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Publisher's Summary

By the best-selling author of Don't Let Me Go and Pay It Forward, When You Were Older is the heartrending, thought-provoking, and life-affirming story of two very different brothers who try to build a new life together against the backdrop of an uncertain and uneasy time in our shared history.

Russell Ammiano works on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center. On the morning of September 11, 2001, the phone rings while Rusty is rushing to work. The news is devastating: his mother has died of a stroke, leaving his brain-damaged older brother, Ben, alone. This news also saves Rusty's life. He's still at home when two planes hit the World Trade Center--and only one of his friends and colleagues survives.

In a single day, the life Rusty built in New York crumbles to the ground. Rusty returns to his tiny hometown and the brother he was more than happy to leave behind. Ben hasn't changed a bit, but the town has. Tensions are running high in the wake of the terrorist attack while Rusty struggles to put the past behind him and care for the exasperating brother he loves. He finds refuge in drinking coffee in the early morning with beautiful Egyptian-American Anat in her father's bakery. Rusty is beginning to get his life back...until one awful night threatens to take it all away again.

©2012 Catherine Ryan Hyde (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A fantastic read which will have people talking about it for many weeks and months to come." (Sarah's Book Reviews)
"The award for the amount of humanity woven into a book goes to Catherine Ryan Hyde." (Ivana of Willing to See Less)

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Just when you think you've heard it all..

This is yet another one of Ms Hyde's perfect stories of imperfection in the real world. This is the world right after 9-11-2001. She hits the nail on the head again. I can never stop her books, they are better than any good movie. Lots of insightful wisdom sprinkled in too.

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Loved this one

The narrator was incredible, even doing female characters. The story was very good. I highly recommend this Catherine Ryan Hyde.

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  • leslie
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  • 02-25-16

Beautifully told

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The reader was very good and the story stayed interesting throughout the whole book. I was disappointed when it was over because I felt like I wanted it to go on.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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brother love is tested

nine 11 turns a young man's world upside down when he returns home to be sole support of an older intellectually handicapped older brother. it causes the young man to grow in understanding of how preconceived beliefs affect lives. an intense plot that keeps you guessing.

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Perhaps this is for juveniles?

That would explain a lot, if so. The main character is so immature, one wonders if he isn't the one with brain damage instead of his brother.
The writing is pedantic and predictable. The narration is slow and the pauses will give you plenty of time to predict the next line.

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Loved it!

What a gem. Such a poignant story. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.

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Loved it all

I've now listened to about five of this author's books on Audible and they just get better and better! The stories are so moving and I just can't say enough good about them. She has a wonderful way of weaving the plot and keeping you interested. In this case, the story centers on the 911 terror attack. Since I lived through that in a very personal way, I was deeply touched by the way she portrayed it. You won't regret buying this book and reading or listening. It's a great human story that carries you along as the characters discover how their lives are forever changed.

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Enlightening

I always enjoy Catherine Ryan Hyde's books because I feel like a member of the family of characters.

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One of my favorite books by Hyde

One of my favorite books by Hyde. Well narrated with extent characters and story. Couldn't put it down.

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Loved this story!

Would you consider the audio edition of When You Were Older to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version but I love audio books in general. I would only have an hour at most to read on most days, but with audio books I can enjoy a book while I'm dressing in the morning, driving, cooking, etc.

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

Nick Podehl did a great job bringing the main character to life.

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

The story was heart warming, the characters interesting and likeable. <br/>

1 of 1 people found this review helpful