The Reckless Oath We Made

Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (446 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A new provocative love story from the New York Times best-selling author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things.

"The story of Zee and Gentry is the reason we read." (Brunonia Barry)   

Their journey will break them - or save them. A moving and complicated love story for our time, The Reckless Oath We Made redefines what it means to be heroic. Zee has never admitted to needing anybody. But she needs Gentry. Her tough exterior shelters a heart that's loyal to the point of self-destruction, while autistic Gentry wears his heart on his sleeve, including his desire to protect Zee at all costs. When an abduction tears Zee's family apart, she turns to Gentry - and sets in motion a journey and a love that will change their lives forever.   

"[A] mind-blowing book that has left me scrambling to pick up the pieces of my brain and my shattered heart.... Prepare to have your mind and heart expanded to their limits." (The Oklahoman)

Audiobook cast of narrators:

Alex McKenna, as Zee

 Kirby Heyborne, as Gentry

 Adenrele Ojo, as Charlene

 MacLeod Andrews, as Rhys

 Mark Bramhall, as Alva

 Maxwell Glick, as Marcus

 Georgette Perna, as Rosalinda 

 Amanda Carlin, as Dottie

 Kaleo Griffith, as Deputy Evangelista

©2019 Bryn Greenwood (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Leave it to Bryn Greenwood to find loyalty and love in a world that seems devoid of both.... Captivating, complex, and relentless, the story of Zee and Gentry is the reason we read, the chance to take a journey we’d never dare in real life, one that changes our perspective forever.” (Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader)

“Unforgettable...Greenwood depicts an unconventional romance with honesty and tenderness. [This] upside-down contemporary fairy tale captivates with its wonderfully inventive storytelling and its compassionately drawn, flawed characters.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“The inventiveness of the plot is nicely matched by the richness of the characters, as the unlikely duo of Zee and Gentry prepares for the battle of their lives.” (Booklist

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Just like everyone else, When I saw a new release by Bryn Greenwood, I had to buy it. I didn't read the synopsis or anything. I love going in completely blind because that means I have no expectation when I'm listening. That being said, when Gentry was introduced and was speaking Middle English I was a little confused. Once we got a little background on him, I knew I was going to love him. He is such a fun character with the way he speaks and acts but mostly I loved that he lived a semi normal life and made friends that didn't really care about the Autism. The relationship that Zee and Gentry develop was sweet and sort of innocent in a way, like she like who he was and he was the same. Their differences didn't matter. This entire book was so different from everything else which I think it this authors trademark. I'm sad it's over but glad it has a happy ending. The narration was great. I loved the full cast. Kirby Heyborne was perfect for Gentry. And this was the first time I've listened to Alex McKenna but it won't be the last. She has a great gravely voice.

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I'm not really sure what to say about The Reckless Oath We Made, so I am just gonna ramble through with some thoughts and hope for the best. The first book I read by this author was All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. I loved that book so much that I have the kindle version, the audible version, the hardcover version, and the paperback version. I loved that book so much that I pre-ordered this book and decided to jump in without reading the blurb or any of the reviews from people who received advanced copies. It took me a minute to get into this book. One of the main characters speaks completely in Middle English and believes himself to be a knight. Once I got used to the speech patterns and sound of Middle English, it was smooth sailing. Now, keep in mind, I primarily listened to the audiobook so I didn't have to read it which may be why it didn't bother me. I know some people said it was difficult for them to read. But that being said, I did switch to the kindle version when the suspense got so extreme that I couldn't take listening because I needed to know what was going to happen faster and I read faster than I listen. When I did read it, I didn't have any problems reading the Middle English. I'm not going to get into any specifics about what this book is about or what happens because I think it is better to go into this book blind, as I did. Sure, you can read other reviews for spoilers but you won't get them from me. I will tell you that this book is told from many POVs of the characters in this story and each POV is first person.The main characters are Zhorzha (Zee) and Gentry. My favorite side characters were Marcus, Z's nephew, and Leon, introduced later in the book. (Like I said, no spoilers coming from me) I really like how this author is able to write such unique stories. This book is definitely not your typical contemporary fiction story. The writing style did bother me a bit, because there was a whole lot of "I said, he said, I said, I said, I said, I asked, he said, I said" and it started to drive me a bit batty. But once the storyline really picked up, I didn't notice it quite as much because I was so engrossed in what was happening and what was going to happen. Or maybe it got better for parts of the book? I don't know. I love that we were kept guessing for a lot things throughout pretty much the whole book. And I know I mentioned the suspense earlier but it definitely deserves another mention. I was getting stressed out for a bit there. Fair warning, there were several things that pissed me off and they may piss you off too. Be prepared to curse. I was so angry and outraged on behalf of characters at times. This book elicited several emotions. I really love when a book can do that. The one thing that was missing from this book is an epilogue. So yeah, I guess I lied, that is one spoiler I am providing. There is NO FREAKING EPILOGUE!!! I am not pleased about that. I need more. A HFN ending is just not enough after everything we went through with these characters. I don't feel the closure I need. As far as the narration goes, I didn't love it. It was good but I struggled at times. There was a full cast which in a way was cool, but in another way, I found it to be problematic. Since there were so many different POVs and a narrator for each, I sometimes struggled with who was speaking because each narrator has their own voices they use for the other characters when they are reading their POV. So whereas usually if there are say 2 or 3 narrators, we can easily learn their voices for the other characters and remember them. But here, we had NINE different narrators who each had their own set of voices for the other characters. The narrator for Gentry did a really good job and I also liked the narrator for Marcus. The pacing was pretty good for the most part but it sped up or slowed down based on the narrator. I am glad I jumped into this book right away and I am glad I went in blind. I recommend this book and will listen to it again sometime.

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Frustrating book

I loved the character Gentry, which was really the only thing that got me through the book. As for "Z" ... for me there were zero redeeming qualities in her impetuous and selfish maneuvers. The whole story was so far fetched and infeasible and illogical at times that I wasn't sure if it was satirical.

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Bryn Greenwood triumphs again

This book has a outstanding, and the Audible version is delivered with outstanding narration. I especially appreciate the honest depiction of Sir Gentry. As with All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, the author draws a razor thin line between comedy and tragedy, between the ugly and beautiful things that make up our great stories, our world and our lives. Characters are wonderfully drawn and drew me in to appreciate each and every one of them with appreciation; no, it is love. This is a true action adventure and love story no doubt; though I’m not sure the word “love” is ever mentioned the action and adventure are unmistakable. I’ll leave it up to those who chose to read the book - or reviews by those who choose to spoil it - to discover how love might play out, whether it does play out or find resolve. But if you are reading my review, then do read the book to find out for yourself and you will not regret doing so. I cannot wait until Greenwood’s next story is published.

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Loved it

A well written, compelling story line with interesting, multifaceted characters. It isn't as dark as All the Ugly and Wonderful things but it has the beautiful writing and well fleshed out characters.

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LOVED this book!

I don't have enough words to tell you how much I loved this book. I am a very picky reader and rarely do I rave, but this one really got me. This is the second book I've listened to by Bryn Greenwood and it didn't disappoint. You can read about the narrative in the description so I won't repeat it here but I laughed, I cried, there were surprises I didn't see coming and truthfully I just didn't want it to end. It's a little quirky and perhaps not for everyone but I am full of superlatives for this book.

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Not as good

Maybe my expectations were a too high. “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things” was such a gutsy novel. The characters had a rigid reality to them. You couldn’t fail to identify with the protagonist. I felt emotional highs and lows, and I was forced to question my preconceived notions. This story was not like that. It meanders a bit. The characters absolutely lack the depth of authenticity they had in her debut novel. Oddly, the most authentic character is the one who speaks in Middle-English. Though the protagonist is quite difficult to love, her biggest failing is that she is boringly unaccountable, and directionless. Some of the voice actor’s readings are a tad tone deaf, particularly the voice of the protagonist herself. Again, much of my disappointment might stem from impossibly high expectations. This story has its moments. It’s worth a read, but it cannot be compared to Greenwood’s first novel.

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slow start

I had a hard time getting I to this book but it seemed to pick up from the middle of the it. I would recommend it

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The kind of romance novel we need

I didn't want this book to end. As a parent of a son who is on the autism spectrum, it helped me imagine my son being the hero, I KNOW he is and is absolutely capable of being. Again Bryn takes us into a modern fantasy world of the most honest, believable, genuine characters we wish we knew.

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I was so excited...

I was so excited when I saw that Greenwood had released another book. All the Ugly and Wonderful things was so dang good! But this book definitely fell short. It wasn’t awful, the storyline was at the least entertaining, but it wasn’t anywhere as good. What a shame. Maybe next time.

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