He Came Back

Narrated by: Caroline McLaughlin
Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling Author Lorhainne Eckhart brings you He Came Back, one woman's haunting journey when her husband returns home and everything she thought she knew about their life together has suddenly changed.

©2015 Lorhainne Ekelund (P)2016 Lorhainne Ekelund

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He came back

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Unlike many romances that deal with PTSD , Annie and Sean were already married and had already experienced other tours of duty. This was to be his last one before leaving the military and joining the Coast Guard so they could concentrate on having a family. However, nothing goes according to plan.

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Good Story Told A Little Too Flat

Although normally swerve from anything that smacks of too much romance, something about the description of this book drew me in. This is a compact third-person narrative. It is told with an economy of words without skimping on character development, freshness, or interest. We get a full on frontal from the protagonist (the wife). We also get snatches of what other’s going on in the minds of other characters (the husband and his friends). From these perspectives we learn about the world the author has built. From the opening paragraph until the end, I remained pretty much engaged.

There were concerns. At one point early in the story the protagonist says to herself (I'm paraphrasing here) that her husband is someone she loves more than her next breath. A few chapters later the husband to a friend "I love her more than my next breath." Too much sap and obvious repetitiveness can kill a good story and this is a good story. Also there are some conveniences that were just too convenient. For example the husband's best friend served time in the military and now is a cop and is married to a cop and flurry of other lineups that compromise credibility. These neat pockets of "outs" serve the author rather than the story, but they are not deal breakers. What almost killed the story was the protagonist's quick, poorly explained change of heart which occurred multiple times, and overall made the story lose texture.

The saving grace was the complex and curious play between the wife and the husband's friends. This is what kept me listening.

The narrator's performance could have been stronger, less flat reading, more authentic connection with each of the characters. Also there was not enough distinction between the female characters and between the male characters.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Great mystery

The plot line is intriguing and keeps the reader guessing until the end. I loved it and can't wait to read the next in this series.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Emotional and uneasy

He came back is not only about veterans suffering from PTSD. It is the emotional story of two couples of damaged, imperfect characters that evoke sympathy and fury at the same time. The male protagonists are no heroes, and their ideas are questionable. Their wives are far from being the strong female personas so frequently celebrated in books. However, all characters feel real, and the listener remains glued to the story hoping that they will finally realize the error of their ways. In the end, they don't, but they get to their happy ending all the same. The interpretation's rendition of all roles is excellent. The men sound overbearing and assertive, the women sweet and fragile, evoking a sense of turmoil in line with the storyline's uneasiness. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. Opinions and comments are solely my own

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Emotional rollercoaster

This is an engaging story about a soldier who returns from his tour of duty a far different man. It is obvious that he is suffering from PTSD, but he refuses to share with his wife. Instead, he relies on his friend to help him through. When he finally snaps (inevitably) and nearly kills his wife, he finally seeks help. Things progress and it seems that everything is going to work out fine. But, of course, there has to be the big finale! Not a bad book, but it did become tedious at times. The MC, Sean, is not very likeable and I found myself wanting to shake him. His friend, Zach, wasn't much better in that he didn't insist that Sean seek help before tragedy could strike. There was a happy ending, but not before loads of problems. The narrator did a good job and added a lot to my listening pleasure. I was given the chance to listen to the audiobook version of this book by the author and chose to review it.

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Enjoyable

Started off slow but got better and better Bought tears to my eyes If you have a heart this is a nice book

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Great read

I received this book free and I am voluntarily leaving a review. I loved the overall storyline and the wonderful characters. Lorraine Eckhart is an amazing author and I’m a huge fan this is another great read. I’m new to audible books but I love it! This narrator kept my attention and brought the characters to life.

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Deeply emotional

He Came Back by Lorhainne Eckhart is a well written and poignant, emotional book that was nicely performed. Annie and Sean navigate emotional land mines neither saw coming. It seems like blow after blow rain down on them or one step forward, two steps back. Overall, the book is well written and the narration conveyed the emotional depth and urgency well.

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This was another great audio. I really enjoy this book more with the audio. It really brings the story to life.

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Great book

This was a very good book enjoying every bit of it I cried at times and I really felt for the characters they were so real I really loved it

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  • 07-23-20

Great story

Great story, shows how ptsd can affect people who have done tours and how hard they have to fight to come back from what they have seen and get help to come back to loved ones. Really Well put together into a story of two friends who had served together and trusted each other with each others lives.