Written By: Chris Whitaker

Narrated By: George Newbern

Date: March 2021

Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes


An Instant New York Times Bestseller

“A vibrant, engrossing, unputdownable thriller that packs a serious emotional punch. One of those rare books that surprise you along the way and then linger in your mind long after you have finished it.”
—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds

Right. Wrong. Life is lived somewhere in between.

Duchess Day Radley is a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed outlaw. Rules are for other people. She is the fierce protector of her five-year-old brother, Robin, and the parent to her mother, Star, a single mom incapable of taking care of herself, let alone her two kids.

Walk has never left the coastal California town where he and Star grew up. He may have become the chief of police, but he’s still trying to heal the old wound of having given the testimony that sent his best friend, Vincent King, to prison decades before. And he's in overdrive protecting Duchess and her brother.

Now, thirty years later, Vincent is being released. And Duchess and Walk must face the trouble that comes with his return. We Begin at the End is an extraordinary novel about two kinds of families—the ones we are born into and the ones we create.

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

'Heartbreaking, unexpected, and hopeful, this audiobook is a must-listen. Narrator George Newbern's nuanced delivery engages listeners and helps the layers of the story unfold.' -- AudioFile Magazine


  • Anonymous

    The book was suggested to me by someone who wasn’t a fan of it but thought I might like to try reading it and I must say, while I do love murder mysteries and detective books, I didn’t much care for this one. I only became slightly interested in the story by chapter 39 and by then the book is nearly over.

  • Arlene F.

    Unexpected ending.

  • Rebekah P.

    Horrible narration and story line!! Don't waste your time or money!!

  • Tracy B.

    Finally!!! I've been looking for something that grabbed me like Where the Crawdads Sing. This is the one! If you're tired of all the politically correct/get woke "literature" and just want excellent writing and narration, look no further:) All the characters were fully developed and relevant, as well as just the right amount of detail. I could't wait to listen every single day!

  • Bruce K.

    Angry, bitter narrative poorly developed. Tedious.

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