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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?


  • Karyn B.

    I felt the book started slow. I really wasn’t sure where the story line was going. Then I was hooked. I couldn’t put it down. So many twists that continuously kept you guessing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • January A.

    I absolutely loved listening to this book! Took me barely 48 hours to listen to it from beginning to end! I hated turning it off!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • 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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Kristi G

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Really enjoyed this book the story was excellent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Chris L.

    An average book, not bad, but nothing exceptional. Decently read.

  • Jeanne R.

    I liked this, book. Lots of twist and turns, Hope there’s another story for these characters.

  • Michael F.

    What is it about so many bestselling first novels starring people with abusive parents? The Life We Bury features an extremely abusive bipolar mom of the main character. It is really several stories in one novel featuring the life of a college student dealing with his mother’s poor behavior as well as his relationship with a convicted murderer who spent nearly 30 years in jail. Unraveling his conviction is the book’s main theme but it unravels unevenly as we are torn from the felon to the mother to the autistic brother to the lovely girl next door. In the end there is a climax that is well written but more like the end of superhero movie. Mr. Eskens is a fine writer and is able to express the feelings and thoughts of the hero well. It just does not seem to be well blended. A major theme involves a diary that was used to convict the man when its admissibility in any court in the Untied States (including Wisconsin) is doubtful given the hearsay rules. That is never addressed. But that is a minor quibble. As for the bad parent best sellers, see Where the Crawdads Sing or Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling or for nonfiction the great Educated that has been on the bestseller list for over two years.

  • Anonymous

    Loved the book and narrative was great! I can see the characters as it being described. The story had me going and did not want to stop listening to it. Finished it in 3 days. Highly recommended.

  • Desmond K.

    The story started a bit slow for me. Couple that with the thought that I had figured out just about where everything would go early on, and I didn't think that I would bother to finish the book. Things did pick up, and even though everything seemed obvious and predictable, I ended up enjoying the story. I believe that the narration helped that.

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