I have listened to this audiobook several times already. For 1,The narrator is excellent, and 2, S Meyer captures the hopes, dreams and emotions that many young women experience with a first love.
Ilyana was a perfect voice for Bella and easy to listen to. She brought to life a sweet young woman.
Like many people, not my favorite book in the series but not because Meyer didn't write a great story. It's just missing the dynamics of Twilight because one of the main characters is missing for a majority of the book. It shows you what great characters she builds when you are missing the Cullens through the majority of the book.
A good story but predictable in some ways. The foundation this book leaves is critical in the follow on books. A nice job of character growth and adjustments. The ending was great even though some of the minor items were left open.
The twilight series is a guilty pleasure for me. I don't really want to like it, but I can't help myself. In "New Moon" I enjoyed the development of Jacob's character, as well as his friends.
That said, SO much of this book could have been edited out without missing any of the story.
Meyer spent way too much energy describing (usually with the same adjectives) the angst and heartache of Bella. I found myself disliking Bella and wondering why Jacob would be attracted to such a mopey self-loathing Debbie Downer.
Worth the 2 credits? If you are already a Twilight Junkie, then of course! If not, I would go for the paperback so you can read at your own pace and skip over the many redundant passages.
I'll admit that I was reluctant to jump on the bandwaggon with this series after it spread like a crazed fashion trend through my various circles of friends. As someone who has little time for reading, why would I waste it on something like a teen romance? So I instead watched the Twilight movie out of curiosity. Hooked on the chemistry between the characters on screen, but knowing the movie lacked the vivid character details I could find in a book, I decided I would actually "read" New Moon. I found myself completely enthralled by the storyline and tormentuous emotions of this modern day Romeo & Julliet. Though I think the author perhaps dwelled a bit too much on Bella's monotonous suffering, I liked the eventual (albeit slow) progression with the development of the healing friendship with Jacob and the suspensful tension that builds between them. The narrator of these books is an absolutely perfect fit. Ilyana does a fantastic job embodying Bella's personality and the various interactions between the characters. I honestly think that her narration brings the book to life in a way that wouldn't be possible through my own reading of the hard-copy. It was definitely worth the two credits for the audiobook, and now I'm too hooked to stop until I've finished the series.
I love to read and heard this on my ipod when I knew I had chores to do around the house or go for errands in my car. I couldn't get enough of this book! And Ilyana narrated the book so well! I recommend it for busy students/moms like myself who love to read but can't consume their whole time to reading! Great alternative! Great book! Great narration!
Very enjoyable continuation to the story taking place in Forks. I was only surprised at how loooooong it took for Edward to finally reappear in this second title...this book was darker than Twilight and it was so gloomy that if I wasn't already firmly entrenched in the story from listening to Twilight that I wouldn't have made it through. I am glad that I did & I highly recommend the third title, Eclipse...it is thoroughly enjoyable and a relief from the heartbreak in New Moon.
What a waste of 2 credits. I am not sure why I was stupid enough to get the 2nd book when I barely made it through the first one. I kept waiting for the characters to grow on me but all that grew was my sense of irratation. If you like your main character a whiney, self absorbed loser with no self esteem, then this is your book. "My boyfriend left me and now I have no reason to go on. My life is over!" Boo-Fricking-Hoo girl. Get a backbone. Get a life. Sorry, guess I am not a 9-year old girl because I don't know who else would put up with this. I know this series is hugely popular, which the reason I picked it up, but I don't know why anyone past junior high would read this. People keep comparing this to the Harry Potter books but they must mean in terms of devotion of the fans. I can't believe this has reached Harry numbers as far as sales go and it is very directed at teenage girls and younger. Harry appealed to young and old, boys and girls, and I do not get that from this series. Maybe I am not supposed to, but that is that impression I got from all the press I read about it.
I have not even made it thorough the 2nd book but I am not sure I can. Bella is about to get almost raped AGAIN by the same guys from the last book as she stands in the street like an imbecile. But she doesn't know why. Gee, when will Edward show up to save her sorry self? But she's not worthy. He's too beatiful. She's a klutz. She doesn't deserve him. She had a birthday, now she's older than him. Kill me Edward so we can be in high school forever. UGH! Girls want to be like this? Bella is such a victim!
I hope the movie is better than the book. Sometimes they change things for the movie version, one can only hope.
I only finished this audiobook because I wanted to listen to the whole saga, but after a couple of hours I was just sick of it! The whole book is about Bella moping around and feeling sorry for herself because Edward left her. For a book about vampires and werewolves, there is very little action or excitement. Good thing they are fictional characters, otherwise I would've looked for Bella and slapped her out of her self-pity!