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Elizabeth Zurlo is lost. She's a wife, a mother, a teacher, a PTA volunteer - but somewhere along the way, she has lost herself. Depression and despair can lead to desperate measures, and when she is pulled back from the brink of suicide, Elizabeth slowly tries to rebuild her marriage and reclaim her life.

Just as she has finally started to put herself back together, a scandalous novel rocks her small town...and costs Elizabeth her social standing, friendships, and ultimately, her marriage. However, the man who seemingly destroyed Elizabeth's life helps her realize who she is and what she needs to do to become the woman she's capable of being, and the woman she used to be.

©2014 Kathryn R. Biel (P)2015 Kathryn R. Biel

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A Good Listen

Would you try another book from Kathryn R. Biel and/or Lisa Beacom?

This is my second book from this author and narrator. I really enjoyed listening to this story.

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I liked this book. I felt that Elizabeth needed to grow a backbone with everyone in her life. I would have liked a more concrete ending to the book because it seemed even in the end she was waffling with her decisions. I felt so bad for Elizabeth even thought I understand why the book was written, I feel the writer was very selfish and Elizabeth should have kicked him out of her life. I still think it was a decent listen in the end.<br/><br/>A copy was provided for review by Audiobook Boom.

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Surprisingly Good!

This book is different than most books I have read. I usually prefer fantasy with HEA conclusions that are not realistic but leave you with a warm happy feeling. For me books are a scape from reality. This book was very different though. I could relate to the main character and feel her pain and frustration. I'm a mother of three and understand how being a wife and mother can consume your life so much you are left empty and frustrated.

I started listening to it and it did take a bit to suck me in but once it captured my attention I could not put it down. It goes back and forth between present and past then it jumps almost two years without explaining what happened and slowly you learn what happened to help change her life. When everything seems to be going well something awful happens and she is abandoned by all her "friends". That type of public humiliation she had to endure is more than I could have gone through.

IMO her husband was honestly stupid and clueless. He had no regard or affection towards her. I don't know many marriages that can survive without love. Her husband acted more like a roommate than a partner. He also behaved like a cheating husband. He never looked at her, never was intimate, and showed total lack of interest. Pretty sad...

Jack is a total jerk. IMO He was never an option for her. After all he did to her, it is insane that she ever gave him the time of the day. What he did is unforgivable. I would have despised him for it.

The narration was excellent and it brought the story to life. It was easy to differentiate between characters.

The book wrapped up with a surprise ending. Honestly, it caught me by surprise but it was the best decision for her. The book was very well written and narrated.

**This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion**

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Relatable

I got this book via audiobook boom. This story showcases the life of a woman who has always put others before herself. She is a wife, mother, teacher and middle aged and has lost her way. Then a writer produces a book that is loosely based on her life and her town and her husband turn against her. She has never done any of the things portrayed in the book but no one believes her. She has to experience many things including contemplating suicide and divorce before she makes the final decision in the book. She chooses to be herself. She does not have to choose a path dictated by others. We all have had to make some of these decisions even if not under these circumstances. But choosing to be who you are rather than following the dictates of others is an awesome responsibility. So many shy away from doing that.

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MOST WOMAN CAN RELATE!!! REALLY GOOD BOOK!

I couldn't stop listening to this book. I finished it in one day. It caught my attention and held it from the first chapter on. There was a brief moment of confusion because it does go back and forth but once I caught on... WOW! I'm not going to get into specifics because I don't want to spoil it for the next reader but I do recommend this book. I myself can relate to Elizabeth, I think many woman can. We get caught up being a wife and mother that we forget to take time for ourselves. Which can cause one to loose their own individuality.
"I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher."

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Love this!

I loved the book in a book thing going on. My heart went out to Elizabeth and I was glad she found herself in the end.

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Excellent!

Where does Hold Her Down rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This audiobook ranks above others I've listened to, due to the narrator.

What other book might you compare Hold Her Down to and why?

Reminded me a little of The Girl on the Train due to similarities of the main character.

What about Lisa Beacom’s performance did you like?

The narrator of the audiobook was excellent and brought all of the characters to life. Despite the fact that the book was written, and thus narrated, in the third person, it was easy to associate the narrator with the character of Elizabeth. I knew early in the book that Elizabeth’s voice was the narrator’s voice. The narrator was able to change her voice enough for the other characters so that it was not confusing to listen to dialogue, as it is with some book narrations.<br/>

If you could take any character from Hold Her Down out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Definitely Elizabeth, because I can relate to her story even though my life's circumstances have been different.

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This was a great “listen” and most women will really relate to this. Some reviews of the book have discussed the repetitiveness of the descriptions of the dark feelings of the main character, and I agree that at times the super-focus on Elizabeth’s depression and lack of self-confidence was a bit tiring. However, anyone who has gone through similar experiences knows that is exactly how one’s mind operates when one is “held down”. It was very realistic in that aspect and I could relate to it on a personal level, despite my circumstances being a bit different from Elizabeth’s. I was delighted that I arrived at the same conclusion that she did, before I reached the end of the book.<br/><br/>The narrator of the audiobook was excellent and brought all of the characters to life. Despite the fact that the book was written, and thus narrated, in the third person, it was easy to associate the narrator with the character of Elizabeth. I knew early in the book that Elizabeth’s voice was the narrator’s voice. The narrator was able to change her voice enough for the other characters so that it was not confusing to listen to dialogue, as it is with some book narrations.<br/><br/>Overall, I give the book and the narration an Excellent rating! <br/>

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Overcoming and Reinventing ..

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<br/>This story centers around the female lead, Elizabeth and tells her story on how she struggles with depression and has the courage to reinvent herself.<br/><br/>Elizabeth had issues with her parents, her marriage, and self worth.<br/><br/>The author takes the reader along Elizabeth's journey while she finds herself.<br/><br/>Overall, an Emotional Engaging Read.<br/><br/>The narrator, Lisa Beacom, did well with the narration.<br/><br/>Note:<br/>"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

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I liked it a lot.

Really liked this book & the raw honesty of dealing with depression. It was a great read with very realistic characters.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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You decide

Narration needs a little work. I found the main character to be kind of a whiner... The lead male character is a jerk! So maybe they do belong together...?

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Pleasantly surprised

At first, I thought the book was formulaic and blend of Gone Girl and 50 Shades, not that it would be horrible.

I was so wrong. Liza/Elizabeth struggles as many young mothers to find an identity of her own. A weekend lost, old prom date, gossipy housewives and a best selling erotic book turn Elizabeth's world upside down. One of my favorite parts is having a spouse describe his wife "you're my wife, the children's mother". What are you she replies "I'm an engineer, play golf...." no identifying words of husband or father.

I was pleased by the twists and turns the book took as Liza rediscovered her life and personal passions as a woman.

The narration was good but not great. The best example I can give was early on in the book during a car crisis Elizabeth says the F-word. There was emotion and volume that was never heard again in spite of broken relationships, emotional torment and extreme levels of stress. I would have expected to hear it as well as being told.

I recommend this book.

I was given a copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.