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When I'm Gone

A Novel
Written by: Emily Bleeker
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
4 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dear Luke,

First let me say - I love you...I didn't want to leave you....

Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there's something he's not prepared for - a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie's handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.

The letter inside, written on the first day of Natalie's cancer treatment a year ago, turns out to be the first of many. Luke is convinced they're genuine, but who is delivering them? As his obsession with the letters grows, Luke uncovers long-buried secrets that make him question everything he knew about his wife and their family. But the revelations also point the way toward a future where love goes on - in written words, in memories, and in the promises it's never too late to keep.

©2016 Emily Bleeker (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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really enjoyed this book

it was a great book, the narator was very Good! would definitely read this author again

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Great story

This was a nice story to listen to with an unexpected twist.

I had a harder time listening to the narrator do female voices, but he was still good.

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Glad I Could “return” This One

I tried, but alas, could not get into this soppy story. Much too predictable, even part way in. Thank goodness for the return policy.

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  • Sam
  • 2016-08-05

Father's poignant struggle to move forward after wife's death

After losing his wife to cancer, father of 3, Luke Richardson, is trying to find his way forward when suddenly he begins receiving letters from his deceased wife. At first a source of comfort, the letters later hint at secrets that make Luke wonder if he ever knew his wife at all.

As Luke unravels the mysteries in his wife's past, we learn more about the trauma in his own history. The novel is extremely well written, and the actor chosen for the audiobook narration did an excellent job conveying the myriad of emotions Luke goes through as he tells his story. I thoroughly enjoyed When I'm Gone and look forward to more from Emily Bleeker, but be forewarned: have a box of Kleenex on hand before you begin reading this one!

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • chelschels1
  • 2016-04-18

Loved this Story!

I so loved this story. It was beautiful. I downloaded it to listen to at work, and I also bought the Kindle version to read when I was at home. So well written, although a bit cheesey at some parts. I got teary at many parts, and at others I downright bawled. There are so many emotional moments, unexpected twists, and a bit of humor. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 2016-06-30

Truly beautiful story that keeps you guessing

My fiction genres of choice are all in the mystery/thriller category while this book is contemporary fiction and possibly chick lit. Whatever the genre, this old man finds it inspirational. When I'm Gone is a complex story driven by emotion and uncertainty/mystery. It is a story of love and grief, and ultimately a story of redemption and happiness delayed too long by well-intentioned but questionable personal decisions. When I'm Gone is a beautiful story of family.

Dan John Miller does a nice job of narration. Some listeners have complained that his narration is too unemotional. I disagree; the emotion is in the words and need not be expressed by the narrator's tone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-06-03

Narration

This book was absolutely incredible! It hit very close to home as my 64 year old mother just passed away from pancreatic cancer; for that reason it was a little difficult for the content but I also listened too soon after her death.

The only dislike I had was the voice the narrator used when speaking as the character 'May'. I someone cringed when I would hear it. Overall, the other parts were well vocalized.

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  • Carrie Ann
  • 2016-04-28

Sad but beautiful!

I didn't expect all the the emotion. It was a good read, loved that it was told from the mans viewpoint.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-07-27

Captivating

I truly enjoyed this book. I started reading and found I couldn't find the time to read fast enough, so I purchased the audio and listened to the book straight through. Amazing story and characters. Suspenseful at times and oddly I did not figure out what would happen until the end.

The reason for only 4 stars on the performance, is based on the performer being male and the female voices where a bit odd.

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  • carol Nardecchia
  • 2016-05-30

I loved the story

I loved the story! Well written!, I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend it

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  • Kendall
  • 2016-05-02

Absolutely incredible

This book made me so emotional. So well written. So gripping and flowed well with turns in all the right places.

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  • Tsahai
  • 2016-08-04

Steady and interesting

This was a good story, told well by the narrator, with just enough turns and twists to keep the reader interested, while staying cohesive and together. Well done.

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  • Heidi
  • 2016-04-20

Could have been so much better

Loved the plot, not impressed with the writing. Very sophomoric writing and the transitions were awful. The narrator was not a good fit for this story, too cheery for the drama. Loved the ideas just disappointed in the execution.

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