Audiobook Review: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) by Jamie McGuire #BoutofBooks

Posted August 15, 2012 by Felicia S in 2.75 Wine Glasses, 2012 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 20 Comments


 Audiobook Review: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) by Jamie McGuire #BoutofBooks
Book: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Article Type: Book Review, Audiobook Review

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The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

 Audiobook Review: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) by Jamie McGuire #BoutofBooks

Read from August 13 to 14, 2012
Read for Audiobook Review
Overall Rating: 2.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 2.25

Audio Rating: 1.00 (not part of the overall rating)

NOTE: I want to say that I think I might have had a much higher view of Beautiful Disaster had I not listened to it in audio. A bad audio can ruin a good book so PLEASE go read other people’s reviews!

What I thought of the Story: Beautiful Disaster was a pretty solid story containing just the right amount of edginess and pleasure. I was compelled through out the whole story to find out what happened next. I finished the Audiobook in one day and even stayed up past my bed time in order to see what was going to happen. I really couldn’t tell where Jamie McGuire was going with Beautiful Disaster and that worked really well. WARNING: you won’t be able to put Beautiful Disaster down till the very end.

What I thought of the Characters: (I think this had to do with the narrator’s voice more than anything)! Abby sounded about 15 the way the narrator read her so instead of edgy and strong–she sounded whiny and hot-headed. There were moments where I wanted to scream at her and the indecisiveness that she showed. Towards the end the interactions between her and Travis were so exhausting that I wasn’t really sure if I was rooting for them to get together or come apart. Travis, I thought was a compelling character and very damaged. I never got the abuser vibe that I have seen in some reviews but he was intensely damaged. I never once thought he would cross a line and hurt Abby though. That being said (again I think it was the narrator) he did come across equally whiny at points especially around the middle of the story. They are both damaged and very raw with their emotions. I think if you read them instead of listen that comes across as very intense which is perfect for this story.

What I thought of the Audio: Beautiful Disaster was read by Emma Galvin and runs 12 hours. I thought the narrator made the characters sound way to young (around 15) especially considering the material. There were times where a scene would read whiny and insolent when I think if I was reading it there would be more intensity and extreme emotion. Instead of feeling torn in two by the conversations, I felt like it was two kids playing at being adults. Even though the actual ages of the characters were 20 and I think 22. This pretty much ruined the vibe for me almost from the start of the book. I did think the pacing and articulation were great. I think in YA, Emma Galvin would be an excellent narrator. She just did not work for me with Beautiful Disaster.

Overall Thoughts: Please go read other people’s reviews as my problems were probably specific to the format that I read/heard the story. I would recommend going with the print form of this story though you may end up liking the audio more than I did.

Other Reviews:
The Bookshelf Sophisticate
I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read
Fade Into Fantasy

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20 responses to “Audiobook Review: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) by Jamie McGuire #BoutofBooks

  1. I read both books and don’t really think that the characters came off as whiny as they must have with the audio. That didn’t mean that I didn’t want to smack both of them a couple of times for the way they were acting. I will say that as damaged as Travis seemed in this one, it’s nothing compared to how you will feel about him if you pick up Walking Disaster. True, it is the same book essentially as Beautiful Disaster but seeing things from his perspective is totally different. You’ll have to let me know if you decide to pick it up.

  2. Ruby

    Wow. I don’t think that I would be able to put up with whiny, even in YA. But I still really want to read this one.

  3. JenM

    I have to say, I read the book, and to me, Abby came across as whiny and immature in it also, so it may not be the fault of the audiobook LOL. I rated it a C because I really disliked her. On the other hand, I loved Travis, so even though I wasn’t wild about Beautiful Disaster, I am planning on picking up the book that is from his point of view.

    • I don’t know if I will pick up the sequel. I will wait to see what everyone else thinks first 🙂 That being said makes me feel a little bit better that she was whiny in both versions (audio and print)

  4. Oh narrators can do a number on a book. I’ve had a similar experience recently. I think I just don’t do the whiny voices no matter how old the characters are supposed to be.

    • That is the main reason I pointed people towards print reviews because I do think it changed the book (and perspective of the reader)! 🙂 🙂 Tina loved it also 🙂

    • It is an intense read and I actually understand the “bruhaha” surrounding it. There are some lines that I don’t think were crossed but depending on your own experiences it might appear that they were crossed. It is a book that will get people talking!

  5. Yup, the narrator can totally make or break an audiobook. I think I’ve listened to books read by EG before, and I remember not liking her voice much. Luckily, I do have the book on my Kindle. I bought it way back after reading Tina’s review. I just need to play hooky from work and spend the day reading it. LOL

  6. Ohhhhh, the book was so good!! I think I gave it a 5…:) But your so right about the audio, it can ruin an entire book if the voice and feel is off. BTW I understand too now about Gone Girl…the end didn’t ruin it for me but I agree with you didn’t match the first and second parts. Im listening to City of Women right now, oh my gosh its heartbreaking good.

    • I read your review after I wrote mine! I think your review is brilliant and spot-on! You and Christi both had wonderful 5+ reviews of this book. I do think the format made all the difference.

      Gone Girl—that ending! LOL 🙂 🙂 🙂

      I am going to have to pick up City of Women!

  7. I think having the girl sound younger than she is would definitely be detrimental, especially considering the intensity of the relationship between Abby and Travis. I’d be interested to see if you thought better of the book if you read it! I’m such a sucker for a damaged boy, so I’m thinking I may have to give this one a try and see what Travis is all about:)

    • I would not recommend this one on audio BUT I want to say that I haven’t seen anyone else do an audio review. It might have just been mine 🙂