I enjoyed this story largely in part because of the interweaving of past and present and the use of the civil war as a back drop. It isn't just another teen vampire or witch story. You really start to like most of the characters in the book, especially Lena and Ethan. The supporting characters are interesting and more than a little complex which adds dimensions to the story line.
I really enjoyed this book. The only thing I have to complain about is all of the background noise. I do not mind a little suspenseful music from time to time, but I just felt that there were a few too many sound effects added in this recording. I will listen to it again despite the sound effects as I really liked the story and am sure I missed a few things.
Loved the narration of Beautiful Creatures!
Enjoyed the how the music was intertwined to bring the story more to life.
Loved the southern accent.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I quite liked this book. My 20+ year old daughter grabbed my ipod and tried to finish it before I did, but she didn't succeed. Magic is interesting as long as it doesn't get too dark and evil. I did have a harder time understanding the words of the songs and had to look at a book to figure out what some of them were. Overall, it didn't detract from the story much. I just had to go back and listen to them several times. The special effects were interesting, I thought, and made me jump at least once. I didn't take a lot of time to finish the book either. It was suspenseful enough that I wanted to get it done. I was a little disappointed that they didn't just end the story. It doesn't quite finish things up the way I thought it should, but I will probably read the next one in the series. There were a few things that didn't get explained. I hope they will do that in the next book. I did like the main characters. I thought the narration really added to the story. I am a clean-story fanatic and this qualifies. There really isn't any swearing that I remember. There are also no sexual scenes. Obviously, if you have negative opinions of any occult situation you will pass this one by. Overall, if you like mildly scary stories or stories of suspense without the blood and gore, this book might be for you. My favorite parts of the story have to do with the Southern flair. My kids tease me. I lived down South for awhile and whenever I listen to a Southern book, I slip back into the accent. Then I get stuck there for awhile. The descriptions of his aunts and their Scrabble game made me laugh out loud. I love old books, cool old houses, magic, old curses, unexplained events and star crossed loves. If you do, you might really enjoy this audiobook. I was very entertained by it. Can hardly wait to get the next one.
The narration was great, sounds, music - nicely done...Can't wait to start the next book, I definitely checked to make sure it was the same narrator for all the books..
I would definitely say that the performance brought this book to life for me. Kevin Collins use of different voices and accents made me homesick for the little nowhere town where I grew up in the south. His presentation is just perfect for this book.
I loved the characters. The authors did such a lovely job of endearing each character to me. When I finished the book I really felt like I would miss everybody.
Of all the audio books I've listened to I haven't heard a reader so well matched to the story. His variety of voices including old, southern women was fantastic. He truly brought the story to life. I will be looking for him on other audio books.
Southern Hospitality, Caster Style!
I got this for something light and easy but what I received was a great story and a feeling like I had gone back to my childhood home.
IT Project Manager in CA. I would say I am a Audio Book Addict...
Like many books that have been "collapsed" into Movies... The full book is much better than the Movie... I recommend it... Great storyline, a host of interesting characters, and good humor.
I had the idea like several others to read this one after seeing the preview to the movie. The movie looks pretty good, so I figured let me read it/listen to it before it comes out. I'll have to wait and see if the movie or book are better soon, but I'm betting it will be the movie.
It's no surprise to hear that I struggled with this book, if you follow me on FB, Twitter or Goodreads, since I've mentioned it several times.
This book wasn't/isn't bad or horrible it was just BORING! It is a true FEAT that I managed to finished this story. I know I've heard the book is over 500 pages, the audiobook is....wait for it.....almost 18 hours long. If you're an audiobook listener the typical book is about 10-12 hours, long maybe 14 hours! So this one was like listening to 2 books.
Enough about that....whew!! Beautiful Creatures was different from most books because it's told from the male POV, which is rare now a days. It's always the heroines POV or both flipping back and forth. This was all Ethan. I enjoyed Ethan voice. I enjoyed the look into a REAL high school. I thought it was a great, although over the top at times, description of the harsh realities of clicks, bullies and serious judgmental people (parents & teachers) in teen lives.
My favorite secondary character was probably Macon, he's Lena's uncle. Even though he was a bit of a recluse, when he did come around I found my laughing out loud from some of his dry humor. Lync and Ridley's characters I did also enjoy. I totally loved when she called Ethan "short straw". LOL!
There was a lot of history talk about the south and the civil war. That is definitely some of the parts that didn't keep me that intrigued.
I don't normally require a book to have non-stop action but this one just didn't cut it at all. I thought this book could have easily been cut in half. There were a lot of scenes that felt like fillers and just weren't relevant and unfortunately I have NO DESIRE to find out what happens next to the characters of this series.
Narrator/Audiobook Note: This is my first male narrator and I thought he did a pretty good job. There were parts when he did Macon's voice that I thought he sounded like Bill from True Blood. :-)
The audiobook was different from all the audios I've ever listened to. There was music playing for the 16 moons song, like it was actually a song. There was noises in the background for like banging, crashing, gun shots, etc. I thought that was pretty cool, since again it's the only audio I've heard that's gone that EXTRA mile.
I understand that this was meant for YA but still, does that boy have to whine so much. I enjoyed the story (most of the series....I make it through book 3, but the whining got to me and I had to let it go) If u can ignore a lot of teenage angst then u will enjoy, at least through book 3. it is worth the credit because as I said before the story is very good.
I really enjoyed the story. The narrator was good. He was very well spoken and really helped to immerse you into the story. That being said, I did not like the production of this audio version of Beautiful Creatures. There were sound effects and music throughout the story that greatly distracted from the narrator's performance and the entire experience. It made it difficult to get through the story. I am glad that I stuck with it, but I probably would have preferred to read it rather then listen given the strangeness of the sound effects.