While the story is well crafted, the audio performance leaves much to be desired. This is the first audio book that I've listened to that had added sound effects, which I found very distracting. One of my favorite parts of a good piece of fiction is being drawn in and allowing my own imagination to take over. Adding sound effects feels an awful lot like a vote of no confidence, either in the author's ability to tell the story or the reader's ability to grasp it.
book lover, audio listener
Beautiful Creatures is a slow build romance more about the characters than about getting the main characters together. I love the world behind it. It teeters between light, teen romance and dark undercurrent themes about being who you want to be despite your nature. The characters are fun, and Ethan is a character I'm definitely able to get behind.
I loved the theatrics put behind the narration. The way you could hear the Castor spells as thunder and lightening filled your senses was probably the greatest surprise that, at least in part, made me so addicted to the novel. I literally can't take my headphones off because I'm so eager to get to the next part.
The slow build romance was my favorite aspect. I usually hate romance, and only gave this book a chance because the trailer for the movie looked interesting. I wish I'd gotten to it sooner. This book makes a romance hater like romance again.
Kevin T. Collins brings the story to life in a way I haven't heard other narrators attempt. His voice changes between males and females is incredible - it's like there are individual people reading for each person dialoguing. It will be hard to pick up the books to read without his voice and it will make watching the movie even harder.
Not a moment, but I love the relationship between Macon and Lena. Also, Amma was just hilarious and amazing in her love for Ethan. I love how well she stepped in as his pseudo mom.
The story line was interesting and had some good twists. The dialogue was witty and fun.
I liked hearing about the house and funny interactions between main characters.
I've lived in the South all of my life and it was PAINFUL to hear the over produced and exaggerated accents the narrator used. He's obviously a skilled performer, so I blame the director for his performance. It TOTALLY detracted from the story and there were times I wanted to stop listening because of that.
I cannot say enough of how over produced this performance way. The music, the sound effects, the exaggerated accents. If I was the author of this book I would be pissed at how this performance detracted from the story.
I would recommend this book to those who love the Teen Love & Sci Fi stories.
Twighlight series, Harry Potter, The Lightening Thief, etc.
The narrator's did great. They definitely did not need all the musical & other sound effects. The author's words and narrators did well-as is. I feel it took away from the book-on-tape experience.
It reminded me of Twilight but about witches. It was a good listen!
The story line was good. Could have used more romance but I think the book is made more for teenagers/ young adults.
The narrator did a wonderful job of creating all the different voices. Kept me interested the whole time!
It was a very long book but I couldn't wait to continue when it was time to take a break.
The narrator in this audio edition was absolutely fantastic! He brought the characters alive for me with his different accents for each character. He portrayed each character, young and old, perfectly. I will probably never read the physical book because of this audio.The audio edition is just so much more!!!
Top 5 for sure.
I don't know. Definitely not Twilight. I saw people saying that in the earlier comments and it almost made me not buy it. I 'm so glad I did! I couldn't get through the first chapter of Twilight, but I couldn't put this one down!!
They are all so amazing. He does an amazing job. If I had to pick though, I would say Link or Ama.
Read this. The attention to the setting and all the characters are amazing. I listened to the entire series and plan to listen again soon. Kevin T. Collins did such an awesome job too!!
I thought it was a good story. Nice to see a teenage boy's point of view that isn't immature. Enjoyed the sound effects. Can't wait to read the next books in the series.
No. Already heard it. Simple-straight forward story. I don't think there would be much to gain.
Somewhat predictable. Leaves you hanging though.
The greats... the reader did an amazing job giving each character a distinct voice and maintaining that voice throughout the story.
Creative, Funny & exciting
Actually, that it came from the boys point of view.
Yes, his southern accent is wonderful.