RESTLESS WATERS Audiobook
Author: Jessica Park
Narrated by Arielle DeLisle
Music by Troy
Release date: November 2015
A storm is coming, and with storms come restless waters.
Pulled from the depths of catastrophe and depression, Blythe McGuire has learned to escape from her past while embracing the future. A future now entwined with the Shepherd siblings.
With Chris, she shares a staggering romance that kicks heartbreak’s ass.
With Sabin, she shares an intense friendship, one that’s becoming more complicated than either had expected. A friendship now being put to the test because Sabin’s brutal past still haunts him. Because trauma is the gift that keeps on giving without mercy.
Now Sabin is the one left drowning and struggling to breathe, and his turmoil threatens to send all three into dark currents they cannot escape. Even after going through her own hell, saving Sabin will take much more than Blythe had anticipated. Their connection and their love could help, but getting him to reach for her hand could be Blythe’s biggest challenge ever.
Reviewed by Stephanie
This book was phenomenal, just like everything else Jessica Park has written. Left Drowning is one of my favorite books of all time and here I was thinking the story ended when I turned the last page of that book. So imagine my surprise when I found out we were getting Restless Waters! If I’m being honest I was so excited but so nervous to read it. Even though LD put me through the emotional ringer I felt at peace at the end and as much as I loved the characters I was good seeing it where it ended. With that being said I knew I had to read this, I mean first off it’s a Jessica Park so I knew I would rock. And we were getting more Blythe and the Shepard clan. So yeah I was sold,but was it good? Um no it wasn’t good, it was fucking amazing! Restless Waters picks up right where LD left off, so yes you have to read the first one. Believe me you will want to anyhow.
“I have two hands Sabin, grab one.”
I love Blythe and all the Shepard clan. I adore her and Chris together. Two pieces of a broken puzzle that somehow still fit so perfectly together. I was happy to hear this book had a lot more Sabin in it, I was anxious to see how everything would play out. I wanted this book to give him his happy that he needed and deserved. Chris may be Blythe rock but Sabin is her best friend and they share this crazy intense bond. This book shows us just how strong yet fragile that bond truly is. I will say for a moment there I was really afraid that Mrs. Park just might take us in a direction that I did not want to go in, but I should have had more faith in her because she gave us just what we needed. I won’t go any further into the storyline but I will say this book like LD will fuck with your emotions big time.
“I will not be pieces of your favorite song.”
One thing I truly love about Mrs. Park is that she gives her characters such beauty and raw emotions and she isn’t afraid to take us to the dark side. So yes there is a lot of dark that still lingers from all these characters went through, I think after experiencing what they did it will always be there. But there is also light and so much love. I have grown so attached to all of these characters and this series will stay with me for a long time. So grab a box, or two of tissues and get prepared to fall more in love with Blythe and the Shepard clan in Restless Waters.
“ There is life after hell. There is breathing and life and profound love after hell.”
From Author Jessica Park
Gah! I am so excited for the release of the Restless Waters audiobook! It’s always exciting when a book I’ve written comes to life in a new form, but this project snowballed into something more beautiful than I could have imagined. I wasn’t sure I was even going to do an audiobook, but then I reconnected with my fabulous Left Drowning narrator, Arielle DeLisle. Once she was on board, my enthusiasm for creating this version of my book soared. She understands my characters as well as I do, and she’s the only person in the world I would entrust to deliver their voices.
So, as thrilled as I was to have her attached to this project, there was one idea I had to present, and I wasn’t sure how it would go over with her…
Restless Waters includes lyrics from my friend and phenomenally talented musician, Troy. Beyond that, he actually wrote a song for me! Er, well, for the book. “Coward” is the powerful single he created, and everything about it reaches into my heart. More music from the book is available on his recently released EP, When The Lights Came, and he’ll also be releasing more music from the book soon!
So, I couldn’t imagine having these lyrics narrated… I mean, it’s one thing to read the lyrics in the context of the book, because it’s sort of the equivalent of poetry, but I felt sure something would really be lost if they were read aloud. More than that, we had an opportunity to do something incredibly unique and dynamic.
Because Arielle is a sassy rule breaker and a rebel, like I am, she agreed: We would ask Troy to record acoustic versions of his music to incorporate into the audiobook.
And then Troy agreed.
And then suddenly the three of us were working together seamlessly on this production! An indie trifecta, each of us bringing something different to this work, and all of us supporting and cheering on the other. It was an extraordinary experience.
Troy and I have been trying to work together for years (his former band, In Like Lions, is mentioned in Flat-Out Love!), and we finally got our chance. Troy is, without a doubt, the voice of Sabin. Nobody sings with Troy’s level of passion, emotion, depth, soul, and beauty. It was an honor to use his lyrics in the text of the book, but hearing his voice as Sabin’s in the audiobook is phenomenally moving, and I am so grateful for all the work he put in. Troy also narrates the chapter titles and opening lyrics, and I think it’s just perfect having him as Sabin doing those introductory pieces.
As far as the three of us know, an audiobook that incorporates music as the Restless Waters one does hasn’t been done before, so that’s another thrill for us! Listeners not only get to savor Arielle’s perfect narration (Man, does she capture these characters and all the ups and downs of the story!), but they get to hear what it would be like to be right there with Sabin as he sings and plays guitar.
We are so proud of this audiobook and terribly excited for fans of the Left Drowning series to take a listen!
From The Narrator Arielle DeLisle
Restless Waters was a project I held very close to my heart. The timing of how it came together for me — as a narrator and collaborator and fan of the prequel I’d recorded 2 years ago — was truly a beautiful experience for me. It’s one of my favorite projects I’ve worked on, ever. To say this was an intense recording experience would be an understatement! Not only was this thick with emotion and depth, which required a lot from me as a narrator, a challenge I absolutely loved, but it also is an exceptionally unique multimedia audiobook. I could not imagine a better suited team, all of us with our own personal connections to the work, and all driven toward the end-product being as great as we could make it.
Working with Troy and his producer, Dante, to get just the right feel and timing to allow the story to unfold around and on top of the music was a beautiful enhancement to this already moving story. I have a background in commercial production and was able to facilitate this collaboration, and Jessica and I were on the same page — if we break the rules of how audiobooks are produced, it has to have meaning and it has to be perfect. The script informs the narration, introducing the music adds dimension to the tone, and the blend of narration and music work together to create an atmosphere that you just don’t get when it’s only one piece or the other. I love what we’ve done and couldn’t be happier with how it all came together.
About The Author
Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.
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