For the Living

  • by L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by Charlie David
  • 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For the last year, Jay Warren has struggled to find the nerve to tell his wife he's gay. Every time he gets the chance, though, he freezes up. He's ashamed of hiding it all this time, he doesn't want to hurt her, and the guilt has been almost unbearable.
When his wife dies suddenly, Jay's conscience threatens to eat him alive.
Funeral director Scott Lawson deals with the bereaved every day, and he's all too familiar with the inside of the closet. He offers Jay some much-needed compassion and understanding, and from that connection comes a friendship that quickly - perhaps too quickly - turns into something more.
But are grief, guilt, and loneliness the only things tying them together? Or, will Scott get fed up with being used as an emotional crutch before Jay realizes what he has?

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Loved Charlie's narration, too much angst tho

If you are a fan of angst, this is for you.

Jay is SO burdened by guilt, that even as the reader, I was feeling bad about him getting involved with someone else.

I think, had I been reading this, I’d have given up, but since Charlie David does such a nice job of narrating this and he’s got SUCH a great voice, it was easy for me to stay involved and to keep listening.

I felt like poor Scott really got the raw end of the deal. Jay is in NO WAY ready for this relationship and I feel certain it wouldn’t have lasted as long as it did. Jay is a MESS and really needed some therapy before getting involved with anyone.

I found the amount of sex these guys had to be a bit OTT as well.

All in all this just wasn’t one of my favorite LA Witt books. If you want (IMHO) one of her better books, try: Static (one of my all time favorite books ever! Covet thy neighbor- esp. in audio format or Conduct Unbecoming .

So for the audiobook (story and narration) 3 of 5 stars. It was entertaining, if not great.
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- Morgan A Skye

Oh My, I usually like Witt's stories but not this

What did you like best about For the Living? What did you like least?

I disliked the narrator and the MC Jay, who came across as a very selfish person. I DNF the audio so he may have gotten better, but after the "date" like a week after his wife's death, I was like NOPE.


What was most disappointing about L.A. Witt’s story?

Her failure to get me to sympathize with Jay, which I think was likely her intention because frankly I couldn't find anything likeable about him.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No, he was very slow and it made the story move slowly too.


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- MoveMeIntoBooks

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-26-2015
  • Publisher: Lori Witt