I may be the only one it the world that feels this way but I did not like this book. It feels like she had to write this book but really did not have anymore story to put in the book. Also the superhero vampires were a bit much for me. I liked the first books in the series but this one was just not up to par with her earlier work.
First I read all 4 books. I have an iPod touch so I read e-books which might bug some but not me. The 4th book Breaking Dawn, I also downloaded from audible. I didn't like the fact that it had a 2 credit download so I just bought it. I like audio books and feel kinda like people years ago felt during radio days before TV.
Although I'm now 60 I like the books. Actually I've been between 25-30 for over 30 years but that's a long story. The author deserves her success. I have the Host, in e-book but have not read it yet. I hope we see some additional books from this author.
First of all, I was a little concerned when I read the other reviews about this audiobook. I typically don't like it when more than one author narrates, but it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. There are separate sections in the book and the male narrator only reads Jacob's section, not Bella's.
With that out of the way...I loved this book. It was a great addition to the series. My favorite by far. I'm going to listen to it again right away! Thanks to Stephenie Meyer! Another great job. Please keep up the series!!!
I was so captivated by the Twilight books and this was no exception. I absolutely love the storyline and all of the characters. Stephenie Meyer does a great job with the development from the beginning with Twilight all the way through to the end with this book. I am very sad that she is not finishing Midnight Sun as this would have been the first book series that I have read that was so interestingly multi-faceted and in-depth with character development. I hope that Stephenie Meyer will reconsider and surprise us with more books with these much loved characters she has created.
...by picking the wrong narrator for the audio version.
I've read each book in the Twilight series at least three times, and really enjoyed each one. I listened to the narration sample and even though it seemed a bit "off", I didn't think it was possible to ruin the whole story. I was so wrong. Not only does Kadushin do a poor job of portraying Bella, the voice she lends to the male characters (especially Edward) completely destroys the story--she makes Edward sound like a twit. I got about two hours into this recording and had to stop...it was that painfully bad.
The books series, or rather audiobook, is fantastic!!! A million times more insightful than either of the Twilight movies out there. I also loved the narrator's voice. She made it so I couldn't put the audiobook "down". The movies I found boring but the audiobook series blew me away.
I listened to the entire series over a few days - I wouldn't say totally enthralled, but definitely entertained. And since I'm 32, I figured that I was older than the intended age, so I just ignored some of the repetition and seemingly unnecessary exposition. But on this book, when I finished part 2, I was satisfied with the ending - ready for it to be over. Then the voice came on and said, "you've reached the end of this section, but not the end of the book." I was surprised! And not very excited about seven more hours. The entire book was just too long. I'd like to take a red pen to it and mark out at least 200 pages.
Overall, I say read the series. It's good. Not the best, but still, good stories.
Now, Ms. Meyer, please write a story about Jasper and Alice, because they are more interesting to me. Or better yet, about Rosemary. And thanks for the entertainment!
I truly enjoyed this audio-book, in every way. The story was spell-binding and thrilling.
I wish there was another book - a continuation of this amazing story.
The book didn't let me down. Breaking Dawn is a fab book. I had a difficult time with the narration. She made Edward sound more like a slithering snake than the sexy vampire he is. In fact, she gave all of the male characters a snake like hissing voice effect. I had to consciously focus on her words and provide my own mental voice over. I purchased this audio book because I wanted something different to listen to while running and since the movie will be out in a couple of months, I wanted to re-read the book anyway. The voice bothered me enough that I did not finish the book. I didn't even finish part 1.
I gave the book an overall rating of four stars strictly because the book is good. But the voice knocked it down a star.