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Barely Breathing: Breathing, Book 2 | [Rebecca Donovan]

Barely Breathing: Breathing, Book 2

“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?
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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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    Kathy WALHALLA, SC, United States 08-08-14
    Kathy WALHALLA, SC, United States 08-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Like Playing Twister"

    The story, although frustrating and emotional, is more true to life than the listener sometimes wants it to be. You ache for Emma but you get angry at some of her decisions regarding Jonathan. The loyalty of Sarah and Evan is honorable. The analogy to Twister is that RD does an excellent job of intertwining the characters' lives...actions...right/wrong...and doesn't loose the listener/readers pull to "hang in there". Look forward to the final book!

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    Stacey Conley 06-24-14
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    "Enjoyable Series!"
    What made the experience of listening to Barely Breathing the most enjoyable?

    The realness, pain, and lessons of love


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Evan & Emma love can stand the test of time and with patience it would never waver


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The art room when evan returned


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Author picked awesome narrators

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    Lisa 05-17-14
    Lisa 05-17-14
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    "Enjoyable"

    Based n the characters I think this book was written for teens but I found myself drawn in and after the first book had to keep going. This is a series of three that should be read in order. The second book was my least favorite of the three. It seemed drawn out, but the characters and story line were important for book three. Overall I would recommend.

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    Kimm Markleville, IN 03-31-14
    Kimm Markleville, IN 03-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Emma ~ I can't subject myself to Book #3"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the characters and the reader was really good.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Emma is an accident waiting to happen and she didnt think about the consequences. I was frustrated with all the bad that happened


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate was great.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


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    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 03-10-14
    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Need a break before book 3"

    This is a good series but I need a break from all the drama. I'm sure I will listen to book 3 but not right now, I have other books in my wish list that I would rather listen to right now. This girl just make to many stupid mistakes and it gets old after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 02-07-14
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Another good series"

    As with the other series, I think you will enjoy this book and as usual alway's start with the first book. I enjoyed all three.

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    Kenya PANORAMA CITY, CA, United States 02-06-14
    Kenya PANORAMA CITY, CA, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "It was ok"
    What did you like best about Barely Breathing? What did you like least?

    I like the story it is interesting. The hard thign was getting through how much this main character cries. It is really hard to get through but you keep listening because you want her to stop crying at some point.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I have not idea. More happiness some where hehehe


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She was super awesome!


    Could you see Barely Breathing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No way.


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    DEITRA APO, AE, United States 01-28-14
    DEITRA APO, AE, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a retired Army veteran and love to read. I like murder mystery, but enjoy nonfiction. I am a long time Star Trek fan.

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    "Disappointing"
    Would you listen to Barely Breathing again? Why?

    No, It was entirely too long for the contents.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Hated. It. Even though it was open ended enough to envision another book to clean up some questions about the characters


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    I always enjoy Kate Rudd's narration. She never disappoints.


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

    There was some laughing and crying moments,


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    Sarah Chatsworth, Ca, United States 01-17-14
    Sarah Chatsworth, Ca, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I can Barely Breathe from the suspense i feel!"
    What made the experience of listening to Barely Breathing the most enjoyable?

    The constant emotions I felt while listening. I truly laughed out loud, almost cried a few time. I listen on the train to work and while walking downtown, I must look a so strange.
    This book and series have just truly pulled me in hook line sinker. I feel the emotions of the characters as if they are my own, as if they are my friends. I feel the pain they feel, the sadness in their lives.


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

    He intonations, her ability to relay true emotion in the words, is outstanding, and unbeatable.


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

    I would sit in my car and listen while sitting in the parking lot if I was driving, i would listen while cooking dinner, yes! I wanted to finish this in one sitting I couldn't wait to hear what happened next.


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    Kae Thompson 12-02-13
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    "Not as good as the first book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Book 1 was good, but this one was harder to listen. Just when I thought I'd call it quits, something interesting would happen. It was worth the purchase, but just barely. And Book 3 wasn't worth the purchase at all.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rebecca Donovan? Why or why not?

    Not if it was a series. Feels like she watches soap operas and keeps the ridiculous drama going. Not a book that keeps your interest throughout, that's for sure.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    Emma of course.


    Do you think Barely Breathing needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, it has a follow-up and no, it wasn't worth it.


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