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Summary

When Theodore Davenport decides to switch his mundane job for a career, he walks into Holden House Publishing with enthusiasm and determination to succeed. As he settles into his new role, makes new friends, and dreams of making it to the top, everything is going to plan. Until he meets James Holden, CEO of Holden House. James Holden hasn't been able to stop thinking about his encounter with the timid man he met in a club bathroom last week, and when he discovers the one haunting his dreams is an employee, he can't seem to stop himself from pursuing him. Just a little fun - that's what James tells himself. He can't afford to care for someone who can never reciprocate, not once they find out who he really is. James believes nobody deserves the burden of being attached to him. He's a complicated man. Damaged. Difficult. Demanding. Broken. Is Theodore strong enough to confront James' demons? More importantly, is James?

M/M romance. Not suitable for listeners under 18 years of age due to language and sexual content.

Please note: This book contains scenes of self-harm, mental illness, and suicidal ideation which may be uncomfortable for some listeners.

©2016 Nicola Wall (P)2017 Nicola Wall

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Tissues ready

What made the experience of listening to Broken the most enjoyable?

I have read this book before, but not listened until now, You get to feel each character feelings. I cried, I laugh I felt every emotion, outstanding

Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favourite?

James Joel put so much emotion into how James was feeling, utter draining. Just outstanding, you felt what the MCs feeling we're at each turning,

Any additional comments?

Joel Lelie once again was brilliant, for such a deep book, it is written so very well. I like the concept that you saw each other's feelings the dispares and the highs

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Stunning

This book made me laugh and cry until I felt emotionally spent. I loved it

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I recommend

I enjoyed this book. the emotional description of self harm, bipolar and recovery really struck a chord for me. the pacing of 'enemies' to friends to lovers could blhave been be better bit it still felt natural enough to maintain immersion.
I would recommend this to both friends/partners of people with depression/bipolar as well as the people with the condition ( providing this is not too distressing or triggering)

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Very moving

A great description of the way depression can affect not only the sufferer but also family and loved ones. I thought the narrator’s accent was not quite right and slightly Americanised with ‘genuine’ mispronounced and ‘counter ‘ used instead of the English ‘work top’. But altogether a great book and will listen again.

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Brilliant, joyful, heartbreaking and just simply wonderful.

This book has quickly became one of my all one favourite books. The story and both characters to me is a prefect representation of myself, and I can connect to be characters, with James being my bad demons and Theo being my angel. I loved every second, whether that be making me cry or making me laugh, I cannot wait to listen to again.

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Wow, Even Better Than Reading The Book !!

Oh wow!! If you have read the book, then I would say get the audio too, it is one of the most incredible audios I have listened to this year - be warned, you will need tissues with this one, even more so than you would have done reading the book.

James is a deeply troubled man, very complicated and to most people hard to understand. He is a confident man at work at Holden House, but it seems to be personally he has big issues, but he has learnt to hid this side of himself from everyone, especially his family. He actually comes across as believing that he is unloveable, that nobody should have to deal with him and his issues, they are his and his alone. I think a lot of this relates to how he was treated during his childhood - I have to say here, that I really wanted to reach into the audio and slap his mother!!

However, along comes Theodore, and he seems to see right through the facade that James puts up to keep people away. It wasn't the usual way to meet someone - they met in a club bathroom - but neither of them could forget the encounter, and you think the more they meet they are doing ok.

One major thing though, is that James is keeping things from Theodore, and the repercussions are devestating..... (so hard to try and cook dinner while sobbing at the audio you are listening to! Lol). Will Theodore stand by James, or will he just walk away, which is what James believes everyone should do with him..

This has got to be the most emotional audio I have ever listened to, and it is all there - Joel Leslie has totally excelled himself on this one, I honestly didn't think it would be as good as the book, but I was proved wrong big time, and I applaud Joel on his abilities to get the emotional distress through on here.

Reviewed at the request of the narrator.

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Absolutely stunning

Would you consider the audio edition of Broken to be better than the print version?

I read the book and I absolutely loved it, but this audio version .... wow. It blew me away with how much emotion was put into the narration and it was utterly believable - this is a book you live when you listen to it and it's absolutely impossible not to get swept along with what Theo and James go through.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken?

It's hard to say without giving it away, but there's a turning point in the book and I was so engrossed in the scene it had me in tears for both characters.

What does Joel Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I have listened to and loved other books narrated by JL, but he absolutely outperforms any other audio with this one. Yes, it's a great book, but the his narration totally nails each emotion, each character, each voice, so it's like listening to a superbly acted film without the (visible) pictures.

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Have hankie ready

Where does Broken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my top ten

What did you like best about this story?

This book shows me I'm not alone, as well as make's me smile broadly occasionally

What does Joel Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brings the characters to life for me.

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

A big yes

Any additional comments?

The story is beautiful and had me riveted from the first chapter

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outstanding

Wow. I loved reading this book but Joel Lesie has really 100% brought it to life his performance is outstanding. Let not forget Nicola's words, such as tough subject but she done it gracefully and beautifully. 10 stars around.

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Could not stop reading

To say that this book has made every emotion that exits pour out of me is an understatement Theo and James have captured my Hart i will always remember this book it has clung to my soul what an amazing story thank you to Nicola haken for a rollercoaster ride this book is now on my top ten all time best reads

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  • SassiKassi
  • 23-07-17

I am absolutely gutted by this book.

Being bipolar myself, this story really resonated with me. Though I did get a few chuckles out of it, there were times I was just sobbing. It's not an easy listen. Despite that, I loved this story because it didn't whitewash anything. Severe mental illness is a challenge for so many people. I hope Broken will let people truly understand who haven't been around it before. I can totally identify with James's statements about being a good liar and a good actor who can hide his feelings of depression from everyone.
I really loved and adored both James and Theo. I loved how Theo really stood by James and supported him in getting better. I also liked the supporting characters. Well, maybe except for Mike. 😉

I haven't read this book myself yet, just listened to it. I rave about Joel Leslie every time I listen to a book he's narrated. This one though. OMG. the depth of emotion he is able to express just with his voice blows me away. I can't just give him 5 stars for this one. I also need to add in the sun and the moon. And maybe even the whole galaxy. I don't know how he managed to get through this book and remain in such good control.

Without a doubt, this book will go right into my top 10 of all time.

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  • Amazing person
  • 28-06-17

tough subject matter but awesomly written

I struggled at parts because of the subject matter but very well written. so true how many suffer alone feeling they do not deserve love.

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  • VHB
  • 24-06-17

Good one .

Joel Leslie was fabulous on this reading.
great storie .
it started a bit light but it got heavy and more interesting as I kept reading.

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  • Darlene Nale
  • 06-07-17

thank you for understanding

The strength of learning how to deal with one's world when they lose hope and the trails they over come. to never give up and know you are not alone when you're mind tricks you into believing others wise. thank you.

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  • Alex
  • 07-07-17

Broken but not Beaten

What did you love best about Broken?

The story is good. The book is even better due to its exploration of how people and families live with mental illness.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken?

Not that I liked what she said, but James' mother portrays many people's opinions when she lectures James during his hospitalization.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Joel Leslie?

I listen to Joel Leslie's books often. I find his voice whiny but he tells the story well.

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

It made me proud of both Theodore & James.

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  • Royce J. OLiver
  • 13-09-17

Deep

What a powerful story. I thought this would be a sleeper, was I wrong. This story touched home and had a deep impact on my life dealing with real issues. Great book. Thank you.

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  • Muse
  • 12-09-17

Intense. Gripping. Right Mood Req'd.

Great book.

The mental illness depicted in this book is raw. An honest portrayal of how two men in love deal with the challenges of bipolar disorder.

Recommended for listening in the right mood as it is hard hitting and emotional.

The narrator is outstanding.

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  • slashar
  • 30-08-17

AMAZING

this book was on my list of better reads definitely, would highly recommend if you're looking for a book to make you feel emotions.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 26-08-17

If you’re broken, can you be put back together?

Can a book break your heart and still have a happy ending?

I have listened to 2 books recently that did exactly that. I listen to several books a week, so for me to be so profoundly affected says something about the power of the stories and the talent of the authors.

This book is not for the faint of heart. James Holden is broken. Anyone who has been broken or loved someone who is broken will recognize themselves or their loved ones.

It is raw and it is real and this is the way I love my books.

Low-angst feel-good books are nice, and I do enjoy them, but it’s the books that push me emotionally – that makes me go to unpleasant and rough places – that have the greatest impact on me. They stay with me the longest, have the most profound impact. I listened to this book 3 weeks ago and it has taken me this long to put down words – hopefully the right words.

This is a tough book emotionally. It ventures into very dark places. The promise of a happy ending might not be enough for some listeners, but it is worth the ten hours of your time.

Theodore Davenport has decided he needs to go after his dream. Publishing is where he’s always wanted to be and when the opportunity presents itself, he leaps.

No quickie in the bathroom of a bar is going to interfere with his plans. But that clichéd quickie leads him where he never pictured himself going. James Holden has a lot of responsibilities – more than one person can really handle. With a legacy to continue and a mother who is impossible to please, it’s no wonder he’s buckling under the strain. Watching the downward spiral, however, is just plain painful.

There is a moment of bleakness that had tears streaming down my face and a band around my chest. It’s a wonder my fellow train passengers didn’t think I was crazy. Or maybe they did – I just didn’t care.

At times I felt like I was the one who was broken, bringing back painful memories from my past. But I knew there was hope because when two men love each other as much as Theo and James do, everything is possible.

Also, anything narrated by Joel Leslie should be on auto-buy. He exceeds his normally stellar work with this book because his accents were spot-on. A great listen.

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  • Danagirl42
  • 22-07-17

can't stop crying

This is my first book by this arthur i will be purchasing more they had me up and down happy and sad I love books want more

7 of 8 people found this review helpful