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Bright Side Audiobook

Bright Side

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Publisher's Summary

Kate Sedgwick's life has been anything but typical. She's endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there's a reason her best friend, Gus, calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She's also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it. But each has a reason to fight it. Each has a secret. And when secrets are revealed, some will heal you... and some will end you.

©2014 Kim Holden (P)2015 Tantor

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    Frances Sarabia Whittier, CA, United States 05-11-15
    Frances Sarabia Whittier, CA, United States 05-11-15 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "This was a great book!"

    Oh my! They need to make a movie out of this book. It was funny, had some romance, sad and entertaining. I couldn't stop to listen to it. This book reminded me how life is precious and don't take it for grant it. You have one life live to the fullest.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Misty 10-05-15
    Misty 10-05-15 Member Since 2015

    Too busy to read as much as I'd like, Audible is the perfect solution. I'm a romance reader mostly, but can stray into any story.

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    "I know my rating will get hate mail"

    I chose this book based on ratings alone. And although the story and writing were solid... I can't get down for a book with such a sad ending. Sorry people... I wish I would have been told before I started listening. I needed some little ray of light at the end of the tunnel to make this a good read for me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 04-06-15
    Kristin 04-06-15
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    "Sad"

    SPOILERS: This is a beautiful story and was very well written. The characters were interesting and the narrators did a great job. The story seemed true to life and very believable. Only problem was that it was the saddest story I think I have read in a long time, if ever. I don't think I have ever cried this much over a book and felt this empty after I finished. Totally worth it if you don't mind the heartbreak. I prefer HEAs so I wish I knew what I was getting into because it will be awhile before I get past the sad. Just too sad for my taste. I gave it five stars because everything was great as far as the story and narration goes. It just wasn't what I like to read. Totally depressed with red puffy eyes now.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy 04-06-15
    Lucy 04-06-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid listener :)

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    "*****Amazing"

    I'm terrible at writing reviews. I'm a reader not a writer. With that being said I feel like this book deserves praise, lot's of it. Bright Side kept popping up on Goodreads as a suggestion and I was super excited when it released on audible. By chapter 7, I stopped and purchased it on ebook and sent it to a friend. This book needs to be shared. I'll simply say to you, what I said to her. I love the heroine. She's amazing and I want you to know her also. The writing style is a little different, but don't stop reading. Because it's a truly EPIC story.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wen 07-30-15
    Wen 07-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Emotional blackmail"

    Yeah a lot of people have horrible lives and go through far more than what Kate did. I feel that writing such a sad story is emotional blackmail and readers/listeners are compelled to love and get emotionally attached. It just so unfair to people's hearts'. Maybe I didn't get the message?

    Be ready to ugly cry!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kiki Chatfield Kentucky 03-15-16
    Kiki Chatfield Kentucky 03-15-16

    Kiki at The Next Step PR

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    "HEART BREAKING BRILLIANCE!"

    My goodness this book was amazing. One that you truly need to have your Mindy body and soul ready to be ripped to shreds but this brilliant book means so much to the human life. I absolutely LOVED this read. A must read/listen from me! Wonderful writing and this story just hits home for us all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luv2Read 10-04-16
    Luv2Read 10-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Break Out the Tissues"

    This poignantly written story is heartfelt, endearing and utterly heartbreaking! But definitely a MUST read! The narrators were perfect and really made you feel the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea Lewis 10-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Heart breaking"

    An amazing story about an angel. A true gift to read about courage and strength. Ripped my heart out. Ugly cry. I prefer to read for rainbows and butterflies and don't forget the unicorns. But I believe I will take lessons and strength from Bright Side.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dean L Dunn 09-22-16
    Dean L Dunn 09-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my most favorite books ever"

    Great writing that pulls you into the story and you can't help but fall in love with Brightside, her friends, family, story, and love. I laughed, smiled, and cried.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loraine Oliver Burbank, Calif. USA 08-23-16
    Loraine Oliver Burbank, Calif. USA 08-23-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Bright Side! An Awesome Read by Kim Holden"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I loved this book, as a matter of fact, I read the book first and today I listened to the audio book and it made it so much more!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that the story is about true love, between a boy and a girl for 20 years while they were growing up together, and the love Bright Side, the main character, had for her sister who was a year older, who she took care of her whole life, as her sister had Down Syndrome. Even though Bright Side was dealt a bad hand in parents, she took care of her sister willingly and with so much love it was truly touching and heartbreaking all at the same time.Bright side finally gets to go to college when it is just her, and she finally meets someone she falls in love with. But her true love was the boy she grew up with-Gus, and his mom treated Brightside and her sister as her children.


    Have you listened to any of Roger Wayne and Lidia Dornet ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I plan to!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to it all in one sitting. Once you start reading or listening in this case, to the book, it instantly draws you in.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was truly an exceptional book, and I will listen to it again every now and then. This book will make you laugh, make you cry, feel true love with the characters, love between two siblings, between neighbrs, between best friends for life and then finally between a man and a woman.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    11/6/16
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    "Brilliant book"

    I loved this book. Great narration and storyline. Be Brave and Do Epic! A Must Listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anastasiya
    8/4/16
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    "Absolutely amazing and heartbreaking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, definitely. this is now one of my favourite books/series that I've listened to.


    What other book might you compare Bright Side to, and why?

    plot of the book resembles to The fault in our Stars. Both books beautiful in their own way.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    i enjoyed conversation Bright Side would have with Gus. it always made me laugh.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes. i was hooked


    Any additional comments?

    its one of the most beautiful books that teach you to live your life to the fullest and enjoy every moment. loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    7/31/16
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    "Brilliant"

    I loved this book, the narration was spot on too. In my top ten x

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  • Amazon Customer
    11/5/15
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    "Phenomenal - Fab u lous"

    I loved this book, it was gruelling and touched on many topics that are often avoided. I laughed and cried (sobbed) from about 65% through to the end. It was still a lovely ending all told.
    Narration was mainly good. the British 'Mancunian' accent was truely atrocious, and I did struggle with Lydia Dornay's narration style, every sentence seemed to be posed as a question, this became irritating and did detract from the story line or rather my ability to relate to the female character. That was the only negative from my perspective.
    You simply must listen to this story - get the hankies ready I'm not normally a crier and it got to me...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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