Letters for Emily

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Camron Wright

Narrated By: Jeffrey DeMunn

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: August 2004

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

Harry Whitney is dying. He has Alzheimer's disease, and he knows his "good" time is dwindling. So he compiles a book of poems for his beloved granddaughter, Emily, hoping that his words of hard-won wisdom will heal the old wounds that are tearing his family apart. But Harry's poems contain much more than meets the eye -- clues and riddles that lead to an extraordinary cache of letters and 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 one of them could have guessed?

A memorable tale of the power of love and family, Letters for Emily is a novel sure to enrich readers of all generations.

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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.

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  • 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!