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Life After Truth

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Narrated by: Rachel Butera
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
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Fifteen years after graduating from Harvard, five close friends on the cusp of middle age are still pursuing an elusive happiness and wondering if they’ve wasted their youthful opportunities. Jules, already a famous actor when she arrived on campus, is changing in mysterious ways but won’t share what is haunting her. Mariam and Rowan, who married young, are struggling with the demands of family life and starting to regret prioritising meaning over wealth in their careers. Eloise, now a professor who studies the psychology of happiness, is troubled by her younger wife’s radical politics. And Jomo, founder of a luxury jewellery company, has been carrying an engagement ring around for months, unsure whether his girlfriend is the one. 

The soul searching begins in earnest at their much-anticipated college reunion weekend on the Harvard campus, when the most infamous member of their class, Frederick - senior advisor and son of the recently elected and loathed US President - turns up dead. 

Old friends often think they know everything about one another, but time has a way of making us strangers to those we love - and to ourselves....

©2019 Ceridwen Dovey (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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A compelling, beautifully crafted, emotive book that everyone will be able to relate to!

Ceridwen Dovey’s book, Life after Truth, was amazing. I loved every minute and found each chapter so descriptive and emotive. It was so thoughtfully written so that each character became my friend and I felt like I too was at the reunion! Listening to this story made me want more of her work- she has cleverly crafted this book to perfection!

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Poignant and compelling

I wasn't sure if a novel based around a Harvard reunion would be for me. However this is so well written, or rather narrated, that I quickly got caught up in the main characters and the narrative. It offers quite a raw look at the realities of having children, the tension in relationships and how we self doubt our life decisions - perhaps it's comforting to know that they are universal questions that many of us ask ourselves. I also thought the narrator was very clever to represent so many characters in a way that kept the flow of the story.

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Highly addictive & thoroughly enjoying

I absolutely loved this book to the point of cleaning out all my cupboards just so I could keep listening to it. The characters are complex and relatable and I’m already missing them. Several laugh out loud moments, and many ideas & issues I’ll be thinking about long after finishing. Would highly recommend to fans of Donna Tart, Christos Tsiolkas & Leanne Moriarty... or any lover of good literature!

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Intelligent and Entertaining

This is an insightful and humorous exploration of the passage from youth into maturity - contrasting the euphoric expectations of student life at an elite university with the realities of work and parenthood. It’s a great read with believable and interesting characters.

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Pedestrian

Sorry, but this book bored and irritated me. We ploughed through all the characters, one by one, hearing about their unremarkable lives, while being spoon-fed nuggets of home-spun wisdom on the subjects of relationships and parenting, with a tiresome amount of whinging about the latter. And all the while I was hoping that we were building to something interesting - and then it ended! I felt that I didn't know the character of the murderer well enough to even judge whether they would have 'dunnit'. It was extremely anti-climactic.

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  • Tricia, Audible Editor
  • 15-01-2020

Hear it here first

Ceridwen Dovey is what many would call a, "writer’s writer." Her novels and her journalism have appeared on many a literary short list and best-of round-up. Her latest, Life After Truth, follows five close friends over a Harvard College reunion weekend fifteen years after graduation. When the class’s most reviled alumnus ends up murdered, the friends are forced to look at themselves, and each other, in a whole new light. Let the soul-searching begin. Whether Covey is new to you or a name you know, now is the time to experience her special gift of storytelling as an Audible-first production. You can listen now, and watch for the print version coming in the fall of 2020.

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  • D. Bailey
  • 28-11-2019

Smart and engaging

I rushed to listen to this until the end, and I found it smart and fairly complex, with vivid details and packed full of short focuses on many current topics. I was very much engaged from start to finish. I know these characters will stick with me, and I liked each one of them. Excellent writing, and excellent narration, too. Recommended in my opinion.

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  • Sharey
  • 05-02-2020

My Kind of Book

This might not appeal to everyone, but if you are a patient reader who likes character studies, are college-educated and lived on campus, and are at least early middle aged, and appreciate excellent narration, this is for you.