A tragic event forces 17-year-old Kat Parker to move 2,000 miles away from her cushy life in Malibu, California, to a simpler one in Slidell, Louisiana, where she falls for the beautiful Mason Dugas and the Broussards - the family who has taken her in. But Kat fears she may lose them all when the secret she's been keeping is revealed and she's suddenly summoned back to Malibu to settle unfinished business.
©2013 Jennifer Davis (P)2014 Jennifer Davis
I'm a 40-something SAH mom who has come to "read" more audio books each year. They work better as my days are active and mobile.
The top of the list
Absolutely she does! When I read, I often do not remember to keep accents going nor do I often know the right accent, so to have the narrator "give" me the accent and keep it going is a major plus.
I laughed throughout Kat's time in Louisiana and cried when her "secret" was revealed in the newscast.
Disclaimer: Though I had purchased this eBook over a year ago and it has been patiently waiting for my attention since, I volunteered to listen to the audio book version for review. What a happy win-win coincidence - a book off Mount TBR and an honest review freely given! As this is a review, not a summary of the story, please refer to the book blurb or look to other reviewers' summaries for a plot description -- this review will be kept spoiler free.
This is a 275 page, or just under a 6-hour, new adult romance with a bit of mystery & suspense and a few HEAs. This does not end with a cliffhanger, but can conceivably be turned into a series with additional books focused on other characters or couples. The audio book was narrated by Meghan Kelly and she is the reason this 3-star "good book" has been bumped up to a 4-star rating. Please do not interpret that negatively; a three-star rating is a good book.
While I cannot speak to the grammar/punctuation editing as I listened to the book and didn't read it, the characters were well drawn, full of life and believable. I felt for our Hero and our Heroine in their situations, in their connection and their separation and so on. The opening chapter successfully created my interest, the comradery among the characters held my interest and the "secret" kept my interest piqued. Ms Kelly added accent, tone and emotion to the black typeface. She performed well with the varied voices, male and female, younger and older. Thank goodness for her southern accents to help keep me grounded in Louisiana.
The 16- to 18-year old teenagers, making up the majority of the cast, behaved older than their years turning this possibly Young Adult story into a New Adult. The alcohol consumption, cussing and premarital sex definitely moves this story away from YA to NA categorization.
Personally, I want characters to have common sense, intelligence (for their age) and manners, who are wholesome, generally honest and vibrant. It is a turn-off for me to read stories cast with inconceivably naive (for their age), flippant, thoughtless, self-centered, and/or emotion-driven characters. To have a variety of characters is all well and good, but to have the hero and heroine so faulted makes the story unbelievable, unrealistic and illogical. Miss Davis has created a cast of believable characters. While our Heroine needs to be a minor for a certain element of the mystery portion to make sense, our teenagers come across as being 20-somethings. Though it is my personal opinion that 16- to 18-year-old children should not have free reign with alcohol, even if Mama does keep their keys and only allows the consumption of alcohol in front of her, this aspect of the story did not sit well with me, but I could still hold with it because of the kind of open parent Mrs. Broussard was and that she was offset by the parenting style of her sister, Marion.
If you enjoy New Adult, even if you are well beyond the "new adult" age group, I think you will enjoy your time spent reading this book. If you have the ability to listen to this story, I think you will enjoy this story more because of the narrator's performance. This is a light, easy, interesting read. If you only have short bits of time available to read, this book can be put down and picked up easily without losing track of events in the story line.
Thank you Ms Davis and Ms Kelly.
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Two Thousand Miles was really cute and easy to listen to non-stop. Great story.
I loved the process of her adapting to the new surroundings. Going from world of nice things to mud and country living. Living in a small town helped me relate to this story.
Once again a great performance by Meghan Kelly she does a great job!
I did. It was interesting and well written.
Worth the time. If you need a cute romance with a little murder mystery this is a great short read.
It depends on the friend and their view of drama, because this book has tons of it! If they liked the genre, then certainly!
I liked seeing Louisiana and its culture, as I have never been there. Also, I loved her new friendships! Even more than the romance actually. The ending however was so cheesy! It's just so... perfectly wrapped up and the dialogue seemed fake.
I have never. I actually expected her voice to be too.... mature for a YA book based on listening to some of her other book previews, but it was actually quite soothing as others have said.
Not particularly. I did of course, laugh, because some parts were pretty fun, However, it hasn't stuck around in my head and didn't make me cry.
Cute book! Not entirely what I am into because I couldn't really get immersed in the book, but it was entertaining and I got through it quickly! Oh, and I was given a copy by the narrator in exchange for an honest review, and this did not impact my review in any way.
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
This was a nice YA read.I was gifted the audible version for an honest review.Th storyline was interesting from the start.A teen is sent to live w/strangers for reasons we aren't told at the beginning.There are frogs legs, romance,drama and a bit of mystery thrown into this story.Meghan Kellys narration is at times a soothing steady rhythm and other times just the right voice for each character.
a charming young adult audiobook.
I have listened and really enjoyed to quite a few Y/A books, dispite being over 3 times older than intended age group. This time I did feel that this one perhaps apeals slightly more to the younger audience.
this one has a great friendly feel about it , the main character being taken under the wings of the the family as if adopted and then falling for one of the "gang" , so lot's of typical teenage problems and relationships, ups and downs.
All that said it was still a pleasant listen . Brought to life by Meghan Kellys wonderfull narration.
The narration made it engaging. The clear distinction between the characters made it enjoyable for me.
I like the sense of humor.
Meghan's voice was engaging and soothing at the same time.
No there wasn't, but I cared about the characters and I wanted to know how it ended.
I enjoyed Meghan's narration immensely. I would also be eager to listen to any other books that she has narrated.
My name is Anna and I am from Greece. I am mostly a super crazy Editor, a completely crazy mum of two and of course I LOVE AUDIOBOOKS!!!
Meghan Kelly of course and her magic voice!
Every book is unique and Two Thousand Miles is one of them.
An overall excellent performance, magnificent voice and Southern accent making all characters special. I really love this woman's voice, she makes a good book just EXCELLENT!
It made me laugh many times and I really enjoyed it very much. Also the dramatic scenes of the accident and the kidnapping were beautifully given.
Thank you very much Jennifer Davis and Meghan Kelly, you both ROCK!
the complex character relationships and plot
brought you in as a bystander to storyline.
rachel mc adams
Two Thousand Miles is the story of Kat and the summer she spends in Slidell, LA. Kat is sent to Slidell to live with the sister of her father's attorney. Kat, an only child, lives with Dana Broussard and her five children. While with them, Kat learns what it is like to have a big family and all of the fun and problems that come with it. She also falls for Mason, a friend of the family. Just as Kat and Mason get close, Kat's past comes back to haunt her. Rushed back to her family home in Malibu, Kat finds that all is not what it seems and she wonders who she can trust.
Two Thousand Miles is a book that falls in the new genre of books called New Adult. These are stories about people who are usually between the ages of 16 and 24. These books are too old to be considered Young Adult but at the same time aren't full out romance novels where the characters have established lives but personal and professional.
I really enjoyed this book. It was one that I didn't want to put down. Ms. Kelly, again, does a wonderful job of giving each character the attention to detail that they need to become compelling people. I enjoyed the interaction between Kat and the Broussard family. Kat is like a fish out of water far away from Malibu. After spending some time with them, Kat starts to rethink what is important to her.
I would recommend this book to my friends that like a good romance with some added mystery. I would like to listen to more of Ms. Davis' books and of course, more of Ms. Kelly's work too!
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