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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a hauntingly emotional novel of how one man's life changes forever when he rediscovers his ability to feel the pain of others.

Something has been asleep in forty-year-old cattle rancher Aiden Delacorte for a long time. It all comes back in a rush during a hunting trip, when he's suddenly attuned to the animals around him, feeling their pain and fear as if it were his own. But the newfound sensitivity of Aiden's "wake up" has its price. He can no longer sleepwalk through life, holding everyone at arm's length. As he struggles to cope with a trait he's buried since childhood, Aiden falls in love with Gwen, a single mother whose young son bears a burden of his own.

Sullen and broken from his experiences with an abusive father, Milo has turned to acting out in violent and rebellious ways. Aiden can feel the boy's pain, as well as that of his victims. Now he and Milo must sift through their pasts to find empathy with the innocent as well as the guilty, to come to terms with their deepest fears, and to finally discover the compassionate heart of a family.

©2017 Catherine Ryan Hyde (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Sweet find

I stumbled across this book. I gave it a try and I am glad it did. First of all the narrator is excellent, in my opinion. He has a way of reading that kept my interest through out the story and really brings the characters alive. This story was a sweet and heartwarming which was a nice change of pace. It was a good reminder that everyone is going through something and we need to be a little kinder to those in your life.

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  • Sharon
  • Camarillo, CA
  • 05-18-18

Insight into a very difficult situation

I started this book and had to stop. I simply couldn’t stand the pain. For I have a similar situation. I left the book for two months while I registered and digested it. Then I carefully went back to listening. I’ve never had this put into words before. I’m very glad I finished the book. Narration is always wonderful with Nick Podehl and I’ve always enjoyed Catherine’s stories.
Read or listen to this book and you will have a very different outlook on the relationship between humankind and animals.

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The Wake Up is an amazing novel. The message it containes about empathy is strong and powerful. Reading this novel helped me to see that there is a need for more people in the world who have empathy for others.

42 of 46 people found this review helpful

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A good read

This book can be true to life. And difficult to listen to as a result. If you are very sensitive about abuse of children, maybe not for you. I am. But stuck with it and am glsd. It's a hopeful book. Narration is great. Not filled with bad language. I recommend it.

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  • Liz
  • USA
  • 06-12-18

Not well researched.

I agree with Leo who said the author didn't research very well. Besides the points he made, I strongly disliked the incident where cowhands on a ranch supposedly left a calf, legs tied together, on its side in the blistering sun for 5 hours while they all enjoyed a backyard barbecue! I lived with cowhands and ranch owners all my life. Neither the owner nor the cowhand would ever allow such a thing. Never. The author has resorted to pejorative, derogatory prose to create an effect that she obviously didn't know how to get any other way.

It certainly makes me doubt the many incidents detailed in the rest of the book.

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Terrible - sorry I purchased it.

It should be a nice story. But the main character constantly gets kicked by everyone in town. I could only make it 1/3 of the way through it. It was just too painful.

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Good Book

I really enjoyed this book!! It's funny how things come around!!This book shows us that!

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Excellent novel

If you are a fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde this book will not disappoint! It is an excellent example of how early childhood experiences follow us into adulthood without one realizing why we are the way we are.

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  • wbc
  • California
  • 07-08-18

Great idea but...

I like the concept of this story and thought it had great potential. It could have been so much better had the focus been on the main fellow's gift and not on the troubled child. I don't want to spoil the story but this writer is naive to think this kid's issues would be so easy to solve. I actually laughed out loud and maybe even rolled my eyes. It was hard to believe or I should say impossible. It was as though the writer was afraid to face the facts about what this kind of behavior leads to down the road and the professional intervention needed to make a change. I just chuckled thinking about the story again.

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  • Marsha
  • Tierra Verde, FL, United States
  • 06-20-18

Perfectly fine

I hate to ding the reader. I hope he doesn’t actually think women sound like that whining nasally tone he uses. I was glad there were no more women or girls than there were. The story was ok. Well written. Bit of a pipe dream curing sociopaths but, you know. One can hope.

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