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After the Fire: Hidden Cove Series, Volume 1 | [Kathryn Shay]

After the Fire: Hidden Cove Series, Volume 1

Three firefighters from the Malvaso family are trapped in a burning building and almost lose their lives. After they are rescued, they decide to change the way they've been living. Mitch, the eldest, wants to make some decisions about his dysfunctional marriage and spend more time with his kids. Jenn decides to have a baby - with her best friend, Grady. And Zach, the bad boy of the group, vows to make up for his past sins and become a better man.
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Publisher's Summary

Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest. Listen to the novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters!

Three firefighters from the Malvaso family are trapped in a burning building and almost lose their lives. After they are rescued, they decide to change the way they've been living. Mitch, the eldest, wants to make some decisions about his dysfunctional marriage and spend more time with his kids. Jenn decides to have a baby - with her best friend, Grady. And Zach, the bad boy of the group, vows to make up for his past sins and become a better man.

©2010 Kathryn Shay (P)2013 Kathryn Shay

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    cglewis 05-04-14
    cglewis 05-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Could not stop listening!"
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    I could not stop listening to this audiobook - I had to find out what happened to each and every one of the characters. It was touching and funny and - in the context of the genre - a really enjoyable light listen with some surprisingly touching moments, brought to life by Jeffrey Kafer's narration. He's got a great voice and it suited the story perfectly. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my review and am delighted I had the chance to listen in!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 05-20-14
    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "This is the best I could do."

    Will not finish the book nor will I buy anything else by this author. The characters are cliche and the dialogue predictable. I will not even finish this book.

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    James Oakville, ON, Canada 06-30-14
    James Oakville, ON, Canada 06-30-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Straight out Romance Novel"
    What disappointed you about After the Fire?

    This is a straight-out romance novel. 80% of the dialogue is about relationships and romance with the occasional non-romance bit of material thrown in (I stuck with it more than 3 hours in, hoping it would evolve but no). I wish that the story was clearly labelled "ROMANCE NOVEL" so those listerners who want such a story can enjoy it and those of us who want mostly story (and are fine with occasional romantic interludes) could avoid it.


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    Christina L Carr Bothell, WA United States 06-27-14
    Christina L Carr Bothell, WA United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A Fun Read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the book is fairly spread out between characters limiting in depth look at many of them


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the interaction between the Mitch and his children especially.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun read for listening to in the car, reader does a good job with different voices so you can tell the difference between characters.

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    Raychel 06-19-14
    Raychel 06-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does After the Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great book with an even better story line. Can't wait for the next one.


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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 06-05-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2001
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    "After the Fire"
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    The first reaction I have to this book is that it is written by a teenager with dreams of sexy firemen, love, etc., fundamentally immature thinking about serious life issues and recovery from trauma. The ideas are there, but the execution is a bit eye-rolling. I plan on sticking with this series simply to see how, or if, the author matures. The series contains a bunch of books, they can’t be all this valley girl.

    The book is the first in the Hidden Cove series, and begins with a massive fire resulting in firefighter deaths. Three firefighter survivors are siblings, who After the Fire, vow to change their lives.

    Adequately read by Jeffrey Kafer, After the Fire is eleven hours of listening. Kafer does okay with female voices, but basically he does the best he can with a mediocre book. I don’t often have trouble getting through an audiobook, but this one is an effort. I’m hitting fast-forward a bit.

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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-05-14
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2011

    Love internet shopping, from audio books to nail polish to silk scarves. Audible & Amazon are my go to places.

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    "Sort of bland-average? mediocre?"

    I've enjoyed "fire fighter as hero" many times and when this was offered as an Audible Daily
    Deal I snapped it up. Wanted to like it-and did...just...Liked It. Not love, or couldn't stop listening to it but......liked it.

    The family has family problems..no biggies but mediocre problems. The primary characters have divorce issues, loss issues, and Stupid Strong Women issues. This was a real annoyance to me thru out the book.

    Yeah the bitch is the bitch wife of course, the victim wife is typical and the strong sister is totally a wack job. She does not the ++++ what she wants from the man!

    The publisher touts this as a well researched (like riding in the fire truck) novel. But, sigh, it's really a bunch of sob stories, winey wives strong men and dumb teens.

    For a rainy day when you want to paint your toenails, text and fix english muffins, this is a good background murmur. You won't miss anything and if you do, you won't care.

    Don't spend more than $5.00 on it. it's one of the2-3 star books that end up on sale. But..why bother?

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    Deborah Wylie, TX, United States 05-24-14
    Deborah Wylie, TX, United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2009

    "All things TOEFL"

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    "A disappointment"

    This reads like a teen's perception of life and love. Real people do learn to build a better life after tragedy. This is an immature look at how things work out (or fail to) . Any survivor could have written their story better than this. Terrible -- missed opportunity. Lack of any research on life after loss. Maybe this is only "a wanna-be- fire fighter's book."

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    Nicole HM Ehrendingen, Switzerland 05-24-14
    Nicole HM Ehrendingen, Switzerland 05-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Romance, hardship, firefighters @ work"

    Totally loved the story and the narration. Will immediately listen to all the other books of the series.

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    Penelope Ellenton, FL, United States 05-19-14
    Penelope Ellenton, FL, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to After the Fire the most enjoyable?

    Loved the story, and the narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mitch for sure. It is sad when good people come to the end of a marriage.


    What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Found his voice soothing and felt this story was better off for having a male reader.


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