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Walking Disaster

Disaster, Book 2
Written by: Jamie McGuire
Narrated by: Dan Bittner
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Publisher's Summary

How much is too much to love?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.

©2013 Jamie McGuire (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Loved it even more than Beautiful Disaster!

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!

I had just finished listening to Beautiful Disaster and really enjoyed it. Then I discovered Walking Disaster was the same story but from Travis’ point of view. I honestly wasn’t sure if I would enjoy listening to the same story over again but decided to check it out anyway because it had excellent reviews. I am so happy that I did! This book is even better than the first!!

Without spoiling anything I want to explain why I loved it so much more. In Beautiful Disaster I often felt frustrated because I understood Travis, and while Abby often misunderstood his actions and words, I did not. So many times I wanted to scream at her to understand! But in Walking Disaster we get to see Travis’ side of things and it’s both satisfying and heartbreaking at the same time. It was everything I wanted an more. So much so that I listened to it twice and then bought the paperback to read.

A couple things to note... even though I liked this book better than the first, don’t listen to this one before you’ve listened to (or read) Beautiful Disaster. BD has a lot of details that you need first in order to read WD. WD skips over some scenes and only mentions them briefly, sometimes it jumps directly into the aftermath of certain moments and they won’t make sense without the backstory.

Also, if you are like I was in the beginning and think this book is an exact replica of the first, it’s not. It is absolutely worth the read! First of all you get the other side of the story, but also you get a lot of new scenes that took place when Abby wasn’t around. Also the end of this book extends past the end of Beautiful Disaster so you get more Travis and Abby goodness!

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  • Candateshia Pafford
  • 2013-04-03

Simple AMAZING! Better than Book 1!

OMGOOODNESS! How do you write the exact same story... better than the first from another POV...!!! This is really hard to do and McGuire nailed it...

I was so nervous about this book b/c I didn't want my original impression of Travis Maddox to change, not one bit... WOW... This book is like.... it is like....

Ok...first... I was scared some scenes from BD would be redone from Travis POV, which I felt were already done from his POV in BD... but you know what... McGuire apparently felt that way too, because not one of those scenes where redone...

Second... I was so wanting to hear the other side of the virgin/smex/leaving scene... When Travis smashed up everything in BD... OMG! SO much better now that I have see it from Travis POV... WOW... WOW.., I loved the silent rage... it was like Travis was raging on the outside... going all crazy, smashin up the house... but inside... he is complete numb, silent... dead... quite... just broken...! OMG! Who writes like that...? McGuire I will read anything you write!

Third... Beautiful Disaster (BD) is how the outside world sees Travis Maddox...very tough, brutally honest and a "Maddog" right... But this book... is like the inner turmoil of that very ruff shell... but deep down...Travis is soooo very innocent... OMG! WOW WOW... and how he loves Abby! His Pigeon...

And the epilogue! WHAT! YESSSSS! I always wondered what Travis and Pigeon life would be like after college... Soooo cool!!!

*Extra*: Remember in BD when America said Travis and Shep talk... Well boy do they... all thier conversations are exposed~!!! LOVED IT!!!


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  • Katherine
  • 2013-07-30

Travis Maddox 2.0!

Although Beautiful Disaster wasn’t my favorite book I did like Travis so I gave this one a shot. I absolutely loved this story from his POV. Although the plot is a bit repetitive, it felt more like a “behind the scenes” look into Travis and Abby’s story. It gave me a better appreciation for the first book. (Perhaps Travis's side of the story should have been told first?)

I enjoyed the narration, story and overall feel of this book so much more than Beautiful Disaster. I’m glad I gave this one a try. And the epilogue was amazing!

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  • laura
  • 2013-05-28

FOR THE LOVE OF TRAVIS!!!!!

Beautiful Disaster rocked my world and brought me into the mature YA genre, introducing me to so many great novels. So of course I had to experience this wonderful young romance all over again told from the other side and was not disappointed for even a second. For those who read/listen to "Beautiful Disaster" and think the same story from a different voice isn't worth your time, well Travis's view is incredible and brought me to so many emotional brinks but if not just for that the prologue and epilogue definitely makes this novel worth it. "Walking Disaster" began the trend of authors writing the male perspective of already published romances and for damn good reasons!
If you fell for strong fast talking bad ass Travis Maddox the first time then hearing his point of view and knowing the true depth of his heart will have you head over heels in love!

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  • NEW NAME
  • 2013-04-07

It wasn't really the same story

I have to admit I was soooo excited for this book to come out...and yet so dreading reading this book! I wanted to hear Travis's side of things, but didn't want to ruin my impression of book one!

Happy to say a good medium was found and the book was kind of like a behind the scenes version of book 1, very cool! Hope other authors take a look at this, I would love to have some of my past favorites written from the other main characters perspective!

Well done!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • LeftyMom
  • 2013-04-14

Better than the first

I liked Beautiful Disaster but Travis always seemed kind of sick in his over crazy attraction for Abby. When hearing the story from his side (what is in his head) it made sense. I know several reviews have complained about the ending, the "where they are now" but, I thought it was sweet and I was happy to see they were still together.

I look forward to Jamie McGuire's next book (whatever it will be). Great author and both narrators for both books were excellent choices. Fantastic job!!

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  • Arwen
  • 2013-04-23

Every Story Has Two Sides!

I really enjoyed this retelling of Beautiful Disaster from Travis' perspective. Travis and Abby's love story is stormy and passionate, and hearing from both sides gives us a better understanding of their background(s) and feelings for each other. I think Jamie McGuire's writing is excellent, she has the talent to deliver a highly engaging and compelling story. The prologue helped the reader understand much of what shaped Travis into the person he was when we first meet him. The epilogue was a real 50/50 mixed bag for me. At first I thought what? what is he doing? how did he get here? But by the conclusion I felt it was good overall...I did enjoy having a little peek "into the future" to see how they were doing: still together? Kids? etc... The author evidently thought that we would want that, and I have to agree even while I feel the story would have been alright without it. Dan Bittner's narration was excellent - I felt he sounded like Travis and he has voice that's a pleasure to listen to. Overall, highly recommend!

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  • Matt/Ness
  • 2013-04-04

LOVED IT!!!!

What did you love best about Walking Disaster?

The epilogue... it was perfect. Sometimes, the epilogue doesn't really give you a satisfied ending, but this one did that and more!!! Loved it!

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  • Nancy Devault
  • 2013-04-03

Fabulous!

Any additional comments?

This is book 2 that follows Beautiful Disaster. It is basically Travis' POV. I love a mans' POV. I was touched by Travis' heartfelt emotions when he thought he had lost Pidge. Overall, a wonderful listen!

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  • K. Tobin
  • 2016-01-31

repeat book...was hoping for story continuation

waste of a Credit. nice for alternate point of view but I was very disappointed thought book 2 would give more about what happened next

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  • Erin
  • 2013-09-24

Loved this book!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Walking Disaster to be better than the print version?

Not really as I was not a huge fan of the narrator's voice in this version versus the girl's voice who read Beautiful Disaster. But it was still fun to listen to.

What other book might you compare Walking Disaster to and why?

Well obviously Beautiful Disaster as it's from Abby's POV. This book allows you to get a glimpse into Travis and what makes him tick. Also, you get to experience the anguish, love, passion, and longing he has to be with Abby and how much he truly loves her.

What about Dan Bittner’s performance did you like?

He was good with the emotion in Travis' voice during certain parts, but it seemed that during other major parts in the book, his emotion was not portrayed correctly as to how Travis was really feeling.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book moved me, but I really enjoyed getting to know Travis a little more from the inside, versus what Abby saw on the outside. You can really tell that he was in love with her from the second he saw her and decided to take on the challenge of Abby.

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