Unsaid is told from the perspective of Helena Colden, a veterinarian who has just died of breast cancer. Helena is forced to witness the rapid emotional deterioration of her husband, David. With Helena's passing, David, a successful Manhattan attorney, loses the only connection that made his life full. He tries to carry on the life that Helena had created for them, but he is too grief-stricken, too angry, and too quickly reabsorbed into the demands of his career. Helena's animals likewise struggle with the loss of their understanding and compassionate human companion.
Because of Helena, David becomes involved in a court case to save the life of a chimpanzee that may hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of animals consciousness. Through this case all the threads of Helena's life entwine and explode - unexpectedly, painfully, beautifully.
©2011 Neil Abramson (P)2011 Hachette
I really enjoyed the story but this narrator is horrible. She is just reading words on a page without giving any life or individuality to any of the characters. I will be sure to avoid any more books narrated by her.
Captivating. Yes it's about loss and grief, but more importantly it's a tremendous display of love. It leaves you completely satisfied.
Blending self and professional development, education, and fiction across multiple genres...
A beautiful story that is part legal drama, love story, ghost story, and a story of loss, recovery, suffering and, in the end, redemption. Well told, well narrated, and very well written. While I'm not your typical "animal rights" guy, the story touched me like few others since maybe "The Art of Racing in the Rain."
This was an excellent book that really makes you think about the choices you make.
The wife, she was explaining things as they happened so it was understood what was going on.
Very emotional and excellent reading.
Every part of this book spoke to me. The characters, the animals and the connection of the narrator (the wife) and the subjects that interconnected.
I have never read a book that touched so many parts of my life interests.
I don't know, I have never paid much attention to the narrator's unless I did not care for them. She was great, I would certainly like to hear her again.
How connected everything in life can be and how the smallest situation or happening can turn into something life changing.
I have recommended this book to everyone I know. I never do that.
Makes Favorite List!
This truly makes the list of my all-time favorite books! Everyone should read it- it will make you laugh, cry, and come away missing the characters.
Yes if you liked The Art of Racing In the Rain this book is somewhat on the same level. I passed it up because of reviews but finally listened and was glad I did.
When the husband goes to Paris and finds something very unusual and his point of view begins to change. Cindy was a turning point.
Probably as the "wife" narrating the story and of course Cindy and can't forget Arthur.
How Cindy finally ended and when Skippy let everyone know it was time for him to leave.
This author has a unique understanding of nonhuman life.
If you have ever loved an animal, you understand and feel their loyalty, happiness and pain. Abramson has written a poignant and moving story of human and non-human love. Have tissues nearby!
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