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Very well narrated. Beautiful story that depicts the harsh reality of what some women go thru every day from domestic abuse. I was even listening to this story while in the shower - that's how good of a read this book is. A job well done to the author and narrators.
The story itself was pretty good up until nearly the end. Then Lena, who had been really smart throughout the story with regard to hiding out and covering her tracks, suddenly became TSTL and did something predictable just to further the plot.
Still, it was entertaining enough for me to listen through to the end, and I felt a vested interest in what would happen to the characters. I really liked the characters, and the setting was beautiful, but I felt there was too much time spent on certain needless details, like the description of a thermostat.
I was very disappointed in the narration. I’ve come to love dual narration, so I was excited to listen to this. However, instead of the male narrator reading the men’s parts and the female narrator reading the women’s parts, they alternated chapters, which seemed like a waste of having two narrators and made it worse than listening to a single narrator. Trevor Croft read the chapters where Jackson narrated, but he also did Lena’s voice in those chapters, or tried to. Then Hollie Jackson narrated Lena’s POV chapters, including Jackson’s voice, which made him sound very effeminate and creepy, especially after hearing his voice done right by Croft in Jackson’s chapters. The inconsistency of having two different narrators doing the same character’s voice made the weaknesses more glaring and made it sound like a completely different character speaking. It really took me out of the story and made me feel like the characters kept changing. What’s the point of having dual narration if the male narrator still has to do women’s parts while the female does men’s parts? It’s the worst of both worlds. I think I would have enjoyed it more with a single narrator because each character would have at least had the same voice throughout. Also, I found that Hollie Jackson read some parts slowly, clipping each word as though she were afraid she would be misunderstood. It didn’t sound like normal speech. It sounded stilted.
Would you listen to Beautifully Wounded (The Beaumont Brothers) again? Why?
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Where Lena first met Jackson.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The beginning was upsetting. Physical and mental abuse.
I was cheering for Lena at the end.