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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,153 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Abramson Narrator: Angela Brazil Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Unsaid is told from the perspective of Helena Colden, a veterinarian who has just died of breast cancer. Helena is forced to witness the rapid emotional deterioration of her husband David. With Helena’s passing, David, a successful Manhattan attorney, loses the only connection that made his life full. He tries to carry on the life that Helena had created for them, but he is too grief-stricken, too angry, and too quickly reabsorbed into the demands of his career. Helena’s animals likewise struggle with the loss of their understanding and compassionate human companion. Because of Helena, David becomes involved in a court case to save the life of a chimpanzee that may hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of animals consciousness. Through this case all the threads of Helena’s life entwine and explode - unexpectedly, painfully, beautifully.

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  • UNSAID is an extraordinary story of animals, afterlife, and the power of love. I found myself captivated by the world of this book. It will make you remember, rethink, and rejoice in every meaningful relationship you've ever had. Everyone needs to read this book! Garth Stein, author of the International Bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • UNSAID will really make you think about the relationship between people and animals. I was not able to put it down, and I read parts of it twice. Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human
  • Enjoyed it thoroughly. Jeffrey Masson, author of When Elephants Weep
  • ...a remarkable book. Susan Wilson, author of One Good Dog and The Fortune Teller's Daughter
  • A poignant read on the meaning of life and its priorities--how death and despair can lead to renewal and life, but only if one realizes the interconnectedness of all creatures. Irene M. Pepperberg, author of Alex and Me
  • This moving and riveting novel beautifully expresses the transforming power of the human-animal relationship. Read it if you shared your life with an animal, but more importantly, read it if you haven't. Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, and author of the bestseller Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food
  • A suspenseful, heart-throbbing novel exploring the big questions of life, death, sentience, animal rights, compassion, righteous indignation, and what it is all about and why. The surprise twists are like an emotional roller coaster. Read it, weep, grab your chair, and gain insights into the big why! Allen M. Schoen, D.V.M., and author of Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live
  • Humans are pretty much a big-brained, self-centered, and arrogant lot, but when we allow ourselves to connect with other animals in deep and meaningful ways, they ground us and allow us to show who we really are--compassionate, empathetic, and caring beings. In this unique and moving novel, Neil Abramson shows just how strong our relationships with other animals can be, and how we can learn so much from our animal kin about their needs, their emotions, and respect, dignity, and love. I was continually moved as I read UNSAID and reflected on its important messages about just how important other animals are to us, and encourage you to read this intriguing book and share it widely. Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Animals Matter, Wild Justice, and The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint
  • A remarkable book, uncanny in that its narrator is recently deceased, but vivid in its development of believable and complex characters, both human and nonhuman. The author embeds in the story important aspects of current controversies over the extent of animal capacities as well as a keen sense of the value of animal lives—Susan J. Armstrong, Professor Emerita, Humboldt State University, and co-editor, The Animal Ethics Reader
  • Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, a novel of animal slaughter and the men who perform it, exerted a powerful influence on a much earlier generation. May I hope that Neil Abramson's novel, UNSAID, will have a similar effect on present day readers and help us understand that animals need us as much as we need them. A riveting tale! George K. Russell, Professor of Biology, Adelphi University and Senior Editor, Orion magazine
  • UNSAID says it all in a lyrical story about humanity's journey from betrayal to reconciliation with our animal kin. A beautiful, wrenching testimony. G.A. Bradshaw, director and founder, The Kerulos Center, and author of Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity
  • Neil Abramson has written a powerful and imaginative novel. His insights into the animal kingdom touched my heart. My book club will love it. Meredith Brokaw, creator and co-author of the Penny Whistle book and Big Sky Cooking
  • A compelling story of love, death, and ethics told with skill and sensitivity. Carla Davis, Editor, Best Friends magazine
  • If you love legal dramas...or dogs...or terrific writing...or originality...or people...or discovering wonderful new writers, then Neil Abramson's UNSAID is a book you simply must read. David Rosenfelt, author of Dog Tags
  • Unsaid is an extraordinary story of animals, mortality, and the power of love. I found myself captivated by the world of this book. It will make you remember, rethink, and rejoice in every meaningful relationship you’ve ever had. Everyone needs to read this novel!”

    Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • “Rarely has a novel captured so movingly the deep bonds between people and the animals that share their lives.”

    Parade magazine

  • “Told from the perspective of a recently deceased veterinarian, Abramson’s book explores the connection between animals and humans in a new way…Interesting and engaging.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Heartfelt…touching and emotional.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ambramson’s first novel…raises powerful issues of communication, love, and responsibility between species.”

    Booklist

  • “Ambramson delivers a touching and dramatic story that is sure to please animal lovers…A solid story of loss and love.”

    Library Journal

  • Selected for the August 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erina | 2/8/2014

    " As a veterinarian, I empathize with the struggles of the main character of this book, but I think I know "too much" to really appreciate this book for what it was trying to be. This book would probably be better suited to an animal lover with a very basic understanding of the field of veterinary medicine, or medicine in general.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tiki | 2/5/2014

    " I loved that the narrative was in the voice of the wife who had just died... it gave a whole new perspective. The characters' love of animals was touching. Maybe all those Asian consumers of dog meat should read this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/3/2014

    " Interesting perspective. Some parts are sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erica Bartnicki | 1/30/2014

    " A touching story... "

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