13 Jan 2012

Audio Friday - A need so beautiful - Review

Audio (every other) Friday is for audio book reviews :)
This weeks review is by yours truely.
Narrated by Hannah Smith.

What's it about?
We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be forgotten.
Charlotte's best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she's cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what's really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.
But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become—her mark on this earth, her very existence—is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.
Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny—no matter how dark the consequences?

My review
On the narrator: I found the narration of this book easy listening, Hannah Smith reads at a good pace and differed well between characters so I knew who was talking. The story was easy to follow and imagine, I'd definitely listen to more from this narrator.
On the story: This was a book I'd heard little about and thought was more of a romance so I'd never really paid any attention to it, but when I came across it looking for something new to listen to I decided to give it a try and boy am I glad I did!
It isn't a romance at all, it's about Charlotte and her struggle against the 'need' and not wanting to disappear, to be forgotten by her friends and family. It's a seriously gut wrenching tale as we follow Charlottes fight to stay, she has a life, she has a family, a best friend and a boyfriend all of whom she loves, who would want to leave that?! As Charlotte gets more desperate and her time runs out I felt my own pace quickening, I felt her despair and didn't want her to disappear anymore than she did. This is a beautifully written sad tale, that kept me up late finding things to clean so I could listen to it until the end because I could not stop thinking about it until I did and the book was still on my mind days later. I wish I had discovered it sooner but better late than never right? And it means I have less time to wait until the next book, A want so wicked in June.
On the cover:
I love this gold cover, even more so now I've listened to the story. It's a simple cover but the colour is gorgeous and the girl is really pretty lol
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  1. I have seen this book a few time but never picked it up and brought it. great review!

    1. I was the same, I just got it by Chavez but its so freakin good! Sad though :(


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