Letters for Emily

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Camron Wright

Narrated By: Jeffrey DeMunn

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: January 2002

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

You are so young. You may wonder what an old man like me could teach? I wonder as well. I certainly don't claim to know all the answers. I'm barely figuring out the questions....Life has a strange way of repeating itself and I want my experience to help you. I want to make a difference. My hope is that you'll consider my words and remember my heart.
Harry Whitney is dying. And in the process, he's losing his mind. Afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, he knows his 'good' time is dwindling. Wishing to be remembered as more than an ailing old man, Harry realizes the greatest gift he can pass on is the wisdom of his years, the jumbled mix of experiences and emotions that add up to a life. And so he compiles a book of his poems for his favorite granddaughter, Emily, in the hope that his words might somehow heal the tenuous relationships in a family that is falling apart.
But Harry's poems contain much more than meets the eye....As Emily and her family discover, intricate messages are hidden in them, clues and riddles which lead to an extraordinary cache of letters, and even a promise of hidden gold. Are they the ramblings of a man losing touch with reality? Or has Harry given them a gift more valuable than any of them could have guessed? As Harry's secrets are uncovered one by one, his family learns about romance, compassion, and hope -- and together they set out to search for something priceless, a shining prize to treasure forever. They may grow closer in spirit or be torn apart by greed...but their lives will be undeniably altered by Harry's words in his letters for Emily.

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  • Chuck LeFebvre

    Hats off to Jeffrey DeMunn for convincing the listener, from the opening passage, that he IS Grampa Witney, with whom the listener instantly falls in love. This book can be called for its faults, of which there are several. It lacks research; its story line is fairly linear, even predictable; its characters lack depth (which leaves me wondering whether the unabridged version would be a better choice). But the book has the most important quality in spades. It draws you in, holds you there, touches your heart, and leaves you missing it when it is over. So give it a listen and enjoy it as a simple pleasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, this is one of the sweetest books I've ever read. If you've ever lost a loved one, been close to your grand parents or have children, then you'll like this. The plot is original. Grandpa's little poems and tales are clever and emotionally heart wrenching. Everyone could learn something from this story. This one is definitely a favorite of all the books I've rented here.

  • Erica H.

    This book really kept my interest and was less trite and obviously sentimental than I thought it would be. The premise is clever and the characters pretty realistic. The more you learn about the grandfather in this book, the more you regret that you did not have more time to see his character alive and interacting with his family. He's a trip. The ending is a bit hokey (there's lots of sighing, self-revelation, and rushing about in the rain) - that's the only reason this book did not get 5 stars.

  • Anonymous

    Very light, characters are very superficial and naive. But sweet story of life and love, nice to listen to. Very easy to swallow.

  • CINDY WOOLCOTT

    I highly recommend this title. A very moving family value story!

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