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.
This audiobook was very difficult to finish, not only because of the reader's inability to distinguish between character voices, but because of the incredible amount of useless angst.
The plot dragged because we spend so much time hearing about how much Bella hurts, and how unable she is to function, and how awful everything is...and...and...
Even when it picks up, it was difficult because by that point I was just so irritated with the story and characters that I didn't care whether they died or not.
I think this might have been something I would have dealt with better in middle or high school, but as an adult, having had real relationships that involved real love and real problems, the shallowness of Edward and Bella's relationship makes me unable to care much about it.
The long, drawn out angst is unconvincing and tiresome given their extremely short and shallow relationship thus far. I found myself rolling my eyes when they talked to each other, because every sentence is written to be packed with angst and infatuation, but nothing solid. Their relationship is nothing like a real one.
Bella's obsession with Edward's beauty makes it seem even more shallow. Does she like his sense of humor, the things they talk about, the way he treats her or the things they have in common? We don't know, but we do know that for some reason Edward can't live without her, and that Bella is "intoxicated by his very presence" because he is such an impossibly beautiful marble adonis.
Obviously these characters appeal to a large segment of some reading population, but for more mature readers with any life experience, this will be a thin listen indeed.
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.
I was very disappointed in the novel since it was 16 hours of a teen-age girl whining about her lost love. It was excruciating to listen to and the narrator's voice started to grate on my nerves. It didn't help when her inflections did not match what she was saying throughout the story.
I am also not happy with the character development of the main character. For the life of me, I cannot see why she IS the main character since she seems to have a co-dependent personality filled with gripes and depression. What a trial it was to listen to her blather on about not having the will to go on...
I am hoping the last in the trilogy has more of the first novel's feel. I don't think I can handle another story about a teen who carps about and dreads being old at age 30!