I loved the 4th and final Twilight book, Breaking Dawn. I think it is the best of all the books, though the first book, Twilight holds a close second. I'm so sad that the story is now over but maybe in the future Stephenie Meyer will want to return to her vampires. This book was my favorite not only because all is resolved to my satisfaction but it had good suspense througout the book, quite a few surprises and the continuation of Bella and Edward's love story. I found the 2nd book too sad and melancholy and had a hard time waiting for Edward to return. The 3rd book was good but didn't get too exciting until the 2nd half. Even with these comments they are probably now one of my favorite sagas of all time.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (YA romance) - So I like well-done young adult stories and listen to them occasionally. Even though I'm not a fan of supernatural romances, the thought of a vampire/werewolf love triangle intrigued me, and since the movies based on this series were such huge box office hits, I decided to give the series a try. But...I trudged through each book, thinking the next would be better. The ending of Book 3 even got me excited that Book 4 might be really good. W-R-O-N-G!
I'll admit I'm old for the target audience, so if you're a teen or possibly in your early twenties you will probably enjoy the book and the series. It's very highly rated. But from my perspective, this whole series (4 books, 65 hours) should have been in one book, and I probably still wouldn't have liked it that much. This book has a pretty unexpected plot twist in the first couple hours, but mostly there's just a lot of supernatural stuff going on that never really grabbed my interest, and the love triangle never really culminates.
PERFORMANCE - The female narrator does an okay job, but I'm not a fan. Occasionally some of her characters sounded like they were talking baby-talk, but maybe it's just me. The male narrator was much better, but unfortunately he doesn't talk as much.
OVERALL - Recommended ONLY for teens/twentyish females. Sex and teenage marriage/pregnancy occur but are dealt with tastefully. There's some fighting but it doesn't really rise to the level of what I'd call violence, and there's vampire bloodlust which is also fairly minimal. The books don't stand alone, so think about the 65 hours...
I am a huge fan of the twilight series, and absolutely love the audiobooks. The narrators are wonderful.... both of them really embody the characters through their voices. I have listened to all four in the series 5 times now, and love to escape into the wonderful world Stephanie Meyer created when I need a break from the real stuff.
I suggest the books to anyone. I am not usually in to this type of fiction but loved it, and could not put it down. However, please be aware Breaking Dawn is a little risky as far as young adult goes. I think it is appropriate for teens that are aware of adult topics, if your teen might not be mature enough for adult topics I would hold off on this book of the series.
mother, wife, artist
I loved the other books in this series, but this one i was disapointed in, the plot seemed overly drawn out to me...granted it is hard to end a series, but i feel this one could have been done better, i gave it three stars...
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
Epic Vampire War
Probably Edward, he's the one I can most easily identify with it seems.
The epic vampire battle where they are using their special powers etc. Great stuff, great conclusion, pretty different in tone and focus from the previous books.
The Cullins, Wolves, and Evil Vampires duke it out for supremacy.
The performance itself was marvelously well done. The choice to use two narrators, one for Bella's two books and one for Jacob's one book, was a very wise decision. Both narrators read with vigor and personality which made it very easy to listen to and follow. I've found that sometimes when readers personalize what they're reading into character voices and such, it can be interesting but at the same time it can get very tiresome and irritating after a while; however, some people seem to manage to not overdo or "under" do a reading and that's what these two did quite successfully. As for the story itself, it was a relatively good story that flowed nicely and wrapped things up for this series well enough, but I have to say, Meyers sometimes stretches the writers' saying "show don't tell" a little bit too far. I like detail, but there is such a thing as too much detail. Tolkien often comes close to that edge, but Meyers jumps right off, especially with the first book of Bella. I'm sure that many out there would disagree with me, but personally, I think that the story could've been told with just a few less words is all. Overall, this particular audiobook was very good, not great, but very good nevertheless.
Having read all the Twilight series in book form, I just had to listen to them as well. I find the experiences uniquely different in that both add to the story if done RIGHT. This is the key in audio books. The wrong material may be saved by a great narrator. A bad narrator rarely raises the material to listening level. Yet, in the Twilight audio series both are present.
This was the first audio book I have listened to and I really enjoyed the two readers for this book. As far as this book and the writer... well, I myself enjoyed it very much. I wasn't expecting an ending that happened so I was especially surprised at the end. Great book, great writing and gread audio voice clarity. (two thumbs up)
Ok I am not a fiction reader AT ALL. I only read true crime-facts and statistics! Let me just say I was totally sucked into this world and awaiting the next book..Midnight sun! I have read all four books in less than two weeks! I am reading this one again. There is more action and plot twists in this one then all other three combined! Awesome. Ilyana Kadushan is an awesome Narrator by the way. I am looking for more books narrated by her now!