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
This book is grouped in the erotic section and although there are sex scenes the overall focus of the book doesn't follow the usual theme of erotica. The story was dark following an Iraqi young woman who turns to prostitution to keep herself from starving after her family was killed and a US Marine who is lonely after catching his high school sweetheart cheating on him before he deploys to Iraq. The author gave a vivid view of life in Iraq for a young girl who lost her family in the first war, dessert storm and 10 years later "weapons of mass destruction" war and it is not pretty. The narration was "so so". Alexandria Stevens was better than Greg Wilson. I found his narration to be obnoxious at times and wished he could bring it down a notch. As a reader of romance novels, I am amazed how quickly the characters fall in love and get married to the point I roll my eyes. However, this book was realistic and I could completely see how the characters were united.
Sad, Sweet, Inspirational
Hunter. He seems like a lost soul with no really family or connections. Through the story you watch him grow up and turn into a real man. The things he sees and experiences through war are rough and he has a very forgiving heart. It gives you hope that some of these guys coming back from overseas have a different side to them - that anyone can love or be loved.
I don't know if I can say I had a favorite because this was a difficult book. I was so sad at so many points and through the characters witnessed a lot of heartbreak. Sometimes I had to put it down because it was hard to listen to the things they both went through.
No, you will need to put it down, it is difficult to listen sometimes. It is a great book and in the end you will be glad you finished it but there is a lot of sadness and death.
This is not a book that I would listen to again but I'm really glad I made myself experience it.
This book started out really great. The narrators did a wonderful job creating believable characters with subtle nuisances and speech patterns as well accents.
There were so many contradictions and impossibilities in the book that at one point it becomes frustrating. The premise was good, the writing was good.....but the implausibility of a "virginal prostitute" in a country where adultery is punishable by death, who's brother is an insurgent and she becomes an American sympathizer is just too much.
I also take issue with plots where the female characters is so damaged that the sexual content of the book becomes a little creepy. I'm all about depravity, as long as it is consensual. When a character is "wounded" she is not actually able to rationally give consent it makes me a little ill.
Jasinda Wilder is a talented writer and I would definitely read another of her books....the issue was the plot, not the writer.
sort of a strange example of a book where I felt the story was a little lacking but the narration was really, really great so I didnt really mind too much.
I really liked the sort of dual narration. while in female pov, male quotes were delivered by the male narrator. not sure why more books arent recorded this way. I really enjoyed it.
I Did like the Characters and the idea behind the story, however the listen was way "overacted" I found it distracting.
Hmmm....depends on the story i guess
I love audio books that the characters come to life and have me feeling as if I was there too.
OH this book book was so good and sad. I love a book that can make me feel like you are there. I dont need to say much just that you will not be upset that you got. They were some funny parts, on the edge of your seat parts, and aww I love him parts, and some no dont let him do that parts, and some I hope she does not do that parts etc...Its worth a credit yes. JW is a great author and GW and AS are great narrators. Happy Listening!
Jasinda Wilder has written an incredible book! I started reading it and thought it wasn't going to be for me because of the subject matter, but after I got the audio and listened to it, it is an incredible work of art. I have listened to it three times so far. The story is amazing and the voices reading this book are amazing. Stick with it and you will not be disappointed!!
I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.
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.
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