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The Understory

By: Elizabeth Leiknes
Narrated by: Karyn O'Bryant
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Publisher's summary

Story Easton knows the first line of every book, but never the last.

She never cries, but she fakes it beautifully.

And at night, she escapes from the failure of her own life by breaking into the homes of others, and feeling, for a short while, like a different, better person.

But one night, as an uninvited guest in someone's empty room, she discovers a story sadder than her own: a boy named Cooper Payne, whose dream of visiting the Amazon rainforest and discovering the moonflower from his favorite book, Once Upon a Moonflower, died alongside his father.

For reasons even she doesn't entirely understand, Story decides that she will help Cooper and his mother. She will make his dream come true.

When the decision is made, the lives of other broken people start to come together: Hans Turner, the door-making magician who can't shut the door on his past; Martin Baxter, the author of Cooper's beloved book, who wrote it with the daughter he misses every day; and Claire Payne, Cooper's mother, struggling to keep her son sheltered from the anger that threatens to consume her.

The Understory is a magical, moving, funny, and poignant story of failure and success; of falling apart and rebuilding; and of coincidences that never really are. Part comedy, part drama, and part fairy tale, Elizabeth Leiknes's second novel is a wonder you won't soon forget.

©2012 Bancroft Press (P)2012 Bancroft Press

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Very unique story

Well, what can I say about this audiobook? It's a very unique book within a book - I love how it weaves the story of a children's book into the main story - but I almost gave up on the book at the very beginning as the main character, Story Easton, was rather creepy and unbelievable. She likes to sneak into other people's houses and find an empty room and sleep there, and if there are shoes in the room, she'll try them on and pretend she is someone else. Something made me keep reading though, and I ended up wanting to find out how everything was going to end up. The narrator, Karyn O'Bryant, was very good.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.

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No really, Let go!

I must admit I had no idea where the plot was going to go in the beginning but I was pleasantly surprised by how it unfolded to reveal a meaningful, funny, and authentic story. Journeying alongside Story Easton's failure of a life, she discovers that just when one thinks they’re at the end and nothing more can be done, all they have to do is let go and see what happens. Elizabeth Leikness masterly weaves the stories of all the characters to a magical end, leaving you feeling nostalgic and ready for new adventure at the same time.

I truly enjoyed Karyn O'Bryant's narration. She has a abundant range of voices that very with age and depth. I loved listening to her bring the story of Story to life.

I would recommend this book.

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.