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The Art of Us

By: KL Hughes
Narrated by: Abby Craden
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

Eighteen-year-old Charlee Parker met the love of her life in a parking lot-a leggy brunette with a valedictorian medal hanging from her rear-view mirror and an attitude as biting as a Boston winter. Alexandra Woodson was guarded, a 19-year-old orphan set on a bright future in hospitality administration. She never imagined an art student with a penchant for cheesy pick-up lines and stealing parking spaces would crack her rigid exterior and claim her heart.

For four years, theirs was an enviable love - evergreen and growing. Unbreakable... until it broke.

Alex's job now brings her back to Boston, after five years working on the opposite side of the country. When, by chance, they meet again, Charlee and Alex are swept up in a whirlwind of heart-rending history, tossed between past and present, and lovers old and new. Will their lingering connection be enough to convince them that some loves are meant to last? Or should the past remain in the past?

Contains mature themes.

©2017 KL Hughes (P)2018 Tantor

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Not the usual formulae

Very enjoyable listen, excellent narration as always from Abby Craden.
Most of the writing was tight and some really interesting descriptions of emotional and physical intimacy and the lack of it.
Could possibly have done with a shorter tease towards the end but can't fault it for value at 9 hours of story.
The flashbacks were done well although as I wasn't reading it made me work a little to place where we were, but I didn't have to work that hard.
Solid read and something a little different... hey its a romance you know where you're going to end up, its the journey that matters.

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Mixed bag

A great job in narration but the story jumps forward and back too much but Lord help us it is very frustrating - the angst is completely overdone

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  • Sondra A., Cobb
  • 29-03-18

Now That's a Love Story!!!!

this book was so powerful I'm not sure how to start any sort of review. I'm not sure which was better... the amazing storyline or Abby craden narrating. loved both!!! the whole story played out perfectly. this audiobook is so filled with emotion it's really hard to pinpoint the right words to use here. I loved the characters (especially Charlie) and the whole thing definitely gave me the feels. I'm sure it will be a long time before I find another love story so perfect. sorry this review is all over the place. Ha. the book was so good I honestly feel like I should contact the author and tell her how much I appreciated it. anyway, if you are reading this and considering getting this book, please do.

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  • CDub
  • 20-05-18

This was a really good book.

This is one of my favorite audiobooks. I’ve listened to a lot recently and this is in the top 5. I appreciated Charlie’s character best. I occasionally wanted to poke Alex in the eye - lol - but I understand where she’s emotionally coming from. Some people struggle doing what’s best for themselves if it involves hurting someone else. This was an emotional ride. But a good one.

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  • IzzyG
  • 02-04-18

SO good, seriously.

I have listened to many many romances, and I have to say this is one of the best I’ve listened to. It’s sweet and sad and steamy and beautiful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-18

Great book

Such a good love story from beginning to end. Good narration. I really enjoyed this book!

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  • Dor
  • 09-02-20

Deserve more stars than there are in the universe

This is not a book it’s a feeling wrapped in a world of just two people. I have never been so moved by a story as much as this. Abby Craden was the best narrator to portray the characters in this book. The characters are brought out in such detail that it is possible to touch them. The humor, the sadness, the love of a couple blended with the love of family. Once torn apart but gradually through the story brought back together again. Made whole from shattered parts.
As you might have guessed I do recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this talented author.

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  • feralfeline
  • 12-08-18

good yet confusing<br />

constant jumping in time with no indication or transition almost made me give up on a good book with an excellent performance by Abby Crayden.
Add in some dates or even just years to keep the confusion down.
Worth reading.

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  • LadyReadsalot
  • 15-05-18

Expected Better

After reading many of the reviews, I was really expecting something with more "wow". Unfortunately, there was just sad, slow motion whining and pining. I kept waiting for it to get better, but it never really did.

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  • D'Andre
  • 20-03-20

Hooked

This book was like going on a life journey. The heartbreak and happiness, the joy and hurt and everything else in between. Alex and Charlie will send your heart soaring make you believe in second chance love. From their coming together to their parting this story of love winning will leave you with all the feels! A must read!!!

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  • Christie Hudson
  • 20-03-20

I really wanted to like it

I really wanted to like the book, it was sooo much angst and longing and ridiculous reasons to not be together. Not really my cup of tea.

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  • T.O.
  • 31-12-19

Hard to follow all the jumping around..

I appreciate the storyline stepped out of the typical cliches & overused plots of this genre. It could’ve been compelling.

And I’m usually not too bothered by books that blend past memories with the present situations or those that give perspectives of multiple characters throughout. However, it was incredibly difficult to follow here. Perhaps it’d be easier had I read the written version, and Abby Craden normally does a fantastic job narrating a variety of voices (one of my fave narrators EVER), but in audio form it was SUPER HARD to keep up with a dozen different shifts from flashbacks to present time from 2 different perspectives involving numerous characters. I confused 1 character from the next because the voices started sounding so similar & repeatedly couldn’t grasp whether she was describing something that happened 5 years ago or was happening at that moment.

I restarted the first 2 chapters alone at least 4 times just trying to reorient myself & really separate the characters. When Craden is the narrator I’m usually able to just sit back & enjoy her performance, even when the content of the book itself is semi-dreadful or kinda boring. She always brings the stories alive for me.

This time, despite her silky smooth voice, I found myself having to really concentrate on the content & couldn’t simply enjoy the plot unfolding. I gave Abby 4 stars just because she’s fabulous. But my 3 stars for the book itself was pretty generous & mostly due to brownie points for originality. Not original or interesting enough to tempt me into trying the written version though :-/