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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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    Dorthea Brooks Boston, MA 05-16-10
    Dorthea Brooks Boston, MA 05-16-10 Member Since 2017

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    "well conceived, well told"

    Mesmerizing and deep. Well developed characters, rich story. Sobering and depressing but worth the journey. I couldn't stop listening.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    KYC Ohio 05-11-10
    KYC Ohio 05-11-10 Member Since 2008

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    "superb"

    The author created wonderful imagery with her words. The story is very sad but powerful. The narration was a perfect match for the story and the characters.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cathryn Middleton, WI, USA 05-20-10
    Cathryn Middleton, WI, USA 05-20-10
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    "Slow and depressing"

    Much character development in this book, but it is so slow, and the narrator reads in a very sad and depressing voice. I stopped listening 3/4 of the way through. A big event takes place, but not until the second half of the book, and it seems as if it takes forever to get to that point. And then it becomes even more depressing.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 09-22-15
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 09-22-15 Member Since 2014

    I listen to something educational on my way to work to wake myself up, and listen to a page-turner on my way home to stay alert on the road!

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    "Loved almost every last word"
    What did you love best about Every Last One?

    I loved the gorgeous prose, the way it pulled me in and wrapped itself around me like a gorgeous quilt, happiness and sadness and ordinariness and fear and the absence of fear and the colors, smells, sounds, and tastes of everyday life which were the threads stitching everything together. I love the way it wrapped me up tight and never let me go until the last page.


    What other book might you compare Every Last One to and why?

    Not in topic, but in its prose style it perhaps comes closest to Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres.


    What does Hope Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An excellent actress, she brings an intuitive feel for the material and she breathes life into Mary Beth Latham...just as she did for the young female scientist/protagonist in Ann Patchett's State of Wonder.


    Who was the most memorable character of Every Last One and why?

    The chapter near the end when Mary Beth and her son see a counselor together. That will stay with me for a LONG time.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I may never take all that I have for granted any more....or at least not on a regular basis. The phrase 'life changing' may be overused, but already I notice I am speaking to my kids differently, and truly listening to them more.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen CHAGRIN FALLS, OH, United States 05-17-10
    Eileen CHAGRIN FALLS, OH, United States 05-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Well Written"

    Loved the book and the narration was VERY GOOD! Any woman that has raised children will relate to Mary Beth. The second half of the book is pretty sad, but it makes you appreciate your kids for all of their faults as well as their perfections!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Meryl CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US 05-12-10
    Meryl CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US 05-12-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating, you'll need kleenex though"

    I loved this book though I found myself crying a lot while listening to it. I thought the narrator did an excellent job too.

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    Joanne Cooper Layne 05-11-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Simply Fabulous!"

    If you love sentences that slay you, this is one for you. Unbelievable insights on friendship, family, marriage, guilt and rage.

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    Marianne Ferris 10-22-15
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    "You can't read this without being moved."

    I can't say I disliked anything about this book. The narration was perfect. Hope Davis kept my interest throughout the book. Although I have never dealt with he type of grief Anna Quindlen describes, I was moved to tears so many times as I felt the pain of he characters. I particularly liked the manner in which the author developed each character; even the dog.

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    Whitney Gilbert-Clarkson 09-19-15 Member Since 2009
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    "A story that makes you feel and think about life."

    As a mother with children I could totally relate to this book as narrated by a mother. However, I don't think that is mandatory qualifier for anyone who reads the book. What I liked about the book is how it made me see how important it is to live each moment fully with your family. I cried my eyes out feeling the narrators pain and imagining my own.

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    Patricia R. Hanavan 11-24-14
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    "Beautifully observed, wonderfully read"

    Hadn't read anything about this book (or if I had, I'd completely forgotten what) before I started listening to it--a wonderful reading by Hope Davis. I'd recommend, as others do, that you NOT read much about the book before you start, and just take it on faith that Anna Quindlen knows what she's doing. I was perfectly happy with the first half's beautifully observed portrait of family life with teenage kids--though I understand why some people might find it a bit slow-going and uneventful. But then events do occur, and the second half is heart-wrenching and equally beautifully observed. Highly recommended, but if you've endured a major tragedy or loss very recently you might want to wait a bit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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