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Beautiful Disaster Audiobook

Beautiful Disaster

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Publisher's Summary

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

©2011 Jamie McGuire (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Beautiful Disaster is insanely addictive. Beautifully sexy, beautifully intense, and beautifully perfect. Jamie McGuire has written a damn good book." (Jessica Park, author of the New York Times best seller Flat-Out Love)

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    Julie- Chicago, IL, United States 06-21-13
    Julie- Chicago, IL, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "And what a disaster it was"

    I really wanted to like this book, it got a lot of great reviews. I hated it. and all I can say is I want my credit back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 06-04-13
    Anna 06-04-13

    Thirty something with passion for books, music, art, science, and Husband!

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    "Take YA and up the stake and Make Magic"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    First Emma Galvin pulled me in with her great' no Amazing Voice Talent, then Mr. Jamie M. Takes you on a ride that aside from a bit of Spoiler : Mob Action, is true to so many lives so full of life and perfect character developement for those of us, even Academic Docs like me, that give you multiple characters to root for and enjoy watching them grow and develope..and the surprise end with the relationship mirrors so much of my life growing up in all parts of the world!! Especially in the southern USA and central America!


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It has no peers yet...too many others are too immature or too predictable. This and the sequel from reverse angel pov stand on their own pedestal without a climber in site for this genre!


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    EVERYTHING. IM IN LOVE WITH HER VOICE! I'll listen to anything she reads!


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Laughed, cried, some sad flashbacks to college and some excellent flashes in the pos way to the same time period. My wife andvI were told by All that we would never make it...and now after 13 years and counting and delights and pain beyond belief, we are stronger than ever!


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Please keep them coming Jamie and Emma and Dan...you are the most amazing team ever!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lucy Miami, FL, United States 06-03-13
    lucy Miami, FL, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Made for me."
    Would you listen to Beautiful Disaster again? Why?

    Absolutely. I really loved the characters. The story really sucked me in, I just couldn't stop
    listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Travis, I loved his passion . he never gave up.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Thanksgiving with the Maddox Men.


    If you could take any character from Beautiful Disaster out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would have to be Abbey. I would love to ask her how it feels to be loved so
    unconditionally.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you so much for this book. I loved the characters. They will always have a
    special place in my heart.
    Cheers!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsio 05-29-13
    Kirsio 05-29-13
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    "Enjoyed Reading it More"
    Would you try another book from Jamie McGuire and/or Emma Galvin?

    I would read another Jamie McGuire book, but I didn't enjoy the narrator of this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't really have a favorite that stands out.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Galvin’s performances?

    Probably not. The voice she gave Travis drove me nuts. He sounded like a skater punk... or maybe a young Rocky. Maybe that's what she was going for, but it really distracted me. I was reading it on my Kindle before I switched to the audio version and was able to enjoy the story much more when I was hearing Travis' words in my head, rather than someone's interpretation of them.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beautiful Disaster?

    Oh Lord, how bout 90% of the scenes in the cafeteria. I don't think I ate in the cafeteria once in my entire college career. Okay, maybe once. The fact that all these college kids met in the cafeteria every day at lunch, and the gossip that flowed like water as if every college student knew every other college student, was very unbelievable. If this was set in highschool I could have bought it, but since it wasn't these scenes wound up looking ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the silliness of some of it, and the behavior of the characters in other parts, I'm not gonna lie: this book was super engrossing and I read it in a day. I purchased the audio version so that I could switch back and forth and get something done during the day, but I didn't enjoy the audio version as much as just reading it. It's an addictive book and once you are in, you're going to want to know what happens. I would call it a guilty pleasure, and I really did like it quite a bit, but not sure I would recommend spending a credit on it. You could buy the kindle version and then get the audio for $3.95, which is way cheaper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Danbury, CT, United States 05-03-13
    Amazon Customer Danbury, CT, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth a second read/listen"

    I listened to this book twice. The first time was a while back but when the second book came out I wanted to reread the first one so it was fresh in my mind. I forgot how much I loved it the first time around. I love that each book is the same story from different perspectives. The connection between the characters is so intense and relatable. It made you want to know more. The second book really brought the story to closure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 04-30-13
    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 04-30-13
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    "WAY too immature."

    I read or listen to a lot of YA books but this was immature. Fighting, alcohol and too junior high school. They are suppose to be in college not 8th grade. Iwill not get the next one by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Gorka Ste Genevieve, MO 04-24-13
    Jennifer Gorka Ste Genevieve, MO 04-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Worth the credit!!"
    Where does Beautiful Disaster rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, I have had this in my library for a week now and have listened to it and Walking Disaster 3 times each already! I loved this book, but when I listened to Walking Disaster it made the story even better!! You need to listen to this one first, but the next one adds even more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At the apartment after the fire!!!


    If you could take any character from Beautiful Disaster out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Travis for sure!! Men act so tuff and to see his story play out, it makes you believe in love!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Dubai, United Arab Emirates 04-17-13
    Janet Dubai, United Arab Emirates 04-17-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Beautiful Disaster"

    The title pretty sums it up for me. Beautiful story of a toughie Travis goes sappy over Abby. Disaster in parts when Abby took care of her father's business, i felt the author partly ran away from a solid beginning but recovered well to deliver a very good ending. And as a sucker for HEA, I even forgot this book neither falls under young adult nor chick flick. But who cares, I enjoyed listening till the end. It's a beautiful disaster indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LuvinCassie 04-09-13
    LuvinCassie 04-09-13
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    "Love this narrator!"

    Emma Galvin does an excellent job reading a great book! I'm just about to start the second book now! Can't wait!

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    NIcole 03-23-13
    NIcole 03-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Characters, not as good of a story"

    I want to say that I didn't dislike the book. Jamie McGuire creates a few very dramatic and visceral characters that you fall in love with their tormented love affair very quickly. However there are many scenes in this book that have a lot of build up to them and nothing really happens. McGuire had a ton of great ideas but very followed through with the threat and that was where the book lost it's 5 star rating for me.
    Emma Galvin is a great Narrator, this is the second book I have listened to her. She really brings a lot to the characters and I am glad I decided to listen to the book over buying the physical copy.
    If you are looking for a good book to escape into this is a great pick!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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