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The Year We Fell Down Audiobook

The Year We Fell Down

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Publisher's Summary

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else. What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead. Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be-real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He's way out of Corey's league. Also, he's taken. Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the "gimp ghetto" of McHerrin Hall.

Over perilously balanced dining hall trays and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands. They're just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together.

All Corey knows is that she's falling. Hard. But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won't, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness - one that does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play or the brown-eyed boy who's afraid to love her back.

©2014 Sarina Bowen (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Cyndi Michigan 09-15-16
    Cyndi Michigan 09-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great 1st book in a the series! Loving It!"

    I loved this book! This book was very different from all the other books I've been reading. I have read so many "injured athlete" books in the past but never where the girl is the athlete in question. This book made me think about so many things I haven't really considered before. It was so sweet and romantic and had so many real life problems. Book 1 has me completely sucked in! I am dying to start book 2.

    The narration is great! Nick Podehl is great but I don't love his female voices and Saskia Maarleveld was perfect all around!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 12-21-16
    Heather 12-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my favorite Sarina Bowen, but still good."

    I liked this one, but I've read better from Sarina Bowen. I'm hopeful that the series continues to improve. It was a little bland for me, but I saw potential there.

    The narrators were good, especially the male narrator, but I thought the female narrator sounded a little old for new adult. I still think that they did a very nice job, especially with the voices for other genders.

    All in all, worth the money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Keyanna Butler Leakesville, MS 06-25-16
    Keyanna Butler Leakesville, MS 06-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "So good!"

    I fell in love with this book all over again. Fantastic narrators. They were perfect.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ulyana 06-24-16
    Ulyana 06-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very uplifting, very inspiring"
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    You never know how strong you are ....until being strong is the only choice you have
    This was a very beautiful and tender story...
    It touched something deeply inside me and many times i thought that something get caught in my eyes!!!This was a story about fighting and courage and bravery...
    Because you have to be brave to succeed to have this kind of life that had our heroes and especially, Corey!!!Corey was a fantastic heroine that didn't let her disability get in the way of living her life, despite what she'd been through. Her strength was admirable and I couldn't help but root for her to get a well deserved HEA!
    It might have taken Adam a little longer to figure out how great Corey is.....but in the end he recognizes what's in front of him and goes after the girl.

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    bookbruin 11-18-17
    bookbruin 11-18-17
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    "Hope Fairies Everywhere Rejoice!"

    I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read/listen to this book! Sarina Bowen writes the most heartfelt, yet humorous and quirky, books. Thanks to the wonders of whispersync, I was able to switch seamlessly back and forth between the ebook and audiobook. Nick Podehl and Saskia Maarleveld do an amazing job narrating and I especially enjoyed Saskia's performance as Corey.

    Corey was an amazing heroine. She was tough yet vulnerable and showed such incredible strength. She did seem more mature than the average college freshman, but given her history/past it made sense. I loved that she stayed true to herself, despite the heartache, and moved forward instead of wallowing in her own sadness. Her fortitude and bravery make her my favorite Bowen heroine to date.

    Hartley made my heart hurt at times when he denied his true feelings, but I could also understand to a degree why he made the decisions that he did. At his core, he's a good guy. It just took a while for that side to prevail. The only thing that didn't sit well with me was what happened the night of his 21st birthday.

    ***SPOILER***

    Just because his girlfriend was off with another guy and they have an "understanding", a little hook up is still a hook up. I know that he was grappling with his feelings for Corey, but it still felt like cheating to me. Also, if my timeline is correct, he broke up with Stacia and had Corey's virginity the next night. Even though they had been building up to this for months, it still seemed crazy fast. I'm hoping he at least changed the sheets in between! Corey was a very willing participant though and knew exactly what had been happening, so there really isn't any blame here. Just my own 2 cents ;)

    *****

    I couldn't wipe the goofy grin from my face once Hartley finally admits the truth and lets his sweetness show. I don't think that I have ever rooted for a couple harder to get their HEA. My hope fairy was definitely rejoicing at the end! I can't wait to read the next book in the series and I'm hoping we will continue to see Hartley and Callahan throughout the rest of the books too!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ShannonVM 11-03-17
    ShannonVM 11-03-17
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    "Callahan and Hartley stole my heart!"

    Like every other audiobook, this was a reread for me. I adored this sweet book and the narration was terrific. I love hearing my favorite books come to life- I always pick up on things I might have missed when reading, and it just makes me happy listening to the characters.
    I loved Hartley and Callahan's friendship. As much as I wanted them to be together I really like the way Ms. Bowen took her time with them- letting Hartley work through his stuff with Stasia, not rushing things between he and Callahan.
    They are both so sweet and it was great to see them get through that tough year together.

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    J. Hooligan @ Platypire Reviews Houston 10-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "4 Platypires"

    Okay, so I was going through goodreads to find books that fit with this month's Diversity Challenge, physical disability, and this one popped out on a couple lists. After checking it out I realized I already owned the ebook, and the audio version was only a couple dollars more... so I got that as well. This is who I am as a person. Oh, and Lenore from Celebrity Readers also recommended it to me to read this month, so that sealed my choice.

    Both main characters are hockey players that are unable to play due to physical disabilities. Adam Hartley broke his leg, so he's temporarily unable to play for his team. Corey Callahan, on the other hand, is in a wheelchair from an accident during her senior year of high school and she is no longer able to play. But they both meet during her first year of college because they're both assigned to accessible rooms.

    It's been a while since I've read a new adult romance. I don't know why I keep forgetting how much I love these things. The drama is so high, which is great! I needed that more than I realized.

    Hartley is a butt. But he's also awesome. It's complicated and I can't go into too many details. He needed so many smacks upside his head for his insolence. Also, I really liked his story. Especially his mom. She's fabulous.

    I really liked how Corey was portrayed as a strong character, especially with her disability. And how she wasn't trying to stand out or be held back. She just wanted to live her life and do what she wanted to do. And so I think the way the disability was portrayed in this story was pretty good.

    There were many times while I was reading/listening (depending on the time of day) in which I had to yell at the book because Hartley was being a punk. Or Corey's parents were being dumb. And I loved feeling all the feels as I read the book.

    Anyway, I recommend you lot check this one out. And I'm going to need to read the rest of the books in this series.

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    Liv Los Angeles metro-area 08-07-17
    Liv Los Angeles metro-area 08-07-17
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    "I lived inside this story, loved it!"
    Would you listen to The Year We Fell Down again? Why?

    Yes, I would. In fact, I wish I could re-listen to it again now. The combination of a unique story and good narrators puts this one high up on my favorites list. The premise isn't one we see too often and the storytelling was flawless.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Corey was my favorite character. She was so determined to be independent in spite of her changed circumstances - her physical challenges, how people around her perceived her physical abilities or lack there of and her inability to play hockey ever again.


    What about Nick Podehl and Saskia Maarleveld ’s performance did you like?

    I've listened to several novels narrated by Saskia Maarleveld and I love her ability to do distinct character voices. Her one minor weakness is the timbre she does her male voices in. Nick Podehl was a new-to-me narrator. He also made great choices with character acting, but I wasn't crazy in love with his feminine voice choices either.


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

    Yes, most definitely. Overall, these two narrators' styles complimented each other so well that I dove into the next book in the series eagerly.


    Any additional comments?

    This series was highly addictive for me. I don't follow college hockey at all, but I loved being in their world.

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    KellyGirl Chicago, IL 07-10-17
    KellyGirl Chicago, IL 07-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    Different. Sexy. Funny. Couldn't stop listening. I highly recommend this book it pulled on all my emotions and was thoroughly satisfying.

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    A.Fro 04-17-17
    A.Fro 04-17-17
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    "Awesome book"

    Fantastic story with characters with so much heart. Couldn't put this book down.
    Narration: sooooo good.

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