Mom of 3 wild and crazy boys, I've become obsessed with books again after being sucked into a little vampire/lovestory series you may have heard of, and now I listen to most books (but read at night) so that I can be somewhat productive during the day and not leave my family and home to collapse around me while my nose is stuck in a book ; )
One of the best I've ever listened to!! The narrator, Kevin T. Collins, did a flawless job. His character as well as all the other male AND female voices flowed beautifully. I borrowed the book and was reading at night and listening during the day, and I found that I enjoyed listening so much more. Not only is Kevin so good with ALL the voices (incredible really) there are also "sound effects" throughout the audiobook that make the listening experience so much harder to "put down". My kids would wander in while I was doing laundry and absently mindedly sit down and listen for a bit at times.
EVERYTHING! He is so good at this - MUCH better than some others I have listened to! He was a perfect match for this series.
The music did make a difference in the overall theme of the book.
I loved the flashback scenes with Genevieve and Ethan Wate and the civil war.
Film's already been made.
This is an excellent, excellent book. I couldn't wait to get the 2nd one (which I did immediately after finishing this one) and can't wait to get the next ones.
Always looking for a good book to listen to. To be sucked into their world as if I was there.
Captivating, Spell binding, Enticing
Lena is so in love with Ethan and will do anything to save him even not knowing what the consequences are. It's amazing to see that these two have so much of a connection even from the begining, not knowing each other but still having dreams of each other.
I love how Ethan stopped caring about what others thought of him and started to doing things for him.
Kevin provides such a great naration. He really has so much emotion and makes me feel like I'm really there.
Yes! I literally listened to it within 2 days.
Supernatural, teenagers, families
I liked Amma, with her love for the young man she had raised since infancy . I enjoyed the familiar stories about life in a small town in the south.
Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who loved the Twilight series. The performance is especially good.
The grave where the ghost sat on the tomb stone
Great job on narrating
Two thumbs up
I really enjoyed the reader's voice and accent. He did well with the old southern charm... but the recording dramatized dreams and songs and it was really hard to hear. There are dream sequences that all you can really hear is noise...not the dialogue. Maybe my sound system couldn't pick it up, but I ended up buying the printed book to see what I missed. The songs weren't bad, you could still get the lyrics, but not during Ethan's dreams. As for the reading, again i loved Kevin T. Collins' performance, it was just the other bits.
I see bits and pieces of other fantasies and cultural ties. It has a bit of Suzanne Collin's Overlander series to it...worlds inside worlds. And I am sure plenty of people would say the twilight series as well. But I like that this novel gave me more southern flavor...like twilight feels like the pacific northwest. I just noticed the south because it is new to me. The feeling of humid days and deep southern charm.
I loved Macon. You could feel the old south dripping from his dialogue.
Not an extreme reation but during some of the bits like...SPOILER ALERT...(Ethan's discovery of what his dad is actually writing and when he is on the balcony)...the whole play of mental illness was pretty strong, partly because it is something I know of in my own life.
Overall, I would recommend this book to a friend. I found it interesting and different enough from other novels I have read. I loved the reading and southern drawl. But I still emphasize the possibility of not being able to hear the dreams with is recording.
I saw the movie first, then listened to the book. Im so glad I did it in this order. The movie did not do the book justice. There was so much going on in the book that I will listen again when I finish the series to find what I missed.
Great book! Although there are many supernatural books out there, this one really stands out. Each member of a family of casters has their fate decided for them on their 16th birthday. This story is about a caster coming of age and the fears she faces not knowing whether or not she will be chosen for light or dark magic. Set in the south, this telling doesn't just use the south as a location , but incorporates southern life into the story. The book is masterfully read by Kevin Collins, who uses just the right amount of southern drawl without overdoing it. Can't wait to read book 2 Beautiful Darkness.
Similar to the Twilight series in that it is a coming of age story for a young girl who is surrounded by the supernatural
With some readers the voices tend to be similar, not this reader. Kevin T. Collins breathes life into each character giving each one a voice of their own.
Beautiful Creatures cast a spell over you.
Will definitely be reading the entire series
Even though the story is predictable, the reader gets the southern accent so good it makes you feel like your there. By the end of the story you actually begin to care for the characters, which makes you want to read the next one.