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A Beautiful Funeral

By: Jamie McGuire
Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt,Joe Arden
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A Beautiful Funeral: A Novel is now a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best seller!

Losing has never been easy for a Maddox, but death always wins.

Eleven years to the day after eloping in Vegas with Abby, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas's oldest and most violent crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is a target.

The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes will be at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown, and the risk is higher than ever. With brothers against brothers and wives taking sides, each member will make a choice - let the fear tear them apart, or make them stronger.

©2016 Jamie McGuire (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Intricately woven story....well worth a listen

This is a series (unfortunately for me) I started with this one, the last in the series!! I have to read the others to get up to speed-- because McGuire has me that interested in going back to listen to the others! This book can be read as a stand alone because McGuire gives enough back ground information to keep you abreast of some of the complicated relationships between the characters. She did an absolutely STELLAR job of giving just enough information to keep the current story relevant, but, at the same time, makes you want to go back and read the story lines you have missed!

If you choose this listen, you will find the story synopsis was vague and no where near the intricacies of relationships between the characters. Two of the brothers are FBI and their cover has been blown making the entire family a target for the mob. What transpires as the story unfolds shows the emotional trauma that is family unfold as they realize that despite the hurt and what some of them considered betrayal, their only chance of survival is sticking together and fight for their lives.

Joe Arden always delivers a steady, excellent performance. This is my first listen to Ms. Schanubelt, but she also did a good job.

I recommend using a credit for this story. It is relevant, heart wrenching in some places and the character development is unparalleled! Well done Ms. McGuire!

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Don't read this book if you love the series!

I was so disappointed with this book. I have loved this series so much! And to have it end this way. I felt that things were still left unresolved and the family was left in so much turmoil! It was terribly sad and one of the character deaths was so unnecessary to the story and useless. And then to just brush it off with one sentence was unfair. This book left me hanging with the status on all of the Maddox boys and their relationships.

I wish that I had read reviews prior to reading this book as it has left me sad and wishing that I didn't read it.

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Balling my eyes out.

Jamie McGuire is an amazing author. This isn't the usual genre I read, but that's how good this series is. This book will have you crying your eyes out.

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OMG

If you're going to have a long series, the finale has to be amazing. Well, Jamie McGuire has outdone herself. I have loved every Maddox boy story, but wow. This is by far my favorite and the most emotional. It took all I had not to cry like a baby.

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Sad but beautiful!

I did like this book, A LOT, but still so stinkin sad!! The Maddox family will always hold a special place with me and how Book families go. I hope Jamie writes more about this family too.

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such an emotionally charged story

oh, wow. I can hardly put into words the emotions that this book pulled from me. I sat with bated breath as i watched this story unfold. All of the pain and drama built in over all the books and the time elapsed between the last one and this. And at the end of it all, i cried deep and long. It was utterly, devastatingly beautiful.
The narrators were perfect, putting all the feelings in each character, in each situation. I am so glad I bought the audio book.

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A Bit Overwhelming But Good for the Dedicated

I love how this brought together all the characters from the whole series, but at the same time, after not having read the series in awhile, it was a bit of work to keep everyone straight and try to remember everyone's backstory. This would probably be better if you would read the entire series straight through, because coming back to this book after a gap of time left me feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Still, I love these characters, so it was an enjoyable read, despite my forgetfulness.

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a roller-coaster of emotions!!!

Totally unpredictable ending to all loosen ties. All possible emotions in one simple family story

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Teary eyed

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would I live Jamie McGuire and the Maddox boys and this book is just amazing.

Which character – as performed by Teri Schnaubelt and Joe Arden – was your favorite?

As always im team Travis even when he makes me soooo angry

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

The ending. I can not believe that happened. Can we please get Jim and Diane's story???
So beautifully tragic and such true love

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beautiful story, needs to continue

loved the story, I cried like a baby. But loved it. wish the author continues writing about the Maddox man.

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  • 01-23-21

Love this series

Loved this whole series and didn't want it to end at all. I love how the books are written and the love between the Maddox brothers and their family. The great respect they have for their father and their wives and the love for their children. It's nice to get to know each character and this was an amazing and sad end for a great series!!

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  • 10-24-21

Tears so many tears.

What an ending. I’ve been crying for the last 5 chapters. Brilliant story all of the books. I loved them. Now I need to go and recover.

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  • 06-17-21

Amazing!

I have loved every single book in the Beautiful series, I loved each and every character and every book was written so well! I've laughed, cried and been amazed at the amount of love the characters all had for each other and how well or not so well at times, dealt with things.

I highly recommend this series, and wish there was more, I couldn't get enough of the Maddox Brothers!

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  • Dennise herd
  • 04-15-18

Thankyou

The final in this series displays a gripping whirlwind.
The loss, of strength, trust and characters is only part of the journey that this finale portrays with each characters having their on say.
I would have like to see how the family pans out from here.
Thankyou for a truely great story