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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1
Description⎮Reviewed Jan. 2016
Narrator: Laura Knight Keating
Length: 8h 22m
Published: Recorded Books⎮2014
5 ★ Audiobook⎮ This audiobook. This freaking audiobook. It’s 8 hours and 22 minutes of sheer and utter delight. Funny story, I accidentally listened to half of this story’s sequel (P.S. I Still Love You) before realizing that it wasn’t the first in the series. Normally, that would make me flip out. I hate listening to a series out of order. But you know what? It wasn’t a huge setback like I would have anticipated. It’s really a credit to Jenny Han’s writing ability that I was able to [inadvertently] jump into the middle of the story and not even notice for several hours.
Han has described this series as “two halves of a heart” and that’s exactly what it feels like. The two blend so seamlessly that I couldn’t tell the middle of the story from the beginning. Once I finally realized my mistake and started this⬆︎ story, I was able to get more details regarding the background of events that I heard in the first half of the sequel. Am I confusing you?
Suffice it to say that this series is so incredible that not even I could flub it up by hearing it out of order. Never have I ever wanted to give an audiobook more than five stars (on a five star scale) until this one. It’s just so cute! It’s fluffy without being obnoxious and had me giggling every five minutes. Sometimes I’m in the mood for something serious and thought-provoking, but other times I just want something that will make me smile. This is definitely the latter. It definitely fell under the category of “Daytime Listens” (something I can listen to during the day, without requiring much concentration). It was a super easy listen and I don’t think I’ve ever quite enjoyed something this much.
Narration review: Laura Knight Keating‘s narration skills absolutely blew me away. Particularly, her ability to give each character an incredibly distinct voice. The voice distinction between characters was so significant that there were a couple of times I wondered if she was sharing narration duties with another voice actor. I also appreciate the tone she used to voice the 16-year-old protagonist, Lara Jean. It was youthful, upbeat, and innocent, without being juvenile, whiny, or annoying. A narrator really has to have a solid grasp on a character’s personality in order to convey it through voice alone. I felt that Laura Knight Keating excelled at accomplishing this feat, which instantly makes her one of my favorite narrators. As excellent as Jenny Han’s writing is, Keating’s narration brings so much more to the audiobook than could ever be available in written format. Final verdict, choose the audiobook! ♣︎