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In Twenty Years Audiobook

In Twenty Years: A Novel

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Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure - until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea's fortieth birthday.

But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts - but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that's all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn't have to face the truth about her own empty reality.

Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.

©2016 Allison Winn Scotch (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    "Saint Elmo's fire meets the Penn Quakers"

    Old friends are really worth the effort. That is the essential message of this novel. Allison Winn Scotch and Julia Whelan are a formidable new team. As always, Ms. Whelan makes a good book a great listen. Ready for a screenplay, the story will entertain you throughout and have you reflecting on your own long-term friendships that may need some rekindling.

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    Soraj Bangkok, Thailand 04-05-17
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    The reader acts out the novel as if it were a movie, bringing it to life.

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    "Well written unlikable characters"

    There were seven main characters in this book, and only one - arguably and minor character - was likable. The rest were whiny, selfish, and childish. Or dead. They were also unbelievable; out of six characters, three are not just good at their careers, they are among the best. The chances of having one star in a group of six college friends is slim, but to have half of them not just excel, but be the best is ludicrous. However, the wordsmithing and performance save this book from being unlistenable. It was worth the two-for-one sale purchase, but I would have been disappointed if I had used a full credit on this book.

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    "Great story, unnecessary cursing"

    I'm no prude and can let the language fly from time to time but when I hear foul language being used incessantly it detracts from the message. The story is touching and is quite relate-able to a broad audience. I'm reluctant to read anything else from the author until she sees that her talent is being marred by poor word choices.

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    It wasn't super exciting. No crazy twist. Super simple and sweet. The ending was just blah, it wasn't dramatic at all. The narrator was all right. It would've been nice to have her get into character a little more.

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    a good book. enjoyed the storyline. Glad that Annie finally showed a spine, she needed to!!

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    The concept of the book and the characters were interesting to me. It was a good listen - not a "best" in my opinion, but kept me interested to the end. Lots of self-discovery for characters and tying in of lose ends that all come together throughout the story.

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    A wonderful story. Teens aren't the only ones with angst. Highly recommend, especially to those hovering around that 40 mark.

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    "life lessons and grown up problems"
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    This is about a click of college kids that moved on and met back up in 20 years after a member of their group died. Everyone has so many first world problems. Their marriage isn't happy, having problems at work, other relationships aren't going right. It all comes down to communication. No one is really listening or speaking up to try to resolve the problems. Most are doing well with money. Some are famous even. It was worth my time, but it didn't blow me away.

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    Really enjoyed this book. I usually prefer multiple narrators but this one was excellent and believable in all her characters without sounding ridiculous, as some narrators can.

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    i really enjoyed this book. would recommend it to either be read or heard. onto the next

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