Beautiful Creatures was a different and engaging story of love won and lost. I however, struggled to engage in the reading because they used these terrible sound effects. As an avid reader my imagination makes all the sounds I need to enjoy a story. If you are like me and have all the imagination needed to bring the story to life, read this book for yourself.
Loved the discoveries of a new world, new ideas about casters.
He reads with excitement and passion but someone added to much to him amazing performance.
Take out the sound effects and offer this as a seperated purchase... Just saying.
I enjoyed the story and the interview at the end was a nice bonus.
The reader really brought it to life. Loved the dialects and vocal depictions.
too late, already been done - going to see it in a few days when it opens :-)
I was so eager to read this book as the movie is coming out. I listen every day. It's even keeping me from going to sleep!
Hearing the rain storms
This is my first time with this narrator and he did a great job voicing all of the characters and giving the big names their own voices where they were immediately recognizable even if they hadn't appeared in a few hours.
I had never heard of the book prior to seeing the trailer and while I've joked with friends that it's like Twilight, it's not. While the plot centers on Lena and Ethan it isn't purely about them trying to figure life out around who they are as a couple and both are very developed and vulnerable.
I love the other rich characters in this book that also provides insight on the two main characters.
I starting listening and I was intrigued from the beginning. If you like supernatural/fantisy genre, you will like this book. What I like the most was the historial background of the deep south. It is a great story of young love and trust between two teenagers. The charature Ethan, is a great example of a person doing the right thing and not the popular one. And, Lena, is a great example of standing up for herself. I loved most of the charatures in this book, they were very intriging.
The narrater, Kevin T. Collins, did a great job in distinguesing the different charatures from one another. I really enjoyed this audio and I invision it as a movie before I knew it was going to be one. Now I what to see the movie.
It ranks up there with the best of them. It puts me in the mind of a reversed Twilight and Harry Potter mix.
A reversed Twilight/Harry Potter mix. Read these great books and find out why I say this.
No, not till this series. He does a great job!! He sounds like the guy that did the Percy Jackson series, till they changed the guy, I was soooo mad!!!
There is a few parts. I love Amma, she is the coolest Voodoo lady/momma house keeper ever! If I told you anymore it would spoil the book for other people.
Read these books, you will not regret it. I started the series on a Monday, by the next Monday I listened to all four books I was so addicted. I actually stopped the last book 45 mins before it ended and started it over just to make it last longer. I sure hope the movies make it big and they do a good job with it. So far the actors don't look right but no one will know till they see the movie.
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.