By all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She's the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.
Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can't seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn't the life he's dreamed of, he's determined to heal the rifts in his family.
Chasing waterfalls and documenting their beauty has led photographer Lauren Sheppard all around the world. Now it has brought her back home to the mountains of North Carolina - back to the scene of her devastating heartbreak.
For the first time in seventeen years, a trio of once-inseparable friends find themselves confronting past loves, hurts, and the rapid rush of a current that still pulls them together....
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The characterizations are voiced to near perfection. I have not read the print version.
Somewhat similar to On Golden Pond, Terms of Endearment, Rebel Without a Cause, Ordinary People...... any good drama with human flaws and poignancy. The author has created a good story with compelling characters. It resonates with authenticity and is destined for accolades.
I love Kate Rudd's narration and that is one of the reasons I chose this title. The other narrators perform extremely well and support their characters such that you feel you can "know" them (the characters). To me a great read is one where you can lose yourself in both the story and the characters. This is one of those reads.
I'm not going to call out one specific character. I will say that those readers who are psychologically minded will immediately recognize some common diagnosis in several characters......;)
Again, this is an excellent read. The only parts I "didn't like" were because I didn't like the character: NOT because of poor writing, but because it was so WELL WRITTEN that I wanted to cringe.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
This book was just OK for me. The narration was great but the story was a little predictable.
1. Pedestrian writing filled with clichés
2. Heavy on (bad) dialogue
3. No scene setting: In the first 3 hours “Charlotte” was mentioned so I figured it was North Carolina, but there was so little in the way of description, it could have been anywhere.
4. Unlikable (Abby) or rather uninteresting characters
5. Unrealistic. Just two examples: A. Lauren pines for 17 years, yes, 17 years for Ryan who marries Abby. Her devastation is so severe, she avoids her family home the entire 17 years. B. If Lauren and Ryan’s was the most amazing love in the world (many trite descriptions of their love), then what breaks them up is just stupid.
7. Narration: I usually like Kate Rudd but she was pretty bad (I assume she’s the one who voiced Abby). The rest were just ok.
8. Abby’s depression and treatment thereof. I feel like either the author based this loosely on her own depression or had no clue about depression and did a ton of research. Because it was blow-by-blow of being in therapy or what you see on TV. I’ve read a lot of books that were about depression (Try either of Jenny Lawson’s books or Andrew Solomon’s The Noonday Demon. Both are nonfiction. Lawson is hilarious while getting the point across and Solomon is (mainly) serious in helping those who don’t suffer from depression to understand it. And oh yeah, THEY CAN REALLY WRITE.) At any rate, it was like someone explaining everything that happened and what was said at the dentist’s office. Never has depression been so boring.
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