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Published by Gallery Books on October 4th 2016
Narrator: Grace Grant, Jeremy York, Jonathan Cole, Sebastian York
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Source: Simon & Schuster Audio
The tenth work in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling series that started with Beautiful Bastard.
A new couple finds love, and the casts of the previous books join in to celebrate this series finale in the most Beautiful way possible.
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Audiobook Review: 4,5 Stars
Story: 5 Stars Performance: 4 Stars
It took me a while to build the courage to read and listen to Beautiful, because finishing it would mean that I was going to complete the Beautiful Bastard Series. This series means so much to me, not only because it has given me so many book boyfriends —Bennett, Max, Will, Niail, George and now Jensen— but because Christina Lauren created a sexy, romantic, and completely real universe with all their stories. I’m gonna miss my beautiful men and women! #BeautifulForEver
The final installment of the series brings two characters known in Beautiful Player, Jensen is Hanna’s brother and Will’s best friend, and in Beautiful Secret, Pippa is Ruby’s best friend.
After finding out her boyfriend was cheating on her, Pippa needed to go away from London and accepted the invitation from Ruby to travel to the United States on a vacation with their friends, Will and Hanna. On the plane, she met a Scandinavian God and after so many glasses of champagne she spilt the beans about her mess of a life and her cheating boyfriend, or thrusting bum, like she liked to called him. Since Pippa was so sure she wasn’t going to see Jensen ever again, she didn’t care she made an ass of herself, but for her surprise or bad luck, Jensen was going to the vacation trip she was invited by Ruby and her friends.
Jensen has been divorced for over six years now. His only focus has been his work and only his work. He’s dated a few times, but he wasn’t really interested in being serious with anyone, because if his married didn’t work how would work a new relationship, that was his thought. When he was traveling back home from a business trip in London, he met a beautiful vibrant girl, but after listening all her crazy rambling about her cheating ex boyfriend, he closed off. He thought they wouldn’t see each other again, except they encountered again the next day and everything turned out an awkward Six Degrees of Separation kind of situation.
But as grown up people, they talked it off and decided to be friendly during their vacation, but Pippa kept thinking of Jensen as an Scandinavian God and he realized the beautiful feisty woman he first met on the plane was even more gorgeous in the inside, and after a few days of being all cordial with one another —and with the help of an unwanted encounter— they ended up sleeping in the same room, and that attraction couldn’t be ignored anymore.
But this was just a fling, a thing for the vacation and nothing else. But… Yes, you know what’s coming, they fell in love, but don’t expect a predictable kind of ending here. I cried about three hours because it was heartbroken, I was sad for Pippa, for Jensen, and for the whole situation and I couldn’t wait for the end because I hate crying while reading —or listening in this case— but in the end it was worth it. My tears were well paid with the beautiful conclusion of this book.
Grace Grant, Sebastian York, Jonathan Cole, and Jeremy York are the narrators of Beautiful.
Sebastian was amazing on his performance as Jensen, transmitting every single one of his emotions with different tones of his voice. Jensen is a serious kind of character, well put and thoughtful, and that was how his voice sounded. But when Jensen was flirting with Pippa, York’s voice changed into a sensual tone that created goosebumps all over my skin. To add more awesomeness to his performance, there were epilogues for the characters for the previous books and Sebastian managed to sound different for Will and Bennett.
On the other hand was Grace Grant. She did a great British accent, adding a polish tone to her voice that made it more accurate, but that was the only thing I liked about her performance. I find her narrations boring, she puts so much effort to make them believable, but she only ruins the experience with her long pauses between sentences and even more with the strong punctuation within them.
Jonathan Cole and Jeremy York did the little epilogues for Max and George respectively and they were just great. *Jumping up and down for the little happy ending George had in his epilogue*
All in all, Beautiful was the best closure for the series. Having all these characters back together was the best for me, and like I said before, I’m gonna miss them so much. #BennettisStillMyFavBeautifulBastard
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