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Beautiful Oblivion: Maddox Brothers, Book 1 | [Jamie McGuire]

Beautiful Oblivion: Maddox Brothers, Book 1

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt. Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.
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Publisher's Summary

The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.

Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever - even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, listeners can experience the rush of hearing Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

©2014 Jamie McGuire (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Allison Montgomery, AL, United States 07-14-14
    Allison Montgomery, AL, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring, Cliched, Annoying"

    I'm wondering if Jamie McGuire is a one hit wonder. Despite the pretty good narration, this was a DNF for me. The main characters had no chemistry and I was bored to death. I rolled my eyes a lot, especially at the whiny Cami.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 07-23-14
    Stephanie Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 07-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not an adult novel"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not only better character development but more concise character consistency. It seems like this book was written by a woman who would describe a "typical male" as a guy who just wants to fight anything that gets in his way. Not attractive. A better story line would have helped as well. These characters are stuck in the college, drinking, bar tending phase where a fight almost everyday is common and normal. It's boring and not at all interesting.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something that is not by Jamie McGuire.


    Have you listened to any of Phoebe Strole’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not and can not make a comparison.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mostly disappointment. It's very difficult to relate to a character when they're written in such a way where they don't show their character by their subtle actions and decisions they make but by horrid exaggerated displays. These displays are sad, predictable and carries no depth whatsoever.


    Any additional comments?

    Briefly describing one sex scene and saying "dick" does NOT make this an adult book. This was a very bad, mature YA novel. Where's the human emotion, character development and everything in between to make me care about these characters? Ugh.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lilian Seattle WA United States 07-17-14
    Lilian Seattle WA United States 07-17-14
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    "Ordinary"

    I couldn't figure out why this book is listed as Book 1. There are too many gaps to fully appreciate the book in its entirety. The story itself was average. It was a bit childish; then again maybe that was the aim. After all it was set around the life of a college student. I like the narration but I have to listen to other books narrated by Phoebe before I can definitely say she is great. I am hesitant to cross out JM books all together; maybe when I can't find a good read I might revisit her. Her style does not match my tastes, so for now I shall put her in my maybe list of authors.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Sacramento, CA, United States 07-28-14
    Sandra Sacramento, CA, United States 07-28-14

    I love listening to audio books!

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    "Love it"

    I just love the Maddox brothers and I love this book too. I can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mayzymaye 07-28-14
    Mayzymaye 07-28-14 Member Since 2013

    I love historical romances , along the same writing style as Lisa Kleypus,Stephanie Lauren's,Loretta Chase,Victoria Alexander.

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    "Just okay, not great"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Just wanted it to be over, did not like the whole TJ storyline as in keeping his secret therefore not letting Trent in.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Voices of men characters needed to be read better ..narrator hardly changed from female to male voices


    Did Beautiful Oblivion inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chantiel Conway, AR, United States 07-24-14
    Chantiel Conway, AR, United States 07-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "OMG!!!! I DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING!"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Oblivion again? Why?

    No need to. This book will forever stay in my mind.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Oblivion?

    The ending ROCKED MY WORLD!


    What about Phoebe Strole’s performance did you like?

    She was just amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    You have to read Beautiful Disaster and/or Walking Disaster to get the full impact of this book. Seeing as though they are both awesome books as well, that shouldn't be a problem. It's very rare that I review books but this book had me screaming at the end. I was shocked, pissed, happy, and thoroughly satisfied!!! Worth the credit or the money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mia Oslo, Norway 07-12-14
    Mia Oslo, Norway 07-12-14 Member Since 2012

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "Her best yet The perfect summer listen"
    Where does Beautiful Oblivion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I never give listens rankings. This book is more mature. No eye.rolling or "She said he said" you meet a woman who speaks her Truth. Forget any cry-baby pages . This lady knows how to stand-up for herself. My favorite by the author so far. It is better written and if you are digging her earlier books: Grab it! New to the author? You do not need the other stories to enjoy this.


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Oblivion to and why?

    Walking disaster, beautiful disaster, who asked you, out of easy. They all contain great stories about interesting characters. Who asked you? Is in a league of it's own.


    What about Phoebe Strole’s performance did you like?

    Sounded a little too much like Emma Galvin..; that is not a bad thing. The characters should have sounded a bi older.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    " The secret brother"


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect summer listen. Credit worthy for any girl over 18. Not like 50 shades a all. However does sadly contain a few adult scenes. You can pass them if you prefer they do not contain any info..They have been added to include 50.fans. In my opinion.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 07-11-14
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 07-11-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Enjoyable listen.."

    This is an interesting book. And those far between. It has a story, a mystery, and intrigue. I think I will need to listen again because the ending really threw me for a loop, in a good way. The drinking, smoking, tatting, piercing I think is becoming interesting to me. This writer knows how to write a story and I love that. The dialog is good, and it is real. I didn't feel that boring sense of the writer went down a check list. All these character are interesting. Young, quick to react, I was there once. I really appreciated the timing in this book. Some of you may it frustrating but I found it special. Good narration, but some the voice were not enough different for me to figure it out right away. Overall I believe you will enjoy this story. I am going to look forward to the next installment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 07-04-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 07-04-14

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Awesome!"

    This was so good...loved the fact that we get a book per Maddox brother! Instant download!

    This was Trenton story ... The brother we got to know so well fom beautiful disaster... I love how McGuire had Travis and Abby's story going on at the same time...in the background... Extremely well written!

    But.... the ending... now that was the OMG moment... when we finally learn about T.J. I was like Omg, OMG!!!!

    Narration was good..story was awesome, so worth a credit, buy, and sale!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 07-03-14
    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Mind=BLOWN"

    Mind = BLOWN! LOVE LOVE LOVE Trent. Travis still has my heart but Trent is so incredibly loveable. I loved everything about this book! Jamie McGuire has done it again! Captured my heart, twisted my brain & made it so I'll be in a book hangover for months! I'm going to have to reread it to wrap my brain around it all. SO GOOD!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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