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"An epic love. An epic hate. An epic story that would last a lifetime."

Today, 8:15 p.m.

I hurt. I hurt so deeply, I felt the pain searing in my bones and jabbing like a hot poker into my heart. I knew nothing would make it better as the memories pulled from the crevices of my mind, detailing the bad and the ugly, filling my thoughts with regret as I slipped into the darkness...

When I was eight, my mother was dying of cancer, my father lost his job, and the bank kicked us out of our house. I was forced to move to the strange town of Arlis, Texas where my father and I slept in our car in the hospital parking lot. Desperate and hopeless, we lived on fumes of our former life.

Then one night, everything changed forever. A knock on the car window brought a family into my life that I only wanted to shut out. I hated charity and I hated the Masons. Well, except one. He made it impossible to hate him.

Jess Mason had the biggest blue eyes and ornery smile of any boy I had ever seen. He was a ray of sunshine in my dark world. A boy full of adventure, dragging me across the meadow of Sprayberry Ranch; a beautiful Texas paradise full of horses and tree houses that got us into more trouble than anyone ever imagined.

Jess was my everything as a kid, until we grew up and the rules changed. Instead of living happily ever after with a boy full of love...I destroyed it.

©2015 S.D. Hendrickson, LLC (P)2017 S.D. Hendrickson, LLC

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The Mason List

Who was the most memorable character of The Mason List and why?

A great debut novel from S.D. Hendrickson. It shows how for better or worse the scars of her childhood impact Alex's decisions as she grows into a young woman. Once you start on this journey with Alex and Jess you won't be able to stop.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Well I Hate the Heroine

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The heroine begin the book moaning about her life and that is what she did throughout the entire story. All of us experience tragedy it is what you do afterwards that make or break you.

Would you be willing to try another book from S.D. Hendrickson? Why or why not?

If it is anything like this one I would be hard put to try it. I loved the story for Jess and am glad he got his HEA but

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She portrayed the characters too well. the whining was annoying and I had to stop and start listening to the story. I know that sounds negative but when a narrator actually makes you feel the emotions they are doing a good job.

Do you think The Mason List needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Another book by the author without so much "why me?" in it would be good unless she is going to write one that tells more of Jess's story.

Any additional comments?

I got this ARC book via audiobook boom.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Friends to lovers, with some tragic thrown in.

What did you love best about The Mason List?

Jess. He was by far the redeeming aspect of this story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mason List?

The accident. It was like the best character is the one who got the worst of everything.

Have you listened to any of Honey St. Dennis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first listen from Honey St. Denise and she did a fantastic job. My only issue is she spoke quickly at times and it felt rushed sometimes because of this, rather than performed. I did try slowing down to .75 speed and that helped make it sound more flowing.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. I have never been so annoyed and frustrated by a heroine before. I spent 85 % of the book volleying between hating her, and pitying her for being a self absorbed twit.

Any additional comments?

This book is a hard one to review. The story was good and yet it wasn't. There really are no hearts and flowers, it is a story of self destruction, bitterness, and a heroine that has a huge chip on her shoulder, despite being treated wonderfully and cared for on multiple fronts. I questioned if she had any redeeming qualities, and I am still not sure if she does. Despite that the story is beautifully tragic, and a good insight to people who are self destructive and misunderstood. In the end I was glad that Jess the hero got his HEA, because he deserved it after everything he put up with. I say 3.5 stars overall because this story would have been more bearable had it not been overly detailed on minutiae, and drawn out without any dangling carrots that gave you hope for character improvement. It was a great story, and I would recommend because it is honest in its delivery of people, just don't go in expecting batting eyelashes, tender kisses and sweet nothings, it's not that story. I was given this audiobook for free from audiobook boom for my unbiased review.

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WOW

Would you consider the audio edition of The Mason List to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version but will be doing so because it was so fantastic.

What did you like best about this story?

What an epic tale. It was a total roller coaster ride from beginning to end.

Which character – as performed by Honey St. Dennis – was your favorite?

I couldn't pick one. Her ability to switch voices and give the depth to each character was amazing. I really enjoyed everything about her voice.

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

I wish. It was 10 hours long and I found myself driving WAYYYY out of my way to listen to a little more.

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Hmmmm where to start....

Hmmmm where to start ok At first I was REALLY CONFUSED, I actually thought she was having a breakdown!! IT FINALLY MADE SINCE at the last few chapters but since it didn't make since at the time I forgot some of it!! The end felt kind of rushed BUT IT WAS A PRETTY DARN GOOD READ!!!

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Poignant and Touching Romance

Oh what this story did to me! It made me laugh, it made me cry, and so many emotions in between. It was angsty, funny, emotional and heartfelt and it captured me from the start. I didn't think I could finish it at times, yet I couldn't stop listening! Alex and her father lost everything when her mother got sick. They received a miracle when the Mason family began helping them get back on their feet. Jess Mason became her best friend and bright star in her painful world. This story starts with a tragic event altho we aren't sure what it is. It then goes back in time telling Alex's story, how she met Jess, their growing friendship, and dependence on each other. This story effortlessly alternated from past to present sequence keeping me guessing what was happening. Alex was so frustrating at times and I didn't always agree with her decisions or actions but that is what made her authentic to me. Jess understood her like no other and they had a connection that couldn't be broken no matter what. Honey St. Dennis did a good job pulling me into this world. I felt she went a little fast at times but loved the speed when it was an especially heartbreaking or angsty scene. I also enjoyed her voice changes for each character, she really brought out each of their personality. If you love a sweet and funny, but emotional, epic love story that will take you through life's lessons and all of it's angst, then this is definitely for you.

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i suggest buying the book not narration

I couldn't get past chapter 2. The narration was over dramatic and fast paced. It was almost as if the narrator was purposely making fun of the writing. The screaming and child voices were unbearable as was the fast paced teenager voice. I like a dramatic narrator but this was ridiculous. I will never know if this book is good or not unless I buy the book also.

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I loved everything about this one

I loved everything about this. The narration was done really well for all characters. I loved how the emotion was bought to life. The story was beautiful and by the end I was in tears. And the epilogue warmed my heart. This is one that I would recommend everyone try.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook.

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great book

I was gifted this audio ARC for a honest and unbiased review from the author/narrator.
S.D. Hendrickson wrote a book where there were no hearts and flowers. It's a tale of hateful, self destructive bitter heroine who has a major chip on her shoulder. S.D. did a great job making me believe and to love hate the
Honey St Dennis did another outstanding performance with this book. She has a very smooth voices and is able to let us differentiate between the characters.

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A Great Love Story

Any additional comments?

Can I give it more stars? Because let's be honest, this book deserves so many more than I'm allowed to give.

There aren't words to describe this story. I know I can string together a bunch of words, those 26 letters can be transformed into something magical and beautiful, but there is no way I can do this book justice. SD Hendrickson took those 26 little letters and created a masterpiece of words.

I cried, I laughed, I cried. I smiled, I sobbed, I loved. Oh, how I loved Jess Mason.

This is the type of story that takes you from friends to so much more. Jess and Alex met when they were eight years old. They met under less than desirable circumstances, but they met and they became best friends.

This is the journey of two children, two teenagers, two college students, and two adults trying to find their way in this world.

Jess and Alex are inseparable, but what we see from the beginning is that these two are inevitable. They just have to happen. What Jess sees is his love for Alex never waning. He will wait for her. He will wait forever if he has to.

Alex loves Jess Mason. We know it, but we also understand all of her concerns. We feel for her. We hurt for her. Or was that just me? It can't have just been me. She loves him, but she hates everything he represents. She loves him, but fights it. She loves him.

The Mason List is told from Alex's POV and it spans 18 years. We begin in the present, but it alternates with the past. The past is where we fall in love with Jess. It's where we hurt for Alex. It's where we watch these two fall in friendship and in love.

I'll admit I was nervous while listening to this. I was afraid I wouldn't get the ending I wanted. I was afraid something horrible happened and they never got their chance (the present POVs indicate something is VERY wrong).

But SD Hendrickson doesn't completely gut me. I mean, she does, but she also makes me happy cry. I can't think of a single time I've ever cried happy tears. I didn't know it was a thing.

Until now.

This book goes down as a favorite for me. I want it in all available formats. I want a signed copy. I want this book to live on my physical shelf and never leave. I also want to start this over and listen again even though I just finished it.

It's that good.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.