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Verity

Written by: Colleen Hoover
Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson,Amy Landon
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Publisher's Summary

A number-one best seller in several categories with over 14,000 five-star ratings on Goodreads. 

From the number-one New York Times best-selling and award-winning author Colleen Hoover comes "A stand-alone romantic thriller that is tragic, creepy, and brilliant!" (Mel Reader Reviews

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of best-selling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. 

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of the night their family was forever altered. 

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her. 

Sexy. Twisted. Consuming. 

Due to graphic scenes and mature content, this book is recommended for listeners 18+.

©2018 Colleen Hoover (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Editorial Review

An all-consuming romantic thriller that will leave you guessing, gasping, and utterly engrossed, Verity tests the bounds of what humans are capable of and brings to light just how dark those limits can be.

New York Times best-selling author Colleen Hoover delivers a richly layered, utterly engrossing story with Verity. An expert at romance novels, Hoover infuses this tale with twist after plot twist for a dark psychological thriller combined with a hot and spicy love story. When famous author Verity Crawford is badly injured, her husband Jeremy Crawford hires Lowen Ashleigh to continue the author’s work. Lowen is elated at this offer of a dream job, but as soon as she begins searching through Verity’s notes, she finds herself in the middle of a nightmare. What she discovers is chilling, but her burgeoning connection with Jeremy is anything but, and she still has a series of books to complete.

Verity takes a striking step beyond standard romance fare, shocking listeners with its bold humanity and chilling side. Listeners will struggle to hit pause, spending every moment aching to know what happens next, before diving back into this story, as full of love as deception, lust, and betrayal.

This standalone audiobook is as devastatingly dark as it is addictive, and as sexy as it is suspenseful. Narrators Vanessa Johansson and Amy Landon offer their fittingly dramatic and electrifying voices to this unpausable thriller. Landon has narrated more than 300 titles and podcasts, while Johansson carries over 60, and both have won awards for their work. Together they bring just the right level of tension and emotion to their nuanced and engaging performance of Verity.

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Awful on every level

The characters are unbelievable and annoying. The dialogue (as written) is tin-eared and insipid (what else is to be expected from unbelievable and annoying characters?) The dialogue (as performed) is grating and one-note.

The plotline is ridiculous. Graphic sex scenes are liberally peppered throughout: if you love giving men pleasure with your mouth, this book is for you, and may lessen the tedium of the plotline and bland and /or unbelievable characters.
There's a line in the book that goes: "All our memories! The bl*wjobs! The swallowing!" It's supposed to inspire nostalgia in the one to whom the line is directed.

Violence against a 6 month-old baby is gruesome and disturbing.

Both narrators are authors. No author involved or portrayed in this book has any skill but one of them talks as tho she has a "process" and regards herself as highly skilled.

The performances are rotten.

The principal narrator has a tone of voice that is trying to go for sardonic and cynical. She tells everything and shows very little. Nothing about her is believable: her predicaments, her reactions, her traumas.

The secondary narrator? Well her voice is softer, more melodic, which, at first, is a blessing after the principal's voice but is actually over-acted and monotonous once the blessing wears off.

The worst? Of many bad things? There is a male character (or two) in the book, and the two female narrators read his lines with the same grating inflection throughout. Slightly different from one another, but, individually, never deviating in delivery from start to finish, and both impaired (the deliveries) by their (the narrators') attempt to lower their voice to "man depth."

It. Is. Laughable. All of it.

I hate it so much, I've wasted my time writing a review to warn others away.

This book has no heart, no brain, and no saving graces. Do not believe the hype.

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Great book - HORRIBLE narration

I read this book a few months ago and couldn't put it down. It's a fantastic read - well written, easy to follow and suspenseful right until the very last line. I never pick up thrillers but this was recommended to me and I'm so glad it was! I saw that the audiobook for Verity was released today so I figured I'd give it a listen while I work away on some boring data entry. I'm not sure which narrator is which but one is much more enjoyable to listen to than the other. The first narrator who narrates the protagonist, Lowen, along with all other character with the exception of Verity was fine to listen to. She isn't the most organic narrator but I wouldn't refuse to listen to more of her work. The second author, however, who narrates Verity's manuscript is the worst narrator I've ever listened to! She sounds like you're listening to Siri read a book to you. It's painstakingly annoying. She has almost no inflection whatsoever and sounds like her parts were sped up. When I slowed her parts down a bit it was slightly more palatable but just barely. It is very disappointing that such a great book is this annoying to listen to.

Pick up the book to read - you won't be disappointed. Please don't judge the book on this narration!

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Dark

I went into this listen blind, i didn't know what the book was about. It was really hard to listen to sometimes because its very dark and honestly I don't think I will ever read/listen to a book by this author again.

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Meh

I was really put off by the “autobiography” part to the point of almost not finishing this audiobook.

Overall, I expected more of a twist from this book. The opportunity was there but didn’t hit the mark.

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Meh

Lots of hype and positive reviews so was hoping for more - the suspense is minimal and the storyline is slow to develop.

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Not a fan

Really brutal to listen to... Believe the comments, save your time, money and poor poor ears

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Completely hated it

Characters were one dimensional, story was predictable, tedious sex scenes were completely unnecessary and not pertinent to the story at all. I kept waiting for something to happen that would grab my interest; obviously that never came. I was absolutely unimpressed and bored throughout. How this book has so many good reviews is completely beyond me. The narration was also painful to listen to - no emotion or realism in any dialogue. Spare yourself the time and read something else.

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I should have returned it.

I found the characters in the book annoying and the dialogue between them not believable. I found the main character unlikeable. I was a chapter or two in and realized this book wasn’t going to be for me. I tried to find a way to return it and it looks like too much of a headache, so I thought well I’ll just keep reading it might get better. It didn’t. There was potential for suspense, but it never really got there and I was expecting more of a twist near the end. Oh well. Can’t like them all.

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Story was Great. Narrator was terrible

I loved this book so much! i didn't want to stop listening to it. The only down fall was the narrator! Absolutely terrible. A few times I found myself wanting to turn it off because of the voice.
if you have a choice to listen or read it I definitely recommend READING it. If they could change the narrator it could possibly be worth listening to.

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Grating

The narrators were not for me. The story was mediocre but disappointing. This novel did not live up to the hype it gets.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-16

intriguing but skip if triggered by child abuse

I really liked this book and it is only my 2nd from this author. It seemed predictable at times and other times made me want to throw up from the child abuse. I did not see the end coming which puts a different perspective on the whole story but it was hard to keep going during some of the parts because I just can't take stories with children being harmed in them. I'm glad I did stick it out and the narrator's were fantastic but I will not be reading this again. I recommend this book to thrill junkies but not to anyone who is sensitive to child violent situations, either emotionally or physically.

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  • Bee
  • 2019-10-11

Why all the Raves ?

This was baaaad ..... I don’t understand the Glowing reviews ? Could have been interesting until the main character enters a restroom with a strange man and takes her bloody blouse off in front of him ? Yeah , Nope.

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  • Claudia Boyer
  • 2019-09-26

disappointed listener

Ridiculous story. Way overboard with the salacious sex. Was a waste of time . Started out promising but had a disappointing ending.

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  • Jeannie Babcock
  • 2019-08-08

what did I just read?

Just poor writing. I wanted to love it. I had to read it full through to see what the hype was, but damn. Just a weird, sick, poorly written mess.

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  • Ann
  • 2019-08-17

Other reviews totally oversold it!

is Audible paying reviewers now? Who are you people and why did you love this book???

I wasn’t awed. I wasn’t surprised. There were no surprising plot twists. Lastly, I am certainly NOT going to spend any time thinking about this book now that I’ve finished listening to it.

It’s nice everyone else found it riveting. I found it pedestrian, if not downright predictable.

A dissatisfy bummer of an audio book.

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  • K. Naglieri
  • 2019-11-25

There are much better mysteries out there

This was mediocre at best. It's main redeeming quality is that it's fast paced. But none of the characters are likable, the basic premise is ridiculous, so many things are introduced as if they'll be important but then never returned to, and the end falls into the "a letter explains everything" trope that is just lazy writing. For much better mysteries, check out Tana French or Jane Harper.

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  • Christy Skinner
  • 2019-10-03

Way too much sex

If you don't like to hear about someone's sex life over and over and over and over again, don't buy this book. It wasn't even good sex scenes. Just lots of F*&^ing. I started fast forwarding through it after awhile it was so bad. The twist at the end was pretty good. I didn't see it coming. That's the only reason the story got 3 stars from me. The narrators were good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-09

Almost a 5 Star book, but sadly not

This is a hard one to rate. I loved the whole book up, and didn’t want to stop listening. If you would have asked me to rate it anytime before the last hour I would have given it 5 ⭐️. However, I was very unsatisfied with the ending. Like really? It could have been great, instead it was like, huh? Ok. I call bs but ok. And I’m sure that was the authors intention, but I didn’t care for that approach. When the story has you drawn in from the beginning you expect to be wowed by the ending. Instead it got a shrug. I guess if you don’t normally listen to suspense you’ll probably be satisfied with it, but being that I like dark and suspenseful I was left wanting. I would still recommend the book however as I said it did keep my attention which is hard. Just don’t get your hopes too high for some huge BELIEVABLE plot twist. I liked the first narrator. I don’t care for the narrator of Verity, but she was a lot less annoying in this one than some of her others. She was tolerable.

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  • N Stewart
  • 2019-09-18

The performance made me buy the actual book.

The voice actor used here was awful and I couldn’t listen further than Chapter 5. She sounded like a knockoff Siri and just lowered her voice to represent other characters. Yeesh.

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  • 2019-05-07

4 Stars but I wish It wasn't 6 months late

I need to start by saying that authors who release audiobooks 6 months after the eBook are doing a huge disservice to the audiobook fans. With 6 months of waiting and all the hype about how crazy this book was I had VERY high expectation and I'll be honest I was left underwhelmed. If I had listened when it released and hadn't had 6 months of hype, I know I would have LOVED this book. I truly hope since this author is going completely Indie now that she will do some research on how all the other hundreds of Indie Author do simultaneous releases so us Audiobook people aren't missing out on the excitement and twists that she loves to give us in her amazing work.

Now Verity.... I really enjoyed the writing style of this story. Loved that it was dual POV so we got both "sides" of the story and I loved the characters, Colleen did an amazing job at making me hate Verity. I've listened to everything written by Coho and I love that she is dipping into other Genres. Throughout this entire book I was waiting for the twist, I knew what I thought and I was 1/2 right but the explanation was the surprise for me.

The narration was good. Vanessa Johansson is new to me and at first I wasn't sure out her voice but she was perfect for Lowen. Amy Landon isn't a favorite of mine normally but I think it's more about casting then her work and she was cast perfectly as Verity!

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  • M. de Freitas
  • 2023-09-10

What a book!

Couldn’t put it down, horrified,scared to read more, but needed to know the hole story and speculating about the end. I do not regret reading it even if it was hard to continue at times.

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  • Client Amazon
  • 2023-07-25

A bit disapointed

The plot is pretty good, the story well read.
Though, the very explicit sex scenes were not a must. They bring nothing to the story.

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  • Melocherry
  • 2022-11-23

Surprisedly good

At first I was scared it's gonna be a boring story with predicable turns. I'm glad I was wrong, the plot twist was quite satisfying.

i do regret the quality of the intimate scenes, way too much and not enough well written in my opinion but doesn't bother me.

i do like the fact that they changed the reading voice depending it was Verity or Lau.

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  • Sarah Skeet-Bure
  • 2021-10-20

Too much sex

The performance is brilliant and the storyline is very good. The numerous sex scenes spoilt it for me. I almost gave up at the antipenultimate chapter (for fear of final sex scenes) but glad I kept going. It shed light on the narrative.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-08

1st book finished in 3 days

loved it so much ,couldnt stop listening at all , all day long .. .

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