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On the fast track to international success, acclaimed concert pianist Leila Cates is close to achieving her dreams. But her path to certain stardom comes to a crashing halt when the body of her boyfriend, a world-renowned conductor, is discovered on the eve of her New York debut. When rumors about their relationship surface, Leila quickly becomes the primary suspect.

Desperate to clear her name, Leila sets out to uncover the truth. Enlisting the reluctant help of Orion Frazier, the lead detective on the case, their investigation soon entangles her in a world of secrets and lies.

With everything on the line, can Leila find the strength to face what she finds?

A taut suspense thriller of dark secrets and even darker ambitions, Breaking Measures is a stand-alone prequel novella to A Woven Silence.

©2015 Emma Raveling (P)2015 Emma Raveling

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Music, Murder, Mystery and Intrigue.

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

Most definitely. The writing is artful. The plot is carefully woven. The characters are intricately drawn. It is a delight to listen to. The style reminds me of Jodi Picoult's "The Tenth Circle."

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, this book is not at all predictable. Leila Cates finds herself the main suspect in her boyfriends murder after finding him in bed with someone else and publicly fighting with him. As the situation unravels, it keeps getting worse. You cannot stop listening.

Have you listened to any of Rebecca Roberts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I certainly will in the future. She gave an excellent performance.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Just when she thought her life was perfect, it blew up.

Any additional comments?

This is sophisticated work of art. I highly recommend it. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good Who dunnit.

Would you listen to Breaking Measures again? Why?

No Great short story listen. But once was enough once you know who is doing it.

What about Rebecca Roberts’s performance did you like?

Rebecca Roberts's performance was great giving life to all of the characters. Especially to Laila

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Musicians can't kill.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Waiting for More...

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I'll start out by saying this isn't my "usual" type of novel. I enjoy character development which you don't tend to get in stories of this length - that was not the case with Breaking Measures though. I particularly like mysteries where you just cannot predict the ending ahead of time and, in that regard, I was not disappointed. I never would have guessed the killer ahead of time - they weren't even on my list of mental suspects! I felt that Leila's character was well developed and the story kept a nice pace. I'm left wanting to know more about several characters and relationships - especially Leila and Orion but also some of the other minor characters as well. Even though the plot was closed up well and doesn't feel unfinished, I still find myself wanting more and can't wait for A Woven Silence.I listened to the audio version of this book and feel that the narration by Rebecca Roberts was great - she did accents for some of the characters and the tones that she used really brought characters to life and it was easy to differentiate who was speaking at all times.***I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast.

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Breaking Measures

What did you like best about this story?

This is Emma Raveling's first adult novella, I am very pleased to say that it doesn't disappoint, it was a thrilling mystery that had me guessing until the door was opened. What I can say is that if you enjoy a mystery/suspense novel this is for you

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Poetic Writing Style

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

I would recommend this book to friends that love a good murder mystery as it has all the suspense they're looking for.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Measures?

The opening lines really set the tone for this book.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was the final concert. The emotions of the main character shone through quite well.

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

I enjoyed the book enough to want to return to my desk and keep listening at work.

Any additional comments?

Emma Raveling is an artist who paints a beautiful tale with words. From the opening lines of this audiobook, I got the sense that I was in for a treat. I enjoyed the mystery of the classic "who done it" along with the author's eloquent writing style. The narrator did a fantastic job of portraying an array of characters.
My only critique for the story is that sometimes the character would do careless things that I felt she was too educated to do. However, this didn't change my overall enjoyment of the audiobook.

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A Must Read

Would you listen to Breaking Measures again? Why?

Yes. To hear details I may have missed the first time.

What did you like best about this story?

Besides the mystery itself, I enjoyed the attention to detail that provided a glimpse into Leila's world of music.

What does Rebecca Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She really brought out the characters. The different accents helped to picture each of them.

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first Audible book... better than expected!!

Would you listen to Breaking Measures again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this story again. It was a definite refresher from always reading on my kindle. I listened to it in my car on my way to and from work or the store, my boyfriend rarely reads books and I got him listening and enjoying the book even though it wasn't his typical type of story.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved that the narrated story wasn't anything like I thought it would be. Since it was my first Audible book I wasn't completely sure what was to be expected and thought that it would be in a monotone voice and it would just drag on and on. Dang was I wrong. The narrator was awesome, the story was extremely well written. This genre wasn't one I've read a lot of but it still caught (and held) my interest and full attention.

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I'm truly in AWE of this story!

Would you consider the audio edition of Breaking Measures to be better than the print version?

I think it added a new level of intensity for sure!

What did you like best about this story?

I honestly love the writing. The descriptions are so vivid, the stage and music really felt like a demanding, living, all consuming entity.

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Roberts – was your favorite?

I thought she was a brilliant Leila Cates!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Breaking Measures is a siren song you won't be able to resist!

Any additional comments?

Emma Raveling is one of my favorite authors! I don't care what genre she writes in, her writing blows me away EVERY TIME.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Emma Raveling does it again!

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

Yes, definitely! A gritty whirlwind story that matches the tempo of the city it's set in. Emma Raveling does it again! This prequel novella to A Woven Silence left me as all her works do—greedy for more.

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Nice mystery

If you like mystery give it a listen, you will not be disappointed it is short so it goes quick. The narrator does a great job, they can make or break a book and she helps sell it with no problem. I did receive this book for free for my honest and unbiased opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful