Audioreview: Ugly Love – Colleen Hoover

Posted 19 January, 2015 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 23 Comments

Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Audioreview: Ugly Love – Colleen HooverUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
Narrator: Deacon Lee, Grace Grant
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 5 August 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Length: 9h 14m
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Purchase
4 Stars

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. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her:

Never ask about the past.

Don't expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can't handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.

Rules get shattered.

Love gets ugly.

Listening to Ugly Love made the story somehow feel closer to me, the characters were literally telling me their story.

My Ugly Love audioreview:

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 πŸ˜‰

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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23 responses to “Audioreview: Ugly Love – Colleen Hoover

  1. LOL Lexxie! My friend Marcela can read the most erotic books, but she can’t do any kind of sex scenes on So you’re not alone.
    I only listened to this book (never read it) and I really, really enjoyed it! I loved the narration.
    I can’t get over the sex scenes feelings πŸ˜‰ Audio is more real IMO, the sex and the violence seemed that way to me.
    Great job!

    • Haha Loupe, I’m very happy to know I’m not alone! And I’m sure I’ll get more used to the sexiness in audios, too, as I continue to listen to more.
      I agree, the narration was really well done in Ugly Love, and my emotions were definitely all over the place.

  2. Berls

    I just read this a little bit ago and I know exactly what you mean about the ugly tears. Omg this book killed me. I love audio books, but I think the saying her name over and over might weird me out in audio, especially since it was a little weird to me even reading it. And I don’t like it when they have two narrators that take alternating chapters – then characters have different voices. Though it might work in this one, since his chapters are when he was younger (and would potentially have a different voice) and with no overlapping characters. Great review Lexxie!

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    • I know, right? I thought the way we, as readers, also just learned a little bit about Miles at a time was so well done, since he was so secretive. It worked very well with two narrators here, too, because I really felt like Miles and Rachel were telling me their parts of the story.
      Have a great week, Berls!

  3. I would love to finish an audiobook, but sadly I don’t think I have the patience to do that! I once tried listening to the first Harry Potter audiobook–the narration was fantastic, but I fell asleep before chapter two even began…

    Anyway, I doubt I want to try listening to Ugly Love as an audiobook! Describing your girl and what you want to do to her is one thing, but LISTENING to it? I’ll definitely get a bit creeped out. xD I bet I’ll feel the same way about the sex scenes as well, Lexxie! Awesome review!

    • The first couple of times I tried listening to audiobooks, I fell asleep, too, Aimee. It actually worked so well I tried to do it on purpose once I went on a cross-Atlantic flight πŸ™‚
      LOL it was a little bit creepy, just at that one point, but I really enjoyed this on in audio anyway.

  4. You know you’ve got a hard on for a book when not only do you read it AND listen to it, but you also write two reviews! Audiobooks that feature more than one narrator are extra fun, and my arm is starting to hurt from all of the twisting bloggers have been doing to get me to try Colleen Hoover. πŸ˜›

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads recently posted: Early Review: White Knight by Kelly Meade
    • Yeah, Carmel, Colleen Hoover has that effect on me πŸ˜‰ I love her stories both when I read them and when I listen to them πŸ˜€ And you should definitely try at least one or two of her books! and you should do it soon.

  5. I think I would also have issues with listening to sex on audio, I can read it just fine but I just don’t think I could listen to it.

    I have not read her books yet and I know she can make you do a good ugly cry! I am loving your review πŸ™‚ I might have to check this one out, maybe read it before the others? But read it not audio lol

    Michelle@Because Reading recently posted: Mini #Bloggiesta Goals ~ Update
    • LOL I’m so happy I’m not the only one who feels a little weird listening to sex, Michelle. And yes, you definitely should read CoHo, she’s amazing.

  6. I keep hearing amazing things about this author and I have a book in ebook but well I use to be really long with my ebooks so I don’t know if I’ll read it one day. But I really should because I’m curious to discover her stories. This one sounds really good too!

    Melliane recently posted: Fireborn by Keri Arthur
    • The narrators were truly awesome, Naomi, it was more how some points felt very different when I heard them instead of reading them πŸ™‚

  7. Hmm, I’d not thought of how it’s make me feel listening to hot sex read to me. That’s something to take into consideration. But I know I’m going to *read* Ugly Love. I’m going to catch up in my CoHo reading this year, Lexxie. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed the audio version with the exception of those few things.

    **BIG HUGS**

    Bookworm Brandee recently posted: Travel by the Book #1 ~ Savannah
    • I hope that one day listening to hot sex will be just as good as reading it, Brandee πŸ™‚ You are going to love Ugly Love! The was the story unfolds is so well done, and the feels *sighs*

      *BIG HUGS*

  8. I haven’t ever read a Colleen Hoover book, but I swear EVERYONE is in love with her books! Maybe the time has come for me to read one of her books.

    I don’t know if I could ever read an audiobook, especially one with sex scenes. I have no problem with sex scenes in books, but hearing someone describe it would definitely feel awkward to me, haha XD And I have a feeling that I wouldn’t pay enough attention to an audiobook in general, because I am very good at blocking out noise, so I’d probably forget that I was supposed to paying ATTENTION to that noise…

    As for the story – if there are ugly tears involves, I probably want to read it! It takes a lot for me to cry when I read a book so when someone else does, I always want to see if it is a book that will make me cry.

    I’m glad you liked this one, Lexxie!

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