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A Long Time Gone

Unabridged Audiobook

Date: June 2014

Duration: 17 hours 6 minutes


'We Walker women were born screaming into this world, the beginning of a lifelong quest to find what would quiet us. But whatever drove us away was never stronger than the pull of what brought us back ...' When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she' d left, that' s exactly what happens-- Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children. What she hopes to find is solace with 'Bootsie,' her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories. Now Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she herself once was. But for Vivien things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts. Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself-- by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted her them for generations.


  • Simoni Oxendine

    At first it was boring then it got interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jamie F.

    Wonderful book. Very well written. I’m don’t usually read this type of book, but I decided to give it a try. So glad I did. A generational book about a family of women and how their decisions changed each generation. Fun mystery included, but the solution to the mystery was weakly handled. Little disappointed. I would still recommend. I will miss the characters. The narrators were amazing. Love the cadence of their voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I was going to give it two stars but it did keep my attention long enough to finish it. I found the relationship between Vivian and her step daughter interesting and worth exploring. The dialogue was clunky and unrealistic. A surprising amount of fat phobia. Vivian apparently thinks imparting diet culture onto a 12 year old is a parenting strength. Told the story of multiple generations but inexplicably left out one of the generations in the middle.

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  • Marilyn G.

    WOW!!!!!!! What a fantastic tale.!! I'd listen to it during the day, in the park, at night falling asleep and having to go back. Going to listen to it again. I hope I didn't miss to much. As to the narrators, they were terrific. they had a hard job.

  • Jennifer W.

    Great read! Each character was well-represented and tied together very well.

  • Sophia W.

    I really enjoyed the book.

  • Cyn K.

    An easy story to listen to as multiple mysteries emerge and one by one are slowly solved. The narrators all did a tremendous job and made the story seem a lot shorter than 17 hours.

  • Carrie K.

    Well-written and narrated. I hadn’t heard of this novel and took a gamble. Am glad I did. Characters are palpable in this story of women across generations.

  • Stacie H.

    Nice book. It was a good story and excellent narration!

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