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Haze: Book 2

Narrated by: Kendra Murray
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Not all problems can be solved with a mute button.

Everyone knows Rebecca Marley. She’s the crazy, brave, and introspective woman who spent nine months without talking. Everyone loves her. She’s raw, honest, and relatable. She’s also rich and famous, although I’m sure you knew that already. You’ve probably read her articles, or her book, or seen one of her many interviews. She’s also socially anxious, self-conscious, and self-degrading, but she tries to keep that to herself. Her once-silent world has changed, and the noise has engulfed her. It’s also about to get noisier, as Rebecca agrees to a new challenge, perhaps even crazier than before. This story picks up from Mute, and follows Rebecca on a new journey, one which we all face today. It begs the question, "How do we find quiet in a deafening world?"

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Great insight into character, fitting narration

I enjoyed this book even more than I did the first one in the series. Although the character's experience as an writer is, in some ways, similar to what she went through - or, more accurately, what she put herself through - the meaning behind the title holds more depth. At its core, this is a book about identity - what it's made up of, which parts of it are varied and subject to change, which parts are fixed and immutable, and how very difficult it can be to come to terms with and accept one's true self in a world that's obsessed with image and fitting people into specific boxes. Christine Bernard deals with this theme with the honest frankness that you'd expect after her success with Mute.
Kendra's narration was perfectly suited to this audiobook, and her performance with each character - including one who quirkily speaks in various accents in the course of a single conversation - was flawless. Each character's voice was distinct and consistent, and I have no complaints on this score.
All in all, this is a great audiobook. Would definitely recommend

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Great sequel, engaging characters

I was glad to get my hands on Haze when I realized it was the sequel to Mute. I enjoyed Mute so much and was hoping for a continuation of Rebecca Marley's story and wasn't disappointed. For once, I think the sequel might have even surpassed the original in pure entertainment value! The book was full of lots of funny moments, though Rebecca takes you through the emotional spectrum as she completes the challenges her fans set out for her while she tries to figure out just who she wants to be. Another reader described her as "fabulous, flawed and funny" and she is all of that - and in my eyes that makes Rebecca "normal" and, therefore, so very relatable. The only thing that kept me from giving this book 5 stars is my one frustration with her - she says she love Benjamin, and she's longing for him. He's told her he loves her but she doesn't even acknowledge that he's told her and does nothing with it. What's up with that? It seems so junior high school. However, despite my one pet peeve, I still enjoyed the book immensely and would recommend it!

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Review of Haze by Christene Bernard - Audio book


Haze is the follow-up book of Mute By Christene. I enjoyed both books tremendously. I loved Rebecca in these books as she is just a character that I could identify with... her struggles, fears, insecurities, hopes, dreams and joys... all so real in a wonderful and cringe worthy way. I laughed out loud so many times in this book that Im sure people around me thought I was slightly crazy. All the other characters just added to the whole experience. I loved the narrator Kendra Murray and the way she brought all the characters and the situations to life.

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Excellent sequel

Having listened to book 1, I was eagerly awaiting book 2 and it did not disappoint. I laughed, I welled (almost cried), and I loved the characters. Christine has a way of bringing her characters to life whether they have a small or a big role to play in the novel.
As before, there are parts of Bex personality which I associated with and others which frustrated me, but it was all believable.
I would definitely recommend both Mute and Haze to anyone who has ever felt like they don’t quite understand people (which should be everyone because some people are just odd).

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  • Marisia Robus
  • 14-01-20

Another enjoyable read

I enjoyed the follow on from Mute and the challenges were really interesting. I kept on thinking what would I learn from the challenges. I liked the ending.

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  • Brenda Blair
  • 13-05-20

Honest Review

I loved Mute and found that Haze was a great follow up book. The story was so cute and the challenges were fun. I’m so happy for the ending and that Beks found herself.

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  • Lina-Myree
  • 18-02-20

if only it were longer

I absolutely love Christine Bernard. I feel as though she has climbed into my mind and wrote about my personality. my only complaint is I wish it were longer.... much longer. I'm only 3 hours in and I know I'm staying up late to finish this master piece. I strongly recommend reading Mute first so you get a better feeling for the main character. the narrator does an amazing job so you get an even better feel for the emotions the characters feel. do yourself a favor and read anything by Bernard! 😁

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-20

Fun fun fun!

Truly enjoyed this read! It had nice flow and the narrator made it come alive.

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  • saraw
  • 21-01-20

Fun follow up to Mute

A neat idea to do different challenges that strangers pick out. I definitely enjoyed Mute more. For some reason, this time the main character annoyed me. It is part of her growth, but still...I didn't care for her really.
All in all, I give this one 3.5 stars.

I was given a free copy of this in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Antoinette Sellers
  • 08-01-20

Lovely

Great book Great narrator. I truly enjoyed this series. I was sad for it to be over . Makes you think a lot about your own life . How you should treat others and always make time for friends and family.

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  • MrsBPerez
  • 07-01-20

Haze

I’m glad there was a sequel to Mute. After I read that, I had so many questions and thankfully, this book answered. I’m glad. I like closure.

I will say though, Rebecca can be quite negative sometimes. It was getting to the point where I was starting to get annoyed with her. I felt as if she was being purposely dumb at times. For example, Benjamin. Here is this guy, confessing his love for her in the 1st book, and what does she do with that information? Nothing. ::Sigh::

Overall, I liked the story. I liked the characters. I even really liked Rebecca (when she wasn’t being dumb). The narrator is good too. I love her voice.

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  • Suzanne S
  • 21-12-19

Engaging characters; delightful story

This novel is a sweet story about being yourself and not letting others define you. If you’re an introvert or struggle with others' expectations, you’ll enjoy the self-discovery journey of writer Rebecca Marley. (Be sure to read the book Mute before this one.)

Rebecca is sarcastic, sassy and superb. Fabulous, flawed and funny. She is also prone to alliterations like these when describing someone or something. Apart from her love of words and repartee, she is insightful about life and human interactions. She doesn’t always like people, but her observations about them are spot on; at least in the opinion of this introvert. 

I love Rebecca’s insights, especially about happiness (no spoilers here, you’ll have to read/listen to find out).

Rebecca‘s journey from Mute to Haze is interesting, insightful and irreverent. OK. I’ll stop with the alliteration; see what you’ve got me doing Rebecca?

If you want a couple of books with lovely and engaging characters check out Mute and Haze.

Kendra Murray does a nice job of narrating and easily “becomes” Rebecca.

This book was so enjoyable that I almost forgot that I was given a complementary copy in exchange for my honest review.