How much is too much to love?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.
In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.
©2013 Jamie McGuire (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
OMGOOODNESS! How do you write the exact same story... better than the first from another POV...!!! This is really hard to do and McGuire nailed it...
I was so nervous about this book b/c I didn't want my original impression of Travis Maddox to change, not one bit... WOW... This book is like.... it is like....
Ok...first... I was scared some scenes from BD would be redone from Travis POV, which I felt were already done from his POV in BD... but you know what... McGuire apparently felt that way too, because not one of those scenes where redone...
Second... I was so wanting to hear the other side of the virgin/smex/leaving scene... When Travis smashed up everything in BD... OMG! SO much better now that I have see it from Travis POV... WOW... WOW.., I loved the silent rage... it was like Travis was raging on the outside... going all crazy, smashin up the house... but inside... he is complete numb, silent... dead... quite... just broken...! OMG! Who writes like that...? McGuire I will read anything you write!
Third... Beautiful Disaster (BD) is how the outside world sees Travis Maddox...very tough, brutally honest and a "Maddog" right... But this book... is like the inner turmoil of that very ruff shell... but deep down...Travis is soooo very innocent... OMG! WOW WOW... and how he loves Abby! His Pigeon...
And the epilogue! WHAT! YESSSSS! I always wondered what Travis and Pigeon life would be like after college... Soooo cool!!!
*Extra*: Remember in BD when America said Travis and Shep talk... Well boy do they... all thier conversations are exposed~!!! LOVED IT!!!
Say something about yourself!
I have to admit I was soooo excited for this book to come out...and yet so dreading reading this book! I wanted to hear Travis's side of things, but didn't want to ruin my impression of book one!
Happy to say a good medium was found and the book was kind of like a behind the scenes version of book 1, very cool! Hope other authors take a look at this, I would love to have some of my past favorites written from the other main characters perspective!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
Although Beautiful Disaster wasn’t my favorite book I did like Travis so I gave this one a shot. I absolutely loved this story from his POV. Although the plot is a bit repetitive, it felt more like a “behind the scenes” look into Travis and Abby’s story. It gave me a better appreciation for the first book. (Perhaps Travis's side of the story should have been told first?)
I enjoyed the narration, story and overall feel of this book so much more than Beautiful Disaster. I’m glad I gave this one a try. And the epilogue was amazing!
I love Audible! Being a full time wife, mother, and career leaves no time to actually read. Audio books give me my fix anytime and anywhere.
Beautiful Disaster rocked my world and brought me into the mature YA genre, introducing me to so many great novels. So of course I had to experience this wonderful young romance all over again told from the other side and was not disappointed for even a second. For those who read/listen to "Beautiful Disaster" and think the same story from a different voice isn't worth your time, well Travis's view is incredible and brought me to so many emotional brinks but if not just for that the prologue and epilogue definitely makes this novel worth it. "Walking Disaster" began the trend of authors writing the male perspective of already published romances and for damn good reasons!
If you fell for strong fast talking bad ass Travis Maddox the first time then hearing his point of view and knowing the true depth of his heart will have you head over heels in love!
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
I really enjoyed this retelling of Beautiful Disaster from Travis' perspective. Travis and Abby's love story is stormy and passionate, and hearing from both sides gives us a better understanding of their background(s) and feelings for each other. I think Jamie McGuire's writing is excellent, she has the talent to deliver a highly engaging and compelling story. The prologue helped the reader understand much of what shaped Travis into the person he was when we first meet him. The epilogue was a real 50/50 mixed bag for me. At first I thought what? what is he doing? how did he get here? But by the conclusion I felt it was good overall...I did enjoy having a little peek "into the future" to see how they were doing: still together? Kids? etc... The author evidently thought that we would want that, and I have to agree even while I feel the story would have been alright without it. Dan Bittner's narration was excellent - I felt he sounded like Travis and he has voice that's a pleasure to listen to. Overall, highly recommend!
The epilogue... it was perfect. Sometimes, the epilogue doesn't really give you a satisfied ending, but this one did that and more!!! Loved it!
I would only recommend this to someone who had read and loved the first book, Beautiful Disaster.
This book is exactly like the last book, as far as the story goes. There are a few new scenes, and a few scenes are dropped. But even a lot of the dialogue tags are just converted over. There are several times where the POV slips, and we are told something we could only know from Abby's POV, even though this is Travis's book.
The vocal performance was utterly amazing. So much emotion came through, that let me really connect with Travis in what felt like a very intimate, personal way. Listening to it, it sounded very real, almost like I was in the room with them. He brought the characters to life.
I liked Beautiful Disaster but Travis always seemed kind of sick in his over crazy attraction for Abby. When hearing the story from his side (what is in his head) it made sense. I know several reviews have complained about the ending, the "where they are now" but, I thought it was sweet and I was happy to see they were still together.
I look forward to Jamie McGuire's next book (whatever it will be). Great author and both narrators for both books were excellent choices. Fantastic job!!
This is book 2 that follows Beautiful Disaster. It is basically Travis' POV. I love a mans' POV. I was touched by Travis' heartfelt emotions when he thought he had lost Pidge. Overall, a wonderful listen!
Not really as I was not a huge fan of the narrator's voice in this version versus the girl's voice who read Beautiful Disaster. But it was still fun to listen to.
Well obviously Beautiful Disaster as it's from Abby's POV. This book allows you to get a glimpse into Travis and what makes him tick. Also, you get to experience the anguish, love, passion, and longing he has to be with Abby and how much he truly loves her.
He was good with the emotion in Travis' voice during certain parts, but it seemed that during other major parts in the book, his emotion was not portrayed correctly as to how Travis was really feeling.
The entire book moved me, but I really enjoyed getting to know Travis a little more from the inside, versus what Abby saw on the outside. You can really tell that he was in love with her from the second he saw her and decided to take on the challenge of Abby.
I've listened to this book too many times to count. After listening to the first book, it was great to hear the story from the male side.
"Good change of POV"
Abbey`s book was excellent, this is even better. The point where he goes home to his family following thanksgiving and collapses to the floor reduced me to tears. I was honest to God sobbing and not many books have done this to me. Seeing everything through his eyes lifted the book to another level. This has to be hard to write as you are forever referencing the first book whilst keeping the timelines. I nod my head in respect to the author for this one.
Interesting listen from Trav's point of view. If you liked Beautiful Disaster you'll love this.
Highly addictive, once I started it I didn't put it down.
Shame there isn't. 3rd and 4th book, maybe America's or Shipley's point of view?!?
"seeing it all from the blokes point of view."
this is a great follow up to the 1st book. It is unusual to see things from both side of the story and being the entire book.
travis, every1 ones loves a bad boy !!
when they are on the bike for hours in the middle of the night
yes, and I have listen to it again and again.
"Waste of time if you have read Beauiful Distaster"
Dan Bittner is a goof Travis
Disappointed - expected more
This book is OK but the same as the firsst but from Travis point of view
"Very Alpha Male.."
The long awaited second in the series..
Screwed up, totally over the top drama, but you know what? it is fiction so keep this in mind and you will enjoy it, well written romantic brain candy at it's finest..
"A must listen after Beautiful Disaster!"
I was totally captivated by Beautiful Disaster so I was in a hurry to down load Travis' version of events... Walking Disaster….and it did not disappoint! Although it is technically the same story, it's written and read in such a way that you almost feel like it is a brand new story. And the flash-forward at the end is very very good, and as it missing from Abby's book it is an added treat to finish with. Once I finished both books, I listened to them again but at the same time, Abby's chapter 1, then Travis' chapter 1 etc etc.... it was good to hear them straight after each other to get the full account of both their feelings. I thoroughly enjoyed both books and was gutted when I had finished them. It would be fab to see this made into a film. I might even purchase the actual book to read on the beach when I’m on holiday next month – that’s how much I loved them!
"Way better !"
I was hesitant to buy the book since I had already read Beautiful Disaster and I thought I already know what is going to happen and what's the fun in that, right? Wrong! It was a pleasant surprise. I LOVED it. The narrator was exquisite. I fell in love all over again with the characters. I highly recommend it! It has a bonus chapter at the end as closure. I am going to be listening to it again over time. Don't miss out to be in Madogs head, it's refreshing.
"Great follow up story"
Warning you must read/listen to Beautiful Disaster before this book to fully appreciate it. It is a lovely story and to hear it from Travis's point of view was simply fantastic. Some stories you just dont want to end, what McGuire has done is expand the story and make you fall in love with the characters all over again.
This book made me happy and it made me cry! Jamie Mcguire has made a beautiful story of love and loss, I thought Beautiful Disaster was a wonderful book and audible story but in this book I have been touched by Travis' loss and how difficult it is for men to show loss. This has been captured so well by the author. Thank you for a wonderful story!
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