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Publisher's Summary

Aria is no stranger to tragedy. Fifteen years ago, a family outing took the lives of her father and baby sister, leaving remaining members of this fractured family struggling with their own guilt - real and imagined.

At 25, Aria believes she can reinvent herself through her planned marriage with all its promise of a family of her own. Her infertility changes her life as swiftly and irrevocably as the urban landscape around her.

With prose that is both eloquent and unflinching, Jones charts the emotional journey of her characters as they explore the painful territory of truth and the healing landscape of forgiveness.

©2005 Tayari Jones (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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Don’t waste your time!

I rarely write reviews but this book was so bad that I just have to.

The narrator is horrible! She reads as if she is reading a bedtime story to children. Her intonations have nothing to do with the words being read. I can’t tell if the story is any good because her voice just drones on & on. I just can’t say enough bad things about this pick for a narrator so I’ll just quit.

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I’m a Tayari fan but this audio was a little eh...

I actually bought the paperback of this book about 9 years ago. I fell in love with Tayari Jones’s work after reading “Silver Sparrow” and couldn’t wait to pick up her next piece of literature. This story lumbered in its pace and was less visual than her other work but it’s still Tayari, so it’s the difference between amazing and good. I bought the audiobook because I thought I didn’t connect to the book the first time because my life was a little chaotic then and I couldn’t slow down to the pace of the story. I did like it a little better this time. The voice actress hurt this audiobook by flattening all of the characters into two personalities. She missed the subtleness of the characters and made all the women, save our protagonist, sound like Harriet Winslow from “Family Matters” and all the men sound unintelligent and brut, even though they were clearly written differently. I’m moving in to “American Marriage” next. I still expect to be wowed.

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one of our greatest modern writers

Jones makes me proud to be a resident of atlanta. to be honest, the plot of this book held very little interest for me but the writing is so beautiful it's like listening to a 12-hour poem. this is the third work I've listened to by the author and certainly will not be the last. the way she handles pros is simply unbelievable to me often I'll marvel at entire paragraphs, giving a slight shake of my head in marvel at how beautifully she expresses simple human emotions. give Jones a try. it's highly unlikely you will be disappointed.

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A must listen...

My favorite part is the beautiful imagery. The audio teller was amazing. I wanted to yell thru screen several times, but it felt like a honest look at different prospectives. I appreciate the recommendation from Oprah.

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Truth and Secrets

The story nudges you heart as a family deals with life and death and grief. challenges the reader to connect with the characters beyond their flaws.

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The Untelling

Sometimes complicated and hard to follow, nevertheless this an excellent story that demonstrates the complications of real life and real people. Ms. Jones shows once again that there is no living " happily ever after".

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just okay

I struggled with the dryness of the storyline. I loved other books by this author, but did not enjoy this one as much

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Waste of time

I wish I could get back the time spent listening to this book. The narrator needs to not be a book narrator. The author needs to work on writing.

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Some joy, some sadness

I finished this in less than two days. Connection to the main character was almost immediate. She is imperfect with very human desires. Her family dynamic is one that is hard to explain, especially after a horrific event, and so many people can relate to that. Her voice is endearing and the narrator did a great job of delivering with emotion. In the last two hours, I was bit saddened that it would soon end. There is a sudden turn in the last 45 minutes which is unusual, but overall it is a well done book.

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Terrible!

I kept holding on, hoping the story would get better but it just got worse! I’m all for a story that has no resolution, but there was too much telling here. I just don’t feel like the characters were fully developed for a person to empathize with their plight.

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