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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things Audiobook

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight.

Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world.

A powerful novel you won't soon forget, Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things challenges all we know and believe about love.

©2016 Bryn Greenwood (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Jorjeana Marie was meant to narrate this gripping story, which takes place in meth country in the Midwest. Neglected, abused 8-year-old Wavy Quinn is stargazing when she unintentionally causes Jesse Joe Kellen, an ex-con employee of her drug-dealing dad, to crash his motorcycle. Marie grippingly portrays this troubled pair who befriend each other after Wavy saves his life. Things come to a head when their relationship is misunderstood. In addition to deftly presenting the lead characters, Marie perfectly renders Wavy's adorable little brother and beloved grandmother. Some chapters are written from other characters' viewpoints over a period of 15 years, and Marie presents those flawlessly as well. Listeners will be eager to hear what happens next, always rooting for Wavy and Kellen." (AudioFile Magazine)

What Members Say

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    Noel Allenby 29/01/2017
    Noel Allenby 29/01/2017
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    "compelling and confronting story"

    this was one of the most unusual books I've read in years, original and really made me think. subject matter was very confronting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elise A Hinkley 21/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"

    Kept me wanting to read more. Intrigued as to what would happen in Wavey's life next!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ReadingAddict 23/11/2016
    ReadingAddict 23/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "cringe worthy and heartfelt romance with HEA"

    At first the narratives fro. different characters threw me off and I didnt think I would like it... I was so wrong. the different narratives help develop the story more. At times I thought I wouldn't be able to get thru parts of the story because of the graffic nature of some parts but I managed and it was soooo worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey 04/09/2016
    Tracey 04/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Heartbreaking love story"

    Tragic, devastating, harrowing and eye opening.
    Loved the points of view from all characters and makes me think of what one would do given the same situation. Bit of a tear jerker. I can't say I loved this book due to its nature, but I loved this book! An extremely hard topic to tackle and well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    narda 04/09/2016
    narda 04/09/2016 Member Since 2015

    I live in the outback Australia and so love to listen to a good raunchy kickass story where the female is tall strong and in total control.

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    "This book was a total surpise - loved it"

    All the Ugly and Wonderful things is a story that is raw and real. A tale of true love waiting and growing with age. The struggles of life when you meet your soul mate and your way to young and everything is stacked against you. A very real story rich with emotions. The narrator did a brilliant job, bring the story to life. A beautiful well written story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • jksullycats
    Monroe, GA USA
    27/12/16
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    "So many 'hard to listen to' moments"

    This is difficult to review. I wasn't initially captivated by the provided synopsis, but I got the book because so may reviewers had written to just get it. I read several reviews, and I can go back and check again, but I don't remember any that warned of the extremely graphic and vulgar language used to describe sexual acts. Put that little cherry on top that many are spoken by a girl no older than 14 years, who is experiencing them with a 24 year old man. I'm not sure I can express myself in a way that conveys my sincere distaste for those moments and there were plenty.

    So, now you know. If you think you can look beyond it, there is a decent story here. But I can definitely say, it wasn't for me. Knowing what I know now, I would have passed on this one.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Stacie Bombardier
    15/12/16
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    "Difficult to see the wonderful among the ugly"
    Would you try another book from Bryn Greenwood and/or Jorjeana Marie?

    Probably not-


    What was most disappointing about Bryn Greenwood’s story?

    It was a tragic love story, but since I have a 14-year old daughter, I could not help but to identify with the aunt's perspective.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was disturbing to me; glad others enjoyed it but I did not.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to many, many audible books and this is my first review. I do not see much wonderful in this sad, disturbing story. I almost wish I hadn't read it! But i know I'm in the minority. Maybe not for women with teenage daughters!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lori Michele Kelley
    United States
    8/11/16
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    "Just like the title - ugly and wonderful"

    Eight hours into this 11 hour book and I was thinking I had wasted a credit; I couldn't stop listening, but I wasn't happy. Then it ended and all of a sudden this wave of emotion hit me like a freight train. That never happens. What a weird book! The first part is beautiful, then it gets uncomfortable, then it makes you question everything you thought you knew about relationships and family, then it gets like a bargain bin book, then it just sneaks up on you and crumples you. It never panders to your emotions. It doesn't care what you think. Definitely worth the credit. And definitely worth the time!

    26 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Mequasah
    tigard, OR, United States
    25/10/16
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    "Oh how I wish I had listened to the reviews!"
    Would you try another book from Bryn Greenwood and/or Jorjeana Marie?

    I don't think so


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Currently listening to The Girl Before, very good!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Nothing wrong with the performance


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust


    Any additional comments?

    I could not finish this book, I was warned that it could make you feel uncomfortable and I went in with a super open mind. The relationship was completely unacceptable and there was simply no coming back from it. Cringe worthy. Made it to the bedroom scene when the man climbs in thru the 8 year old girls window....

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Claudine
    ESCONDIDO, CA, United States
    28/10/16
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    "Great book for Pedophiles"

    I read many reviews on Audible and all gave five stars and not one person mentioned the inappropriate relationship in this book!!! I listened as the book hinted at the relationship but I figured that was all in a crush the little girl had on this man. I didn't think it would actually be carried out by a grown man. I had to stop reading. I was so disgusted and I felt like I needed a shower after listening to it. It had all the common pedophile rationalizations included - like 'she was so much more mature for her age', she lived a hard life and knew more things than other girls her age', it was a sweet kind of true love, and, of course, 'she was the initiator - she wanted him. Ick!!! I don't know how the book turns out in the end but as soon as their was sexual interaction between the two I had to stop. As a woman and a mother I am appalled.

    28 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Notimportant
    Florida
    9/01/17
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    "Disgusting"

    It should have been called all the Ugly and Ugly things. No amount of "love" can make this story acceptable. I'm sorry that I listened to it. The only positive thing I can say about this book is that the performers were excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tri Girl LA
    8/01/17
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    "Nope"

    This book was incredibly boring and hard to slog through, and I almost gave up a few times, but when their relationship started getting sexual, it was definitely over for me. I know the writing is beautiful and the characters are realistic and well-written, but The plot builds like molasses and is incredibly depressing. Not worth my time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Narelle
    Narrabundah, Australia
    29/12/16
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    "Very strange -odd"

    I was very uncomfortable with this book. 13 year old girl in love with a biker and describing her sexual feelings - the biker also in love with her?? Basically paedophilia.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Cheri
    Waverly Hall, Ga.
    4/01/17
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    "I'm In The Minority!"

    Contains some spoilers:
    This was a hard story for me to rate and review. On one hand, the story was well written and I loved hearing all the different POV's, on the other hand, you have a 13 year young girl who's had hard life, and ends up developing feelings for an older man who has been there for her since she was eight. I've listened to several audios about young girls developing feelings for older men and I have to admit those stories were tastefully done and the things progress closer to a legal age. I do understand all the five star reviews, but I had mixed feelings about THIS story.Yes, Wavy had a hard life, grew up faster than most, but the whole story to me was on the depressing side. I felt the HEA, really wasn't that happy.

    The plot was well written, descriptive, kept me right on the edge wondering what was going to happen next, and the character development was great, but overall I can only give this story two stars due sexual content of a 13 year with an older man. I know this is a fictional, and preteens/teens are sexual. I also personally know someone close to me who was pregnant at 13, married by 14 and has been happily married to the same person for the past 21 years, but this happened with someone close to their age and not an adult.

    Jorjeana Marie did an amazing job narrating this story! There are some many characters, and emotions, this story had to be a challenge narrate.

    21 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands
    30/12/16
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    "Simple writing."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is narrative driven, and simple.


    What was most disappointing about Bryn Greenwood’s story?

    The writing, and the story, are pedestrian and one dimensional. I found it boring and distasteful.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • LilleyLoohLah
    3/10/16
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    "Truly Addictive"

    Whoa! I don't think I've ever been as affected by a book or ever thought about a book constantly like I did with this. Contrary to many views I did not struggle with the content at all (I can understand why maybe some people would), I was constantly on tender-hooks waiting for something bad to happen, expecting things to get out of hand at any turn. So many emotions, so much happening. Told in multiple POVs, the story is gritty, tense and beautifully written. The story follows the obsessive relationship between Wavy (age 8) and Kellen who is about 12 years her senior. Wavy's family life leaves a lot to be desired, her parents are abusive and neglectful. Wavy doesn't speak and doesn't like being touched by anyone, until Kellen. He is her protector, her friend, her confidant and as the years go by, their feelings become more....... One of my favourite reads of the year. I loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • P. Flowers
    uk
    21/03/17
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    "I was scared to read this book but"

    It is wonderful! This is a brilliant story about love and hard lives. I would urge anyone to take the plunge and discover the depths inside.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anastasiya
    24/02/17
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    "Great controversial book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things to be better than the print version?

    narration was great, kept me at the edge of my seat


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things?

    Wavy's selfless love to Kellen


    Any additional comments?

    this is great book, it wasn't something i have expected to be honest. its very controversial, and possibly depending on your opinion it can make or break this book for you.
    it also opens up your eyes to the other side of what might seam to be very Wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lo
    30/11/16
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    "Favourite book of the year so far!!"

    I loved this story because of the discomfort I felt while reading not despite of..

    This author gave us a story that is original not only in it's content but in the way it's written as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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