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The Art of Us

By: KL Hughes
Narrated by: Abby Craden
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.7 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Eighteen-year-old Charlee Parker met the love of her life in a parking lot-a leggy brunette with a valedictorian medal hanging from her rear-view mirror and an attitude as biting as a Boston winter. Alexandra Woodson was guarded, a 19-year-old orphan set on a bright future in hospitality administration. She never imagined an art student with a penchant for cheesy pick-up lines and stealing parking spaces would crack her rigid exterior and claim her heart.

For four years, theirs was an enviable love - evergreen and growing. Unbreakable... until it broke.

Alex's job now brings her back to Boston, after five years working on the opposite side of the country. When, by chance, they meet again, Charlee and Alex are swept up in a whirlwind of heart-rending history, tossed between past and present, and lovers old and new. Will their lingering connection be enough to convince them that some loves are meant to last? Or should the past remain in the past?

Contains mature themes.

©2017 KL Hughes (P)2018 Tantor

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Fabulously Powerful

Such an epic, emotion filled story of a powerful, all consuming love. Wonderfully written with every emotion written being experienced as though you were the characters. Will be listening to this one over and over.

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it’s cold, it’s beautiful

i read most of this book when it was still in its beta phase, when the characters had different names which gave the story different meanings; i love it just as much now as i did then. this book will make you ache and cry and blush, and it will all be worth it. i loved living in this world, even for just a little while. may we meet again.

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  • Sondra A., Cobb
  • 29-03-2018

Now That's a Love Story!!!!

this book was so powerful I'm not sure how to start any sort of review. I'm not sure which was better... the amazing storyline or Abby craden narrating. loved both!!! the whole story played out perfectly. this audiobook is so filled with emotion it's really hard to pinpoint the right words to use here. I loved the characters (especially Charlie) and the whole thing definitely gave me the feels. I'm sure it will be a long time before I find another love story so perfect. sorry this review is all over the place. Ha. the book was so good I honestly feel like I should contact the author and tell her how much I appreciated it. anyway, if you are reading this and considering getting this book, please do.

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  • feralfeline
  • 12-08-2018

good yet confusing

constant jumping in time with no indication or transition almost made me give up on a good book with an excellent performance by Abby Crayden. Add in some dates or even just years to keep the confusion down. Worth reading.

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  • CDub
  • 20-05-2018

This was a really good book.

This is one of my favorite audiobooks. I’ve listened to a lot recently and this is in the top 5. I appreciated Charlie’s character best. I occasionally wanted to poke Alex in the eye - lol - but I understand where she’s emotionally coming from. Some people struggle doing what’s best for themselves if it involves hurting someone else. This was an emotional ride. But a good one.

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  • IzzyG
  • 02-04-2018

SO good, seriously.

I have listened to many many romances, and I have to say this is one of the best I’ve listened to. It’s sweet and sad and steamy and beautiful.

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  • LadyReadsalot
  • 15-05-2018

Expected Better

After reading many of the reviews, I was really expecting something with more "wow". Unfortunately, there was just sad, slow motion whining and pining. I kept waiting for it to get better, but it never really did.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-2018

Great book

Such a good love story from beginning to end. Good narration. I really enjoyed this book!

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  • amy
  • 11-05-2020

too many flashbacks

Would have been 5 stars all-round but all the sudden flashbacks were really confusing

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  • Dor
  • 09-02-2020

Deserve more stars than there are in the universe

This is not a book it’s a feeling wrapped in a world of just two people. I have never been so moved by a story as much as this. Abby Craden was the best narrator to portray the characters in this book. The characters are brought out in such detail that it is possible to touch them. The humor, the sadness, the love of a couple blended with the love of family. Once torn apart but gradually through the story brought back together again. Made whole from shattered parts. As you might have guessed I do recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this talented author.

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  • Tonya Kirkpatrick
  • 15-10-2020

Try it.

A beautiful book from the voice of a narrator I adore. It's a very solid story with a lot of patterns and payoffs that just feel right. I know 5/5 is a lot, but I'm a sucker for art and patterns and crying occasionally. I knew I would like it 1 chapter in. You can see the scenes so vividly, with your own little tastes to it. I'd definitely recommend it.

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  • Jerilyn
  • 05-10-2020

A Beautifully written love story

Abby Craden you are amazing! I will purchase any novel you narrate, well maybe not straight ones..lol. Great writing, great narration, great book.

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  • blackcrow
  • 13-06-2018

Not the usual formulae

Very enjoyable listen, excellent narration as always from Abby Craden. Most of the writing was tight and some really interesting descriptions of emotional and physical intimacy and the lack of it. Could possibly have done with a shorter tease towards the end but can't fault it for value at 9 hours of story. The flashbacks were done well although as I wasn't reading it made me work a little to place where we were, but I didn't have to work that hard. Solid read and something a little different... hey its a romance you know where you're going to end up, its the journey that matters.

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  • Miss
  • 22-07-2018

Mixed bag

A great job in narration but the story jumps forward and back too much but Lord help us it is very frustrating - the angst is completely overdone