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 .
Reason to Breathe Audiobook

Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

Regular Price:$13.99
  • 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

"This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?"

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

One girl's story of unspeakable cruelty, life-changing love, and her precarious grasp of hope, Reason to Breathe is the first installment in the acclaimed Breathing Series.

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (1485 )
5 star
 (770)
4 star
 (389)
3 star
 (181)
2 star
 (74)
1 star
 (71)
Overall
4.2 (1320 )
5 star
 (704)
4 star
 (319)
3 star
 (159)
2 star
 (72)
1 star
 (66)
Story
4.3 (1323 )
5 star
 (764)
4 star
 (343)
3 star
 (134)
2 star
 (47)
1 star
 (35)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    kelsey 03-31-16
    kelsey 03-31-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "not what I expected"

    I waited the whole time for this book to wow me. it never happened. the entire story came off very whiney and childishly dramatic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lauren1919 03-21-16
    Lauren1919 03-21-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    150
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great book"

    I couldn't stop listening/reading this book!!
    very well written. it's a sad but also inspiring story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kaleigh 03-06-16
    Kaleigh 03-06-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sweet Romance, good message, sad book"

    I loved the message; love and hope makes you stronger. I liked the romance between Evan and Emma. Instead of just living, she gave in to love. And Evan loved, protected, and accepted her before he even knew what she was going through. I did think the book was slow and some of the characters were annoying. However, I will be reading the next book. The cliffhanger ending was expected, but exciting/horrible! If you stories of people in horrible situations, and rising above it. This is your book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    I M Strong USA 02-10-16
    I M Strong USA 02-10-16 Member Since 2016

    Book lover and blogger.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow just wow!!!"
    What did you love best about Reason to Breathe?

    This story is heartbreaking and sweet at the same time. It ends unexpectedly on a major cliffhanger but the next two books are out so I am jumping right on it. I cannot imagine how Emma was able to handle and survive all that she did. I loved seen her starting to grow and cannot believe how evil her aunt is and how blind to her everyone else is with exception of her best friend and Evan. Great read, could not put it down.


    What other book might you compare Reason to Breathe to and why?

    Have never read anything quite like this before.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she starts to come on her own. Laundry room.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Love the narrator, she is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Barnie 01-12-16
    Barnie 01-12-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    59
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    "Sad"

    These things should not happen. I felt afraid for Emma throughout the whole story. Scary!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michele Barnier 01-12-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    158
    35
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Buy it."

    This book was not from my usual genre, but I loved it. It read using more then one character reader, I found it hard to put down. It was a bit steamy at times but nothing inappropriate. I will be looking for other books from this Author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    smegly Michigan 12-26-15
    smegly Michigan 12-26-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    41
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    48
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Full Series Review - LOVED IT!!"

    Not exactly sure how the first book in the series ended up in my library. YA Romance....really? I am not YA age but do listen to a lot of YA fantasy, however I rarely even pick up an adult romance. I went into the series very skeptical that I would even finish the first book.

    OMG was I in for a big surprise! I could not stop listening. This series propelled me back to my college days. The "first" time, the crazy bunny sex, getting drunk (oh the spinning), the drama, the friendships, the secrets, how difficult it is to let people in. The impact of choices made for me or made by me and how that shaped the life I have today.

    The series follows Emma and the abuse she suffers at the hands of others and herself. And how the love and support of different people (loved her best friend Sara) get her through life. I felt the premise of the series could be applied to anyone who is having or had a difficult time in their late teens and early 20's.

    The content is definitely High School age or older. I highly recommend it for YA's in that age group. I thought the whole experience was spot on to how crazy life & love is at that age and that there will be casualties but you will survive...you will learn how to BREATHE!

    The only disappointment I had was Kate Rudd's narration of the first book. I like Kate...probably one reason this ended up in my library. So I encourage you to suffer through the narration of the first book, Kate does redeem herself in the 2nd & 3rd book and the narration is fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    browna80 12-17-15
    browna80 12-17-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Perfect...If You're 12."
    What disappointed you about Reason to Breathe?

    Not sure how this one popped up in my recommendations. Hard for a 35 y/o female to relate to high school drama :-/.


    Has Reason to Breathe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Hard to get into a story about a high school girl that is abused by a relative, yet said relative also pays for her to play 3 different varsity sports? Not likely. This high schooler doesnt ever say a word about the abuse and nobody ever questions her? Not likely either.


    What three words best describe Kate Rudd’s performance?

    Not the narrators fault.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book was BORING. I listened to the first few hours, mainly because I didnt want to waste the money I spent on it. It was a struggle to get through...a lot of day to day monotanous repetitive language without any excitement, unexpected turns, or advancement toward an end...any end!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Catherine 11-20-15
    Catherine 11-20-15 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Can't Stop Listening"
    What made the experience of listening to Reason to Breathe the most enjoyable?

    This was my second time listening to the series and absolutely love this story. Adrenaline and love story all in one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sarah 08-25-15
    Sarah 08-25-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "ugh"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    not in love with book, story or performance. if i hadn't read all the way to the end, i would consider returning it.


    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.