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Left Drowning | [Jessica Park]

Left Drowning

What does it take to rise from life's depths, swim against the current, and breathe? Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn't expect - an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own.
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Publisher's Summary

What does it take to rise from life's depths, swim against the current, and breathe? Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn't expect - an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she's been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family's traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

This audiobook is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content. Note: Due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+.

©2013 Jessica Park (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Ruffian Madison, MS USA 02-01-14
    Ruffian Madison, MS USA 02-01-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.

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    "Applauds for Left Drowning"

    Let it be known that this is getting like a 4.75 stars instead of what is shown as a 4. Hopefully, Audible will offer it's customer base the ability to fraction stars in the new look. Anyway, this is a powerful story of the struggle to deal with, work through, handle, manage or otherwise grow through not only tragic loss (Blythe's parents) but also unspeakable abuse (Christopher's family). How their lives cross paths, only to grow together, fall apart and move forward is a beautifully conceived story full of twists and turns that will have your heart racing and your emotions at the surface. The ONLY issue (which prevented the full on 5 stars) FOR ME was the over-done sexual encounters. After the first 10 or so, it got old and felt gratuitous; how many times do I need to read Christopher say "I want to hear you come" before it gets redundant and meaningless. Don't get me wrong, I'm no prude and enjoy erotic and sensual encounters a LOT but this was just over the top. With such a strong STORY of loss, love, loss, love and redemption, the sexual abundance did not add substance or meaning. This story was extremely moving and so beautifully crafted, don't let my wariness of the sexual content stop you from listening to it. Heck, I listened ALL NIGHT long to finish it--just could NOT stop until the story was done.

    The characters of Blythe, Christopher, Sabin (perhaps my favorite character), Estelle, and Eric were so richly written and performed, I felt like I knew them and ached so for them.

    About the narrator, reader, performer...Arielle DeLisle, well, I have one word for her. MAGNIFICENT. She handled many voices with ease, individuality, emotion, depth, believability and substance. As we who are devotees of the spoken book, the narrator can make or break. In this instance, Ms. DeLisle ABSOLUTELY MADE this book.

    This is a very very worthy read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mishawn San Antonio, Tx United States 11-07-13
    Mishawn San Antonio, Tx United States 11-07-13

    Let those who you love know today, tomorrow is not promised! Life experience, Mishawn

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    All the characters were great. Well written with great peeks that keep you wondering What??? Why??? The Stevens family is so much like a lot of families though out the world and it's great how you can always count on never being in control. Great love scene's and graphic enough to make you feel as if you were there. Jessica Park and Arielle De Lisle both did a great job!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Toya 11-07-13
    Toya 11-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "OMG...Can't find the correct words to describe"

    Heart-stoppingly beautiful. From the start, my thoughts were spot on the moment I heard the 1st story. My thoughts were so inline and I didn't even know it. Which was quite surprising in the end.

    But, this was really intense. Both stories were very sad, but Chris' story was more than I could take. Yet...it all worked out in the end. Couldn't ask for anything more, honestly.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. Culler South Central PA 11-15-13
    M. Culler South Central PA 11-15-13

    Miss Molly

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    "Perfection"

    I love Jessica Park. She is an author after my own heart, which is why I probably follow her on Facebook and laugh hysterically at 95% of her posts. Truth be told, she writes the way she posts and for me that translates into very real characters who are incredibly flawed and messy and all the more beautiful.

    Arielle DeLisle seemed to channel Jessica in her narration. As I listened, I felt like I was really there on the beach or running on campus. Her ability to bring such great writing to life is an incredible talent.

    Well done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 11-09-13
    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Emotional and Gripping!"
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    This was a magnificent read! I was taken on an emotional and gripping Rollercoaster ride. I always look forward to reading Ms. Park's books, the way she expresses the characters feelings is outstanding. I literally feel it as I read it. I really enjoyed the interaction amongst the siblings and how they rallied together.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Lykins 08-12-14
    T. Lykins 08-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Emotional Roller Coaster will Leave you in Tears"
    What made the experience of listening to Left Drowning the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was incredible and I felt every emotion of this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline and every character in it.


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

    The way she brings this story to life and every heart felt emotion is even more heartbreaking.


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

    Left Drowning bring out the tears.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second time I have read this book. This time I could feel all the many character's emotions, which were raw. The pain they felt was unbearable and the struggles they had to overcome is unbelievable. The main characters had the worse problems but somehow they came out of this story and not drown in their pain. Blythe and Chris has this special connection they didn't know they had until the very end. In the end, it was this connection that pulled them out of their drowning past so the could breathe again. I listened to the audiobook and the narrater of this audiobook was so awesome that when she told parts of the story where the pain and suffering were let known, your heart would beat fast, tears would flow and she made every emotion come alive. I was totally emotional wreck listening to this story being read to me. I thought I understood this book the first time and I did, but the way the narrator brings it to life is a whole other story. Loved this tragic storyline and it may not be for everyone but I got it and felt it deeply. If you haven't listened to this audiobook you should and have a box of kleenex's beside you at all times. Love this author's writing and if you have read her other works just remember this one is different, but awesome in it's own way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Citron Agoura Hills, CA, United States 02-24-14
    Melinda Citron Agoura Hills, CA, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Tragic meets eortica"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The family bond, helping each other get through tough life changing turmoil.


    Any additional comments?

    There are serious intimate sexual details described in the book. For me bordered on too much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monique Killeen, TX, United States 08-02-14
    Monique Killeen, TX, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved It"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Left Drowning to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read much of the print version so I can't honestly say.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Sioban, he was so over the top and adorable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were too many scenes to deem a favorite but maybe one of the flashback scenes at the lake. It was sweet.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried. Everyone in this story was amazing and it was just so heartfelt.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this to anyone looking for a great read. The characters are great, the story is great. Just a great read overall :).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dos106 Peninsula, Ohio USA 05-01-14
    dos106 Peninsula, Ohio USA 05-01-14 Member Since 2011

    happyendings

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    "50% Story...50% Sex"
    Would you try another book from Jessica Park and/or Arielle DeLisle?

    No


    What could Jessica Park have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Way less sex, swearing & anger towards God


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

    All three....mostly disappointment...had to fast forward through 50% of the chapters just to get to the story and past all the long nonstop sex scenes


    Any additional comments?

    To bad the Author had to fall back on sex to fill her story & draw readers....it could have been so much better! Waste of my money....unless thats what you like!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Skaz715 The Midwest 04-29-14
    Skaz715 The Midwest 04-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Like E.L. James writing John Irving fan fiction"

    If you loved Flat Out Love, think twice before reading this title. I found the story ridiculous.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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