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Waiting for Eden

A Novel
Sprecher: MacLeod Andrews
Spieldauer: 3 Std. und 27 Min.
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From the National Book Award finalist, a breathtakingly spare and shattering new novel that traces the intersection of three star-crossed lives.

Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak, imprisoned in his own mind. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. He has never even met their young daughter. And he will never again see the friend and fellow soldier who didn't make it back home - and who narrates the novel. 

But on Christmas, the one day Mary is not at his bedside, Eden's re-ordered consciousness comes flickering alive. As he begins to find a way to communicate, some troubling truths about his marriage - and about his life before he went to war - come to the surface. Is Eden the same man he once was: a husband, a friend, a father-to-be? What makes a life worth living? A piercingly insightful, deeply felt meditation on loyalty and betrayal, love and fear, Waiting for Eden is a tour de force of profound humanity.

©2018 Elliot Ackerman (P)2018 Random House Audio

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“Gorgeously constructed...Unique...A deeply moving portrayal of how grief can begin even while our loved ones still cling to life.... A wonderful novel.” (Booklist, starred review)

“With Waiting for Eden, Elliot Ackerman tells a story that cuts straight to the heart of the human condition. His sentences are elegant in their concision and directness, and they reveal as much about grief, love, and our duties to each other as any book I can recall reading. It’s a bold, ambitious project even in its most quiet moments, for it asks no less than where we draw the line around the inherent value of human life. This is a devastatingly sad and compassionate piece of work. Extraordinary.” (Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds and A Shout in the Ruins)

“Heartbreaking.... A deeply touching exploration of resentment, longing, and loss.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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a very enjoyable experience.

i found this really beautifully written and loved the narrating voice as the voice actor seems to know very very well how to modulate and phrase and everything else to get the book across. it's a joy to listen is what i'm saying. the book made me sad on numerous occasions and i found it a very profound story about grief and letting go. bonus is that the author actually deployed to Afghanistan so the military lingo feels on point and relevant.