Without Merit: A Novel

Written by:
Colleen Hoover
Narrated by:
Candace Thaxton

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2017
9 hours 14 minutes
From Colleen Hoover, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Starts with Us and It Ends with Us, comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth.

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.
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When I first started listening I was immediately sucked in and couldn’t stop, I was enthralled with each character and their story. The narrator did an incredible job with so many different voices, nailed it! Unfortunately once we hit the climax I found it all very anticlimactic from there. It’s like the first half was written for adults and the second half for tween/teens, not a cohesively written book or maybe it’s just the audio flow/vibe that’s not there in a hard copy?

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B S.

Always enjoy C. Hoover's work; this too included.

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Lizette H.

Fell really flat for Colleen Hoover book for me. Maybe it was the way it was read, not sure.

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This was not my normal choice for a book, but the author and narrator were excellent. The storyline flowed well.

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Another great read! Colleen Hoover had yet to disappoint with any of her books I’ve read!

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Liv N.

I love this book! Couldn’t stop reading!

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