Kevin Collins was great. I usually don't enjoy audiobooks with male narrators but he was fantastic! I definitely recommend it and cannot wait to start on the next one in the series.
He didn't get in the way of my own perception of the characters the way a lot of narrators do. He drew me into the personality of Ethan and.. oh yes... Amma...What a character!
Not really. This book is right in my wheel house and I fully expected to love it. However, I found that I couldn't connect to the two main characters or their love story. I just never got invested in their love and it never felt quite authentic to me. Also, the entire book was spent waiting for one event to happen. I found myself wishing the book would just end so I could stop waiting to a series of non-events. I felt like this book needed a second act. I felt like Lena's birthday should have happened half way through the book, and the second half of the book should have been dedicated to a new event or conflict. I wanted to love this book, but found myself bored.
Also, the writing style was not as rich and descriptive as I usually read, so even the text was not engaging.
I'm not sure. There is a morbid curiosity in me that wonders what the second book is like and if there is any improvement in the pacing and story telling. The end of book one was not encouraging as it seems that book two might just be another long wait for Lena to turn 17.
None really stand out more than any other. I suppose the final climax, just because something was finally happening.
It already has been.
I was disappointed.
I am a book worm and writer trapped in a dyslexic's body
Trying to ignore the aggravating voices and infuriating accents, the fantasy has a clever plot, great characters, and a romance that isn't too cheesy. However, it would seem that the characters were ment to be intelligent and strong willed, not air-headed and soft as Mr. Collins so reads them. If you are at all able, read the book with your own to eyes. This performance is bad enough to ruin the otherwise enjoyable story.
All of the above.
I listened to this book in anticipation of the movie, which ended up never showing in my town. Now that I have seen the DVD version, I'm highly disappointed with it. READ/LISTEN TO THE BOOKS! It is sooooo much better. The audio version paints a clear picture in your head and adds the sound effects which make it more descriptive. The movie left out probably half of the book, left out a character, and even combined 2 characters into 1. I'll stick with listening to the series rather than waste my money to see the movies, if any more even get made. Movie version get a 1 or less, book/audio version gets a 5+.
This is a good story, interesting characters, and unpredictable
I loved the performance of this book! He really brought me in to the book. The sound effects were outstanding and added to the performance.
One of my favorite audiobooks! I am in my fifties, female, loved this for my commute!
Proud book worm!
This is up with my favorite reads!!! It is well written and draws you in!!! So much better then the movie!!!
Kevin T. Collins brings so much life and mystery with every inflection of his voice. He knows how to make characters stand out and you know who is speaking with the range he has!
You know what I mean by books being better then the movies. If you watched the movie, be ready to be surprised....the book is vastly better then the movie!!!!
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.