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.
Although I really enjoyed the first three books of Mrs. Meyer her "Breaking Dawn" is not the best ending for the love story of Edward and Bella. Many of their thoughts are too extreme, too out of context , especially in the first part of the book. I liked the book and the audio rendering but I think it was a bit too much. Nonetheless a very enjoyable audio to accompany you through the day and let you dream away.
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!