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Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part 1

King Series, Book 5
Series: King (Frazier), Book 5
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
5 out of 5 stars (884 ratings)
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How steamy is it? Sexy

Publisher's Summary

Samuel Clearwater, aka Preppy, likes bowties, pancakes, suspenders, good friends, good times, good drugs, and a good f--k.

He's worked his way out from beneath a hellish childhood and is living the life he's always imagined for himself. When he meets a girl, a junkie on the verge of ending it all, he's torn between his feelings for her and the crippling fear that she could be the one to end the life he loves.

Andrea 'Dre' Capulet is strung out and tired.

Tired of living for her next fix. Tired of doing things that make her stomach turn. Tired of looking in the mirror at the reflection of the person she's become. Just when she decides to end it all, she meets a man who will change the course of both their lives forever.

And their deaths.

For most people, death is the end of their story.

For Preppy and Dre, death was only the beginning.

©2016 T.M. Frazier (P)2016 T.M. Frazier

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Oh the hangover.....Ugh

WOW, YES SHE DID IT TO US AGAIN!! The cliffhanger...UGH... even knowing it was coming it's still killing me!

Obviously I love Preppy and I am so glad that the author jumped back & forth between now and then. I loved that we got to see what Preppy had going on from the beginning of this series when he wasn't present in the other books. We get to see a deeper side of him for sure. I think what I love so much about this series is that these guys are all so raw and rough but they all have a little bit of a soft side...and I mean a little bit lol. Preppy's story was painful, Hot and even a little sweet all in one. I can't wait for Part 2.

Ok so narration... While I liked Lance Greenfield's narration, he just wasn't the right Preppy for me. I agree that Preppy needed his own voice but after the wildish almost a little nerdish voice that Preppy had in the last 4 books, his voice in this book was a little to mellow I think. I would love to listen to him narrate more books that fit his tone better. Kirsten Leigh was great for Andrea!

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THIS BOOK WENT WAY.. WAAAY BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS

Well I thought I knew Preppy from the previous books when he came across as nerdy, charming, funny, social, sweet, sexy and a bit crazy too.. but underneath his colorful bow ties and suspenders he's very damaged and broken.. and his story is a heartbreaking one. He covers up the pain from his dark past with good friends, good lays, good times, drugs and living his life from day to day without any expectations. Then he rescues the drugged up Andrea (aka Dre) who is equally damaged and equally broken and she's ready to end it all - but Preppy has other plans for her.

And this is the start of a dysfunctional romance because Preppy knows he's emotionally broken and he just can't keep Dre but that doesn't stop him from trying to save her from her first love.. Heroine. Dre knows she's hit rock bottom but slowly the crazy, demanding, hot and very sensual Preppy saves her - but it comes at a price.. her heart.

Multi-layered complex characters, a highly charged emotionally fraught storyline, some smokin hot rough sex scenes, dialogue that flowed naturally, good character development, humor, angst, drama and, out of the depths of despair, there was love. But the timing was all wrong because we're going to have to wait til the release of book 2 in Jan/Feb next year.. or even book 3 before we find out if/or how Preppy is going to come back from the grave to claim his HEA with Dre. Chapters were flashbacks to the past or present day scenes, dual POV and great narration.

Worth a credit? TM Frazier has written another riveting story to add to this gritty series and her ability to write such an emotionally deep storyline, emotionally damaged characters and an emotionally charged love story leaves me in awe of her talents. So, YES a very gripping and creditworthy listen.

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Original, Wicked, Twisted, and Unforgettable!

…..And this is just the beginning of Preppy's journey!

I have fallen in love with this series and T.M. Frazier's writing style. Like others who have been following King, I have been anxiously waiting to hear Preppy's story. True to Frazier's unique style, it was just as riveting, intense, and had a few shocking twist I've come to expect from her. Frazier's world building skills is amazing, the plots are vivid, intense and keeps you guessing and the character development is top notch. They are flawed, damaged, realistic and have colorful personalities. While these stories end on a cliffhanger, I'm completely invested and look forward to hearing the rest of their stories.

From the first book, I have been intrigued and fascinated with Preppy's character. Whether he was dead or alive, he's been an important influence to his closest friends and was never far from their thoughts. He's survived a past that has wrapped him into the unapologetic man who will appall you with some of his depraved, sadistic thoughts and actions, but will also crack your heart a little each time you see a little bit more of his vulnerable side and the random acts of goodness he does for others. Even with his past, he's funny and l love all his quick witty charm.

I do have to admit, I had change in narrator blues. I really missed Molly Glenmore and Rob Shapiro's performance. However, I don't know if it was the amazing story or if I adjusted to Lance Greenfield and Kirsten Leigh quickly, but I found myself totally engrossed by this audio and listened to it almost non-stop so I have no complaints with either Greenfield or Leigh performance. They really delivered on the plot, dialogue and characters.

I loved this story! There's no question in my mind if it's worth the time and credit; it's absolutely worth both even with the dreaded cliffhanger. (This cliffhanger wasn't as intense as some of the others in the series, but I'm hooked on the stories and looking forward to the next installment to Preppy's story.)

If you have not started this series, and like dark, intense romances, please do not miss out on this series. It's great! Download them all!

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T. M. Frazier is amazing. Absolutely amazing.

Once again, Frazier delivers. The highly anticipated Preppy was everything it promised to be and so much more. Can't wait for the next!

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Preppy So Awesome

Cannot wait for the next Preppy Book. Learning about the beginning of his story with Dre was just what the Doctor Ordered. I am looking so forward to his next book. Shortest time spent on any book. Could not stop listening.

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Heartbroken

The change is narrators definitely ruined this book for me. I’d been so looking forward to Preppy’s story. He’d made me laugh with his crazy comments in the books leading up to this one. I think if they hadn’t changed him so much in this book I would have actually enjoyed it.

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Frustrated.

It always disappoints and frustrates me when a series goes books deep with narrator(s) who are so amazing and bring the characters to life and then change them for the worse. Great series and characters otherwise.

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Damn, where’s the Kleenex

I’ve gotta say, this author is seriously talented. How she can write a book containing three different timelines, all mixed together and still have the plot flow flawlessly. I must admit that I do resent, a bit, that this story has been split into three 7.5 hour books instead of one twenty hour book. Unfortunately, that also means we have to suffer two cliffhangers. Ugggg!
That being said, the story is beautiful but heart wrenching. There is one major flaw, however, the narration from the first four books, for Preppy, does not match the speech patterns or Cadence of before. As a matter of fact, it’s almost polar opposite. Preppy is a manic, fast talking character in books 1-4 but, other than changing topics Willy Nilly, his character is pretty normal in book 5. I’ve decided to embrace this new version of Preppy and ignore the changes.
The most important thing to note is, even though I’ve noted some major flaws, I still gave this book a solid five star rating. I did this because the writing and story are brilliant. So as long as you can handle some violence, tales of sexual abuse against children and a little bit of depraved sexual urges, this should be an immediate download for you.
-V from Kansas

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I wanted this to be so much better..

The First 4 books in the King series was so great and with Rob Shapiro's narration , it made it even better.
Preppy was a character portrayed in the first 4 books that was just hysterical. He was a total goof even though he had a very deep dark past that he dug out of. All these characters in this series did.
I loved each and every character as they found someone to bring them back to life.
Since Preppy was such a great character, I figured that moving onto his chapter showing his personal saga, this would be really good.
It just didn't have the humor, or personality that was in the first 4 books. I think it might have something to do with Lance Greenfield not portraying Preppy like Rob Shapiro did. I think the writing also left Preppy a bit without his flare.
Narrators are everything in these books and I do love Lance Greenfield. He is wonderful, and I guess this author, T.M. Frazier just didn't continue Preppy's hysterical personality in this one.

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Story is AMAZING.

Preppy's storyline was just amazing!! I am a little disappointed that we didn't get a little more crazy thoughts out of the head of Preppy, given the insinuations we got about how nuts he was in the other King series books. But overall, this is a phenomenal continuation of the series and can't wait to listen to book 2!

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  • Amo
  • 11-05-16

Preppy coming to life

I loved this audio of my little preppy not only did the story capture me from the beginning hearing Preppy come to life was amazing.

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  • Claire Thake
  • 01-03-18

Amazing!

Would you listen to Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part 1 again? Why?

Yes. it was well narrated and a fantastic story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Preppy.....because pancakes!

What about Kirsten Leigh and Lance Greenfield ’s performance did you like?

it felt real, and was easy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

When I heard that TM Frazier would be writing Preppy's story, I just knew I had to get my hands on a copy asap! Preppy in the character in the King series that you just need to know more about, and as usual TM Frazier doesn't disappoint!
From the moment Preppy meets Dre, you know sparks are going to fly! They meet when he catches Dre in the middle of trying to steal from her elderly grandmother; shes broken and lost and Preppy just cant help himself trying to fix her in his own way!
This book is beyond HOT! Preppy and Dre are HOT, and this book was everything and more that you could have wanted from Preppy's story. I cannot wait for the next instalment as the ending of this book just left you needing so much more of this amazing story

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  • Jill Kirtley
  • 01-02-18

Brilliant!

Preppy: The Life And Death Of Samuel Clearwater, part 1 is book 5 in the brilliant King series by T M Frazier. Preppy and Dre are great characters in this exciting, dark and thrilling story, and there's plenty of light relief with Preppy's one liners. It's at times harrowing, and extremely hot, you won't want to miss it! Oh and the narrators are perfect! I highly recommend.

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  • Michelle
  • 01-27-17

Narrated

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This book should have been Narrated by same guy that done the 1st 4 books in this series, that voice was unique & perfect to Preepy's character. Having a different narrator took me out of the book I did not like it :(

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  • Mrs.
  • 01-14-17

You can't help but love Preppy

When I saw that this book had been published, I was a little dubious. I was wrong to be. The story weaves together well and it is so good to hear Preppy- I couldn't stop smiling. He is every bit as f****ed-up and wonderful as I hoped he would be. Couldn't put this down.

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  • emmalouiseforbes
  • 05-28-19

I loved this story

I have fallen in love with audible books from the King series. I have found the characters so compelling but I loved hearing Preppy’s story as he was such a unique character.

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  • barbora
  • 02-09-18

Aaaaaaa Another great one in a great series!

Would you listen to Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part 1 again? Why?

Hell yeah!

What other book might you compare Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part 1 to, and why?

Any other one in this series! Great story. Kept me on the edge of the seat from start to finish.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Mmmm All of them I guess. But the end killed me: Who are you!? She is my wife!Like, Whaaaat?

Any additional comments?

I haven't been lucky with books I purchased lately I returned few of them and that was a bit disappointing Then I stumbled upon TM Frazier's books and hallelujah! finally some great books, which I won't mind listening to again. I'll be sure to buy all her books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-27-16

omg

that was very good. if you like the others then youll love this.😉😉. . .

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  • Carcoura
  • 11-17-16

Love him? hate him? hate loving him? Preppy rules!

I listened to this audio book less than a fortnight after finishing the book. I honestly didn't think it would be possible to improve on what TM Frazier gave us in print, but the narration was terrific, the pace perfect, and I'm sure I'll be listening to this at least twice more while waiting for Part 2!
Fave line: “Why do I have a gun?” he repeated, like it was the ridiculous question that it was. “’Cause throwing bullets by hand isn’t exactly effective.”
Loved it!