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We Begin at the End

Written by: Chris Whitaker
Narrated by: George Newbern
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Publisher's Summary

2021 Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year

An Instant New York Times Best Seller

"A vibrant, engrossing, unputdownable thriller that packs a serious emotional punch. One of those rare books that surprise you along the way and then linger in your mind long after you have finished it." (Kristin Hannah, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds)

Right. Wrong. Life is lived somewhere in between.

Duchess Day Radley is a 13-year-old self-proclaimed outlaw. Rules are for other people. She is the fierce protector of her five-year-old brother, Robin, and the parent to her mother, Star, a single mom incapable of taking care of herself, let alone her two kids.

Walk has never left the coastal California town where he and Star grew up. He may have become the chief of police, but he’s still trying to heal the old wound of having given the testimony that sent his best friend, Vincent King, to prison decades before. And he's in overdrive protecting Duchess and her brother.

Now, 30 years later, Vincent is being released. And Duchess and Walk must face the trouble that comes with his return. We Begin at the End is an extraordinary novel about two kinds of families- the ones we are born into and the ones we create.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

"Heartbreaking, unexpected, and hopeful, this audiobook is a must-listen. Narrator George Newbern's nuanced delivery engages listeners and helps the layers of the story unfold." (AudioFile Magazine)

©2021 Christopher Whitaker (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Great book

It was hard to put down. It was heart wrenching sad at times and also made me smile and even giggle. An intricate plot that kept me involved page after page. Unforgettable characters. Loved it!

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excellent book

I really loved this book. The writing was beautiful and engaging. The reader has a good voice and reads it well, but there were no pauses when the story shifted between characters, which could get confusing.

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Extraordinarily

Extraordinarily. Heartbreaking and hope-filled. A story of love, resilience and forgiveness. A must read.

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Loved this book

I loved this book and all of its characters. Can’t wait to read more by this author!

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This storyline is great

I enjoyed the story very much. All of the twists and turns kept me engaged to see what really happened.
While I enjoyed the narrator’s voice, his ability to transition between scenes or differentiate voices caused me to skip back often to determine what had just happened.

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Heartbreaking story that's hard to stop

Loved it, and couldn't stop reading it, even though the story was hit after hit.

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