Things Unsaid

  • by Diana Y. Paul
  • Narrated by Sara K. Sheckells
  • 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jules, her sister Joanne, and her brother Andrew all grew up in the same household - but their experiences growing up have made them all very different people. Now, as adults with children of their own, they are all faced with the question of what to do to help their parents, who insist on maintaining the upscale lifestyle they're accustomed to despite their mounting debts.
A deft exploration of the ever-shifting covenants between parents and children, Things Unsaid is a ferocious tale of family love, dysfunction, and sense of duty over 40 years. Told from each family member's point of view, the complexity of the bond between parents and children evokes highly charged emotions with little space for the characters to breathe. Things Unsaid is a mesmerizing tale of how difficult it is to escape parental bonds and the devastating toll that previous generations can have on their children. Are children obligated to their parents at all costs? There are no heroes or enemies, just a portrait of an American family.

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Wonderful Book!!

As a current caregiver for my elderly mom with beginning stages of Alzheimer's and an older sibling that isn't always dependable, this book really hit home for me. I could relate to Jules Foster in that she's the one that everyone depended on to take care of everything, but I would not have made some of the decisions that she made especially when it came to her own daughter. There were a few characters that were not likable to me, especially the narcissistic mother, Aida, but I thought Diane Paul did an excellent job of writing a book that deals with very important family issues. I hope that younger readers reading this book will think about having a discussion with their parents and siblings about what is to occur should the need arise for elder care. It is not always needed but it is best to discuss and have a plan, not only for their parents, but for themselves. I enjoyed the audio version of this book and do highly recommend it!!
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- Book Hoarder Letty

A poetically dysfunctional tale

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I already have.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Jules, by far was the more relatable of the characters, however each had an aspect to them that was relatively easy to relate to, wether by identifying personally or by drawing similarities to people known to you in life.


What about Sara K. Sheckells’s performance did you like?

At first her cadence seemed a little unnatural but as time went on things seemed to flow easier and become more fluent. Her narration was good and only improved.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How to prosper while letting go.


Any additional comments?

This was a unique story in a number of ways. For one you have various POV's and it shines a new understanding on personal motivations and perspectives, that ultimately spawned from different forms of treatment to each from their parents. Second, the insight into how parental approval/treatment can shape each child so different from their siblings was a fascinating look at family dynamics. Third this is a story that highlights how finding yourself and making yourself a priority can war against other people or situations in your life, and how making the choice between them can be not just an uphill battle, but a way of letting go and moving forward. This story was poignant and rand of truth behind the elaborations that come with storytelling. I was able to draw similarities easily that have parallels to people I have known in my own life. There are absolutely moments that I was appalled and hated these characters, but it just reminded me that no one is actually good all the time, and people even likable or not make decisions and display actions that are not always motivated by good intentions. This books is a must read, and an interesting look at personal growth amidst family dysfunction. I received this audiobook from audiobook boom for free for my unbiased review.

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- lisa cravens

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-14-2017
  • Publisher: Diana Y. Paul