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The Things We Keep Audiobook

The Things We Keep

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Publisher's Summary

Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease at only 38 years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted-living facility. She also knows there's just one another resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life at Rosalind House. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.

When Eve Bennett is suddenly thrust into the role of single mother, she finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind House. When she meets Anna and Luke, she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna's and Luke's families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them.

©2016 Sally Hepworth (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    Shannon 01-20-16
    Shannon 01-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful story and skilled narration"

    This is original, poignant, and beautiful. It's a story that celebrates love in all its forms. The narration was superb!

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    Amazon Customer 08-30-16
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    "Wonderful and heartbreaking"

    I really enjoyed this book! Would definitely recommend. The characters are memorable and the storyline is realistic. Found it hard to put down.

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    Carol United States 08-22-16
    Carol United States 08-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Heart-warming Story"

    As one who has had a loved one suffer from Alzheimers and also served on staff at a retirement home, I can testify to the authenticity of the feelings and frustrations so eloquently portrayed in this book. I resonate with the author's theme of looking for the good in the bad and living the life we have to the fullest.

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    Michael St. Paul, MN, United States 06-14-16
    Michael St. Paul, MN, United States 06-14-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Well done on all fronts!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Things We Keep to be better than the print version?

    I listened to this book several months ago, and it has stayed with me. I highly recommend it. Somehow the author seemed to get into the mind of someone who feels as tho they're losing theirs.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the author is writing another one!

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    Jennifer 05-23-16
    Jennifer 05-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This book is a keeper"

    This is a book brilliantly written about love, loss, judgement, connections, memories, and what we innately keep through our journey. This book is more than just about two young individuals with early-onset Alzheimer's. Telling the story from multiple points of view, Hepworth writes each character (including every secondary one) with their own purpose to show the impact these themes can have on those from different walks of life, making it very easy for the reader to connect or empathize with many of them. Not only does she bring the reader into the mind of someone with Alzheimer's, but Hepworth allows the reader to feel both gravity and levity in the situation, laying the foundation for a lesson (or two) for the reader to learn. I highly recommend this read.

    "I never had a good answer to Mom's question. 'If I don't remember, will I have been here at all?' But maybe her question was flawed. Maybe it doesn't matter what you remember. Maybe if someone else remembers and speaks your name, you were here."

    The narrators did a fantastic job at bringing the different points of view to life.

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    Nita MIDLAND, MI, United States 05-14-16
    Nita MIDLAND, MI, United States 05-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautiful♡"

    I am so happy that i listened to this book instead of reading it! Beautiful performed by Teresa Plummer. A haunting story of young adult on-set Alzheimer's and suicde and family.

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    MissyLue 04-06-16
    MissyLue 04-06-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Suprising...couldn't wait for the next page"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Things We Keep to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. Thus, I couldn't really give a fair answer to this question.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's freshness and idealism. The story brings a little-visited area of Alzheimer's to the forefront of the reader's attention, grabs the spotlight and shines throughout the entirety. The originality of thought and story line are commendable, to say the least. The manner in which the author is able to mesh the characters together and still allow them individuality and to remain interesting in and apart from themselves is outstanding.


    What about Barrie Kreinik and Therese Plummer ’s performance did you like?

    Plummer was absolutely fantastic - deserving of a Oscar, if such were awardable for an audiobook! Her ability to change tone/inflection to match emotion and frame of mind is fanatical. Kreinik also is very talented and adds just the right amount of life to the characters without seeming "overdone."


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was shocked to learn how fast the disease progressed and the book caused me a moderate degree of sadness - to think that such unquestionable, obvious love could be restrained by others and/or forgotten by the ones experiencing it was disheartening, to say the least. I did find it encouraging that no matter the progression of the disease, Anna and Luke seemed to find one another and their love for each other all over again each time. It gave me a renewed hope in the human spirit and the belief that love conquers all.


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    Gina 02-19-16
    Gina 02-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I absolutely love this book!"

    This is one of the best books I've ever read or listened to. Highly recommend!

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    Lisse 02-16-16
    Lisse 02-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    This is a sad and yet wonderful story about love and those who effect out world.

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    Jessica Columbia, SC 02-12-16
    Jessica Columbia, SC 02-12-16 Member Since 2015

    Jessica Ashe

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    "Adult "The Fault in Our Stars" with many twists"
    What made the experience of listening to The Things We Keep the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed how the stories all tied in together, but Anna's was my favorite.


    What other book might you compare The Things We Keep to and why?

    The Fault in our Stars is the most obvious comparison, in my opinion, but I also saw traces of The Notebook. The author also reminded me a bit of Lisa Genova & her gift to share a story about disease that is informative, but yet also keeps the story going to you get the "journey" experience. I love that quality!


    Have you listened to any of Barrie Kreinik and Therese Plummer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Therese Plummer is one of my favorite narrators. She has such a natural ability that seems effortless.


    If you could take any character from The Things We Keep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Eh... that's a very difficult question because I really loved Anna as a character, but you did really get to know her in the book, so maybe it would be some of the other older gentlemen who would have great stories and life lessons to teach. I have such a big place in my heart for the old and wise.


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