Calvin is alone for the first time in over 60 years after his wife, Emily, died. He isn't taking it well. A longtime family friend, Edward White, comes to check on him and talk him out of doing the unthinkable. He just hopes he isn't too late to help.
Help, however, isn't always the easiest thing to give, and it can be even more difficult to accept....
Love, loss, and forgiveness weave inextricably into this human tale of friendship and hope.
©2015 Lincoln Cole (P)2015 Lincoln Cole
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.
Calvin Greenwood has just buried his beloved wife and has decided he cannot live without her. But before taking his own life, he makes a final farewell phone call to one of his children. Sadly, she doesn't recognize the message he leaves for her for the suicide note that it is and instead sends son-in-law Edward White to check on Calvin. As Edward tries to convince Calvin he still has much living yet to do, Calvin reminisces about his life and the mistakes he has made. As Calvin delves into his memories, Lincoln Cole weaves in vignettes from the perspective of Calvin's friends and family members in a clever device that allows us to learn about how others see Calvin and the impact his decisions and mistakes have had on their lives. The emotions Cole taps into are raw and authentic as he takes an unflinching look at how difficult topics such as addiction, poverty, and the repression of and prejudice against homosexuality can tear apart a family. The performance of the audiobook was good, but while his narration of the sections written from the males' perspectives were adequate, the voice used for female POV was so breathy and strained as to be distracting. Overall, the poignant and beautiful kinship Calvin and Edward share during this crisis makes for an excellent story that readers shouldn't miss.
This was an interesting book, and though the subject is a bit dark, I find it very relatable. The struggles of the characters are all very real. What I find of particular interest is that the novel centers around an 83-year-old male, Calvin, grieving the loss of his wife and ready to end his life. I don't think there are that many novels out there that deal with aging, so that in itself makes it a unique story. I thought the characters were interesting, and it was interesting to see their stories as they reminisced. I listened to the Audible audio book narrated by Don Foote, and I enjoyed his narration. I thought he gave fitting voices to each of the characters and his pacing was good. Overall, its an interesting novel, perfect for fans of books about the complexities of life.
It isn't better, but it also isn't worse. It is simply different because everything sounds different when read aloud than when a reader is picturing the world in their head. Both versions are fantastic!
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is something similar. They both have a unique style and use a lot of different perspectives to tell the story.
He does an excellent job of enunciating the important moments in the scenes, and it is clear he is getting more comfortable with the story as it progresses.
Can we go on after losing the one we love most?
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