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.
It's up in the top ten. I really enjoy this series and this book. It's a complex yet fun read.
The romance, the continuity of the story following the rest of the story...the wedding, the way Bella accepts her transformation....her becoming a mother, a wife, a specially gifted member of her extended family.
If I have any problems with this audiobook, it is that they use the narrators separately. Neither of these narrators are particularly good at sounding like the opposite sex.
I laughed, I cried....I had a great time listening to this book, again.
I have read this book several times in the past few years and seen the first movie....the first half the book several times, too. The audiobook is a great way to experience this story.
As these books progressed they got stranger and stranger...UGH don't waste your credits!
Back to Nora Roberts...
After reading the first 3 in the series, I really enjoyed listening to the final installment. It's just pure, sugary, sappy teen-aged fun. I wasn't thrilled with the ending, or the lack of characters that Meyer's killed off, but overall it was a wonderfully escapist novel to plunge into in the long work commutes. :)
Most of these books were almost intollerable because of the rude, self-centered, egotistical, Jacob. He whines constantly, somehow thinks he has a "right" to butt-in on Bella and/or Edward and is plainly the most irritating character I've read in a long time. If I could eliminate him entirely from this series, I'd give it a 5. With him, however, it's almost impossible to read.
This one deviated from the style of the other 3 and Bella was not quite herself but the love and suspense were there and I was upset to see my obsession come to an end.