• A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak

  • A Love Story
  • By: Molly O'Keefe
  • Narrated by: Cam Drynan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak

By: Molly O'Keefe
Narrated by: Cam Drynan
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If, at the end of your life, you got to pick one day to relive, what day would you pick?
 

Walter Zawislak wants none of it. Not a day to relive, not a trip down memory lane through a life he wasted. His wife, Rosie, died 20 years ago, and without her he hasn’t done much living. So if it’s lights out for him, then just turn them off already and let him get some peace and quiet.
 

But Peter, the mysterious young man in charge of Walter’s afterlife, isn’t listening to Walter. In Peter’s eyes there is beauty in every day, even the bad ones. Even the really bad ones. Of which Water has had more than a few. But there are also days of bravery and heroism. Selflessness and grace.
 

And Rosie...there are lots of days of Rosie.
 

Before it’s too late for both of them, Peter has to remind Walter that there’s more to life than dying.

©2019 Molly Fader (P)2019 Molly Fader

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Wonderful

Amazing thought provoking read! Walter has just passed away and is in limbo (the wait before heaven) he gets to choose a day to relive , this is a emotional breakthrough for him as he goes back to different times in his life abd sees through a new set of eyes, he will learn things about himself, his family that will help him go on with his heavenly life with a full heart .Beautiful story of hope and what could be beyond the realm of reality /afterlife.

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Thought-provoking and entertaining

This is a wonderful book that I wanted to listen to straight through. I loved the premise that the protagonist dies and must relive one day in his life before he can move out of limbo. The book examines his life and he discovers that many of his ideas about the people in his life were not quite right. It kept me guessing all the way to the end. I've already recommended the book to several other people, and will continue to do so. I received a free copy of this book and am leaving an honest review of my own free will.

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Beautiful, touching story

I am a bit ashamed to say that I requested and received a copy of this audiobook from the author without paying too much attention to either (the book content or the author!), but ended up very happily surprised. The story is beautiful, as was the narration. And in keeping with my failure to pay attention, I was convinced while listening that the author was male. The narrative voice (an elderly man's) is so true, so real, that I concluded it had to have been written by a male. Ha! I trust that most other listeners pay more attention to details than I do, but rest assured that the narrative relayed is completely convincing. Walter Zawislak is looking back at his (supposedly) wasted life with regret and shame, waiting only for oblivion. His first encounter with the after-life is just another annoyance he has to get through, and he loses patience with the attendant shepherding him through the experience. That attendant forces him to choose a day to relive, but he gives excerpts or samples of a few days for Walter to choose from. The result is a poignant, touching examination of a life lived during hard times, often with good intentions but sad outcomes. But the overall take-away from this beautiful book is one of quiet joy. I evaluate books by whether or not I feel enriched for having read/listened to them, and this one falls definitely into the positive category.

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  • Jo
  • 01-31-20

Not your usual O'Keefe book but still fantastic!

I've not read/heard a Molly O'Keefe story I didn't love and despite this being different to the other books of hers I've read, it still holds her signature emotional pull for me. This has potential to be on the big screen as a blockbuster movie! Well done for writing such a heart pulling story again!