The Replacement

  • by Rachael Wade
  • Narrated by Melissa Barr
  • 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.
A gritty new adult drama about a young woman's self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.
My name is Elise Duchamp. I'm 23 years old, and I'm known as the town whore.
No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing - the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black but gives me something I need.
All things considered, I'm not completely reckless. I'm safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I, too, bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone's girlfriend. I'm convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.
But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I'd go to in order to keep it that way.

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Predictable

I received this audiobook free from the narrator in exchange for my honest review.

STORY:
The female main character Elise is a woman who likes to have sex. Preferably, she enjoys having sex with unavailable men, men who are engaged, married or for whatever reason want her body and nothing more. Elise blames her childhood or, more specifically, her father for causing her to become the emotionally frigid, sex/crazed woman she has become. During the 1st 1/3rd of the book we read about Elise's sexual escapades and debauchery; entertaining yet very predictable. By the time is read the 1st third of the book, I knew where the rest of the story would go. **** Do not read the rest of this paragraph if you do not want to view a spoiler!*** My guess is that like me, most romance readers will guess early on that eventually, one of the men Elise encounters will evoke feelings in her that she's not accustomed to feeling. Try as she might to fight these feelings, well, you know how the rest the story goes.....

There were some holes in the storyline. For example, Elise flat out will not or maybe cannot (we aren't told which is true) even attempt to be part of a meaningful, committed, intimate relationship with a man. I understand that people can and do develop intimacy issues based on how they were raised or if they were abused yet in this story, there's no evidence of abuse significant enough to cause Elise's behavior. It just didn't correlate.

PS: if you find yourself enjoying this book and would like to hear the whole thing, don't stop reading or listening after it says, "the end". There is an epilogue. Ms. Wade, you should probably not type the words, "the end" until it really is the end!

PERFORMANCE:
During 98% of this recording Melissa Barr gives a 5-star performance! 98% of the time Ms. Barr's words flowed seamlessly, her voices were realistic and believable (even while portraying male characters). Her pitch was perfect, pauses well-timed and she exuded just the right amount of emotion. However, there is that other 2%… About 1/4th into the book, I began noticing that there were times when her speech sounded, "jerky", (jerky being the only word I can think of to describe how the tone/pitch would change very abruptly). For example, the word, "written"' was pronounced, "writ-ten". After listening for a while, I realized that this primarily happens when Ms. Barr says the word, "to". Either she pronounces the word, "to" in an odd way or whatever word she verbalizes AFTER saying the word, "to" is stated in a tone and pitch that differs from how she spoke prior to saying the word, "to". Because the majority of her performance was so outstanding, these curt, abrupt changes were a bit distracting. On occasion I was able to hear what sounded like an East Coast accent. Perhaps her attempts at stifling this accent were responsible for this issue? All in all, Ms. Barr is a talented narrator and I would listen to more of her books in the future. Actually, I'd listen to her again as long as she doesn't use the voice she created for Tracy the tattoo artist....Tracey didn't sound like a badass tat artist but sounded like a valley girl cheerleader!
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- Kim BookJunkie ""Kim BookJunkie""

Surprising

What did you love best about The Replacement?

The brutal honesty.


What other book might you compare The Replacement to and why?

I have not read or listened to any other book that this compares to.


What does Melissa Barr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does a wonderful job of bringing emotion to the characters. And, unlike with many female narrators, I don't mind her rendition of the males.


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

I can honestly say that there were times when I stayed up much later than I should have so I could continue the story.


Any additional comments?

As I said earlier, the brutal honesty is wonderful. I found myself connecting with Elise because she wasn't able to understand why she did the things she did but she did them, anyway. In my experience, this is what happens in real life. People don't always do the right thing and don't always understand why they are doing the wrong thing, even when they know it's wrong.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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- R. Madden

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2015
  • Publisher: Rachael Wade