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The Life We Bury

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Allen Eskens

Narrated By: Zach Villa

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: June 2015

Duration: 8 hours 24 minutes


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?


  • Cathy B.

    Ok 'read' this book far too quickly because I got so caught up in the story! It was a good story and well narrated. Highly recommended

  • Kristi G

    The novel was not a difficult read , will keep you engaged until the very last page

  • Laurel Freeman

    Voice a bit fast. I enjoyed the beginning and was hooked. The plot becomes very convoluted and the love story predictable.

Life We Bury

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