• All the Best People

  • By: Sonja Yoerg
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (2,557 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Vermont, 1972. Carole LaPorte has a satisfying, ordinary life. She cares for her children, balances the books for the family's auto shop, and laughs when her husband slow dances her across the kitchen floor. Her tragic childhood might have happened to someone else.

But now her mind is playing tricks on her. The accounts won't reconcile and the murmuring she hears isn't the television. She ought to seek help, but she's terrified of being locked away in a mental hospital like her mother, Solange. So Carole hides her symptoms, withdraws from her family, and unwittingly sets her 11-year-old daughter Alison on a desperate search for meaning and power: in Tarot cards, in omens from a nearby river, and in a mysterious blue glass box belonging to her grandmother. An exploration of the power of courage and love to overcome a damning legacy, All the Best People celebrates the search for identity and grace in the most ordinary lives.

©2017 Sonja Yoerg (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fantastic

Deeply woven tale of love and family history, mental illness and how we are shaped by the world around us. I couldn't stop listening! One of the best books so far.

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Excellent

Being married to a woman with mental illness I found this story to be right on point. The difficulties of the loved ones is often overlooked as well as the guilt felt by those coming to grips with having such a life altering illness. This story does a great job of portraying the struggles gone through on both sides of the relationships. Lisa Flanagan's work is amazing. You forget that you are listening to one person and get lost in the story instead of figuring out who is who. Excellent all around.

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depressing

to be honest, the book was just a real downer. One bad thing after another bad thing. there were no moments of lightness or humor. and in the end there isn't a lot of resolution.

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Excellent narration saves it from soap opera

Lisa Flanagan is a wonderful narrator. She can make any story better. She does that here. There is some strong writing ( the descriptions of Carol's mental deterioration are heartrending ) but there is also a very predictable plot "twist" that was just too obvious. The ending seemed a bit too neat, but it was nice that book ending with a an uplifting scene, after all the drama in the preceding pages.

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Three Generations of Women

Family history is never quite what it seems in this story. truly gut wrenching, at times.

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Loved it!

Really reeled me in and kept me entertained throughout! Fun for me, a Vermont native, to listen to a book set there. It made me miss my home state.

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Totally captivating

I waded into this book cautiously, not sure I was up for its tragic focus on mental illness. Thankfully, the fine writing and superb performance drew me in for an unforgettable experience. The four stars for the story are due to the implausible evil of one of the characters. The flaws in others' humanity were totally believable, as were the redeeming graces.

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A Must Resd

I live in Vermont and enjoyed that it took places there and that it is very accurate. The storyline line was easy to follow and it interestingly grew to the end. A joy to listen to.

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Worth the read.

My mother is in care with Alzheimer’s. Listening to this book reveals the many complexities in life, the uncertainties and nuances. I recall the day I had to take my mother into care. The terrible betrayal of my Mum, and her sense of abandonment that still, nearly 2 years on, lives deep in her. Partly because she no longer has the ability to recall the many visits and phone calls she receives.
Yet like this story shows, there are gems still to be enjoyed for both of us. We can still have some delightful conversations and speak of the love we have for each other. I remind her of things I know she loved so she can enjoy them again - even though this new memory will fade very quickly too.
Listening to this book, I felt that the author may have understood something of brain diseases too, and it was read very well, and compassionately.
Thank you to the author and narrator.

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Story slow to develop. Narrated well. Just didn't enjoy as much as previous listens. Some characters needed more development.

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