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In captivating prose, Diane Les Becquets tells the story of one woman missing in the Colorado wilderness and another bent on discovering the missing woman's whereabouts in an unforgettably moving and thrilling literary debut.

It is the last weekend of the season for Amy Raye Latour to get away. Driven to spend days alone in the wilderness, Amy Raye, mother of two, is compelled by the quiet and the rush of nature. But this time, her venture into a remote area presents a different set of dangers than Amy Raye has planned for, and she finds herself on the verge of the precarious edge that she's flirted with her entire life.

When Amy Raye doesn't return to camp, ranger Pru Hathaway and her dog respond to the missing person call. After an unexpected snowfall and few leads, the operation turns into a search and recovery. Pru, though, is not resigned to that. The more she learns about the woman for whom she is searching, and about Amy Raye's past, the more she suspects that Amy Raye might yet be alive. Pru's own search becomes an obsession for a woman whose life is just as mysterious as the clues she has left behind.

As the novel follows Amy Raye and Pru in alternating threads, Breaking Wild assumes the white-knuckled pace of a thriller laying bare Amy Raye's ultimate reckoning with the secrets of her life and Pru's dogged pursuit of the woman who, against all odds, she believes she can find.

©2016 Diane Les Becquets (P)2016 Recorded Books

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  • Dale
  • Eugene, Oregon
  • 03-29-16

A must read especially if you like the outdoors

Would you listen to Breaking Wild again? Why?

yes, it is a good story; narrated in an engaging way. I felt as if I learned something about being stranded in the wild. It was all believable.

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

Yes, Amy Ray was lost in the woods and I wondered if they would find her. I kept wondering how she could survive such an ordeal

What about Therese Plummer and Saskia Maarleveld ’s performance did you like?

They just read it as if they were the person in the story. NO, they WERE the people in the story

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

I just finished a two hour hike and listened to it and was so engrossed in the book that I felt as if I had just began the hike instead of ending the hike. I almost wanted to keep hiking so that I could finish the book.

Any additional comments?

I want the author to write another book and I want the two women to read it.

35 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Compelling story

This is a compelling story of two women who went to Colorado to find themselves. I enjoyed the hunting and search and rescue descriptions and fhe characters. I wish there would have been less graphic sexual detail. I found myself skipping over them in the audio recording.

39 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Not a mystery; just bad storytelling.

Could have been a good book. This seems more like a story idea first draft in need of major revisions. I stuck with it hoping the author would hit her stride, but instead she fell flat. Characters weren't developed in a way that worked for this story. Having two perspectives could have worked, but didn't because the author didn't want the reader to know what was happening with the missing character in order to maintain the illusion of a mystery. A more skilled writer could have made this work.

Kudos to the narrators, they made the story sound appealing. I never would have continued to listen as long as I did if the narrators hadn't been so good.

62 of 70 people found this review helpful

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Let down

This was a big disappointment. The reviews were good, but I just couldn't connect to either of the central characters.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A beautifully crafted braid of complexity

Where does Breaking Wild rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I heard the author being interviewed on NPR earlier in the month, and the story sounded so interesting that I decided to (finally!) open an Audible account. So pleased I did! It's my first audiobook, ever, so I cannot compare it to other audiobooks. But I will say that I was actually looking forward to driving the hour to work, just so I could continue listening to this tale. When you think about a book even when you're not reading it - for me, that's when you know you've encountered a good story.

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

The plot is developed by the use of two distinct characters - Pru and Amy Raye - whose lives become entwined but are yet hidden from each other. In the audiobook, chapters are headed with the character's name, almost through the entirety of the book. Ultimately, that disappears as the stories become one tale. It got to the point that I could not leave my headset in the car, but had to wear it in the grocery store - I just had to keep listening!

Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer and Saskia Maarleveld – was your favorite?

I loved Pru, her simple and straightforward manner, her gentleness, and her perseverance which is what I loved about Amy Raye. But Amy Raye's dark places resonated with me more deeply, and I felt she was the more complex character of the two.

For performance, I gave a 4/5 stars, only because I felt the intonation for both readers was at times a bit monotonous. But that is surely a taste issue, and it did not detract from the unfolding of the story.

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

I'm not sure of a tag line, but it would definitely have something to do with how love and hope enable you to endure and pass through darkness, but how you don't hardly ever end up where you began.

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen. Am very interested in this writer's young adult fiction, which I hope to share with my students.

28 of 32 people found this review helpful

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Great suspense with strong female characters.

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

Didn't read the print version.

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

Amy Raye's wilderness experiences were the best parts for me.

What three words best describe Therese Plummer and Saskia Maarleveld ’s performance?

Pru's narration tone was somewhat one dimensional. It annoyed me for a long time and then I got used to it. And, maybe it was intentional.

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

Yes. The way the two stories are told simultaneously, but not chronologically together created a lot of suspense.

Any additional comments?

It's a gripping adventure story that underneath tells the stories of two very different, but equally strong women.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Not a book for me

Sorry but this book was not worth the effort or time for me to read. all i learned was how to track in the woods, hunt for lost people & hear about women who could not love or were over sexed. Boring! i thought with each chapter it would come alive but it didn't. Too bad

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Rampant animal cruelty. Unsympathetic characters.

Really disliked one of the most important characters. Hard to finish, had to skip parts due to animal torture. Narrator was good.

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 07-16-17

I really struggled with This

I normally like stories about surviving against oneself and the elements, but I really struggled with this story.
I couldn't connect with either main character in this story, and the narrators (who I normally enjoy immensely) just sounded bored. There was no true sense of tension, particularly when I am reading a back story that either doesn't need to be there or could have been placed at the beginning rather than among other (more interesting) central parts to the story.
I'd pass this one up, unfortunately.

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  • Pat
  • Concord, MA, United States
  • 04-24-16

Wonderful !

You will not be able to stop listening to this marvelous journey through the full range of human emotion. Life, longing, pain and redemption. It's all here.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful