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3.00044464206314 out of 53.00044464206314 out of 53.00044464206314 out of 53.00044464206314 out of 53.00044464206314 out of 5 3.00 (2,249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Lippman Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780061805349
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Author Cassandra Fellows has achieved remarkable success by baring her life on the page. But now, after a singularly unsuccessful stab at fiction, Cassandra believes she may have found the story that will enable her triumphant return to nonfiction.

When Cassandra was a girl, growing up in a racially diverse neighborhood in Baltimore, her best friends were all black. Another girl orbited their world—shy, quiet Calliope Jenkins—who, years later, would be accused of killing her infant son. Yet the boy's body was never found and Calliope's unrelenting silence on the subject forced a judge to jail her for contempt. For seven years, Calliope refused to speak and the court was finally forced to let her go. Cassandra believes this still unsolved real-life mystery could be her next bestseller.

But her homecoming and latest journey into the past will not be welcomed by everyone. And by delving too deeply into Calliope's dark secrets, Cassandra may inadvertently unearth a few of her own—forcing her to reexamine the memories she holds most precious … and what really transpired on that terrible day.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lippman makes good use of the way memoirists often choose sides in stories of divorce, and of how their idealizing and demonizing respective parents may be deeply wrong. But her greatest sleight of hand is the maneuvering that deftly compromises Cassandra as she reignites old emotions. Not until the end of Life Sentences…will the reader grasp how fully Ms. Lippman has shaped and controlled this narrative.”

    New York Times

  • “Succeeds brilliantly…Lippman is in total command of her material, weaving strands about race, family myths and self-deception into a mystery so taut the reader is nearly afraid to keep going—and simultaneously powerless to stop.”

    People

  • “Lippman, a Baltimore native, skillfully brings the racial and economic tensions of her middle-class neighborhood to life in this poignant page-turner.”

    Daily News

  • “Stunning…Examines the extraordinary power and fragility of memories…A rich, complex journey from self-deception to self-discovery.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “It’s a stroke of genius to write a mystery about a memoir writer…Anchored to intriguing characters, bristling with jujitsu conversations and sharp social insights, this is an ensnaring and revelatory mystery of the human heart masterfully told by a writer well versed in our habit of self-delusion and preference for myth over reality.”

    Booklist

  • “Lippman’s writing is powerful and her gaze unflinching as she invokes a world in which no one is either entirely guilty or truly innocent.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/18/2014

    " A 3.5, really. I bumped it up to 4 because I had a difficult time putting it down. I liked the characterizations, but the plot twists were the most compelling aspect of the novel....kept me reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Dee | 2/17/2014

    " My cousin Laurie recommended this book. It is a stand alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frankie | 2/9/2014

    " I really enjoyed this novel. Laura Lippman is a captivating author and her stories never fail to draw me in. Life Sentences was a journey into the life of a woman full of memories and not all of them accurate. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 2/6/2014

    " Enjoyed enough to start another of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 1/31/2014

    " I think Laura Lippman has moved to the top of my favorite authors list! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz B | 1/24/2014

    " Not my favorite Lippman, just because it was a lot less mystery and a lot more contemporary realistic fiction. Still good, and I still recommend her books for all mystery readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 1/21/2014

    " I liked it well enough, but the book didn't have much of an impact on me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie | 1/20/2014

    " Laura Lippman normally does mysteries. This book had a mystery but it was more of a McGuffin for the story about memory and friendships and race. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/18/2014

    " Not my favorite Laura Lippman, by a long shot (I seem to be saying that a lot lately). It was okay...a little disturbing, but not what I expected or wanted. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lormac | 1/18/2014

    " I enjoyed "What The Dead Know" so I was eager to pick up this book, but it did not hold up for me. I could get over my dislike for the main character, but I could not suspend belief with regard to the other characters and their actions. Here and there, an interesting moment, which garnered the one star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ingrid | 12/25/2013

    " set in Baltimore!if you're from Baltimore you'll like all the references to places in Baltimore, tho' some may not be known to the younger reader. it's a lightweight mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyra | 12/9/2013

    " Interesting commentary on race relations but did not like this as much as some of her other books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bronwen | 12/5/2013

    " Started out strong and sucked me in for about the first 3/4 of the book. Then the story kind of fizzled out and I had a hard time finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 12/1/2013

    " Good book, but not her best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lulu | 11/22/2013

    " I liked this book, but was really disappointed at the end. It was alsmost as if the author got bored writing the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lavanita | 8/31/2013

    " Laura Lippman is always a good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah U | 5/9/2013

    " Would give 3.5 stars if I could. Found characters and mystery part of plot a little tedious, but ended up liking the questions of memory vs truth a lot. Truth = facts, memory = perceptions? How do the two coexist? I dunno, but it's fun to think about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne | 3/16/2013

    " This book seemed to be about a mystery, but was instead about the search to discover if there even was a mystery. I guess it was more about the search for the story than the story itself which left me disappointed by it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne | 1/30/2013

    " OK-not nearly as good as one of her previous books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Bringardner | 12/18/2012

    " I enjoyed this book, and the different themes. The book is set in Baltimore, and deals with racial, family, and marital conflicts. It was hard to get into the story, but once it began to unfold I was hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 9/19/2012

    " I'm not made of stone. As unliterary as Lippman may be, I enjoy her books. This one is as good as any of hers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clara | 4/17/2012

    " run of the mill thriller. another book from my neighbor's free pile... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Schnake | 2/5/2012

    " While I did like this book, I didn't think that this was as good as some of her previous novels, like "What the Dead Know". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia London | 1/1/2012

    " My first Laura Lippman and not my last. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 11/28/2011

    " The resolution was a little rushed and not as satisfying as I hoped, but still a good stand-alone from Lippman. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie | 8/10/2011

    " I wish I had stopped reading this book 5 pages in. It seemed to dawdle along until a very anti-climactic ending. There was no great mystery or shocking finale. I was very disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 7/2/2011

    " This book never grabbed the way I thought it would. There seemed to be too many characters and it was hard to keep them all straight. There were some good splot lines that could have been explored more. It felt very anti climatic at he end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerin | 6/12/2011

    " The mystery held my interest but when it was revealed I was disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ahlgren | 5/16/2011

    " I couldn't understand the great quantity of players in this interesting novel. And I wished I really liked at least one of them...... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 5/8/2011

    " I could not really get into this book I'm not really sure why. Perhaps I will reread it someday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 4/9/2011

    " Good, but not my favorite Lippman book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 4/4/2011

    " audio -- It was all about secrets about the death of a child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 4/4/2011

    " this book was much better than my other readings. the author really imerses herself into the charcaters and the city. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pennylope | 4/2/2011

    " meh...my least favorite lippman to date. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 3/22/2011

    " To be complete honest this book was on the depressing side. It started out with promise and then it fell apart. I just didn't connect with the story. Maybe its because its about individuals that are much older than I. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 3/21/2011

    " Right from the start-I had a strong dislike for the main character and it never turned around thru out the book. By the end, I questioned if I liked anyone in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 3/1/2011

    " 3 1/2, nearly 4 stars. interesting, involved plot, many flawed characters, jealousy, family secrets, not a "tess" book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 3/1/2011

    " So- so book. Not as interesting as some of her other books that I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 2/25/2011

    " 3 stars - warming up to her style "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik | 2/4/2011

    " Bah... Another Lippman book that started strong, got watered down, and ended on a "You gotta be kidding me"-note. "

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About the Author
Author Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at the Baltimore Sun. She began writing novels while working full time and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers, and her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards. She has also been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Baltimore Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Ms. Lippman lives in Baltimore.

About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.