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Cement Heart

Narrated by: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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Lawrence Finkle, known to his die-hard Minnesota Wild fans simply as Viper, isn't used to hearing the word no. He lives his whole life just a little on the reckless side. After all, life is just one big game, right?

When what was supposed to be an innocent bet goes horribly wrong, Lawrence is left to deal with the aftermath and the guilt. In an effort to make things right the best way he can, he ends up falling for the one person on the planet he never should have. The old saying goes that two wrongs don't make a right...or do they?

©2015 Beth Ehemann (P)2015 Tantor

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 04-02-2017

Sadness and inspiration

This story was about a pro hockey player and his loose lifestyle, who suddenly becomes faced with overwhelming tragedy. Afterward he goes into counseling therapy at his team owners demand because his life seems out of control because he blames himself for everything that happened. This audiobook dealt a lot with him finding his way, becoming the man he wants to be and falling in love with his best friends widow. Well narrated and a moving story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-11-2017

Sweet

This is such a sweet love story. Different format from what I'm use to. The author made it so real As always Joe Arden did a great job as a narrator. Still not a fan of Maxine though so I'm glad Joe read most of the book.

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  • Misty
  • 13-02-2017

Love

I love Viper's story. He was already so damaged and then to have been part of something that changed his life so completely and endure the self loathing that comes with feeling responsible for something... this was bound to be a life altering listen.

The entire story had me, hook line and sinker. Couldn't turn it off. I felt like I knew what was happening and what was going to happen, but Beth told the story in such a way that I was enthralled.

Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell are always perfection but I especially appreciated their performance in this book. Maxine was challenged with giving a voice to a child, a mom, a gruff hockey player and more and she performed perfectly. Joe's voice was perfect for Viper.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-06-2018

first...

This is my first audiobook by this author and it was a very good one! The feels felt so real and you could just imagine the pain, guilt, the fighting of the attraction. and finally the love between Michelle and Viper. And, of course, the narration was A- number one!

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  • Patricia Villali Koett
  • 08-05-2018

Very angsty and slow bur but well worth it.

I wanted to continue with my binge of all things Beth Ehemann and having a chance to see Viper get his story told was great. It was certainly unexpected that the author chose to go this route, but I think it served well the characters and gave me as a listener something with intensity and angst to root for. The narration, as always is the case with Joe & Maxine, was spectacular. They play with nuances and emotions very well and I just love how they are able to bring these characters to life.

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  • JRank
  • 17-05-2017

Bring on the tissues!!!

This book is about friendships, heart ache, family..... YES I cried while listening to this....it was was hard trying to look at the computer screen while working with tears streaming down my face..... I also did laugh while listening.... This book shows how hard life can be at times and the struggles that people go thru and can overcome with the support of friends and family

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-12-2016

Loved loved loved it.

Both narrators really made this book very enjoyable. Thank you for the pleasure of this book.

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  • Em
  • 23-05-2018

Don't Judge An Audio By Its Cover

I want to start by asking what is up with this cover?? It's awful!! He looks nothing like the Viper I imagine. It doesn't portray any of the feelings from the book, either. The cover is just all kinds of wrong. He's a pro hockey player, something more along those lines would've worked better. Anyway, I didn't take any stars away from the review, I was just venting here.

It was a compelling listen. Lots of emotions. Narrators were good. I'm looking forward to more by this author.

Joe Arden: 4 stars-great male voice, female voices seem a little stilted.
Maxine Mitchell: 4 stars- She's mostly good, but a smoother reading would definitely bump her up to an easy 5 stars. As she is, though, some parts are a bit difficult to follow.

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  • BKeller
  • 23-05-2017

Good story

however only real internal struggle. I would have loved to see more from this read.

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  • Greg
  • 14-05-2017

Awesome!

This is my favorite Beth Ehemann book so far.
They all seem to have unique story lines, but this one really is special.

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