The Life We Bury

  • von Allen Eskens
  • Sprecher: Zach Villa
  • 8 Std. 24 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


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 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?



"More complications ensue, until the novel's satisfying resolution." ( Publishers Weekly Starred Review)


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Dying war hero gets cleared of murder charges

Allen Eskens delivered an amazing debut novel. The prose is direct and more than adequate, the storyline genuine and there is enough fast paced action to keep you glued to the book. To call it a thriller might not do it justice, but it is a well written and entertaining novel.

Eskens tells us the story of Joe Talbert, a mediocre college student, who has, as an assignment for his English class, to interview a stranger and write his biography. Since he is procrastinating as usual, he visits an old folks home to look for candidates. By luck or coincidence he gets stuck with Carl Iverson, a former Vietnam Vet and rapist and murderer of a young girl. Carl Iverson has terminal cancer, but he agrees to tell his life’s story.

Of course Joe’s life is difficult enough already, he has a younger autistic brother, his mother is an alcoholic, there is never enough money to get him through college, the attractive girl next door, turns down his advances and on top of that, he feels forced to start a quest to unveil the truth about Carl Iverson.

What looks like a simple English assignment, soon turns into a dangerous and life threatening adventure. Luckily the girl next door, Lila, is thrilled by all that and becomes a true and resourceful companion.

Good entertainment, it is not Pulitzer Price stuff, but fun to read.
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- BikerJoe

Amazing story ...

I’ve never felt like leaving a review but this book earned one. The story is fantastic and addictive. Absolutely loved it.
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- Amazon Kunde

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 09.06.2015
  • Verlag: Tantor Audio