The race is on to get to the truth before he dies. Twists and turns abound lead to a remarkable ending. This book is excellent and not a word is wasted nor used as padding.
Narration is fantastic .... the beginning of a new series for me to enjoy.

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Brilliant

Loved this book. Excellent to listen to to and from work. Only flaw was the constant “I said” “he said”. I found this to be unnecessary. Other than that Amazing

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A most enjoyable story.

What did you like most about The Life We Bury?

The actual progression of the story with its twists and turns and changes in pace.
Narration was well-suited and warm; the tone and emphasis just right.

What did you like best about this story?

As above: twists and turns.

Which character – as performed by Zach Villa – was your favourite?

Characters complementary: wrong to single-out one character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not possible.

Any additional comments?

On the look out for other works by the same writer and narrator.

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This book is an excellent read, captivating the reader from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator however, his woman's voice was a little irritating. I would recommend this to someone who enjoys suspense and action novels with an interesting & compelling narrative.

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Compelling story

Well written and thought provoking with fully-fleshed out believable characters. An exciting story that gathers momentum relentlessly. Couldn't stop listening.

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Beautiful story

I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. The narrator was perfectly suited. I can't wait to read another of Allen Esker books. This is a heartfelt story that shows through, understanding, compassion and listening to another, the truth does unfold.

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Very good

Thanks to Audible for the intro to a new author! A free listen, and a very good read/listen. Well written and narrated story about a college student, old beyond his years thanks to a problematic mother. An assignment gets him into trouble, but also clears the way to a new life.

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A great read

I wanted this book to last longer so it didn’t end! Great storyline and an amazing narrator. Highly recommend

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Great story

kept me instrested throughout. great and well written story . likable characters. highly recommend.

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Excellent thriller

Well written and read with plenty of twists and a convincing plot line. Well drawn characters and a believable lead character coupled with an inventive and novel scenario made this a very entertaining read. Kept up the pace and quality to the end.

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