It Ends with Us Audiobook

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Audio Length

11.25 hours

Release Date

August 2016


Unabridged Audiobook


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Plot Summary

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover initially follows a love story that quickly takes a dark, dangerous turn. The story is told from the perspective of Lily Bloom, and entails her intense attraction for Ryle Kincaid, a neurosurgeon who, at first, doesnt care for more than a one-night stand with Lily as he is too focused on his career for a relationship. However, he gives in to his love for Lily and the couple begins a relationship together. Lily quickly learns that their relationship is becoming a mirror of the abusive relationship between her father and mother. Her father, who died at the beginning of the story, abused Lilys mother throughout her entire childhood. The novel primarily focuses on the theme of breaking the cycle of abuse. The motif and mirror of the two abusive relationships are foreshadowed when Lily first meets Ryle, and he is in a fit of rage, kicking a chair. It reminds her of her abusive father. Lily makes the connection again later when Ryle hurts her during their relationship. However, Lily struggles to come to terms with the fact that the people who love us most can still hurt us. Although, Hoover clarifies that this is not true love. It isnt until she falls pregnant with Ryles child that she recognises she needs to step away from the relationship and raise her child away from an abusive environment. Breaking generational cycles of trauma is a popular topic of conversation amongst millennials and generation Z today, who have recognized the trauma and abuse cycles of previous generations and have taken responsibility to heal. There has been a rise in mental health acceptance amongst younger generations, and many seek therapy. Social media and influencers have even been notorious for spreading resources and places people can seek help. It Ends with Us begins as a love story, but soon becomes an examination of what love is and isnt. The understanding and empathy Hoover evokes for abusive survivors is done so sensitively, without judgement. The story highlights a powerful message about the importance of making hard decisions and the courage we must find within ourselves to face such choices. I suspect many will resonate with this story and the characters. { “I really enjoyed It Ends with Us. Hoover does a fantastic job of telling a complicated story in a way that’s easy to follow. The characters are well-developed and believable, and I found myself feeling invested in their story. The audiobook is narrated by Olivia Song and she does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life. Overall, I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for an emotionally charged read.” Kris R. (5 out of 5 stars) }


What a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. The kind of book that gets handed down. – USA Today Fans of Hoovers emotional stories, conflicted characters and intense romances will gleefully devour her new novelReaders will love and respect protagonist Lily and learn something from her struggles. – RT Book Reviews (4 starred review) Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuseand the strength of the survivors. – Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Colleen Hoover reminds readers that love is a fragile thing, built from courage, hope, and tears. Every person with a heartbeat should read this book. – Kami Garcia, New York Times bestselling author “It Ends with Us isnt an ordinary love story. It will break your heart while filling you with hope, and by the end of this gripping, pulse-pounding novel, youll be smiling through your tears. – Sarah Pekkanen, New York Times bestselling author