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Barely Breathing Audiobook

Barely Breathing: Breathing, Book 2

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“I’ve spent most of my life trying to make it to a future that still hasn’t happened, or avoid a past that won’t let me go. I don’t remember when I’ve ever just stopped to live in the present, to hold on to the seconds I’m in.”Emma Thomas’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart-pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe, the first installment of The Breathing Series — Rebecca’s Donovan’s bestselling romantic thriller (USA Today). Now her secret life has been exposed, and her tormentor can’t hurt her anymore. Yet, some are still haunted by that night. The bruises may have faded, but scars and fears remain. How will she reclaim her life when she’s barely breathing?

©2012 Rebecca Donovan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    I M Strong USA 02-21-16
    I M Strong USA 02-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Made me scream"
    What did you love best about Barely Breathing?

    OMG how many things can possibly happen to one person?
    Towards the end I was screaming and cursing at this book. Because seriously, it made me that angry. I love Evan. I hate Jonathan. Never liked him from the begin. I can't believe that Emma did what she did. I want to slap so sense into her. I get that her life is anything but normal, but how could she do what she did at the end?????


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Evan is perfect in every way, the most understanding ever.


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    Sharon 01-23-16
    Sharon 01-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the series"
    What made the experience of listening to Barely Breathing the most enjoyable?

    This was a series I didn't figure I'd buy mor than the first book,. I couldn't stop listening to this series


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    Amazon Customer 01-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bitter/Sweet"

    I will say this book has you on an emotional roller coaster. I dont like emma at all, but I still want to know what is going to happen to her. So I guess book three it is.

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    browna80 12-22-15
    browna80 12-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Just WOW!"
    Where does Barely Breathing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an incredible book! I was only dragged into this one because I had already paid for the first, and was extremely unsatisfied with its youthful tone and slow pace, but had to see it through. I found myself hooked immediately with Book 2 and I was surpirsed when the 15 hours came to an end so quickly! Way to redeem yourself Rebecca Donovan! For those who are uncertain about the first book, just be patient and get through it! It lays the foundation for a suspenseful and heartbreaking fall where Emma finally hits bottom by the end of book 2.


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

    My favorite scene was when Jonathan came in and saved Emma from the drug dealer. That guy is my kinda hero and I was completely distraught when, by the end of the book, not only had Emma NEVER said thank you to Jonathan for saving her, but she totally crushes him and sends him away broken and in tears. In that moment, although I also LOVE Evan, I wanted to choke Emma for being so cruel after all he had done for her. He needed her just as much and I was consumed with disapproval after realizing I couldnt jump into this story and smack her for her lack of compassion toward him! He was, afterall, the one who was around all those times when Evan ran off on his rich boy vacations. He was the one who saved her life...guess in her dramatic little world, that little fact escapes her. I was definitely turned off to sympathize with Emma's character after I realized she would not take one second to see what happened from Jonathans perspective, showed little concern for his wellbeing and injuries, and chose, childishly, to only see his rage in that moment without consideration that he had fought FOR HER. What a selfish and naive little brat. She has A LOT of making up to do in book 3 and there better be some real acknowledgement of Jonathans feelings and closure for his pain or I'm going to be so mad!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are struggling through book 1 as I did, just hang in there! The second book will leave you hooked and logging on to get book 3 within minutes of the ending! Happy reading!

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    Kristin 08-02-15
    Kristin 08-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "UGGGH, I finally turned it off"

    Constant whining drama, so stupid! The first book grabbed me and as soon as it finished I was amazed there was another book.....cause she died? The second book is an ongoing nightmare of drivelling, sniveling, stupid, made-up drama! Avoid if you value your sanity.

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    Ju 03-08-15
    Ju 03-08-15
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    "is there light in the end of this tunnel?!"

    i like book 2 more than book 1. it feels like emma will never catch a break. once again her story made me cry, made me mad, made me smile, made me confused and surprised... it is a rollercoaster of emotions so well written and developed by rebecca donovan.

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    tabatha 01-13-15
    tabatha 01-13-15
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    "Best series ever"

    This is the best series I have ever read, Evan and Emma has become a part of me, I can set and read these books all day, this series is a must read

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    Kelle LeTarte 12-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Teenage Angst and Emotional Immaturity"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenage, angst-filled girls.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rebecca Donovan again?

    Probably not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Kate Rudd's performance was fine, considering what she had to work with.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite it's many good reviews, this book was clearly written for teenagers. It's filled with high school ridiculousness and agonizing situations all driven by emotional immaturity. I can't explain why I kept listening…perhaps I was hoping the Emma would grow up and stop being a martyr. I won't be listening the third book in the series as I've already wasted too much of my life on the first two.

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    Leyla rock hill, SC, United States 12-15-14
    Leyla rock hill, SC, United States 12-15-14 Member Since 2010

    With more than 1600 audio books to hitchhike along with, I've realized only now that I started "reviewing"...boy I need to catch up!

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    "Can't wait for the 3rd -IT MUST WORK OUT!!!"
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    This one was really hard due to the additional turmoil the future holds. There's a bit of detachment that was weird, but SOOOOO many ups and down with kinks in a perfect plan that will definately keep you listening. Although..... the ending....oooohhhhh the ending......where's the third - NOW!

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    Margarita New York, NY 10-04-14
    Margarita New York, NY 10-04-14 Member Since 2016

    All business but contemporary fun!

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    "Struggle to the max!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book describes the evolvement of Emma's life after the first book's horrific finale that literally took your breath away. Emma's struggles intensify as she finds herself in yet another less than ideal home environment when she decides to live with her mother until she goes to college. Her relationship with Evan is tested to the limit and suspense peaks by the end of story. I personally got exhausted by all her struggling but having read the series last book, I can claim that this drama prepares you for what comes next.

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