Confess Audiobook by Colleen Hoover (review)

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Review of: Confess Audiobook

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Confess Audiobook

By: Colleen Hoover

Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise & Sebastian York

Published by: Simon & Schuster 03/10/2015

Confess Audiobook by Colleen Hoover


4.5 stars rating

Confess a Novel

7 hrs and 50 mins

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

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Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight, and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping some major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

©2015 Colleen Hoover. All rights reserved (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved


Confess a Novel

4.0 Stars

Once again, Colleen Hoover doesn’t disappoint. Confess is another emotional and engrossing story that didn’t let me go until I heard the last word.

I’m becoming a big fan of Ms. Hoover’s writing. Her stories feel real, her characters are not without their faults, but this only makes them more credible. She always deals with complicated matters that reflect reality in many ways. Her cleverly woven stories are always a treat. I never mind being taken for a gut-wrenching and intense ride, where anger, angst, hate and frustration are often my companions, all while a beautiful love story and sensual chemistry develop.

I love the way she grabs me with her insufferable situations and makes me feel a range of emotions the way only a well thought out plot and characters can.

Her love stories are messy, angsty and many times frustrating. Especially when you want the heroine to blow everything and follow her heart. As a mother, I could totally relate, and I completely understood her actions.

There’s no higher vulnerability for me than my kid. And this is where I think it might make a big difference in how you relate to Auburn’s actions and the story, in general. I could easily see someone that doesn’t have kids finding her decisions totally frustrating. Nobody has a woman more by the balls than those with the power to take an offspring away. Not a good woman and mother, anyway.

Auburn’s heart was tragically broken when she was only fifteen year’s old – now life presents her with a new chance at love and happiness. Unfortunately, it won’t be easy because a beautiful 4-year-old already owns her path. She won’t do anything to jeopardize that path.

I love Colleen’s heroes! And Owen Gentry was not the exception.
At first I wasn’t sure if he was the right guy for a girl whose immediate gold is to fight to get her son back. But as the story develops I discovered an amazing guy; a great artist with a heart of gold who has a tragic story of his own.

I love that we got a villain to hate! Yes! I was angry. Villains are mostly cowards that hide behind a power and are perfect manipulators when they exercise that power….I HATED that guy! I loved how I immediately found him creepy!

My only complaint is that everything got wrapped up a little too quickly for my taste. And even though I felt satisfied with the ending, I didn’t feel a real end to the story, in general.

All in all, I really enjoyed Confess! I can’t say it’s my favorite to date, Maybe Someday still holds that place. Yet again, I found the story downright engrossing; you don’t listen to an audiobook from beginning to end with just one small break unless you are totally invested.

Confess Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts
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I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Louise, and although this is the first time I’m reviewing one of her narrations, she’s not new to me. In fact, if I see a NA title I want to listen to, and I see her as the narrator, you can believe it’s an auto-buy for me.

Again, just as she was perfect with the heroine in a book I just finished a few days ago (Becoming Rain), she’s also fantastic with the portrayal of Auburn Reed.

I love how she can bring the emotions from the text to life. And just by having listened to two different heroines almost back to back, I can easily see how she truly gets the essence of a character’s personality.

One of her biggest talents is her voicing of male characters. Her approach always feels effortless, and she always manage to deliver masculine voices that will never interrupt your enjoyment of a romance novel. She’s fantastic!

This it’s one the few instances I say she could have carried the novel on her own, and I’d  have never missed a male narrator…She’s that good!

Now for one of my favorite man! Sebastian York, Oh man! Oh man! He’s a fantastic reader! This is not the first time or the last time you’ll hear me say that; However! I did find his voice a little too grown if I may, for a portrayal of a 21-year-old. I was taken aback for or a second when I heard Owen’s age.

Sebastian’s voice is the a voice of a man! And I loved that, so I hated that I felt a little conflicted by his portrayal of a young men. Nevertheless, there’s nothing immature in Colleen’s characters, so his delivery works. And now that I got that off my chest, I can assure you he’s reading is fantastic.

Sebastian is also a very talented narrator; he’s excellent with Owen’s vulnerabilities and emotions.
I loved Owen! Even though, in my mind he was a little older than

Again, the combination of a great narration and a well-written story, made the Audiobook Confess a great listen for me, and I hope it’s the same for you.

Author Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven novels and one novella. Hoover’s novels fall into the New Adult and Young Adult categories. Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012.

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Elizabeth Louise is another one of those elusive narrators.  I haven’t been able to find an image, but one thing is for sure, she has  quickly climbed to the top with her interpretation of  a variety of NA novels.


Sebastian York continues to utilize his pleasant sounding voice and his “romance gene’  to voice  some of the sexiest males in romance literature.



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  1. I agree with who might connect with Auburn more, because I know I sure the hell did. Grr… yes, villains to definitely hate! Mmm .. Sabby (my nickname for him) has a sexy voice.

    • I think that’s why the story got me so bad…The mother in my was torn, plus I loved the little revelation in the end..I found it soo sweet 🙂
      Sabby is the man!! LOL

  2. I don’t know why I haven’t read Colleen Hoover yet. Well, yes, I know : there’s such a buzz about her that I feel like a stubborn mule that won’t do the same as everyone, lol ! But alas, I give up, I’m adding this one to my list 😉

    • I have liked her more and more. I wasn’t a big fan of her frist book I read (Slammed) but I really enjoyed Maybe Someday and Ugly Love. I do have to say, she has great narrators for her books, and that definitely enhances my experience of the books. although I see that her (print) books have plenty of fans 🙂 I hope you become one too 🙂

  3. Sounds like the story keeps you engaged from beginning to end, I love when a book does that! I’ve never read this author but have heard great things. NA is not my preferred genre so I might not get into this series but I will definitely keep her books on my radar.

    • Her books do because I’m a masoquist..LOL but I do like that she has really neat twists in her stories…The narrations are great in all her books…Well, the three I liked, Ugly Love, Maybe Someday and this one.

  4. Its always a good sign of a author’s writing when they can bring out the emotions while ur reading/listening. I havent read of her work, but I tend to always hear good things 😉

    • My 20 something inner girl love these stories, although I can totally see they are not for everyone. They can be full of angst, but not from the couple per say, but with the situations around them.. I’m a sucker for emotional But is nice to know that they will find their happy ending 😉

  5. Although I loved this, this wasn’t my favorite Hoover book. The drama at the end and the rushed ending made this a 4 star book for me, but that ending was so damn perfect that it bumped it up to a 4.5
    I love her flawed characters so much!
    Elizabeth Louise is fantastic, her male voices are soooo good! And know how much I love Sebastian York, but I will always agree that he works best for adult books like Tangled and Dirty Rowdy thing. His voice is just too damn manly! I still love him and I’m glad he’s finally narrating a Hoover book. I still picture Zacahry Webber as the perfect narrator for all of Hoover’s (and NA books in general) audiobooks.

    • I was just thinking that I did review one Elizabeth’s books before, and I was totally in love with her narration (Clipped Wings) she was new to me then. She’s fantastic!
      Yes, I agree Zachary Webber is perfect for these type of novels, his voice still masculine but it reflects the age better.
      I still love the man! I loved him in Dirty Rowdy Thing too! 🙂
      The story was a 4 for me, but the half of star extra is for my listening experience in general.
      I’m listening right now to Reasonable Doubt…I had no Idea what I got myself into hereI It’s narrated by Sebastian, he’s great as usual, but I don’t know what to think so far..I don’t know if I’m laughing because the book is so bad, or because it’s supposed to be funny..LOL Will see..LOL

  6. I am tempted to listen to this one. I wasn’t a fan of Ugly Love and I know how dramatic and angsty her writing is. Still I am reading some good reviews for this and I like that it has two narrators… If I get some time…

    • Well, if it helps, I enjoyed Ugly Love a bit more than this one. Did you listen? Nothing earth shattering here, but she gets me every time with her emotional stories, and the narration always help 🙂
      The biggest thing will be not to find the Auburn’s actions frustrating. I did, but I totally understood, the mother in me was torn.

  7. Yessss, I have this on my TBR. Haven’t read one of her books yet, but I always see good things about them 🙂 Will probably try Maybe Someday since you said that’s your fav.

    • Yeah, the audio was fantastic! I also really enjoyed Ugly Love, but you have to remember they are quick stories and not really deep, but Oh boy! Do find them entertaining…I’m a bit of a

      • Now to see if my library has the audios 😀 I’m really surprised at their selection of audiobooks.

  8. Totally skimmed this review my friend..since I bought the audio and decided to go in blind..I haven’t even read the

    • Oh Kimba! You could have gotten it from S&S audio! I had this one preorder b/c I enjoyed her books and I wanted right away, but it should be on the publisher’s lists for review.
      In any case, I hope you really enjoy it! I got even more excited after I read Christy’s review 🙂 I’m crossing my fingers 😉

  9. Great review on both the book and the narration Loupe I really enjoyed them. Thanks

    • Thank you Debbie! You know me, I bit of a masochist, but I love when a story grabs me like this 🙂

  10. Why am I not reading her? Why haven’t I read her yet???? I love beautiful stories but I have a feeling Hoover is going to pierce my heart and THAT fucking scares me!

    • I like her NA b/c I don’t find her protagonists immature and she has pretty cool twists in her stories, plus she has really pulled me with her last few books. If you get into them, they sure will take you for an emotional spin, but the good thing is that there’s always a happy ending 🙂

  11. One day I’ll start reading her books again, and this time I’ll listen to them, since I see so many raves about the audiobooks! Awesome review, Loupe!

    • I’m surprise you haven’t read her later books, you don’t seemed to shy away from emotional reads:) I wasn’t a big fan of Slammed, but Ugly Love and maybe Someday won me over. If you decide to give them a go, I must recommend the audios 🙂

      • OK, the book I started last night is a big miss at the moment, so I will start Maybe Someday since I already have that on audio. Super excited!

  12. The stories of this author sound always so pretty good! I keep hearing amazing things about her stories, mainly now that they’re translated in French as well. I should try one book to see how it is! Thanks for the review!

    • I think she’s got an easy way to grab you with her stories. Her character development is good and they’re not immature, and that helps. Plus I like the twists she puts in her plots, but most of all, I love the narrator she picks for her books 🙂

  13. I STILL need to check out something by this author. That’s great you really liked this one and the characters were fantastic. I love finding realistic characters that you just love to love or even love to hate. 🙂

    • I really had fun with this one. But I’d wouldn’t call it her best work to date. I think Maybe Someday and Ugly Love are a better introduction to her work, and of course these are all fun, fun listens 🙂

  14. I read only the 1st book in her Slammed series so far and liked it, but I didn’t continue with the series.(That reminds me I need to remedy that.)

    It seems that everywhere I look these days I see this book, whether GR, blogospehere or Twitter and it’s mostly positive reviews, so I definitely plan to read it too in the near future, even though my co-blogger wasn’t so impressed with it.

    Great review, Loupe!

  15. Great review, Loupe! I can’t wait to listen to this one – Hoover’s stories are really good on audio, every single time, I’m swept away.
    I’ve read this, and really enjoyed it, but I still want to listen to it as well 🙂
    Happy reading.

  16. I read Confess in print but may have to reread in audio format. I love both of those narrators and I’m glad to hear they are a good fit for Confess. Awesome review!

  17. I’m a huge Colleen Hoover fan, but I haven’t read this as yet. Great review and I agree with you that her stories feel very read. Need to get hold of this book very soon I think. 🙂


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