War has taken everything from me. My family. My home. My innocence. In a country blasted by war and wracked by economic hardship, a young orphan girl like me has very few options when it comes to survival...Thus, I do what I must to live, to eat, and I try very hard to not consider the cost to my soul. My heart is empty, and my existence brutal. The one impossibility in my life is love. And then I meet HIM.
War is hell. It takes a chunk out of a man's very soul to do the kinds of things war demands of you. You live with fear, you live with guilt, and you live with nightmares. If you haven't been through it, there's no understanding it. War leaves no room for love, no room for tenderness or softness. You gotta be hard, closed off, and ready to fight every moment of every day. Lose focus for a split second, and you're dead. Now the only thing that can save me is HER.
Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for adults only. Wounded is a full-length standalone novel, approximately 70,000 words.
©2013 Jasinda Wilder (P)2013 Jasinda Wilder
I don't even know where to begin.
This story is touching, poignant, realistic, and believable.
I lost sleep with this one.
I normally do not like dual narrations. And I find male narrators to not be too good with female voices. However, these 2 did an absolutely brilliant job. Neither doing the others part. It was seamless.
I'd give this 10 starts if I could. Well worth the credit and loss of sleep!!!
It's not just the performance! It's the dialogue, the reader does sound like he's a seven-year-old reading it. But it's also the writing it doesn't flow. And it says a lot when you have to use the F bomb every other word. I have listened and read a lot from this author and it's the reason I chose this particular book because it was from her. This is the worst that I have hurt. And this is the first time I've ever given a review that's how bad it was. And I'm saying how bad the writing as and I know that my writing is like a seven-year-old but not an author either.
This audible is the best narrated book.I have heard so far. Loved the depth and use of different voices throughout. loved the book and cried when it was over!!! Amazing writing, I am looking forward to reading more from Jasinda Wilder.
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
I first read this book in 2013 and loved it. Jasinda Wilder is hit or miss with me tho. This book was on sale for $1.99 so I bought it so I could listen to it this time. I hate to bash narrators, really, especially since I got the book so cheap. But.....I just couldn't stand it. Over dramatized. Each narrator read their own male/female parts, rather than differing POV. It was strange hearing it this way complete with "heavy breathing" and "heavy sighs" and "grunts". And with the over dramatization at the end, it really made the writing sound extra cheeeeeezy. I wanted to cringe and vomit, and I am no prude. Sorry Greg and Alexandria. I'm sure you two narrate better than I could, but the direction the producers took with this book was way off.
Jasinda Wilder - I love to pieces. I read some of her books in one day that I can't put down, but this one... not so much. I'm actually writing this review during the last 20 minutes of the audiobook.
Absolutely, Jasinda is an excellent writer and I have read most of her books. I'm debating just buying Derek's story as an ebook rather than the audiobook, the blasphemy was too much for me the most. I realize it's reality but it was distracting in this book.
I really like Gabriel Vaughan, Piper Goodeve, Grace Grant, and Sebastian York.
I'm not sure, I wish I would have read it to see if it was the narrators or if it was the story.
The story pulled you in and would not let go...from beginning to end. Beware, this is a tearjerker.
Hunter and Rania were both just everyday people doing the best they could, in their war torn environment. This is definitely a story of survival, redemption, adjustment and eventually love.
Their voices and inflections were spot on. They made you feel that you were there with them, seeing the world through their eyes and hearts.
OMG...I don't know how many times I cried, but I felt better after, each time.
I don't usually go for war stories, but this one should not be missed. Jasinda Wilder is an amazing storyteller. I listen and I could see everything in my mind, as if it were a movie. I'm looking forward going to the movies with Jasinda again. Just got a few more of here books in my library.
passionate reader and vegan
Jasinda Wilder can write some great stuff (Falling Into You, Falling Into Us, Falling Under). 'Wounded' is not one of them although the concept is excellent. The story of a soldier and the story of a young Iraqi girl winds itself from two roads onto one. The research put in to this novel to make it authentic was very good and gave credibility to the story as well. The characters were fairly well developed although they could have been fleshed out a bit more (at least Hunter, the lead male). The narration, however, was terrible. It started out pretty good (hence the two stars instead of one) but both narrators 'acted' the parts and WAY OVER did them. I was embarrassed to listen to the 'erotic' components and could no more connect the voices/emoting with the characters than fly to the moon. A good narrator becomes the character(s). All I could thing of when these narrators were emoting was them and not the story. I wish I had read this book prior to listening to it because now, all I will hear if I read it is the dreadfully overwrought 'acting'. And, there were many times the narration sounded like it was coming from a well...back echo. When the narrators were NOT blasting your eardrums with the overkill, they were actually quite good...but those times were few and far between.
The story lost some credibility with the enduring 'erotica' while Hunter was in 'agony' from his wounds. I find it hard to believe that a wounded soldier would be focused on sexual activity when he is gravely wounded. But, I'm not a guy...so maybe so. In any event, I finished it even though there were times I just turned it off and said "Oh, puhleeze". I can recommend the book but not the audio version.
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Well what can I say, I love Jasinda Wilder, and to have a chance listen to yet another audiobook of hers I was excited. I didn’t read the synopsis on this one , I jumped head first and I was floored! WOW… this book is more darker than I have read in awhile, and at first it took me a minute to figure out what type of book this was, but when I figured it out, I wasn’t sure how to feel about it. It was a good book don’t get me wrong, but I did have alot of questions.
This is the first audio book that I have listened to where the male and female characters shared a chapter, When the female was speaking we had a female and when the male was speaking the male was in. It was different than what i was used to due to that fact, but it blended well with two narrators. The narrators themselves really got in the role of Hunter and Rania
The story takes place in Iraq, Rania a young Arabic girl struggling to survive in the war of Iraq. She turns into a prostitute, and witnesses death all around her. She has no family, no mother, no father, and her brother was now dead. At this point she meets Hunter, the American solider that she saved from interchange of American soldiers and Iraq soldiers.
Hunter is an American Solider, serving in Iraq. With no family, and his best friend Derrick dead, himself injured now, he turns to Rania. Rania does not speak English and Hunter only speaks English. Hunter watches while she prostitutes- and has that sick feeling that he doesn’t like. Rania has to do this- she does this to survive, to eat. However my question is why would Hunter want to engage with a prostitute? Diseases? . But I than have to turn that side of my brain off and realize that Wounded is about sacrifice, healing and surviving and of course love!
At this point , the story moved fairly quickly, and the characters fall in love and get married quickly.
The book couldn’t be read in one sitting for me- well listened :).. It was pretty deep at some points that I had to walk away.
Over all, I enjoyed the story- was it realistic? Yes
Would I recommend to others? Only if you are into the dark stories
Was the narration unique”? Yes- with dual POV made the book more interesting.
Love Dystopian novels, Romance and Murder Mysteries!
The story was OK - just OK, not great. I loved Jascinda's other books falling into you and falling into us, but was let down by this one - mainly due to the terrible narration.
No idea - couldn't get over this narrators voice - never, ever want to hear it again!
It was so over done! I don't want to hear all this panting and moaning and grinding of teeth and heavy breathing - so much heavy breathing. My lord, were these narrators going for the overdone horrific performance they ended up with? Did no one listen to this through the whole book and think that maybe they should tone it down a lil bit?? Boggles me.
Do NOT buy this audiobook. If you want to read the book, do it the old fashioned way. Buy the kindle version, get a hard copy at the library, read it in brail - anything but listening to this!
Nothing at all. I really just did not care of anything about the book. I had high hopes because I listened to Fall Into You and LOVED IT! This book let me down in all aspects.
Yes, but only based off of her "Fall Into You" Book.
It would not have mattered. The story itself was just awful!
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