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Reason to Breathe Audiobook
Reason to Breathe
Written by: 
Rebecca Donovan
Narrated by: 
Kate Rudd
Reason to Breathe Audiobook

Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

"This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?"

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

One girl's story of unspeakable cruelty, life-changing love, and her precarious grasp of hope, Reason to Breathe is the first installment in the acclaimed Breathing Series.

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

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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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    "Wow....just wow...."
    Would you listen to Reason to Breathe again? Why?

    Absolutely


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

    I did!


    Any additional comments?

    This was just the begining of a rollercoaster ride of emotions! Powerful topics in this series and it was a crazy trip. I wanted to strangle some people for being so cruel, some stupid decisions made me cringe, but some wonderful moments of bliss kept me listening. Loved it! Now on to the next!

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    Randi 11-23-14
    Randi 11-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible book, beautiful performance."
    What made the experience of listening to Reason to Breathe the most enjoyable?

    It flows incredibly well. The process forward makes you wanting to keep going forward, always unsure of the next step--the same way the protagonist is.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reason to Breathe?

    If I said it, I'd spoil it, but let's just go with there was some yelling in a hallway and there were probably some tears in my eyes.


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

    Her voice dynamics with these characters are amazing. I honestly think this book is a book that should be heard, not read conventionally, because of the really beautiful and poignant narration.


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

    Absolutely. If I could have just sat and listened for hours, I would have. It's dark, and probably too difficult to take in in one sitting, but I was always left waiting for the next part and excited for my next chance to listen.


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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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    "Solid Young Adult story"
    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasantly surprised in how well written this book was. The struggling heroine wins you over with her tenacity and emotional strength while the rest of the characters add sparks of playfulness throughout Emma's journey. I have to admit that Carol's character was a bit unrealistic in a way at times but not enough to ruin the plot.

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    TupperwearHappy 09-26-14

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    "Painful and Good"

    I didn't want to put it down, but I had to take "emotional breaks" - powerful story.

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    Jessica Katy, TX, United States 08-04-14
    Jessica Katy, TX, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Fantastic start to the series"
    Would you listen to Reason to Breathe again? Why?

    yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reason to Breathe?

    not sure


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

    all


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

    A very emotional and gripping story, the story of a girls determination to prevail against all odds


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    Kathy WALHALLA, SC, United States 08-03-14
    Kathy WALHALLA, SC, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating and Yet Cuts to Your Core"

    Rebecca Donovan did an outstanding job creating characters that could carry the severity of this topic and yet weave a support system that nurtured Emma's spirit with love and friendship. It is a story that makes you ache but RD keeps you listening because you want so much for Emma, Evan and Sarah to reach a resolution that they all so deserve after these years of hell! I love Kate Rudd...she is a phenomenal narrator and she is now one of my top two narrators...her and XE Sands! In my opinion, the narration will either make or break the book. This story line is so hard for me to listen to, especially being a parent and a teacher. Your soul feels bruised by the anger and hatred directed toward such an innocent child who has already lost so much and yet has kept a kind and loving heart! I highly recommend this book and am anxious to listen to the second book in the series!

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    Gretchen 07-18-14
    Gretchen 07-18-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Really???"

    Glorification of being a victim. Sappy teenage romance. Hard to swallow characters and plot and what kind of an ending was that?

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    Jody Elk Ridge, UT, United States 06-01-14
    Jody Elk Ridge, UT, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "OH I CRIED AND CRIED-STILL LOVE THIS!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES, I have recommended this to several people and they have loved it as much as I did.


    What other book might you compare Reason to Breathe to and why?

    Hopeless, Sea of Tranquility, The boy who sneaks in my bedroom window- these all have stories of abuse or hurt by someone.


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

    Yes, I love Kate Rudd, she did an excellent job.


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

    Yes, I stayed up late at night and cried as I listened to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is worth a credit!!! I would listen to this again- but it is heartbreaking and I need something else brighter or hotter before I listen to this again.

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    Debra Monticello, GA, United States 05-08-14
    Debra Monticello, GA, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2008
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    "WOW !!! Emotionally charged !"
    Would you listen to Reason to Breathe again? Why?

    Yes missing small nuisance .


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Just the way she could get int the characters!


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

    Emma's realizing that she will be abused as long as she stays with her aunt and uncle and the niece and nephew will see.


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    Kresiva3 05-04-14
    Kresiva3 05-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Juvenile & A Waste of Time"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nobody. It never served a greater purpose. The main character's reason for staying with her abusive aunt were flimsy, lame and poorly developed and maintained throughout the story. The message in this book may encourage someone to believe it is ok to stay in an abusive relationship. It's NEVER ok.


    What was most disappointing about Rebecca Donovan’s story?

    The entire story line plot. Antagonist/protagonist. NOT even interested in seeing how the rest of the 'series' play out...


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    All voices were the same making it difficult to keep track of the characters.


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

    Disgust


    Any additional comments?

    Against my better literary judgement, I listened to the end. There was never anything redemptive worth waiting for. In fact, the ending was so poorly executed it left gapping holes of realism. Extremely disappointing. Waste of time....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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