The Breakaway: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2023
13 hours 30 minutes
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes a warmhearted and empowering new novel about love, family, friendship, secrets, and a life-changing journey.

Thirty-three-year-old Abby Stern has made it to a happy place. True, she still has gig jobs instead of a career, and the apartment where she’s lived since college still looks like she’s just moved in. But she’s got good friends, her bike, and her bicycling club in Philadelphia. She’s at peace with her plus-size body—at least, most of the time—and she’s on track to marry Mark Medoff, her childhood sweetheart, a man she met at the weight-loss camp that her perpetually dieting mother forced her to attend. Fifteen years after her final summer at Camp Golden Hills, when Abby reconnects with a half-his-size Mark, it feels like the happy ending she’s always wanted.

Yet Abby can’t escape the feeling that something isn’t right...or the memories of one thrilling night she spent with a man named Sebastian two years previously. When Abby gets a last-minute invitation to lead a cycling trip from NYC to Niagara Falls, she’s happy to have time away from Mark, a chance to reflect and make up her mind.

But things get complicated fast. First, Abby spots a familiar face in the group—Sebastian, the one-night stand she thought she’d never see again. Sebastian is a serial dater who lives a hundred miles away. In spite of their undeniable chemistry, Abby is determined to keep her distance. Then there’s a surprise last-minute addition to the trip: her mother, Eileen, the woman Abby blames for a lifetime of body shaming and insecurities she’s still trying to undo.

Over two weeks and more than seven hundred miles, strangers become friends, hidden truths come to light, a teenage girl with a secret unites the riders in unexpected ways...and Abby is forced to reconsider everything she believes about herself, her mother, and the nature of love.
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Loved the book. Just the kind of book I was going for. The narrators for Abby and Sebastian were awful. The narrator for Abby had run on out of breath sentences. It was like she was trying to read a PowerPoint presentation too fast. The Sebastian narrator same thing. They brought nothing to the characters. I only finished the audio because I paid for it. It was unrated when I purchased it. Never again.

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Carol G.

The book was ok. The narrator for Abby was horrible! She made me not like the book!

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At the beginning of the story, the narrator made me want to stop listening. As the story continued, her voice is less jarring. The story was good but did more slow in several spots. If you liked Jennifer’s other books you will like this one too. Nice steady listen. I am doubtful I would select another title using this narrator.

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