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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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    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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    Dawn 10-20-13
    Dawn 10-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "IT GETS EVEN BETTER!"

    So I was a little down at the end of book one that the mystery/thriller part of the series was over, but to my surprise, there is more to come! This series seems to get better and better. I can't wait to find out how it all ends, but, I will be heartbroken when it is over. DEFINITELY worth a credit!!!

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    Alison 10-02-13
    Alison 10-02-13
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    "Amazing Series, Love the Narrator"

    You will have to start listening to this book thirty seconds after you finish book one because of the cliffhanger ending of Reason to Breathe.....make sure you have this book purchased before you finish book 1! This book is about Emma moving past what happened with her Aunt Carol and then trying to mend her broken relationship with her mom. She moves in with her mom. In a lot of ways the stuff that happens between her and her mom was harder for me to handle than the abuse in book 1. Her mom is volatile and still abusing alcohol and drugs, and I really wanted things to end up differently than they did. It was almost too much to imagine one person going through. It's heart wrenching and emotional.

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    Janet United States 10-01-13
    Janet United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2013

    A perfect world for me: A huge room with wall to wall bookshelves lined with one inspiring book after another & over sized comfy chairs.

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    "Stunningly Accurate...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It's one of those books that you think about long after you have read it. It's gut-wrenching, heart breaking and stunningly accurate!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Barely Breathing?

    Just when you think her life is on track and good things should start happening to her, something bad happens to her again. It's hard to read at times! You just keep holding on to hope that things will turn out right for once.


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

    Evan of course! He is the perfect love interest that I love to read about! Although no such guy would actually exist in this world!!! Kate Rudd is a very gifted performer. Her voice for Evan would just melt me at times. Kate's very talented at reading a wide range of both male and female voices.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It made me realize just how much a person can go through without completely losing themselves. Also how Evan just kept being there for her no matter what.


    Any additional comments?

    Some reviewers have a hard time believing that a person can continue to keep making one bad choice after another. Unless you have been through similar situations, or know of someone who has gone through abuse at this level, then it is hard to believe. In reality the cause and effect from abuse is stunningly accurate as described in this book. There needs to be more understanding for these victims.

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    Rene GAINESVILLE, VA, United States 09-12-13
    Rene GAINESVILLE, VA, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Be prepared to start the 3rd book immediately"
    Where does Barely Breathing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 4 series


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate did an amazing job!! Every character was read perfectly!


    Any additional comments?

    The series is addictive and an emotional roller coaster!

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    S Mandel S. Calgary, Alberta Canada 08-25-13
    S Mandel S. Calgary, Alberta Canada 08-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great and WOW book."
    What did you love best about Barely Breathing?

    I love the relationship with Emma and her mother, Emma and Jonathan and Emma and Evan. All so very different .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Barely Breathing?

    I loved the first book and this whole book was great. The relationship with Emma and Jonathan develops into something strange but normal.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like Kate Rudd and a reader very much, her voices and expressions gets you into the characters.


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