Narrator: Angela Goethals
Series: Hopeless #1
Published by Audible Studios on 29 May 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Length: 12hrs 34min
Source: Audible Purchase
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.
Sky, a senior in high school, meets Dean Holder, a guy with a promiscuous reputation that rivals her own. From their very first encounter, he terrifies and captivates her. Something about him sparks memories of her deeply troubled past, a time she's tried so hard to bury.
Though Sky is determined to stay far away from him, his unwavering pursuit and enigmatic smile break down her defenses and the intensity of the bond between them grows. But the mysterious Holder has been keeping secrets of his own, and once they are revealed, Sky is changed forever and her ability to trust may be a casualty of the truth.
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.