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  • It Ends with Us

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Olivia Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,626

Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once again, Colleen Hoover does not disappoint!

  • By Kim on 08-03-16

Emotional and beautiful, albeit dark

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-16

It Ends With Us is even more emotional in audio than when I read it myself. Awesome story that needed to be told!

I’m not sure how Olivia Song managed to do this, but she made me fall even deeper in love with Lily with her excellent narration of It Ends With Us. This past weekend, my oldest daughter and I drove to the South of France for a book fest, and she hadn’t read this one yet. And CoHo was one of the authors at the fest, so we decided to listen to it on the road. Everything was OK on the way there, but I missed my cue on the way back on Sunday, and it took us a little longer than planned to get home.

I was already emotionally invested in the characters, and Song made me even more so. It Ends With Us took on another facet when it was so well told, and the themes slightly changed in my opinion. There is still a lot going on that I’m not going to mention at all, but standing up for yourself is something I think is very important. And Lily did this, more than once, and not necessarily in a way that was blatantly obvious. There were times when I had goosebumps, and other times when I wanted to stop the car so I could really cry! CoHo is an expert at wringing my heart and making me feel very deeply. And that is just one of the things I love about her stories.

What you should take away from this review is that no matter which format you prefer, It Ends With Us is amazing! Beautifully written, strong characters that evolve, a poignant story and a LOT of heartache. Hurry up and get started on this one, I’ve heard Colleen needs more tears for her new lake

  • Three, Two, One (321)

  • A Dark Suspense
  • By: JA Huss
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Ava Erickson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770

Battered, barefoot, and huddled under a bookstore awning in the pouring rain, Blue only knows one thing. After 15 months of captivity, finally she is free. Self-made millionaires JD and Ark are not out to save anyone when they stumble upon a wet and shivering girl one early Sunday morning. But when you sell sex for a living and salvation rings your bell, you answer the call. After years of searching, love lifts the veil of darkness, and three people - with three very big secrets - find themselves bound together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sex, lies, and videotape...

  • By Laura on 06-09-16

Hot and complex

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-16

Would you listen to Three, Two, One (321) again? Why?

Yes! the narrators completely nailed this story. They managed to have the perfect pace for it, and they made a story I already loved even better.

What other book might you compare Three, Two, One (321) to and why?

I don't think I've read any other books that compare to Three, Two, One

What does Sebastian York and Ava Erickson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They brought a lot of feeling into their narration, and both everything that was made of hot and all the feelings were portrayed so well by both of them.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Hot and complex, with so much more than meet the eyes.

Any additional comments?

Three, Two, One has to be one of the most twisted, hot and complex stories I have ever read! Huss completely outdid herself – again!

Twisted doesn’t even begin to describe the relationships, the storyline, the characters and the plot in this masterpiece. And a masterpiece, it is. Very dark, uncomfortable at times, extremely hot other times, and with a relationship that is anything but conventional. The suspense is well done, and the story is character-driven, even while the characters are lying both to themselves and each other.

I had already read Three, Two, One when it was first released, and I have to say that listening to this story was even better! The narrators totally nailed it - the pace was perfect, and I have to admit I blushed in places...

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Ford: Slack/Taut

  • By: JA Huss
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

Ford Aston is not too picky about what he wants out of Christmas. He's not into this holiday - like at all. He doesn't do presents or family dinners or parties or church. He does pets. And he's got one lined up for Christmas Eve. In fact it's the highlight of his day. And if he can get through drop-in visits, nosy 12-year-olds, an inappropriate conversation with his best friend's girlfriend, dinner with a family that's not his, and a party at his mother's house - well, he might just get home in time to enjoy himself with a stranger and make it all okay.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Liked but a little slow at first and has BDSM!

  • By shadowcruzer on 02-23-16

So well done

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Rutherford Aston is a creep, a freak… And he knows it! It’s just that he might not be as bad as he thinks when it comes down to it.

I had forgotten how awful Ford could be! Effing Ford. He’s still my favorite guy in this series, though, and the narration made it even more so. The emotions were stronger, and hearing Duran’s voice being Ford was awesome! The pacing was well done, and I have to say I loved getting to know more about Ford, and meeting Sasha, Ashleigh and Kate was something I appreciated just as much the second time around. Seeing the lengths he would go to for his friends, while still thinking he wasn’t a good person made me fall in love with him all over again! He has such a capacity for love and caring, and when he gives into his feelings, he goes all the way.

Huss definitely knows how to tell a story that makes me feel things, I went through all the emotions listening to this, and I found the narrator to be the perfect one for this particular instalment in the Rook and Ronin series. While this is a spinoff, it can be read or listened to on its own. It felt very intimate to listen to this one, even more so than reading it, because for most of the story the two protagonists were alone, and it felt like I was hidden somewhere with them.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Tragic

  • Rook and Ronin, Book 1
  • By: JA Huss
  • Narrated by: Jordan Leigh, Anna Gibson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

Rook Walsh is tragic. Because life so far - just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky…. Rook got a second chance. And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone - you grab it with both hands and run. Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she's got "The Look." The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive Tragic Media contract. Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he's everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TRAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By cjw on 09-29-13

Strong story, good narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-15

Tragic is one of my favorite Huss stories, and it was a treat to listen to the audio – the narrators brought the characters to life perfectly!

At the beginning of listening to Tragic, I had a little trouble with the male narrator, especially because his French accent didn’t sound French at all, but also because he made a very squeaky voice when he was sharing something Rook said, but from Ronin’s point of view. The female narrator nailed it, though, and most of the chapters were from Rook’s perspective, so I was completely gone in the story very quickly.

I read the whole Rook and Ronin series a while ago, and listening to Tragic brought some things to my attention that I hadn’t noticed when I read it myself. First of all, I thought Rook seemed much more fragile and vulnerable than she did when I read about her. And that brought another layer both to this story, and what I know will come later on in the series.

As get more used to listening to audiobooks, I also want more and more of them to listen to! I know the rest of the Rook and Ronin series will be released in audio at a later time, and I can’t wait. Huss has such skills when it comes to telling stories, and her characters are always incredibly flawed, which somehow makes me love them even more! Having narrators tell me the stories just brings out another level of enjoyment for me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Unholy Magic

  • Downside Ghosts, Book 2
  • By: Stacia Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

For freewheeling ghost hunter Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. An agent for the Church of Real Truth, she investigates claims of harassment by the undead. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC

  • By The Book Nympho on 03-20-12

Dark, gritty and edgy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-15

Unholy Magic was an amazing story for me to read several years ago, and listening to it made it more. More emotions. More connection with the characters. More in-depth story-telling. I was completely engrossed from start to finish. Bahni Turpin is so good at doing the different voices, accents… it’s easy to know who is talking with her narration.

I was also even more amazed with Chess while listening to Unholy Magic. She is so strong and capable, but at the same time, so filled with doubt and insecurities. And especially when it came to her relationship with Terrible, she had such a hard time figuring out what she wanted, what she needed and what she felt comfortable with. There are two big plots in Unholy Magic, one is an alleged haunting in a movie-star’s home, the other is about prostitutes being killed, with their eyes taken from them. Both in Bump’s and in Slobag’s territories. This brings Chess’ two worlds on a collision course, and it’s hard for her to keep up with everything.

As the story unfolds, though, my heart was bleeding for Chess! All her recent bad decisions came to bite her in the butt, and so her self-doubt grew to horrendous proportions before she was able to snap herself out of it during a fight with several ghosts, hosts and black-magic users. Dark and gritty, there is just something about the Downside Ghosts series that appeals to me. Of course, the stories are extremely well written, with characters that are flawed, but that I still can’t help but love. The whole universe is edgy and sad, but Chess still gets up every day to get the job done. Hiding big parts of herself wherever she is, and whoever she is with.

I look forward to listening to the rest of the series, Kane and Turpin make me want to hug Chess but at the same time shake her and make her see how incredible she truly is.

  • Ugly Love

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Grace Grant, Deacon Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,662

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn't think it's love at first sight. They wouldn't even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn't want love, she doesn't have time for love, so that just leaves the sex.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, difficult listening

  • By Michelle on 05-20-15

Emotions all over the place

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-15

The narration was so good, I really felt like I was listening to Miles and Tate throughout Ugly Love, and that was both very good, and sometimes a little strange. When I read my kindle version of Ugly Love, I cried so much, and so ugly in many places. And I actually enjoyed the story more when I read it myself, even if I really did enjoy listening to the audio version as well.

For one, listening to Miles go on and on about Rachel, from the very first time they met made him seem a little bit creepy. The way he would repeat her name, or say that she would love him, and she would be the mother of his children sounded really weird. It was not at all weird to me when I read it myself, though.

Another thing that made me take one star off was that I actually felt really embarrassed when I was listening to Tate describe the sex she and Miles had. I can’t explain why, I read a lot of erotica, and that’s never a problem for me. Listening to someone describe every touch and feeling to me made me feel a little awkward, though, but I might just get used to that if I’m a good listener and keep up getting more audiobooks in the future.

I have to say that both the narrators did a really good job, and I loved having a male narrator for Miles’ chapters and a female narrator for Tate’s chapters. It made the story very vivid, and when we finally came to the place where the readers find out why Miles doesn’t want to love anyone anymore, I cried ugly tears once more.

The story is very emotional, but I have already written a more in-depth review for the written format already.

If you’re a CoHo fan, and you want to try an audiobook, I think Ugly Love is a good place to start, especially if you think you won’t be weirded out by listening to the description of the hot sex.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unholy Ghosts

  • Downside Ghosts, Book 1
  • By: Stacia Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 507

In a future world under attack from the undead, the powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing human liars and banishing the wicked dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the faint of heart

  • By T. Hernandez on 04-21-11

Fantastic narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-14

If you could sum up Unholy Ghosts in three words, what would they be?

Unholy Ghosts in audioversion is even better than the written version, if that is even possible! Bahni Turpin’s narration brought the awesomeness to a whole new level, with her changes in pitch, pace, and the way she ‘was’ each of the characters I’ve come to know and love in the Downside Ghosts series.

I am still new to audiobooks, but I think Unholy Ghosts managed to really whet my appetite, and to be able to live the story because someone talented tells it to me is such a great experience. Each time Turpin narrated Lex, I could hear the kind of teasing smile in her voice, and if Chess was upset about something, it could be heard in her voice too.The way Chess actually shrieked instead of me just reading ‘Chess shrieked’ was so well done, and I was so into the story I would have done ironing all day – and that’s my least favorite chore to do!

Unholy Ghosts includes a very specific Downside dialect for some of the characters, and Bahni Turpin had that down to pat as well, I can’t even begin to explain how great she is at narrating. I have read all the Downside Ghosts books that have been released so far, and this series is among my favorite UF series, which is another reason I was so happy to be transported by Turpin’s voice and her perfect way of expressing the feelings and moods of the characters.

I know I have tagged my review with ‘strong female character’ because even with all her flaws and insecurities, I think Chess is just that. In Unholy Ghosts, the readers get to know her, and the fact that she has an important job does not deter her from using her drugs to dull all the past pains she is still feeling. Hearing Chess rationalize her addiction was another thing I really enjoyed, because listening to her brought me even farther into her head.

  • Hopeless

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,056

Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Seems Like An X Rated YA Book- Has Promising Start

  • By Wendi on 01-02-14

Dark and hearbreaking story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Hopeless to be better than the print version?

When I first read Hopeless, I think it became my favorite Colleen Hoover story, because it is so very deep, and so very gritty, and my emotions were all over the place because Sky and her past were unraveling so very slowly. And I adored both Sky and Holder, and I was fond of Six, too, even if she didn’t stay for the whole story. Listening to the audiobook brought all my feelings from Hopeless even more to the surface! I was crying two rivers on the bus one day on my way to Uni, and I would have much rather stayed on the bus all the listening to the story than going to class.

Angela Goethals narrates Hopeless beautifully, the characters’ anguish shines through in her voice, her inflections brought the point across a little differently from when I read the story on my own. I also love her voice, it is very agreeable to listen to, and the speed at which she narrates fits the story perfectly.

When the really difficult parts of the story arrived, I was almost amazed the narrator wasn’t crying along with me, but she still managed to share emotions in the way she told me the hard truths of Hopeless.

I just realized that my first three audiobook reviews are all books written by Colleen Hoover; Slammed, Maybe Someday and Hopeless all were enhanced by the experience of actually having a story told to me, and that is in big part thanks to the wonderful narrators. If you aren’t sure yet if you’ll enjoy an audiobook, I definitely recommend these, but only if new adult contemporary romance novels are part of the genres you enjoy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Maybe Someday

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,743

At 22 years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college; working a steady job; in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter; and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter's cheating on her - and she is left trying to decide what to do next. Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to his playing his guitar every day out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Listening" with Your Heart

  • By Melissa Bee on 05-24-14

Better in Audio

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Maybe Someday to be better than the print version?

Maybe Someday is a book I gave four stars to when I read the ARC just before it was released. I was a little bit hung up with the cheating, thinking of cheating and waffling on both Ridge’s and Sydney’s parts. Especially because I enjoyed Maggie and I felt so bad for her, even if Ridge and Sydney never actually crossed the line and did cheat.

However, listening to Maybe Someday, with a male and a female narrator made the experience very different. I was drawn into their conflicting feelings, and the way they were both holding back for fear of hurting Maggie, even as they were hurting themselves. And since each chapter is from either Ridge or Sydney’s point of view, having two different narrators worked extremely well. I think I’d actually rather recommend the audio-version than the written book in the case of Maybe Someday.

Both of the narrators worked very well for me, and I’ll be looking for both of them when I search for more audiobooks to listen to. I know that Angela Goethals has narrated other books by Colleen Hoover, and she did an awesome job with Maybe Someday. Listening to the anguish the characters went through made my experience more haunting, and strangely, it was easier for me to idientify with Sydney when I could hear her telling me her story.

Also, the back and forth between the narrators made the chapter breaks in Maybe Someday smoother, and I enjoyed both of the narrators voices, their switches were truly seamless, and added something more to the story in my opinion.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Slammed

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Heidi Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 948
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852

Layken Cohen isn't your typical 18-year-old. After the recent death of her father, she is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's slowly losing hope. Enter Will Cooper: The 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for performing "Slams". Will and Layken immediately form an intense and emotional connection neither of them knew they needed until it was found.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me. Too much teen angst.

  • By Jane on 08-17-13

Love the story of Slammed - excellent narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-14

If you could sum up Slammed in three words, what would they be?

Beautiful, sad, poignant

What was one of the most memorable moments of Slammed?

The slam poems! I loved how the narrator actually performed them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Layken arrived at her first day in school...