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Dear Aaron

Durée : 12 h et 43 min
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Some days, all you need is a message from a stranger. 

Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas. The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional. 

Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect. 

What she didn't count on was falling in love with the guy.

©2017 Mariana Zapata (P)2017 Mariana Zapata

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  • Anne-Marie Mogensen
  • 21/11/2017

Two thumbs up 👍👍

I already loved this book, however, the way it was brought to live by the narrators made that love enter a new dimension.

Their voices became Ruby and Aaron and they fit the personalities of the characters to a T.

Two thumbs up to Mariana Zapata, Callie Dalton and Ted Hamilton for a job well done.

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  • Janice B
  • 21/11/2017

Wonderful premise

Narrators were perfect for this very believable story
Mariana did it again!

JB Naples FL

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  • Janeen Butcher
  • 01/06/2018

Mixed feelings

I loved the narrators but this is where good or even great narrators can't help a book that I struggled to get through. Everyone raved about this book but apparently, I'm in the minority because I couldn't stomach it. This book is mainly told through email/letters and then later told through texts. For me, it was kind of awkward. It lagged in places where it should have sped up and in places where it should have lagged it sped right through to almost an ADHD pace. I couldn't wrap my mind around the fact that the author who wrote The Wall of Winnipeg and Me - wrote this book. It almost seemed unbelievable! I loved that book and I guess my bar was set really high, so for this to be so different just made me sad. I love Teddy Hamilton and he really was the saving grace on this. I don't think I want to keep this because it was that bad for me. I will still keep my copy of The Wall of Winnipeg and Me though because that will always be my fave.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 07/12/2017

Really Good

The only thing I didn’t like was that the first few hours of the book you listen to two different voices. One male, one female. Then the story transitions (without giving anything away) and the girl does both the male and female voice. I really enjoyed having the male character with a male voice, not the female trying to be male. Especially once you get used to the male characters voice.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13/11/2017

5 ++++ stars

OK, I really love everything by Mariana Zapata! it's always a bonus then to listen to Callie Dalton read it to me. I loved the slow burn love story (I am totally a sucker for military men) and the narrators, both Callie and Teddy Hamilton performed beautifully. I highly recommend these narrators and of course anything by Mariana Zapata. I am a full on book junkie and read hundreds of books a year. This author is one of my faves! Great story, great performance!

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  • Suzanne
  • 06/09/2018

If I Could Give this Zero Stars I would

This is a great book - if your a 10 year old.

Actually, I think that when I was 10, I would still think it was excruciating. There were so many elements that went in to making this book excruciating but to save you the long read, I'll mention only my top three.

1. The Crybaby

The number one most painful issue I had was the main character "Ruby". We have to like our lead right? No such luck here. Unless you like a grown woman crying like a baby at the bus stop cause she thinks her friend isn't meeting her. "Ruby" was the constantly whiny, wimpy, self pitying, self-loathing. I think I counted about 1 zillion times she said "sorry". "Sorry, I shouldn't have said that. Sorry, you might not want to answer that". "Sorry Aaron, I'm such a looser". "Sorry Aaron, I'm such an idiot". "Sorry Aaron, why am I so stupid". "Why, why, why do I do this all the time! I'm such an idiot". "This always happens to me, why don't I never learn!!". And can you guess what Aaron's says back to her in response? You guessed it "You're not stupid" OVER AND OVER AND OVER again! In real life he would have said, "Forget this chick, she got a problem". I mean, I've never been painfully embarrassed by the lack of confidence and self loathing for a fictional character before, but if she were my friend I would sit her down and seriously tell her to seek professional help. And if that didn't work, I'd end the friendship. I mean who needs a woman constantly talking about what a looser she is in almost EVERY sentence?

2. Beyond Repetitious.

Spoiler - (I'll try to not give everything away) (but then again, I would STRONGLY recommend you not buy this so I'll be doing you a favour)

In the middle of the book, Aaron asks Ruby to meet live in person, and yes, we were all waiting for that moment and saw it coming, so you can imagine my irritation when the entire chapter, and I not exaggerating here, has her saying "What??!!! Noooo what if you don't like me?", "What? Noooo...why?", "What nooo, I can't, I just can't" And Aaron repeating the same answers. An ENTIRE CHAPTER!

I was on vacation taking an 8 hour train trip when listening to this chapter and it so repetitive, I decided to amuse myself by seeing if I could have a chat with a fellow traveller and and still make no progress on Ruby and Aarons conversation. And guess what? An hour later after, having the volume very low in the background I turned it up to hear the exact same conversation! Ugh! " Noooo, Aaron, but why should I come???" I wanted to much myself in the face!

3. The Change In Narrative (which I usually like, but it soooo didn't work here)

The only reason why I continued listening to this book was because even though it started out slow, it was somewhat entertaining and did keep my attention. It began with letters and emails back and forth and the readers did a fantastic job with their acting and had wonderful voices. I'm sure they wanted to cringe with the challenge of reading such a poorly written book but they did their best with the worst material they probably ever had. And as soon as the narrative style switched half way to another point of view, dropping the letters, to Rubys POV, it went down hill. And fast.

Ok, I know I said 3, but I'll add one more issue that went into making this an excruciating read.

4. What's So Freaking Funny?

Ruby is supposed to be HILARIOUS! Aaron constantly comments on how much she makes him laugh but she says NOTHING funny. The writer continuously mentions how Aaron purses his lips and tries to hold back fits of laughter and I'm like - "but there isn't even a joke here. I don't get it." I even rewound a couple of times to see if I missed the joke. But there wasn't a joke or even a quirky funniness to her character. Nutin' ya'll.

So there you have it.

Yesterday, whilst walking down the street and listening to this book I noticed my eye rolls occurred every 5 minutes - the book was actually getting worse, so I threw in the towel and gave up. No one can say I didn't try.

Honestly, how do books like this get published? Didn't this writer have an editor? What a painfully horrible novel.

Don't waste your money friends.

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  • Kagomaru
  • 13/11/2018

Interesting

I was surprised by how much I liked this book considering the format was mostly dialog. It was well written, thoughtful, funny, and delightful.
#Heartwarming #favorite author #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Kelly L. Green
  • 15/11/2017

Dear Aaron

Loved the book until the end it threw me off. Mariana usually gives a brief statement of what happened to the characters to get them to this end. So only the end I am not happy with. I would have loved to see her family's reaction to Aaron and if Aaron really did hit Hunter for what he did to Ruby.

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  • mary connolly
  • 08/11/2017

Laugh, Cry Enjoy!!

Loved this book when I read it and loved it even more listening to it. Both Callie and Teddy were awesome as narrators. Brought the story even more to life. Thanks Mariana for this beautiful gift. Couldn’t stop listening, laughed, cried and cheered.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10/11/2017

Love love love

I couldn't wait for this audible to come out and I wasn't disappointed! I love Callie Dalton, didn't know as much abt Teddy. I was excited to see how this was going to sound and flow because of the format. Gotta say it sounds great! Only part is I wish there was a little more Teddy in this. Such as, if he could have read some of Aaron's dialogue that would have been perfection to me also even if he would have read some of the back and forth abt Ruby's virginity as well, but Callie always handles everything well.Over all I love it I am a Mariana Zapata fan, she's the only author I follow. Also Callie Dalton always one of my favs now Teddy! Great job guys! Well worth the wait! I will be re-reading and listening! If you want a great story funny slow burn this is perfect for you! Mariana is alway A one click buy so glad Callie is her go to!! BUY THIS BOOK AND AUDIBLE

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  • Bel
  • 30/01/2018

Great story

I listened to this for a book club discussion. I'm not really into romance, but this sounded interesting.

It 'was' interesting. Very well written, very convincing, and somehow, I fell in love with both protagonists. I really had no idea how this would end, and for a while I was scared: after all, Aaron is deployed in a war zone.
I won't tell you if any of what I was afraid of came true. Suffice it to say that I loved how the story and the main characters developed, and how the story unfolded. I was drawn in right from the start and found myself listening every free minute I had.

The narrators did an awesome job. Having a female and a male narrator reading the emails of the respective protagonists worked out brilliantly. It made the whole story even more believable -- if that is possible. I can't comment on the accents because English is not my first language, but I had no problems to understand either of the narrators.

I can recommend this to anyone who loves a good story.

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  • Kerstin
  • 24/07/2018

💖 great story...great book 💖

this is a wonderful story and could happen anytime and anywhere...
Although I gave 5 stars for narration the third part of the book should have been narrated with both parts...
Enjoy 😊

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 12/07/2018

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Sehr schönes Hörbuch. Die Hauptkaraktärin war etwas verkrampft, aber in allem fand ich die Geschichte sehr schön. Schade war nur, dass der männliche Sprecher nicht mehr von der eigentlichen Story erzählt hat. Er war nur bei den Konversationen via E-mail eingebunden. Das fand ich etwas schade. Seine Stimme ist sehr schön. Das Ende des Hörbuches war auch toll. In allem ein sehr hörenswertes Hörbuch.

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