I read the series and liked it enough to want to listen too.
Unfortunately the reader's voice annoyed me and by the second book so did the vapidity of the protagonist and the creepiness of her "love."
Skip it. And if you do suffer through it, definitely don't get the next one--it gets worse.
Book 2 is really bland, long and kind of boring compared to the other books. I agree with other reviewers, if I was reading the book instead of listening, I would have skimmed over hundreds of pages. Bella wallows in her depression and brings you down with her. But the connection between her and Jacob and the rather exciting climax are crucial to the series story line. While I know that this series is intending for 13 year olds and I rolled my eyes often at Bella's insecurity, the obsession/love she has with Edward and the blatant Romeo and Juliet plot line, I still gobbled it up. These books are like donuts - you know there's no substance, but you just might eat the whole box anyway because it just tastes so darn good.
I could not stop listening to this book. I finished it in 2 days! I will read all of her books!
Hands down this is one of the best audio books I have listened to. Llyana Kadushin is superb, her ability to use her voice to distinguish each individual character is phenomenal. You will not be disappointed, this is an excellent, well written story. I cannot tell you how many times I listened to this audio book.
I, like many other people who have posted, trudged through this book so that I could get onto the next. It was OK, I'm glad I was listening to it instead of reading the actual book...I could do other things while it was playing.
Having said that, the last quarter of the book is awesome and totally redeeming. I'm working on the third book and I'm sure the second one will remain my least favorite. Its still an amazing series. I'm totally hooked.
Almost definitely, if you're reading New Moon, you're initiated to the Twilight series and you love it. Me too: the end of these books leaves a gaping vampire shaped hole in my heart and the hearts of millions. The reason I write this review is to make fun of the narrator. Come ON, narrator! I mean, really. This narration is so corny I couldn't have been more ashamed of my love for this hot teen vampire romance series if it were categorized as CHILDREN'S lit on Audible. Which it is.
The author managed to turn Bella into a co-dependent, whiny, annoyingly stupid teenager, that can not handle life on her own. In the first book I thought of her as strong, smart, and with a good head on her shoulders, yeah she was a teen but she seemed like she knew herself and was someone another teenager could look up to. In this book she is just the opposite. I would never want my daughter to read this book. She is so over-dramatic and dense that it is painful to listen to. It has a few good moments but it must be a lead-in book to the next one. Nothing much happened in the book. At least not enough to have to listen to for over 14 hours. It could have been summed up in about 5hrs. I truly believe that the author could have kept Bella's strength and individualism and still portrayed the love story.
Beautifully read by Ilyana Kadushin, this book kept me up way too late at night! I couldn't stop listening. The story is mesmerizing and Meyer's creative take on traditional monsters is refreshing and thought-provoking. Loved the Romeo and Juliet theme, and Meyer consistently surprises me with her realistic, intelligent, and complex relationships in this series. Way more than a 'romance', way more than 'young adult fiction'.