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Barely Breathing Audiobook

Barely Breathing: Breathing, Book 2

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“I’ve spent most of my life trying to make it to a future that still hasn’t happened, or avoid a past that won’t let me go. I don’t remember when I’ve ever just stopped to live in the present, to hold on to the seconds I’m in.”Emma Thomas’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart-pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe, the first installment of The Breathing Series — Rebecca’s Donovan’s bestselling romantic thriller (USA Today). Now her secret life has been exposed, and her tormentor can’t hurt her anymore. Yet, some are still haunted by that night. The bruises may have faded, but scars and fears remain. How will she reclaim her life when she’s barely breathing?

©2012 Rebecca Donovan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Tonya 07-17-13
    Tonya 07-17-13
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    "Again, what a great story."
    Where does Barely Breathing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is one of my favorites.


    What other book might you compare Barely Breathing to and why?

    Pieces of You by Cassia Leo because of the personal struggles of the character.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    I thought Kate did a good job with this story. She wasn't my favorite narrator that I have heard, but she was good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The swing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book followed the emotional roller coaster as well, but I loved it all.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cam 06-24-13
    Cam 06-24-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A……MAZING!!!!!!"
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    Never read many books where the second is even better than the first. What an incredible book and wonderful story. I highly recommend thie series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 08-26-13
    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Intense, heartache and full of turmoil"
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    WOW, what's a follow up for the Breathing series. It's so intense, heartache, turmoil, etc. I am amazed that Emma could take so much. This book explained some of the events toward the end of Reason to Breathe. Emma got away from her abusing aunt to head straight in to another abusing relationship with her mom, Rachel. Although, Rachel may not physically abused Emma, she did it mentally. Emma endured the abuse b/c she loved her mom. Again, she hid the abuse everyone including both Evan and Sara this time. I know that Emma is young and is still learning about life but for a smart girl, you would think that she learned from what happened with her aunt. I think this is where Barely Breathing drove me crazy.

    Emma and Evan's relationship struggled in this book b/c Emma constantly pushing Evan away. She sought out comfort with Jonathan who was Rachel's boyfriend. This is where I felt it was a little twisted but maybe a little bit realistic? Granted Jonathan may be closer to Emma's age, he was dating her mom. He fell for Emma b/c he felt the connection because both were abused. Emma strung both Evan and Jonathan along. From someone who claimed that she loves Evan, she lied to her teeth to him. This is very hard for me to take. She constantly reached out to Jonathan. I felt that Emma turned in to a not very nice person. She took her guilt out of Jonathan. She was mean to him and was verbally abusive. It looks like the vicious cycle repeating itself. My heart broke for Evan when Emma left. Maybe it was the best decision she made by being honest.

    This book was well written, full of turmoil and heartache. I look forward to Out of Breath for the conclusion of this series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi Michigan 07-13-13
    Cyndi Michigan 07-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Another WOW!!!!!"

    This book was as good if not better than the 1st book. I LOVE this series and will be recommending this to all my friends. Again I was so glad that I had already purchased book 3 before I finished book 2. Kate Rudd does a good job narrating too.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jody Elk Ridge, UT, United States 06-01-14
    Jody Elk Ridge, UT, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "SO SAD- but oh so GOOD!"
    Where does Barely Breathing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in my top 5 favorite overall books!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the continued great story writing from the author. She does such an amazing job with the story line.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate Rudd does a great job with voice/personality mix- you feel every emotion of each character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can't say I was moved, but heart broken for Evan and Emma toward the end. I just cried and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this series is worth several credits!!! I will listen again to this series as soon as my heart settles and the tears stop.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 05-06-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 05-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Emma hasn't changed that much"

    3.5 stars.

    This book had the same kind of pain but in a different form. In book one, the family member hurting Emma was her Aunt Carol and by his silence, her Uncle George. In this book, Carol was being hurt by her mother Rachel.

    After her ordeal at the hands of her guardians, Emma decided to move back in with her mother because she wanted to "fix us". At the end of book 1, Her mother Rachel seemed to put her alcohol addiction behind her and was holding down a job. She even had a boyfriend now.

    But as the book progressed, Emma's mom was still haunted by her demons. Emma continued to enable her by keeping all Rachel's actions a secret AND clean up her messes. Emma had gone to therapy for what happened to her, but I don't really see a sign of true recovery. She does most of the same things in this book.

    I don't know that the author's aim was in writing this book, but she could have cut out a lot of stuff. Everyone was still looking out for Emma--and Emma was still Emma. Going through the motions, giving people just enough to keep them close but really giving them nothing.

    I didn't feel satisfied after reading this book, but I wasn't pleased enough to rush and continue to book 3 immediately like I felt compelled to immediately read book 2. I don't think there is anything Emma can do to continue to deserve Evan and it would have been better if the author ended this book now with Emma going to Stanford. But I will eventually read book 3 and see if she truly opens herself up.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Misty 05-28-16
    Misty 05-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I'm Barely Breathing"

    This is book 2 in the Breathe series and although there is slightly less intensity, it is equal in emotion and heartbreak.

    I have read these books but it has been a while and I saw them on Audible, so I decided to try listening. Kate Rudd is an amazing narrator and her performance genuinely added so much to the story.

    The story begins with Emma finally getting away from her aunt and beginning to deal with the horrific trauma she suffered. I just can't even express how much I adore Evan. His love, acceptance and support of Emma is displayed at every turn and he is exactly the kind of boy you would hope your daughter to find.

    Just as in book 1, you are left in a cliffhanger of sorts. Complete emotional destruction and upheaval. So be prepared. I am so happy that I know how this is going to end and I don't have to go through the unknowing like I had to the first time.

    The whole series is worth all the credits.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Voncille Anderson 05-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautiful Story"

    Third time listening to this series. So powerful!! Evan and Emma resonate with you. Excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 08-02-15
    Kristin 08-02-15 Member Since 2017
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    "UGGGH, I finally turned it off"

    Constant whining drama, so stupid! The first book grabbed me and as soon as it finished I was amazed there was another book.....cause she died? The second book is an ongoing nightmare of drivelling, sniveling, stupid, made-up drama! Avoid if you value your sanity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelle LeTarte 12-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Teenage Angst and Emotional Immaturity"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenage, angst-filled girls.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rebecca Donovan again?

    Probably not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Kate Rudd's performance was fine, considering what she had to work with.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite it's many good reviews, this book was clearly written for teenagers. It's filled with high school ridiculousness and agonizing situations all driven by emotional immaturity. I can't explain why I kept listening…perhaps I was hoping the Emma would grow up and stop being a martyr. I won't be listening the third book in the series as I've already wasted too much of my life on the first two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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