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After

The After Series, Book 1
By: Anna Todd
Series: After (Todd), Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Experience the internet's most talked-about book, now a major motion picture, from Anna Todd, the writer Cosmopolitan called “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation”. Now with a new bonus chapter read by the film’s Hero Fiennes Tiffin and a letter to listeners read by Anna Todd.

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything after.... Life will never be the same. #Hessa 

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way. 

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, and tattoos, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to. 

But he’s also rude - to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does - until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss, it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before. 

He'll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper. 

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin's prejudice about nice girls like her? 

Unless...could this be love?

©2019 Anna Todd (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Guilty pleasure

Nothing groundbreaking, and quite predictable. However fun to have on in the background and a little addictive in a guilty pleasure kinda way

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Loved.

I honestly loved it. I was not expecting the ending!! like I'm so mad right now.

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Excellent read

Loved it would definitely recommend it to anyone. Can't wait to read another from collection

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SPEECHLESS....

Loved the story I have never felt so much emotion towards characters I thought the movie was awesome but to listen to the book so many feelings towards the characters how f***Ed up some characters are! Hero needs to read all the parts on each book it tied the story together. I was crying through the last chapters the hurt and devestation and humiliation like a bomb exploded in my own heart was painful to listen to but I couldn't put it down a drug to my ears. A read so twisted you don't know whether to hate or be sad for the young harden I can't imagine what else has happened to him in his childhood to be so cold-hearted and cut off from love the love tessa deserved. Can't wait to start the next book..... Fire and ice

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Brilliant!

Absolutely BRILLIANT! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. the ending was a huge one and nothing I was expecting. Loved it majorly. I can't wait to see the movie and start the next book!

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loved it!!

narration was amazing, a little predictable at times but all in all an enjoyable story. definitely recommend :)

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  • Haley
  • Napier, New Zealand
  • 22-04-2019

Loved It

Reminds me of a mix between the Thoughtless series, Fifty Shades and Twilight saga.

Loved the narrator. Sounded just like the narrator off the thoughtless series which I feel matches the age of the character.

Hopefully the movie will come to NZ soon.

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AMAZING

Amazing Story, cant get enough of it. The story line is just amazing. Can't wait to read the sequels

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I wish Hero read all of the audiobooks

I have listened to book 2 , and the narrator did a good job . But they would be soooo much better if Hero read all Hardin’s parts in rest of the audiobooks!

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love!!!

I loved it especially Heros part I'm so happy we get 18 mins of his voice I wish it was the whole book but 18 mins of hero is more then enough and the girl that read it was good i do wish to could of but that's okay overall it was really good. 💓💓💓 p.s Made me cry 😭❤ I love after so much xx

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  • Tayln
  • 24-04-2019

Repetitive

We've all had bad relationships but other than steamy make up sex i kept wanting to stop the cycle of gas lighting and emotional abuse. i get to rapt in stories to suffer the next in the series.

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  • Amelia Metcalf
  • 11-04-2019

I. Can’t. Even.

And you shouldn’t either. I’m a big fan of a good YA novel, but this nonsense is less YA novel escapism and more “Best Ways to Convince Yourself To Stay in an Abusive Relationship.” Y’all. It’s awful. The reader sounded like she was talented, but I honestly wonder how many times she needed to take a break during recording to gag. There was ZERO character development. Hardin was an idiot— I don’t care if he had a mysterious British accent. I’ll end this review here as I am heading to the ophthalmologist soon— I’m afraid I sprained my eyeballs from rolling them so many times trying to listen to this drivel.

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  • Amanda Hickey
  • 24-03-2019

Juvenile

I totally understand all the rage from teens and young adults about this love story. My maturity as an older, sexually experienced woman, this novel is extremely unrealistic from a sexual POV. I actually finished this book because I was curious as to what Hardin’s secret was. The storyline is ok, but definitely could have been better put together. Sorry, no woman as inexperienced as Tess can actually orgasm that soon into a sexual relationship. As for Hardin, his sexual releases are on point (mere minutes) for his age. The writing was no Pulitzer winner but I’ll give this novel 3 stars. Anna Todd is clearly a new author but has excellent potential. I’ll go ahead and skip the next in the series, and look into more of her novels later in her career.

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  • Martina Bruce
  • 12-03-2019

amazing!

In the chapter 100, the voice of Hero fits SOOO good:), I really can't wait to see the movie!!!!

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  • Daphne c.
  • 01-04-2019

Story is good but

I feel like the story is good buttt it’s weird every time she’s upset with Hardin they have some type of sexual experience making it seem that is the only way she’s willing to forgive him. I felt like the story dragged on but overall was good and I’m looking forward to watching the movie and listening to the next book

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  • Danika Washington
  • 16-03-2019

Good but...

I saw the movie trailer about this novel and I love when good novels are turned into great movies, not that the movie has been released yet. However, I never read the novel and I wanted to know what was so great about it that it got to be created into a motion picture. I loved the narration even though it's all told from her POV until the very last chapter. I did have several eye rolling moments when I worried this novel would be too young adult for me , but though I think she was kinda naive it did seem like true struggles college students may find themselves dealing with. I loved that her characters growth development made her stronger and able to better stand-up for herself. I struggled with why she was so intrigued by him b/c he irritated me several times throughout the story and the cliffhanger at the end never revealed what was really true about their relationship and what she learned about him that made him so messed up, like did that really happen to his mother, etc. I also thought it would end more dramatically like he was a sex addict in a weird sex relationship with the pink hair girl that annoyed her and the bad boy that he seemed so intimidated by only it came back to silly games like they were all still in high school. Then I thought it would end with a car accident but instead she left her car which didn't make sense b/c the guy she left with wasn't really her friend and she'd need her car to pack up and get away from the apartment but the book just left it all in the air in a most unrealistic way. I'd be so hurt I'd never want to see any of them again let alone drive off with someone who wasn't honest with me, it's that why she was mad at S too but I guess it didn't matter for Z. I don't know. The story has true potential but I guess the characters were too immature for me. To still let peer pressure and lies go that far is just baffling to me, but they're still young so I guess he was true clueless how to get out of it. Smh. Hopefully, the movie has a different spin on it. Not sure if there is a sequel but I think the author should have just summed it up in this book. Oh well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-2019

AMAZING!!! I'm going to listen to it again!!!!

I LOVED IT!!!! LOVED THE NEW CHAPTER AND HERO!! Hero you did a great job with the bounce chapter. Can't wait to see the movie!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-2019

I loved the emotion and great use of adjectives.

Heros' last chapter reading was amazing and filled with emotion it was interesting hearing how Hardin felt about the entire situation.

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  • umek.m
  • 15-03-2019

I'm dying

Chapter 98 is where it's at! I'm in tears!! I cannot wait any longer the movie needs to be here already!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-2019

BEST BOOK EVER

This book is amazing! This is one of the best love stories you’ll ever read. It explores real relationship problems and has so many twists and turns which leaves you in one big emotional mess but it is all worth it. Make sure to read the whole series because it only gets better. Anna has done such an amazing job!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-06-2019

Highs and lows -

Tessa is not mature enough nor experienced enough to deal with this moody mysterious man, thus the couple can be annoying to a listener. There are many highs and lows they go through together and the listener is on edge to know when the happy times crash again. As they get to know each other, the main characters develop through their relationship but the ups and downs stay the same making it a little predictable as well. The end was better than expected, since the ups and downs dragged on. The ending is the only reason I’d listen to book two.
It was hard to differentiate and follow what was only a thought of Tessa’s or what she said out loud.

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  • Kelly
  • 02-06-2019

A real page turner!!

Amazing book, couldn't stop listening to it, downloaded the next 2 books in the series immediately!!

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  • Bianca Clementino
  • 29-05-2019

Disappointing and Underwhelming

I’ve loved this series since it came out on WatPad and I’ve always envisioned Tessa to have a lot of emotion in her voice when she expresses herself, which I think is lacking in this audio book. Also the fact that it isnt a man reading the men lines ( and no british accent ) is disappointing.

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  • Denise Smith
  • 19-05-2019

unexpected compulsive listening

This was an impulse choice & not my normal type of book but I took a chance & was captivated by the story. It was intriguing and the twists & turns made me want to listen at every spare second. I have listened to many audio books & this only ever happens every once in a while. I found that I was eager to find out the outcome of the tempestuous relationship with every twist & turn came a new set of things to ponder. I think it brought to the surface some interesting questions about relationships and the impact that one person can have on another. I particularly liked how the characters seemed to question and doubt themselves in a way that made them seem very real. I think many of us at some point have had these agonising conversations in our own heads about things.

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  • N. Mahoney
  • 29-04-2019

Wow.

I listened to the audiobook version of this and it had me completely gripped from the first to large chapter. This is a well written, intense story and the narration was flawless. After book one I had to get the rest of the audiobooks.

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  • Megan Tingle
  • 23-04-2019

“I tried to hold back the tears in my eye”

That line was used far to many time! Started to annoy me !

But I loved the story ! Book to hear I come

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-2019

Amazing!

I've already read the book, and it just gets better especially when Hero reads the bonus chapter. You really get an insight in Hardin's Character. The After book series is really realistic and relatable. I can't wait for the movie to come out!

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  • k marks
  • 14-03-2019

omg his voice is so dreamy can't wait for the film

I love all of the books in the series and I so hope the movie is coming out in the UK

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  • debbie
  • 24-06-2019

A fantastic read

I absolutely love the After series and the movie, and this book is definitely my favourite one.

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