STARRED REVIEW
May 2021

We Begin at the End

By Chris Whitaker, narrated by George Newbern
American actor George Newbern’s clear, unhurried narration proves to be the ideal match for Chris Whitaker’s lyricism.
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British author Chris Whitaker creates a memorable sense of place in his novel We Begin at the End (10.5 hours), set in a small coastal California town populated by heartfelt characters in search of personal redemption.

Part crime drama and part coming-of-age tale, the novel centers on three characters: police chief Walk, his childhood friend Vincent and tough-talking 13-year-old Duchess. The connections between them can be traced back 30 years, when 15-year-old Vincent killed Duchess’ aunt. In the present, their tragic stories become further entwined in “a spiderweb of hurt” when Duchess’ drug-addicted mother is murdered soon after Vincent’s release from prison.

American actor George Newbern’s clear, unhurried and remarkably smooth narration proves to be the ideal match for Whitaker’s lyricism and layered plotting, evoking a deep sense of angst, tragedy and ultimately hope.

ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Read our starred review of the print version of We Begin at the End.

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We Begin at the End

We Begin at the End

By Chris Whitaker, narrated by George Newbern
Macmillan Audio
ISBN 9781250778604

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