Audiobook Review – Heartless

Posted December 22, 2016 by Kathy in 4.5 Stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 4 Comments

Audiobook Review – HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Published by MacMillan Audio on November 8, 2016
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Length: 14 hours and 34 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


Heartless is a must read for fans of Marissa Meyer.  If you loved The Lunar Chronicles series you are sure to love Heartless.  The author brings back her creative twist to a classic tale with unique characters, a little mystery and an exciting story.

What did I like?

I must admit I’m not a big fan of the Alice and Wonderland tale primarily because of the nonsense of the characters.  But in Heartless I was pleased to see these characters are present but in a tamer version. There are still some riddle talking but for most the time it was clear dialogue. I also liked that Catherine’s passion was baking and despite her upper-class upbringing her dream was to open a bakery. Catherine begins as a sweet and compassionate person but as the events of the story unfold it was interesting to see her gradually turn into the villain we all know.

I also enjoyed the love story.  It was a slow build but it was sweet and romantic.  Even though I knew this was the origin story for the Queen of Hearts I couldn’t help but wish it ended differently.

What didn’t I like?

I thought the pace was slow in some parts and even though I liked Catherine there were times I wished she would have stood up for herself.  But with the tragedy she endures it becomes clear as to how she becomes the heartless Queen of Hearts.

Overall I loved this book.  I love Marissa Meyer’s writing style and the humor in her stories.  I would read this book again and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

5 Star Audiobook Review

Rebecca Soler’s performance was amazing and she is one of my favorite narrators.  I love how she brings to life the story with different voices for the characters.  She has a variety of voices ranging from the goofy King of Hearts to the seductive Jest.  With Rebecca’s performance she brings emotions and excitement to the scenes. I’m know I will be laughing, crying and sitting at the edge of my seat when I listen to her performance.

Rating Report
Audiobook Performance
Overall: four-half-stars

About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer lives near Seattle with her husband and their three cats. She's a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf...) and will take any excuse to put on a costume. She may or may not be a cyborg.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2016 New Release Challenge


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4 responses to “Audiobook Review – Heartless

    • Kathy

      I read Cinder but then took a chance on the audiobook for Scarlet and was blown away by Soler’s performance. After that I listened to the remaining books as audio. These are great stories but Soler adds another level of excitement to the experience. Thanks Nicole for stopping by!

  1. Rebecca Soler read Cinder I think and I loved her voice! This sounds good. I love origin stories and the Queen of Hearts sounds like such a good one. Plus I have complete faith in Meyers to write an entertaining twist on just about anything! Despite the slow parts this sounds like a great read!

    • Kathy

      Yes, she is the same narrator and I love her! I think you’ll enjoy Heartless too. Thanks Katherine!