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In Twenty Years Audiobook

In Twenty Years: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure - until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea's fortieth birthday.

But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts - but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that's all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn't have to face the truth about her own empty reality.

Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.

©2016 Allison Winn Scotch (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    EM23 08/08/2016
    EM23 08/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Dull "

    This book never went anywhere, I kept expecting something exciting to happen but it never did. I found all of the main characters to be whiny and annoying, I am unsure if that was the narration or the characters themselves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • BostonJohn
    Tampa
    16/07/16
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    "Saint Elmo's fire meets the Penn Quakers"

    Old friends are really worth the effort. That is the essential message of this novel. Allison Winn Scotch and Julia Whelan are a formidable new team. As always, Ms. Whelan makes a good book a great listen. Ready for a screenplay, the story will entertain you throughout and have you reflecting on your own long-term friendships that may need some rekindling.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    26/03/17
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    "Well written unlikable characters"

    There were seven main characters in this book, and only one - arguably and minor character - was likable. The rest were whiny, selfish, and childish. Or dead. They were also unbelievable; out of six characters, three are not just good at their careers, they are among the best. The chances of having one star in a group of six college friends is slim, but to have half of them not just excel, but be the best is ludicrous. However, the wordsmithing and performance save this book from being unlistenable. It was worth the two-for-one sale purchase, but I would have been disappointed if I had used a full credit on this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Soraj
    Bangkok, Thailand
    5/04/17
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    "Superb performance!"

    The reader acts out the novel as if it were a movie, bringing it to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Becky
    PA
    21/04/17
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    "Great story, unnecessary cursing"

    I'm no prude and can let the language fly from time to time but when I hear foul language being used incessantly it detracts from the message. The story is touching and is quite relate-able to a broad audience. I'm reluctant to read anything else from the author until she sees that her talent is being marred by poor word choices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mariseli
    13/09/17
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    "Sweet read"

    A sweet book about life, friendships & discovering yourself. Enjoyable read. Recommend to those looking for a light and easy book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    19/08/17
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    "Great story"

    Really good book, loved the characters, great narrator. Hope they do well with the rest of their lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • meandmommy
    31/07/17
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    "No sympathetic characters"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys lots of drama in their life and in their fiction. This book is about many missteps a group of friends have taken over the years. So many characters and so many poor decisions were evident in this book, I wondered if any of these friends developed coping skills at all. How many 40 year olds can't "handle" a friends funeral? The end of the book is somewhat redeeming, but not quite enough for me to recommend this title.


    Has In Twenty Years turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I would be open to this genre.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes in general with the deceased friend. She was the only remotely likable character.


    What character would you cut from In Twenty Years?

    The woman who is the home entertaining expert--she is messed up!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janet Hardesty
    14/06/17
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    "very relatable "

    This story is something I don't usually read. This story was well read. However I am not sure if I will read it again just not my kind of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angi
    31/05/17
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    "Sequel Please!"

    Great book for a long drive. You just never know what is going to happen next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    29/05/17
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    "Cute, but wasn't what I was expecting!"

    It wasn't super exciting. No crazy twist. Super simple and sweet. The ending was just blah, it wasn't dramatic at all. The narrator was all right. It would've been nice to have her get into character a little more.

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  • Ms A Carter
    19/04/17
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    "enjoyable"

    i really enjoyed this book. would recommend it to either be read or heard. onto the next

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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