I had high expectations for the conclusion of the Twilight series, and this book did not disappoint. Ilyana Kadushin is a top notch narrator, and does a great job of conveying Bella's thoughts and emotions. What I was not crazy about was the addition of the male narrator to tell Jacob's part of the story, I found him to be laying on the rebellious teen schtic a little too thick. That aside, Breaking Dawn is still great to listen to, and really allows you to imagine the events being played out. An excellent, engaging listen! (Of course you should have read (and enjoyed!) the first three books in the series so you know what's going on in this book.)
I read the other Stephanie Meyer books and liked them, although they are not as well-crafted as Harry Potter or Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I liked--but did not love--this audiobook.
First, I found the narrator's voice just okay. It's raspy quality didn't seem right for Bella.
While a really skillful writer can handle adolescent themes with depth, Meyer seems to have to return again and again to tropes in order to write: weddings, fast cars, expensive clothes, beautiful bodies, perfect love, etc.
I thought I would have to scream if I had to hear one more time how handsome Edward is. I like where the story went, though--
The first book was so compelling, but I found the character's transformation a little on the predictable side... a must if you've read the other books, but not as riveting as the first & second book.
Ok, so I am admittedly a little older than a teenager, so I may be biased. Most good books build to a climax, and end in the same manner in which the build was written. This book did not do this in any way, shape or form. I feel like this book could have been so good, but the author felt it was getting too long, so let's hurry up and wrap it up! And that's exactly what she did, in my opinion.
...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 love this story so much I listen to it all the time I like listening to the two narrators, they do an amazing job and they make me live the story every time I listen to it!!
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.