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Every Last One Audiobook

Every Last One

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Publisher's Summary

In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the number-one New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

Mary Beth Latham is first and foremost a mother, one whose three teenaged children come first, before her career as a landscape gardener, or even her life as the wife of a doctor. Caring for her family and preserving their everyday life is paramount. And so, when one of her sons, Max, becomes depressed, Mary Beth becomes focused on him, and is blindsided by a shocking act of violence. What happens afterwards is a testament to the power of a womans love and determination, and to the invisible line of hope and healing that connects one human being with another.

Ultimately, in the hands of Anna Quindlen's mesmerizing prose, Every Last One is a novel about facing every last one of the the things we fear most, about finding ways to navigate a road we never intended to travel, to live a life we never dreamed we'd have to live but must be brave enough to try.

©2010 Anna Quindlen (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

“Spellbinding.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“In a tale that rings strikingly true, [Anna] Quindlen captures both the beauty and the breathtaking fragility of family life.” (People)

“We come to love this family, because Quindlen makes their ordinary lives so fascinating.” (USA Today)

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    SheriB 03-25-17
    SheriB 03-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of my FAVORITE audiobooks of all time"
    What did you love best about Every Last One?

    This story is so memorable, the characters so believable. It is a heartbreaking listen, but at the same time poetic and beautiful. The main character's growth and strength is inspiring.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending...redemption, healing, hope.


    Any additional comments?

    I have over hundreds of audiobooks in my library and this is a story I can recall vividly and have listened to repeatedly. (I usually never watch movies or read books more than once!)

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Howard SAVOY, IL, US 01-01-17
    J. Howard SAVOY, IL, US 01-01-17 Member Since 2017

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I expected more"

    The writing was good, but this book could have ended half way through. Because there was so much left after the main event, I was expecting another big reveal, another big event.... but, no. It was disappointing.

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    Programmer 07-23-16
    Programmer 07-23-16
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    "Terrific read; Hope Davis is remarkable"

    Beautifully written and read. Profound examination of family life, grief, and loss. Story arc okay.

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    stacy Sioux Falls, SD, United States 05-28-16
    stacy Sioux Falls, SD, United States 05-28-16 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Slow start, finished well"

    This book just seemed to start slow but once it got going, it was good (sad but good).

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    Teresa McBean 05-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Sorrowful, soulful and true"

    This is not an easy read nor should it be. It is compelling and true, a story where all the characters are flawed and lovely. As sad as the storyline I didn't want it to end.....

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    Kindle Customer 05-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Well told story"

    From the beginning the narrator draws you into her story. She weaves her life experiences into a very sad and unexpected take that leaves you in the edge wanting to know what happens next. Great characters that come alive with hopes and dreams and personalities.

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    Amy Giangardella 05-11-14
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    "Hated this book"
    What would have made Every Last One better?

    This is a very depressing book. I can't understand why anyone would like it.


    What was most disappointing about Anna Quindlen’s story?

    Its very tragic and I can't understand why anyone would want to spend time in this way.


    Have you listened to any of Hope Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I chose this book because I loved listening to Hope Davis read State of Wonder. I recommend that book instead of reading this one.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger that I wasted time and money on this book.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 02-03-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 02-03-14 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "The Power of Strength"

    Mary Beth and her son, Alex, have each other to give strength to the other when and if needed. There is a tragedy that binds them and will never be forgotten.

    The novel, Every Last One, was written with such depth that I didn't have a chance of not becoming involved with each character. There are characters that I came to love, like and wanted to hate. However, each character is so well developed that as the reader, I felt that I knew them. I was able to find some good in all of them except maybe one.

    There are many characters in the book but I was able to get to know all of them. Some novels have so many characters that I became overwhelmed. However, each character in the novel, Every Last One, had its place. I came to know them all.

    The narrator was excellent and brought each character to life. I don't think that reading the novel would have brought the intensity needed to make the story real.

    This novel brought to fruition a truth that I've known about and said myself, live and enjoy every day because tomorrow is not a given. This novel gripped my soul and has even helped me to understand all too well how precious life is.

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    Deanne 06-01-13
    Deanne 06-01-13
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    "Every Last One. . ."
    Any additional comments?

    I would not have chosen this book if I had known what was going to happen, but I'm not sorry that I read it. It gives hope that with the help of skilled professionals and supportive family and friends, we can survive anything. The title was a brilliant choice!

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    Jacqueline Columbia, MD, United States 03-12-13
    Jacqueline Columbia, MD, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "So bad I could not even finish!"
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    This is the first Audible book I have not finished. It was slow and the reading was awful! Save yourself time and money.


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