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I'll preface this by saying: I either LOVE or HATE Colleen Hoover's novels. I LOVED Ugly Love, and have listened to it more than once. On the other hand, I couldn't make it through Hopeless as hard as I tried. That being said, I was anxiously awaited this book hoping it would fall into the realm of the former rather than the latter.
Annnnd I relatively disappointed by this one. While this book is still much better than a lot of books out there as far as quality goes, it was a slow listen for me. The plot was anticlimactic and predictable, the characters were a one-dimensional, and I never really felt a connection to the storyline.
I really wanted to like this one but it just fell flat for me. Worth a credit if you're a Colleen Hoover fan, but if you haven't read any of her stuff, I'd spend my credit on Maybe Someday or Ugly Love instead.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
One More Gifted book from Colleen Hoover. She spins this intricate web of confessions that make Owen and Auburn’s story slowly reveal itself. One May Guess at whose Confession will be bigger. You end up trapped in the center wanting to jump to the end to know what confession might break them completely… but you can’t because you don’t want to miss a minute of this incredible book.
Sebastian York has always been my favorite male Narrator for his portrayal of alpha males. Owen is definitely not an alpha male, he is a sensitive artist. I was thinking that Sebastian wouldn't work in the role... being like a loud drum solo instead of the intricate guitar solo you expected. Thank goodness Sebastian pulled it off. In the beginning of the book he portrays Owen with a soft almost boyish sweetness as he welcomes Auburn into his studio. As Owen life and confessions unravel, Sebastian bring the power back into his voice as he fights for what he wants. He captures all the nuances in the book from the sweet confessions in the tent to the intense moments in the Art Studio.
As for Elizabeth Louis, she shines throughout the book. She is completely believable as Auburn’s character and the way she captures Auburn and Owens interactions with shy reserve to intense desire had me on the edge of my seat.
Colleen’s made an excellent choice of Elizabeth and Sebastian to bring alive this amazing book full of emotional highs & lows along with some extreme hate that might require a gun toting Bestie (just sayin’). The pair were like the perfect duet pulling you in with their harmonizing voices and leaving you ready to put it on repeat to listen to over and over again.
OMG… One Must Give this book a listen.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
What a beautiful story of love and fate
Sebastian York is the perfect Owen and Elizabeth Louise is wonderful as Auburn. I loved this book in print but it came alive even more so in audible, a definite must listen
it kept me hooked and I got in to the characters and story. Worth a listen
Finished this in two days. What a brilliant, brilliant book. Unsure on Elizabeth's voice, but overall obsessed from start to finish. Easy reading.
Recently started reading Hoovers books, they are addictive. This book had all the drama but none of the predictability a lot of similar stories have. At first I thought Owen was a creep and I felt so much sadness for the main character and her situation, everything comes to light and is so nicely resolved. This story will have you on edge :)