This is a love story about a moral falling in love with a supernatural girl. The dream sequences upset my dog and every time he said "my mom died" i found myself rolling my eyes. That being said, I listened to all 17 hours of it and will get the next book with my next credit. It was one of those books that I enjoyed but would be too embarrassed to tell my friends I listened to it.
I loved this book - I really liked the narrator - he did a fantastic job despite the unnecessary and annoying sound effects randomly appearing in the background. I "read" many audio books, have read well over 300 at this point - and I don't think I've ever been as annoyed at a overall performance - again, not the narrator's fault, unless he's the one who decided to add the amateur, annoying, silly, and random sounds. For me, it detracted substantially from the book. I have an imagination of my own, that's why we read books instead of always watching movies - and I certainly don't need the sound of rain on a roof or thunder in the distance when the narrator says that there's a storm outside - I don't need the weird music of a dream when a character is dreaming. It had the sound of an old radio show, like "The Shadow," when some guy stood behind the radio actors and made sounds with various random objects. I will, probably, listen to the rest of this series if I don't have to put up with sound effects, ruining my experience of the book.
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.