Narrator: Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on November 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 9 hours 46 minutes
Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?
November 9 wasn’t even on my radar until it was the book picked for Caffeinated Book Club. What can I say? I’ve been busy! Needless to say, I’m oh so grateful that it was selected, because otherwise who knows when I would have read it. And November 9 was so GOOD!
I listened to November 9 in one day – literally non-stop. I started it in the morning when I took Buffy for a walk. And then I kept reading while I made breakfast. Then I kept reading while I ate breakfast. And I couldn’t stop when I got dressed for the day. And when I went Christmas shopping (that tells you how long ago I read November 9 and wrote this review…) I struggled to focus on both gift buying and the story, because no way I was stopping. And when I got my nails done, I really struggled not to tell the nail techs – who usually never talk to me! – to shut up so I could focus. Before I knew it I was home, lying on the couch, all pretense of doing anything BUT listen gone. And then it was over and I had the task of writing this review.
Which clearly, I’m sucking at. How do you write a review of a book that is all about the FEELS and the surprises, without giving it all away?
Here’s the most important points:
- The characters are perfectly written. They’re so complex and their layers are so slowly revealed, you’re constantly learning more – up until the very last minute they’re surprising you. But what you get from the start is enough to love them instantly. Ben and Fallon are both so funny and easy to connect to. They’re so real! I want to be their friend!
- The story unfolds seamlessly. I worried about a book that makes you jump a year at a time. How do you get to know characters and feel any flow if you’re just getting a day of their life each year? It was not a problem, that’s for sure! Colleen Hoover puts us in their heads so well that I easily forgot it was just that one day.
- The FEELS! Colleen Hoover is quite possibly the queen of feels. Everything I’ve read by her – which to be fair, is only a couple books – yanks my heart out and stomps on it over and over and over again and just when I think she’s done she throws in that one more twist that makes all previous stomping feel like love taps. How she does it I don’t know, but I bow down to her.
I should also mention that I really enjoyed the narration. For the life of me, I will never understand why anyone goes through the trouble of hiring two narrators to have them read alternate chapters instead of the girl doing all the female voices and the guy doing all the male voices, which is what happened in November 9. But once I got over that annoyance – which I always feel when that happens – the narration was actually quite good. And the switch between narrators was never jarring Zachary Webber and Angela Goethals complimented each other well and their versions of the male and female voices really worked. I think it helps that November 9 didn’t have much of a cast beyond Fallon and Ben, but even their versions of those characters worked well.
So yeah… Colleen Hoover maintains her perfect record with me. Another 5 stars!
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