The Life We Bury

The Life We Bury College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person With deadlines loo

  • Title: The Life We Bury
  • Author: Allen Eskens Zach Villa
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Audible Audio
  • College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe s life is ever the same Carl is a dying Vietnam vetCollege student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe s life is ever the same Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran and a convicted murderer With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.As Joe writes about Carl s life, especially Carl s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict Aided by his skeptical neighbor, Lila, Joe throws himself into uncovering the truth Thread by thread, he begins to unravel the tapestry of Carl s conviction But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher Will Joe discover the truth before it s too late to escape the fallout

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    1. Let me just say that the narrator of this book is awesome! I mean 5 Star! This book is excellent in audio!Really good debut novel. Fun mystery with likeable characters and some good twists and turns. I loved Lila and Joe! You need to be able to suspend disbelief for this one. Recommended for mystery/thriller lovers!

    2. Wow, what a great book! Highly recommended: 4.5 rating. Note: just upgraded to 5 stars. Just really enjoyed this book, unusual and great story. What drew me to this book was the unusual story of a student, Joe, who has a biography assignment for his studies and decides to interview Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran and convicted murderer and rapist in a nursing home. Carl has been released from prison because he is dying from cancer. Joe has just left his home to live near college and try an [...]

    3. I listened to the audio version of The Life We Bury after a tip from a friend who also listened to it while doing chores. While listening to this I was mostly shoveling snow which made that task a little bit more tolerable. This book was an excellent choice for listening to as the pacing of the narrative kept my attention throughout and my mind didn’t wander. The Life We Bury is a rewarding tale of two characters, Joe and Carl that are bonded together by buried secrets and the burdens they ca [...]

    4. Rating 4.5The Life We Bury is a book that took me by surprise. I knew a bit about it, saw some reviews, but didn't rush to get it. I put it in my audio queue awhile back and again, didn't think much when it arrived in my inbox. Then I started listening and was immediately hooked.Joe Talbert is a young college student who you can say, is struggling to keep it together. His mother is a drunk, frequently arrested, or off gambling someplace. His brother, is autistic, and needs supervision, which he [...]

    5. This book has been in my Audible wish list for at least three years. From the summary, it looks like a book I would enjoy: mystery, suspense, rave reviews for the storytelling. The only thing holding me back was the Vietnam War veteran as a character. How ridiculously picky is that? I was secretly afraid it would be too graphic in retelling old war stories. And it was a bit graphic, but thankfully very brief. As it turns out, Carl Iverson the paroled convict and war veteran, is a major reason th [...]

    6. "His dying declarationat's what he called it. It's a statement that's true because you don't want to die with a lie on your lips."Joe Talbert is a struggling Minnesota college student just trying to get by. An English class assignment is handed off to him to write a biography of a stranger. Easy stuff? Oh, not hardly.The minute that Joe's car pulls into the parking lot of a local nursing home, it becomes a trajectory into a different time, place, and circle of life. Joe is assigned to Carl Ivers [...]

    7. 3.5 stars!this is a very good mystery debut, with memorable characters and a fairly standard/familiar plot, but it's got enough promise in it that i am very confident his second book will be remarkablee talbert is a 21-year-old college student tasked with writing a biographical piece on an elderly individual for his writing class. having no family members fitting the bill, he goes to a nursing home to find a willing participant. the only resident with enough cognitive capacity to take part is ca [...]

    8. 4.5 StarsAn Intense Novel that Makes Your Blood Pressure Rise and Your Heart Beat Out of Your Chest. Highly Recommended!Joe Talbert hasn't had an easy life. He is a college student whose mother is a drunk and whose younger brother is autistic. He never met his father and unfortunately, he lost his grandfather years ago. He only recently transferred to the University after taking classes at the Community College. He has worked like crazy ever since he could remember, supporting his alcoholic moth [...]

    9. Audiobook narrated by *Zack Villa*WAS TERRIFIC! Zack was a flawless voice!!!Something about the way Mr. Zack Villa read this novel, was absolutely the perfect combination of real - calm - not too phony or hyped - but always held my attention. I felt like I was in the same room with him while he was talking to me. AND I liked the story AND characters - equally. ( maybe the characters a little more). This was a ‘daily deal’ chance-buy - knowing nothing about it except what the blurb said ‘w [...]

    10. 3.5 A homework assignment turned murder investigation! 30 year old murder investigation!I loved the plot and the character of Joe Talbert. He is a 21 year old college student and he has not had an easy life growing up in Minnesota. His mom is an alcoholic and can barely care for his younger autistic brother, Jeremy(adored this character).Joe has an English assignment and ends up interviewing Carl, a man convicted of murder 30 years prior. Carl went to Vietnam and was awarded a silver cross and a [...]

    11. I cannot believe this book gets anything less than 5 stars!!! It was FANTASTIC from beginning to end. A must read and I have so much to say but don't want to give anything away either. I'm casting Jeremy Irons as Carl and Logan Lerman as Joe.

    12. 2★Based on the reception by most, lucky for some new authors I’m not the one approving their debut manuscripts or on the nominating panel for Anthony Award books. Maybe I’m just a jaded, hard to please reader? It’s true my mother would sometimes refer to me as a spoilsport. Perhaps there should be a warning label on my thoughts: Readers under a certain age should just ignore Cathrine’s opinions. Well, I liked the cover and it was on sale at for $1.99 so on my e-reader it went. Initial [...]

    13. I started with the audiobook version but got so into this book I switched over to the ebook version just so I could read it faster. I was that absorbed! Loved this book! Perfectly executed, the setting and the writing were top notch to keep me reading well into the night. I’m so glad I took notice of the positive reviews for this book as it was even better than expected! I even teared up at the end. A great and fitting ending to match a thoroughly enjoyable and riveting story. Will definitely [...]

    14. The sound of an echo cannot be changed, and what's done cannot be undone.  An attempt to put one man's nightmare to rest may result in finally silencing another.  There are myriad meanings to be taken from the title.  Good story by a talented storyteller.  This is the second book I've read from this author, and I mean to pursue his others.

    15. 4 stars! This story follows Joe Talbert, a college student given an English course assignment to write a brief biography on a stranger. At a local nursing home, Joe meets Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran who spent thirty years in prison for a brutal rape and murder. Iverson only has weeks left to live and agrees to give Joe his honest life story down to the gritty details – his dying declaration. As pieces of Joe’s personal life crumble around him, he investigates and uncovers answers t [...]

    16. The Life We Bury was an intense book that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was well written and clever. Plus, I was instantly drawn into the gripping plot and the well crafted and compelling characters. If you like thriller/suspense books, you will enjoy this fantastic debut. 4.75+ stars

    17. 3.5 StarsJoe Talbert is a young college student and part time bouncer, (with some great moves) but most importantly a caring big brother to Jeremy who definitely needs his support and protection from time to time. Joe comes from a family with issues and carries a big secret of his own. He sometimes shows naïveté, but big time resourcefulness when it counts.When an English class assignment requires him to write a biography, Joe visits a local nursing home to interview a complete stranger leadin [...]

    18. Excellent book and author. Great reading! A real page turner to the end. Looking forward to this authors latest novel.

    19. When trouble comes, it tends to come in bucket-loads. Just ask Joe Talbot.Joe has an unreliable, alcoholic mother and an autistic brother whom his mother tends to abandon unthinkingly. Joe is away at college, struggling to pay his tuition fees, working more than studying, looking out for his brother Jeremy, and admiring the girl next door.An assignment to write the biography of someone leads Joe to a residential home for the elderly, and to Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam Vet and a murderer. Carl [...]

    20. The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens is a 2014 Seventh Street Books publication. The Life We Bury is a compelling debut mystery thriller which explores various forms and levels of guilt while at the same time, providing hope and redemption. Joe is doing a paper for his college biography class, prompting him to visit a nursing home in hopes of interviewing someone who has lived a long life, who might be willing to share their experiences, which will hopefully leave an inspirational impression. Howeve [...]

    21. This book is basically a 2.5. The blurb makes it sound like most of the book has to do with a Vietnam veteran coming clean about a rape/murder conviction and whether he is guilty or innocent. That's really a small chunk of the plot, and I think that we can all use our adult judgment to figure out that there wouldn't be a book here if he confessed guilt. Brush that away, and you have a generic detective novel with a college student in the place of the usual grizzled cop. Rather than being your st [...]

    22. Joe Talbert is a young man, who had to assume many responsibilities a young age, one for his autistic brother and also for his alcoholic and partying mother. Finally moving away, getting a job and paying his own way through college, he just might now be able to have a life of his own. Until a school assignment threatens to overturn all for which he has worked.A solid debut novel, part legal story, part mystery with the right mixture of family intrigue and a rapid moving plot. Loved his autistic [...]

    23. Excellent audio of this sometimes touching story of a college student's search for justice, love and release from his own demons. Given the subject matter, it is surprising how much this feels like a light read. There were a few places where the story could've ended and it would be received higher marks from me but given the numerous implausible happenings that piled up at the end, this is a 3.5 for me. I'm rounding up because of the narration and because I enjoyed it more than most I've come ac [...]

    24. 4.5 Stars - Fantastic Debut MysteryThe Life We Bury is a fast paced mystery with an engaging narrative. From the very first chapter, I was completely hooked. This novel completely held my attention from start to finish, threatening to leave me with a nasty book hangover.I absolutely loved the characters in this novel, who were well-round and complex. In this relatively short novel, Eskens skillfully develops flawed characters with realistic relationships. I particularly adored the interactions b [...]

    25. The Life We Bury is a work of fiction, but I couldn’t help asking the question, “What is half a life spent behind bars?” Carl Iverson doesn’t ask that question. 30 years behind the wall and now he is out, sort of. You see, he is spending his last few months on medical parole, dying of cancer in a nursing home. Did he murder his 14 year old neighbor all that time ago? It sure seems like it. But if he didn’t, then how much more significant is that 30 years?That question is not specifical [...]

    26. I am sincerely glad I borrowed this ebook from my local library instead of purchasing it, because it would have been a waste of money. Thankfully, it is not a long book and I was able to finish it, although I was tempted to quit several times. The premise of the story is fine, but it is filled with so many coincidences that I rolled my eyes until I thought they would stay that way. Cliches and predictable dialogue did not add to my enjoyment. James Bond could not have done the things our hero do [...]

    27. 3.5 Stars A fast paced story that will keep you interested."College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same"The characters are well drawn and especially Joe's dysfunctional family and I was very touche [...]

    28. The Life We BuryA pretty decent character driven mystery/thriller, especially for a debut novel.Fun read with a fast pace but not terribly original plot.I recommend if you are looking a fun, light escapeGreat job by narrator Zack Villa.

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