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When Theodore Davenport decides to switch his mundane job for a career, he walks into Holden House Publishing with enthusiasm and determination to succeed. As he settles into his new role, makes new friends, and dreams of making it to the top, everything is going to plan. Until he meets James Holden, CEO of Holden House. James Holden hasn't been able to stop thinking about his encounter with the timid man he met in a club bathroom last week, and when he discovers the one haunting his dreams is an employee, he can't seem to stop himself from pursuing him. Just a little fun - that's what James tells himself. He can't afford to care for someone who can never reciprocate, not once they find out who he really is. James believes nobody deserves the burden of being attached to him. He's a complicated man. Damaged. Difficult. Demanding. Broken. Is Theodore strong enough to confront James' demons? More importantly, is James?

M/M romance. Not suitable for listeners under 18 years of age due to language and sexual content.

Please note: This book contains scenes of self-harm, mental illness, and suicidal ideation which may be uncomfortable for some listeners.

©2016 Nicola Wall (P)2017 Nicola Wall

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Difficult

The trigger warnings for this book are 100% warranted.

Woof, this book was hard to get through. So many heavy emotions, so much difficult content. It was, however, well-written, and the topic well-handled.

The narration by Joel Leslie is spectacular. So emotional, and his abilities with accents is superb.

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Joel Leslie!

It might seem odd that I’m not focused on the brilliant writing of Nicola Haken, the profound depth and passion of this story. But I must give a shout out to the remarkable narration of Joel Leslie - he’s magical in his performance, nuanced and outstanding in bringing these beloved characters to life! He’s one of a kind!

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  • SassiKassi
  • 2017-07-23

I am absolutely gutted by this book.

Being bipolar myself, this story really resonated with me. Though I did get a few chuckles out of it, there were times I was just sobbing. It's not an easy listen. Despite that, I loved this story because it didn't whitewash anything. Severe mental illness is a challenge for so many people. I hope Broken will let people truly understand who haven't been around it before. I can totally identify with James's statements about being a good liar and a good actor who can hide his feelings of depression from everyone.
I really loved and adored both James and Theo. I loved how Theo really stood by James and supported him in getting better. I also liked the supporting characters. Well, maybe except for Mike. 😉

I haven't read this book myself yet, just listened to it. I rave about Joel Leslie every time I listen to a book he's narrated. This one though. OMG. the depth of emotion he is able to express just with his voice blows me away. I can't just give him 5 stars for this one. I also need to add in the sun and the moon. And maybe even the whole galaxy. I don't know how he managed to get through this book and remain in such good control.

Without a doubt, this book will go right into my top 10 of all time.

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  • Amazing person
  • 2017-06-28

tough subject matter but awesomly written

I struggled at parts because of the subject matter but very well written. so true how many suffer alone feeling they do not deserve love.

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  • Violet B.
  • 2017-06-24

Good one .

Joel Leslie was fabulous on this reading.
great storie .
it started a bit light but it got heavy and more interesting as I kept reading.

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  • Darlene Nale
  • 2017-07-06

thank you for understanding

The strength of learning how to deal with one's world when they lose hope and the trails they over come. to never give up and know you are not alone when you're mind tricks you into believing others wise. thank you.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 2017-08-26

If you’re broken, can you be put back together?

Can a book break your heart and still have a happy ending?

I have listened to 2 books recently that did exactly that. I listen to several books a week, so for me to be so profoundly affected says something about the power of the stories and the talent of the authors.

This book is not for the faint of heart. James Holden is broken. Anyone who has been broken or loved someone who is broken will recognize themselves or their loved ones.

It is raw and it is real and this is the way I love my books.

Low-angst feel-good books are nice, and I do enjoy them, but it’s the books that push me emotionally – that makes me go to unpleasant and rough places – that have the greatest impact on me. They stay with me the longest, have the most profound impact. I listened to this book 3 weeks ago and it has taken me this long to put down words – hopefully the right words.

This is a tough book emotionally. It ventures into very dark places. The promise of a happy ending might not be enough for some listeners, but it is worth the ten hours of your time.

Theodore Davenport has decided he needs to go after his dream. Publishing is where he’s always wanted to be and when the opportunity presents itself, he leaps.

No quickie in the bathroom of a bar is going to interfere with his plans. But that clichéd quickie leads him where he never pictured himself going. James Holden has a lot of responsibilities – more than one person can really handle. With a legacy to continue and a mother who is impossible to please, it’s no wonder he’s buckling under the strain. Watching the downward spiral, however, is just plain painful.

There is a moment of bleakness that had tears streaming down my face and a band around my chest. It’s a wonder my fellow train passengers didn’t think I was crazy. Or maybe they did – I just didn’t care.

At times I felt like I was the one who was broken, bringing back painful memories from my past. But I knew there was hope because when two men love each other as much as Theo and James do, everything is possible.

Also, anything narrated by Joel Leslie should be on auto-buy. He exceeds his normally stellar work with this book because his accents were spot-on. A great listen.

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  • Frances
  • 2017-07-07

Broken but not Beaten

What did you love best about Broken?

The story is good. The book is even better due to its exploration of how people and families live with mental illness.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken?

Not that I liked what she said, but James' mother portrays many people's opinions when she lectures James during his hospitalization.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Joel Leslie?

I listen to Joel Leslie's books often. I find his voice whiny but he tells the story well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me proud of both Theodore & James.

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  • Royce J. OLiver
  • 2017-09-13

Deep

What a powerful story. I thought this would be a sleeper, was I wrong. This story touched home and had a deep impact on my life dealing with real issues. Great book. Thank you.

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  • Muse
  • 2017-09-12

Intense. Gripping. Right Mood Req'd.

Great book.

The mental illness depicted in this book is raw. An honest portrayal of how two men in love deal with the challenges of bipolar disorder.

Recommended for listening in the right mood as it is hard hitting and emotional.

The narrator is outstanding.

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  • slashar
  • 2017-08-30

AMAZING

this book was on my list of better reads definitely, would highly recommend if you're looking for a book to make you feel emotions.

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  • Roostar72
  • 2017-08-21

Melancholy and tears with a smile

This book made me laugh and cry. While I listened to it, the narrator brilliantly and perfectly brought these characters to life. As a person that suffers with mental illness, the content in this book was all to familiar. Sometimes there are no happy endings to mental illness as this book explains in detail, however with love and hard work things can change... for the better. I enjoyed listening to Mr. Leslie's accented deep voice. It was hypnotic at times and I was fascinated at how his voice was able to juggle so many characters on demand as the story progressed. Love it.

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