The Things We Keep

Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (658 ratings)

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Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease at only 38 years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted-living facility. She also knows there's just one another resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life at Rosalind House. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.

When Eve Bennett is suddenly thrust into the role of single mother, she finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind House. When she meets Anna and Luke, she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna's and Luke's families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them.

©2016 Sally Hepworth (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Pure perfection

This is one of those rare novels that takes you full circle and ties up all of those lose ends.

It is a story about loss. Loss of possessions, loss due to suicide and the devastating loss due to Alzheimer's Disease. It is also a tale about bravery, perseverance and love.

This little treasure has it all!

Barrie Kreinik and Therese Plummer give a brilliant performance which enhances this book even more, if that is possible.

Five stars and not to be missed.

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Beautiful story and skilled narration

This is original, poignant, and beautiful. It's a story that celebrates love in all its forms. The narration was superb!

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Heartbreaking, Humanizing, and Real

The Things We Keep is a beautiful work on the tenacity of life through hardship. It's characters are memorable and relatable - despite their unique circumstances. However, this book is not for the faint of heart. It is a stark and poignant look at tragedy in forms both familiar and unfamiliar. I cried several times - and at one point I had to pause the audiobook and walk away, because I could not handle what was unfolding ahead of me.

In terms of performance, the Berrie Kreinik and Therese Plummer do a wonderful job. Our three viewpoint characters have distinct voices, performed with a level of nuance that you will find yourself completely immersed.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those who know or wish to understand better the mentally ill. This will open your eyes to the value of human experience in all forms, to the rich lives that those society so often dismisses continue to live.

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Heartbreaking & Beautiful

This novel is incredibly poignant--a celebration of life and an admonishment to live in the moment. It is an example of how to forgive those who fail us, not by sweeping their flaws under the rug or finding ways to blame oneself for the mistakes of those we love but to accept their weaknesses while embracing their virtues.
I absolutely love the author's rich and authentic perspective of Anna. I greatly admire her approach of the subject matter with humor, tenderness and respect.
The narration was superb.

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Out of this world narration

Outstanding narration. An asset to this wonderful novel. I loved how the story ran backwards in time for one character and forward for another. I feel like I have been to Roselyn House myself as the author did such a fantastic job providing details regarding it’s interior. 

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Beautiful

As a dementia caretaker, this story was heartwarming and heartbreaking in understanding some of what my mother may be going through. The care that’s taken in the development of each character is beautiful. I’m sure this will be one of my favorite stories for a while to come.

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Well done on all fronts!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Things We Keep to be better than the print version?

I listened to this book several months ago, and it has stayed with me. I highly recommend it. Somehow the author seemed to get into the mind of someone who feels as tho they're losing theirs.

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I hope the author is writing another one!

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Thumbs up!

This is a sad and yet wonderful story about love and those who effect out world.

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Sympathetic

A very sympathetic look at the ravenges of Alzheimer's. I was initially reluctant to read this, because my mother had
the disease and it was terrible to see her deterioration. This book shows that victims of the disease still retain remnants of who they once were. There are some truely sweet, emotional scenes. The narration was good, especially Barrie Kreinick. She's one of the BEST.

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Just depressing

Definitely not my cup of tea. The timeline, some of the narration , and the subject matter itself all contributed to what I didn't like about this book. Overall just a depressing listen.

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