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The Untelling

Narrated by: Michele Blackmon
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
4 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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Aria is no stranger to tragedy. Fifteen years ago, a family outing took the lives of her father and baby sister, leaving remaining members of this fractured family struggling with their own guilt - real and imagined.

At 25, Aria believes she can reinvent herself through her planned marriage with all its promise of a family of her own. Her infertility changes her life as swiftly and irrevocably as the urban landscape around her.

With prose that is both eloquent and unflinching, Jones charts the emotional journey of her characters as they explore the painful territory of truth and the healing landscape of forgiveness.

©2005 Tayari Jones (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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Truth and Secrets

The story nudges you heart as a family deals with life and death and grief. challenges the reader to connect with the characters beyond their flaws.

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Not nearly as good as her other books

This book is ok at best. Not nearly as good as her other books. I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone.

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Terrible!

I kept holding on, hoping the story would get better but it just got worse! I’m all for a story that has no resolution, but there was too much telling here. I just don’t feel like the characters were fully developed for a person to empathize with their plight.

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I’m a Tayari fan but this audio was a little eh...

I actually bought the paperback of this book about 9 years ago. I fell in love with Tayari Jones’s work after reading “Silver Sparrow” and couldn’t wait to pick up her next piece of literature. This story lumbered in its pace and was less visual than her other work but it’s still Tayari, so it’s the difference between amazing and good. I bought the audiobook because I thought I didn’t connect to the book the first time because my life was a little chaotic then and I couldn’t slow down to the pace of the story. I did like it a little better this time. The voice actress hurt this audiobook by flattening all of the characters into two personalities. She missed the subtleness of the characters and made all the women, save our protagonist, sound like Harriet Winslow from “Family Matters” and all the men sound unintelligent and brut, even though they were clearly written differently. I’m moving in to “American Marriage” next. I still expect to be wowed.

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just okay

I struggled with the dryness of the storyline. I loved other books by this author, but did not enjoy this one as much

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Sweet

Such a warm and sweet story. Great book to listen to while on vacation. It’s slow and easy.

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Wow

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Wow. Another good book by Tayari Jones. Her ability to create characters that are believable and explore the dynamics of problems that are experienced by today's women makes me hope she continues to write for many, many years.

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boring downer

the narrator was fine but the storyline was just down and depressing and didn't really go anywhere with respect to a plot progression

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Good Book, narrator boring

Story was pretty good the narrator was monotone and boring. Would have enjoyed more if there was a different narrator.