We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Heartborn Audiobook

Heartborn

Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Her guardian angel was pushed.

Keiron was made to be a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a world where violence and deceit are just around every corner.

His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has bent time to save a girl he has never met.

Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.

Until Keiron arrives.

In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy's failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn's life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.

Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.

©2016 Terry Maggert (P)2016 Terry Maggert

What the Critics Say

"This story is so unique and beautiful, I sort of want to reach through my laptop screen and shake you all a little bit to emphasize how much I want you to read or listen to this book. Julia Whelan’s narration was perfect.” -The Desert Bibliophile

"Terry Maggert's vivid descriptions and fascinating characters help create a story that lends itself well to the audiobook format” -Never2Many2Read

"The narrator for Heartborn was fantastic.” -Paper Cuts

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (24 )
5 star
 (13)
4 star
 (10)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.3 (24 )
5 star
 (11)
4 star
 (9)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.7 (24 )
5 star
 (17)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    The Audiobookworm 10-25-16 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    64
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Majestic Writing + Emotional Depth"

    4.75★ Audiobook⎮ Heartborn is the first story of “Angels” that I enjoyed from start to finish and to this magnitude. I usually shy away from angelic tales because I haven’t had the best experiences with them in the past. But having heard and liked Terry Maggert’s writing in Halfway Dead, I begin listening to Heartborn without reservation.

    Maggert’s unbridled writing ability is on display in Heartborn. It’s absolutely majestic. Terry’s writing is as beautiful as the cover art. There were several times when I rewound the audio just to hear a phrase again. Heartborn had a direct line to my heart and spoke to it incessantly.

    I’m still a teensy bit indifferent about Keiron, most likely from a lack of meaningful exposure to the character. But I absolutely adored Livvy, the protagonist. Her story of living with a debilitating medical condition is reminiscent of that of the main character in Magonia. Livvy was extremely relatable and likable. I connected with her almost instantaneously and rooted for her until the very end. She was an exceedingly authentic character and was certainly no “Mary Sue”.

    As I’ve said before, I will never get tired of reading about protagonists with disabilities or significant medical conditions. It’s an extremely refreshing shake up to the usual YA tropes and offers literary representation to an often underrepresented group. I especially appreciated the delicacy with which Maggert approached her medical condition. I can imagine that many, many readers will be able to identify with Livvy’s experiences.

    Another thing that intensified my enjoyment of Heartborn were the alternating POV chapters. The paranormal/contemporary universe setting swap was also reminiscent of Magonia, but was better done in Heartborn. Normally when reading stories with alternating POVs, I tend to gravitate towards one of them and suffer through the others. That was not so with Heartborn. I was just as invested in the happenings of Keiron’s noble family as I was in Livvy’s ordinary human life on Earth.

    Heartborn presented emotional depth for which I was completely unprepared. In my experience, the first installment in a Terry Maggert series is just the tip of the iceberg. Oh, there are unanswered questions, for sure. They first appear to be plotholes, but experience and intuition tell me they are just thin areas in the plot that will likely be reinforced in coming installments. My enjoyment of Heartborn was more than enough to persuade me to exercise patience instead of frustration and anxiously await Heartborn #2.

    Narration review: From the moment I heard Julia Whelan would be narrating Heartborn, I was beyond excited. There are certain narrators that are so consistently spectacular that you know a homerun is coming before they even step up to the plate. She’s a rockstar in the world of audiobook narrating. Julia’s narration of Heartborn was flawless. Her voice acting skills and Terry’s gorgeous writing made for one phenomenal listening experience. I implore anyone interested in Heartborn to consider giving the audiobook a listen. Your ears deserve an experience like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    SammiiTX 10-10-16
    SammiiTX 10-10-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Narrator, Good Story"
    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but this one was very good!


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

    Yes, it was!


    Any additional comments?

    Audio Portion:
    The narrator for Heartborn was fantastic. She had a crisp, clear voice that I could perfectly understand even with the speed turned up. She also made the story sound really good. I was more keen on listening to her voice throughout the story because it was so soothing.
    This audiobook was not long; clocking in at 6 hours and 20 minutes. Throughout those six and a half hours (less because I had it on 1.5x speed) I did not lose focus. I even sat down with almost 4 hours left just to finish it because I was so interested.
    My one complaint about the narration was that she made all the men sound the same. I could not tell the difference between the male characters as I could the females. It made listening difficult, especially when there was more than one man in the scene.
    Story Portion:
    I left confused. I really enjoyed the story that was told, don’t get me wrong, but I have questions.
    Such as:
    • Why is Keiron so well adjusted to the human world?
    • What the hell is a Heartborn?
    • How does a 17-year-old have a full time job?
    • Why isn’t Livvy in school?
    • Where does Keiron live in the human world?
    I need those to be answered so I can actually understand what the heck is going on in this dang story!
    Besides all my questions, I did like the story. Like I said above, I sat down just to listen to the story so I could know what happened! Besides the vagueness, the story was very well written and entertaining.
    I absolutely loved Livvy. She is one tough cookie that has not let having half a heart get her down. Even though she can’t fully live life, that doesn’t stop her. She isn’t sad and moping about her situation, instead she does what she can and doesn’t let herself let a moment go by that she isn’t savoring life.
    I wish I had more from Keiron’s perspective. He was a very vague character that suddenly appears in Livvy’s life for a few day’s and suddenly she is dating him. Like what? It took me over a year of getting to know my boyfriend before we started dating. That doesn’t just happen! You can’t go around kissing people in a library, that’s not how it works. Though, it might. This was a YA Fantasy novel. Anything can happen in them.
    All in all, I loved Heartborn. I need my questions answered and I hope that there is a sequel so I can continue on with the story and also have these pesky questions answered! I do wish I had the book in my hand to follow along with, maybe I would’ve found the answers to some of those questions. Plus, there was some really good quotes that I wished I could’ve highlighted! I would recommend reading or listening to this book if you are into angels and strong female characters. Oh, and one hell of a plot twist.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer L. 03-03-17
    Jennifer L. 03-03-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    37
    25
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Breathlessly amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd definitely recommend this audiobook because the storyline is so intriguing and the narration is absolutely perfect.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heartborn?

    One of the most memorable moments is when you see how much parents are willing to sacrifice for their children.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    All of the characters were performed so well, it's impossible to choose just one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were many extreme reactions to this, not funny, more like heart wrenching, especially at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Terry Maggert can do no wrong.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rabid Reader 01-14-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    487
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    196
    196
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love, sacrifice and intrigue"

    This is a beautiful story of love, machination, family and sacrifice. The author has created a fascinating world you want to hear more about and characters that you can not help but fall in love with. Angel based books are not usually my favourite but the unusual take the author puts on these angels is captivating and I enjoyed hearing every word. The different "houses" and types of angels, and the intrigue, decept, manipulation and aggression shown is anything but what you would normally consider angelic. The intertwining story lines, action, heartache, excitement and beauty of this story will capture your heart and your imagination and take you on a journey that you don't want to end. I loved Livvy, her humour, vulnerability, strength and determination makes her character shine and the development of her and Keiron's relationship is pure and tender. The author's ability to draw you into this world with his artful descriptions, flowing style, captivating storyline and amazing characters will have you excited, happy and heartbroken all at the same time and the narrator captured the feel of the characters well, imparting the anxiety, sorrow, love and tension of the different character into her voice. I will look forward to hearing the next audiobook in this series. I received this audiobook at no cost and under no obligation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Snoopyvet (Karen) 12-10-16 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    103
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    196
    162
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heartborn to be better than the print version?

    No I love both. Print books are my first love but audio books are what helps me get through my hour long commute


    What did you like best about this story?

    How did it was from anything else I've read lately. I really liked how I though I knew where the author was headed but my guess was wrong


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

    No but I really loved how she brought the story to life


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It didn't make me cry but it really made me think deeply about so much while listening to this


    Any additional comments?

    Was intrigued by this book when I first read the synapsis and was not disappointed at all.
    Worth a credit and then some.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer Y 11-14-16
    Jennifer Y 11-14-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful story with fabulous narrator!"

    My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

    *I received a free audiobook copy in exchange for an honest

    Heartborn is a wonderful story and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent listening to it.

    This was my first book by the author and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I enjoyed every aspect of the story from the unique characters and the intriguing storyline to fantastic world created in Heartborn. Every element was so refreshing and interesting to me that I lost track of time as I listened to this engaging story.

    Livvy, a teenager born with a rare heart condition, finds her world turned upside down when a handsome stranger walks into the library where she works. Keiron, a Heartborn guardian angel, has unexpectedly come to earth and knows he must protect Livvy at all costs. However, things don't go smoothly for the pair or the family Keiron left behind. And as war threatens because of his absence, Keiron's family must decide what actions to take to protect themselves and their home.

    Flipping back and forth between the two settings, we are offered a glimpse of what life is like post-Keiron's fall for both Livvy and for his family. And I absolutely loved it. I loved the character of Livvy and her toughness despite, or perhaps because of, what she has been through during her life. And her friendships and interactions with other characters are so interesting and fun as her personality shines through. She's such a great character that you can't help but care for.

    And the entire world that the author created with Heartborn, Windborn, Lightborn, and more types of angels and their homeland is so interesting. I enjoyed learning more about them and their history. I found myself looking forward to each scene in which we would visit and learn more while trying to understand the politics of this unusual world.

    Terry Maggert's vivid descriptions and fascinating characters help create a story that lends itself well to the audiobook format. And Julia Whelan brought this world to life with her voice. She truly is a magical storyteller, in my opinion. I became lost in the story as I listened to her soothing voice and enjoyed the life she breathed into the story as well as into each of Terry Maggert's characters.

    I enjoyed each personality that she gave the wide variety of characters. I soon forgot that she was the sole narrator as I listened to each voice and conversation. And as I mentioned before, I adored the character and personality of Livvy, and hearing her "voice" endeared her to me even more.

    This book was so good and I am so glad that I got the chance to listen to it. I now want to "read" it again for myself if only to savor the story and its characters at my own pace.

    Heartborn has made me want to listen to more of Julia Whelan's audiobook work as well pick up more of Terry Maggert's books. I definitely recommend this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Louise 11-14-16
    Louise 11-14-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The plot is engaging and the characters complex."

    First, and completely shallow I know – just look at that freakin’ cover! Absolutely gorgeous! I listened to the audiobook, but I’d definitely buy a paper copy to put that beauty on my shelves.

    Okay, moving onto the actual plot – most of the story splits pretty neatly into two separate parts:

    One half is the more traditional fantasy with lots of world-building about the society and culture of the angelic warriors. It focuses on the political intrigues of Keiron’s family — House Windhook — and features action-packed combat Trials as they take on the villainous Crescent Council. This part has an epic-style feel to it, with large scale repercussions and world changing power struggles.

    The flip-side of the coin is Livvy’s story, her work in the library and her meeting with Keiron. This part is slower and more reflective, really delving into her character and past. I found Livvy to be a really interesting lead character. She’s complex — much of her personality is affected by her medical condition, but she’s incredibly likeable and I think we’ll see great things from her as the series continues. The romance between the two is well written, and even although the dreaded ‘instalove’ is employed, the romance is subtle and only a small part of their characters.

    This story was completely different from what I was thought it would be. I was expecting a relatively bland paranormal romance, along the lines of the sea of Twilight knockoffs out there. Heartborn is so much more than the typical YA paranormal story. The plot is engaging, the characters are deep and complicated and there’s a killer plot twist. Maggert has a very lyrical and descriptive style of writing with some beautiful turns of phrase that somehow manage to avoid purple prose.

    My only real problem is that it’s clearly the first in a series and it really feels like it. There’s loads of unanswered questions about the backstory and character motivations, but I’m hoping they’ll be answered in the sequel which I’ll definitely be picking up.



    Narrator: Julia Whelan

    Whelan is a very good narrator and gives an enjoyable performance. She has a low, soothing voice and an unobtrusive accent that is pleasant to listen to. She speaks clearly and slowly — I didn’t ever feel that she’d skimmed over passages or missed out important information. It made the story easy to follow along with, which I think is critical to a good audiobook.

    She provides a good variety of voices considering how many characters there are. Sometimes the characters could have been a tad more differentiated, especially in the scenes between Windhook and the Council, but as generally little description is given to the characters, she worked well with what she had.

    The recording is well produced, clear and well-paced – a pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ashley Kendall Virginia, US 07-03-17
    Ashley Kendall Virginia, US 07-03-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narration Excellent, Plot a bit Confusing"
    What did you love best about Heartborn?

    I'd say the angel parts. I found their world to be very fun! A bit confusing, but fun nonetheless.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heartborn?

    When the Wintook family goes against the Crescent Council and kicks butt!


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

    Her characters! She truly does an excellent job narrating characters!


    Any additional comments?

    Hey guys! Today I'm reviewing the audiobook Heartborn by Terry Maggert and narrated by Julia Whelan.

    This plot is really amazing! While angel books tend to put angels in the best light and make them ethereal beings that no one can quite wrap their mind around, this author has taken a different route with them. There are several types of angels and different factions running amok. They have darker personalities. Most are aggressive, possessive, prideful things. Though the Kieran is kinder than his brethren, he still has flaws. I really thought this concept was wonderful. 

    Although in execution it was confusing at times. I was utterly confused as to what a Heartborn was the entire story. Thank goodness it was 80% clarified at the end. Although I wish it hadn't taken so long, as we were told Kieran was a Heartborn right in the beginning, and the reader has to wonder wtf is that the whole time! There are then cloud and mist, etc born angels. Those are apparently not something we get to learn about in this book. Even though I would have really liked to. The Crescent Council is apparently the bad guys in this situation. They have been ruling angels for forever and want everyone to bow to their will. House Wintook is not a fan, so when they send their son to the past? (very unsure about that) to save a girl and the council comes calling to say their other son had killed him and they had to answer for their crimes, Wintook takes a stand. 

    They take in this Blightwing named Cressa. She is a Blightwing because she has killed and her feathers turned grey. Kinda sad really. They go to the council meeting and decide to throw down against three members. Now I'm not entirely sure what Wintook is fighting for. I get the council is corrupt, but Wintook doesn't seem like it wants to lead. It just seems to want to liberate angels from the council, but then leave chaos in it's place. Maybe we will learn more in the next book.

    As for the other world. I'm not sure if Earth is in the past or future or just alternate dimension. Vassa, Kieran's mom, alludes to it being in the past. However in the library that Livvy works in the book on Wintook is old. So if there's a book on Wintook in the library doesn't that mean that the angels are in the past? Oh but get this we learn that the library was fake, say what????? Yeah Kieran made the illusion. Like how does a whole town not know a library is fake? Or did he make the illusion in Livvy's mind and she has been kept somewhere the whole time? 

    Also how do her parents know she's Heartborn? Why didn't they tell her? Why is Livvy so accepting of angels in the end? It almost seems like she knows, but doesn't at the same time. The mean librarian wasn't part of Kieran's illusion, so why doesn't he end the illusion to keep Livvy safe? How do we go from sitting in the library, Livvy walking to a door, and then lying on a gurney being wheeled towards a heart transplant? If the illusion ended shouldn't we have some sort of idk transition to the car accident and then the hospital?

    The Wintook storyline gets a 4/5. Livvy's gets a 3/5. It's too confusing to piece together. Not very many questions are answered, and to be truthful hers is the more boring out of them. She's just working in a fake library the whole time and then kisses Kieran. Wintook takes on the Crescent Council and sows seeds of destruction! It's kinda sad to go from super action to super snore fest back and forth. However I do know with how it ended the next book will have more action. So 3.5/5 for the storyline.

    Now the audio was just wonderful! It was a steady and even pace. The tone was light yet commanding. Whelan's voice fit perfectly in this story. She really made the character's come to life and her voice is what sucked me in the most, as it really should be with audiobooks. I've heard her before and I was happy to have a familiar voice listening to the story. She did such a great job with all the characters. I love when a narrator can have a big range to their storytelling. It gets so boring when you hear the same female or male voice over and over, because the narrator can't distinguish between one of the sexes well. I'd give her a 5/5 stars.

    Overall this story deserves 4.5/5 stars! I can't wait to get my hands on the next in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    The Book Junkie Reads . . . 06-21-17 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    214
    96
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    29
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Cadence and pacing kept the read moving forward"

    Falling the journey of Livvy and Keiron as they sought the truth of her heart, his need to save her, his power to save her and the depth of someone to love and die for another.

    A being of love, light, power, strength, purity, yet capable of violence, deception, lies. How do these things work together? How do they not tear a soul apart? Keiron was of the heavenly realm. He was more than should have every graced the Earth below. Until the day he stumbled in to a world where there was something more. Some one more, Livvy.

    This read for me was more than just about the angels or their struggle. This read gave me a look at a girl and a boy (man) and their relationship on a level so pure, sweet, innocent, and real. There was the story of pure love, total sacrifice, and beauty of life and living.
    The emotions evoked were real and heartfelt. The pacing was just right. The sweetness of it all made for a read that could be shared and discussed with family. This was a fantastical tale of love, sacrifice, innocence, and beautiful relationships built on friendship.

    Narrative Review of . . . HEARTBORN (Heartborn, #1) . . . The cadence of this read was more and different than I was expecting. The cadence of the narrator kept pace with the way that I had read the book the first time. It was precise. I found the audio quality to be clear and crisp. I found not repetitions or lag times. I found that Julia made the read feel more real. I could feel the emotions of it more. I found my imagination become more sparked with imagery. I loved that when changing the speed of the narration the quality was still there and the impact of her voice still resonated through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    A Miller 06-15-17
    A Miller 06-15-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fresh, unique, and beautiful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heartborn to be better than the print version?

    I don't have the print version, but Julia Whelan did an amazing job, so I'd say yes!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heartborn?

    Livvy's discovery in the head librarian's office was pretty creepy.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    It's hard to pick, because she did a lovely job with all of them, but if I must pick a favorite I would have to say Livvy.


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

    Nothing is the same after her guardian angel is pushed to Earth.


    Any additional comments?

    “Heartborn” was unique and refreshing, with likable characters and promises of an intriguing series to come. I highly recommend this for both lovers of sword-and-sorcery fantasy and those who enjoy a good urban-esque setting. I also recommend getting the audio version. Just be prepared for a cliffhanger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.