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Living

Narrated by: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Summary

A tragic accident changes LeAnn DeLuca's life forever. After she loses the one she loves most, depression controls her life, and the only escape she finds is when she dances. However, after years of suffering, she grows tired of the life she leads and asks for help from an unlikely source.

After receiving the gift, LeAnn and her best friend board a cruise ship for destinations unknown. The mystery vacation may take her somewhere she's not ready to go, but she must face it when her second chance takes center stage.

Will LeAnn find her way back to her old, happy, adventurous self? Will she discover she's once again living?

©2017 Elaine Marie (P)2017 Elaine Marie

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Very descriptive with lots of thoughts/feelings

This audiobook had constant emotion and description in the narration, though the beginning felt overly dramatic. For example, it starts out really intense to describe a walk. I do like the different narrators for different points of view especially later in the book when the points of view shifted frequently. I didn't like it when it when one characters' thoughts changed voices and it really caught me off guard the first time the other voice abruptly cut in in during a memory.

One of the reasons I chose this book is because I like cruises, but I think that turned out to be a disadvantage. The settings were great for the purposes of the story, but many details that distracted me. For example, only Disney cruises go to Castaway Cay and while Disney cruises do have R rated entertainment, they don't have exotic dancers so she wasn't on a Disney cruise. I've also never carried a wallet around a cruise ship (things were free or charged to the room). I think it's fine to alter details for the sake of the story, but I just would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't known those things.

The story itself included a lot of descriptions and even more thoughts. Lots and lots of thoughts. And feelings. And steamy day dreams. I think it started with about an hour of set up to understand how LeAnn feels at the beginning of the story and there were still 45 minutes remaining when it seemed like the story would be ending. The actual events in the story could be summed up very quickly.

I would recommend Living to readers who want to feel the emotions of the story instead of the events.

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Get ready💜

What a wild ride. I really enjoyed this book and there were some crazy jaw dropping moments. Narration was great and I definitely recommend this book.

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Empowering

To date I have to say this is my favorite book by Elaine Marie. I can relate to this storyline, I know her pain how hard it is to move on, how brave it was for her to get on that ship and not forget but take that step into the unknown life ahead.
Tor and Charley did a fantastic job telling this story.

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Story about living after tragedy

LeAnn lost her love in a horrible drunk driving accident and she feels like she dies with him. Years later, she realizes that she needs to start living again so she goes on a cruise where she meets Brandon. This is a steamy book, although the back and forth with the guilt then steam causes a bit of whiplash. I also found a few of the scenes quite irrational (for instance, after LeAnn and Brandon, the hero, start a romantic relationship, he overhears her telling someone else she's married. He gets understandably upset and she gets angry that he gets upset without explaining that she's actually widowed. This type of push and pull is seen throughout the book.)

I love the duet narration where the male and female narrators narrate together. It really makes it seem like a movie and makes the book even more enjoyable. Both narrators, Charley Ongel and Tor Thom are good and did a good job with the multiple voices during conversations but during the start of each chapter, I had trouble knowing who they were representing (There were 4-5 points of view represented in the book). Overall, though, this was a strong narration.

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Wow! Emotional and moving and damn hot!

This is not what I was expecting and is a very different type of story from Elaine to those I’ve listened to before. From the very beginning I was drawn in to LeAnn’s painful back story and hoping for her HEA. I loved the way we got to see both LeAnn’s side and also Brandon’s, this helped build their characters quicker and made it so hot when they got down to it! I loved the cruise ship setting, this is very different to other stories I’ve read and have it that extra something. The side characters were also strong in this story and helped with the humour. The narration was great from Charley and Tor, I think this might be my favourite of Charley’s she really filled out LeAnn as a character. Overall this is my favourite of Elaine’s so far, I absolutely loved it and will definitely listen to it again and again!

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Oh no. Not for me

this book. if not for the narrators I would have dnf'ed it. So not for me. Dont make it sound like you have comitted one of the 7 sins because your husband died in a car crash 4 years agow. It just rubbed me all kindes of wrong.
I kept listening because I like the narrators. But damn it was not good. So sorry about that.

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My Thoughts on Living

Living is a very emotional story about a woman who suffered a devastating loss and is struggling to truly live after. She meets a man she can't resist who makes living seem like something worthwhile. It made for a really good listen as this story unfolded. The chosen narrators did a fantastic job and really enhanced the story for me.

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So Moving!

This was very different to what I was expecting and had me enthralled! such a strong evoking storyline written by Elaine Marie, I love the way she writes, such twists and turns entwined with passion, love, hurt and heartache. you really fall in love with these characters!
Tor Thom and Charley Ongels Narration has such strong characterisation and have such great synergy with each other and the story.
Definitely worth a listen

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Living her best Life

They say time heals all wounds. I admire how she over came her loss of her husband. I am glad she allowed herself the chance to feel love again. I am so glad she allowed herself to heal before moving on. This really had me in my feels.

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  • @AudiobookObsession Houston, TX
  • 21-02-19

Overcoming A Shattering Loss

In general, the underlying story was pretty sad with how LeAnn lost her husband Logan and how devastating of a loss it was for her. However, this is not just a story of great grief, it is a story where this strong female character finally picked herself back up and learned to live again. One could argue that there were a few convenient coincidences, but I think they add to the story and make it that much more empowering. The magnetism between Brandon and LeAnn is apparent throughout the book and it was a pleasure watching how their instant lust relationship turns into something real. The author does a great job of wrapping up all lose ends and giving us a great story!

I loved the dual narration! These two narrators did a fabulous job and really brought out the chemistry between LeAnn and Brandon. Their voices mesh well together throughout the book and they made this audiobook extra captivating. Excellent performances!

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • ZOE R
  • 24-11-17

Living

The story is great
A tragic story turns out with a happy ending. My emotions were all over the place. I was in tears. This book was well written.

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  • Nicole B.
  • 24-02-18

Raw and inspired

This audio was more than I expected. It was a quick listen and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Tragedy turns into a love story. The process is well written and very well developed. I did tear up a few times but I also laughed out loud. It was definitely a roller coaster but one that made this listen that much more powerful. The duel narration was key. Charlie Ongel’s was spot on as LeAnn. The nuances and fluctuations of her voice as she relived the past had me completely immersed. Tor Thom was his usual hot sexy self however this audio also showed a softer side of his tone and range that was raw and intimate that I really enjoyed. Both narrators were perfect for this Audio and I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Brandie @AudiobookObsession
  • 04-12-17

Life after heartbreak

This book was a fun story about learning to live again after losing a spouse. Making the decision to move on is a hard one that the main character really battled with. HEA guaranteed.

Narration was great~

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  • Svetik
  • 21-11-17

Sweet story with happy ending

A story with love, passion and nice characters. It has some excitement and a little suspense.
Book has nice narrators, they are pleasant to listen to.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 17-11-17

Living a second chance love story

This is my first Elaine Marie's book. Loving is a second chance love story, emotional, funny and steamy. The duet narration is as good as always with Charley Ongel and Tor Thom. Overall, this is a good reading/listening.

I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have volontarily left this review.

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  • tenisha
  • 08-12-17

Great Listen

Leann has not been living since her husband was killed. She decides to get her life back. She takes a cruise and must now be open to taking a chance on love and forgiveness. This story has every level of emotions in it. The narrators make it seem so real. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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  • Sandy
  • 30-10-17

👍🏽

My first book by Elaine Marie . The story is good it’s written well the narrators are excellent . I recommend this quick read/listen to anyone who loves a good come back to life story. You will be be disappointed

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  • Annette Schwartz
  • 21-10-17

Great book

An awesome book about love lost and love gain. I enjoyed this book immensely and would recommend it to everyone .

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  • Reggie
  • 18-10-17

Is it really better to have loved and lost?

LeAnn has loved and lost and can't get over the survivor's guilt. 3yrs ago, her husband was killed in a car accident because he unbuckled his seat belt to cover her with his body. LeAnn has been existing ever since, not really caring about anything. Finally, her MIL finds her at the cemetery and begs her to move on, telling her that Logan (hubby) would not want her to be just existing but living her life to the fullest. LeAnn sees a flyer for a cruise and decides to take the trip. Her bff, Josie, accompanies her...Josie is a bit of a wild child...can she get LeAnn to finally let go and live? Brandon is a performer on the cruise ship and literally bumps into LeAnn as they are boarding. There is instant chemistry between these two...will anything come of it? Meanwhile, the bartender, Dillon, has a huge secret that affects LeAnn...will he come clean. Will LeAnn get her groove back on this cruise? There is some drama and misunderstanding but eventually an HEA. Great job by the narrators...kept me interested in the story.
I received a free copy of this book for an unbiased review.

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  • TeresaM
  • 18-10-17

Great Story!!!

Elaine Marie is new to me but OMG she tells a great story and Tor Thom and Charley Ongel brought it to life for me. I laughed and I cried and then I swooned!!! I loved this story and will be listening to more from this author.

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