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Publisher's Summary

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

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Great book but...

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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.

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Highly Recommended

Captivating. Yes it's about loss and grief, but more importantly it's a tremendous display of love. It leaves you completely satisfied.

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Define "Communication..."

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."

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  • Rachel
  • Greenbrier, TN, United States
  • 09-27-13

Excellent Must Read!

What made the experience of listening to Unsaid the most enjoyable?

This was an excellent book that really makes you think about the choices you make.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The wife, she was explaining things as they happened so it was understood what was going on.

What about Angela Brazil’s performance did you like?

Very emotional and excellent reading.

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Magnificent!

If you could sum up Unsaid in three words, what would they be?

Makes Favorite List!

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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.

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Remarkable book not easy to explain

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unsaid?

When the husband goes to Paris and finds something very unusual and his point of view begins to change. Cindy was a turning point.

Which character – as performed by Angela Brazil – was your favorite?

Probably as the "wife" narrating the story and of course Cindy and can't forget Arthur.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

How Cindy finally ended and when Skippy let everyone know it was time for him to leave.

Any additional comments?

This author has a unique understanding of nonhuman life.

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moving

It was great to read a story that helps explain our animal relationships and how they move us to be better. All life is a gift from God and should be honored and respected and treated with dignity. I like how she told both sides of the story. The need to offer a quick death to those who suffer as well as the need to find cures for disease.

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For those animal lovers of the world.

if you are an animal lover you will love this book. It is inspiring and hopeful.

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Captivating from beginning to end of story.

This book is phenomenal and so interetesting. The author must have a great respect for humans and non humans alike. I really love Neil's writing style and how he tells story from the view of the wife that passes away. In the story she is not here in this world but she is the one narrating the story for us.


Super compelling and easy to listen to. The book is great and the audible portion would not have been as compelling without the narration of Angela Brasil. She has a great voice and is easy to listen to. Her voice is absolutely perfect for this book . She has an amazing and interesting voice. They compliment this story very well. Must read for all who love animals.

Thank you so much! This book did change to way i think about animals and to have greater respect for all animals.

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UNSAID

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely, especially to animal lovers. This book was written by and for animal lovers!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clifford, being a Special Ed teacher and have taught children with Aspergers, it really wasn't that hard of a choice!

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

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Cindy.....

Any additional comments?

HAVE YOUR TISSUES READY!!! What a book!