I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
The title of this book soooo does not match the storyline. I was pleasantly surprised. I loved it all the way through and I just had trouble putting it down. There wasn't any boring bits and I would highly recommend this one
Good, exciting story. I found I really cared about what happened to Lena and would like to read the other books about her.
The discipline hearing with the trumped up charges - the parallel to the Salem witch trials and charges based on the made up testimony of the three girls.
Loved it!!! I stopped listening part way through and started reading the book but quickly realized the reader made it so much more exciting so I stopped reading and went back to listening. I would like to find other books he has read,
No.No.No. NOT GOOD. This was a waste of my time. It honestly was not a very good book and the ending was AWFUL. I am serious, the ending is completely laughable. SO BAD! Very sad because I read some reviews that made me think I would like it. Maybe I just have too high of expectations as I read a lot of fantasy books. I don't know what went wrong here, but it was not good. It was boring and the stupid music "16 years" song is something I will continue to joke about with my friends who also tried and failed to like this book. Don't waste your credit on this book! I don't normally write reviews but I had to warn people about this one. I can't stress enough, this is absolutely not a good book and the audio is annoying.
Beautiful Creatures was unlike any other book I've read. It had so many twists, turns, and surprises that it was impossible to guess anything right. Just when I think i've figured something out I get thrown a curve. And that is so refreshing. It's mind boggling in the best way. YA fantasy stories don't usually take place in the South, but this book was spot on. The audiobook was amazing. It was performed unlike any other audiobook I've heard. It comes complete with rain sounds, singing, & much more.
I am not sure how many there are suppose to be of these but I know there will probably be a few. This was a very enjoyable book and I loved it on audio. I plan on listening to these as they come out. I really enjoyed the narrator of this book also.
This was a fairly long audio book, and it kept my interest throughout. The story did not go where I thought that it might, so there were a few surprises.
The narrator was good, but some of the "southern" accents wore on me after a while - I am from South Carolina, and not everyone talks like this. :) Without knowing this was set in SC, I would have thought they were in Louisiana! :)
All in all, very good first book, and if there is a sequel, I would listen!
I was first introduced to audiobooks during a summer when I decided to drive a truck in order to pay for college. Listening to books all day, every day was the only thing that made that job bearable.
I absolutely would, if only for the amazing performance by Collins. The story is pretty good,but Collins' reading adds so much character to this story set in the South.
No I haven't, but I will be searching for them. He's fantastic.
No, and that brings me to the one real problem I had with this book: it's just too long. It is over 17 hours long, but there's probably only 12 hours of story here.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and I can't wait to read the sequels. The combination of great characters, an intriguing setting, and a perfect reader performance let this book be far better than it has any right to be.
I'm a curious creature. Being curious I sometimes do things that everyone advise against, but I can't help it. Curiosity killed a perfectly healthy credit I could have used for something that deserved it. It's a lesson I won't forget. There are too many things wrong with this book. It would take me long time to write them all up. I already wasted too much time on this crap, I don't wish to continue. Sorry.
This book has several great qualities, but is hampered by the flawed characterization of the protagonist. Assuming that "Beautiful Creatures" is the first novel in a long series, it does a wonderful job of creating a solid foundation to build on. The book's pace is slowed slightly , by a tremendous amount of quality description. The authors did a brilliant job creating an authentic, complex southern setting, for their well developed characters to inhabit. The story line is fairly straight forward with few nice twists. The audio book uses several pieces of music and sound effects to enhance the listener's experience. The only real flaw in this book is Eathan Wate. Which wouldn't be to bad, except the entire book takes place from his point of view. He is simply not believable as modern, male, high school athlete, even if he's intellectual and well read. His characterization was just slightly off. His thoughts and actions don't seem to be those of teen-aged heterosexual male.
I never read the printed version and after listening to the audio I never will. It's a classic Romeo and Juliet story if Juliet had magic powers and Romeo was merely human. Still it's not an awful story. It keeps you just enough interested that you want to get to the end even if it's a little predictable. I am not sure I would be willing to sit through a book two of this series though, I am not sure there is anything left to say. Yes there mystery as Ian builds the mystery out of mostly his dreams and talking to his girlfriend about how and the if's of spellcasters and the meaning of her kind of curse. Is she destined to go black or could she go white. Honestly I didn't really care that much the way the story was told.
I guess Ian was because he was the story teller of the story and you saw the story through a 17 year old hormonal teenage boy. Who was a little bit more than your average jock air head and was a deep thinker. He always thought before acting which is different from most 17 year hormonal driven teenage boys I have known in my life.
He had a good southern accent that went with Ian and made his story a little more to your liking but honestly in parts because the story dragged in some places and was predictable in others it wasn't his narration that was the downfall of the story. But don't take me the wrong way I still gave it 4 stars so it was awful either.
To ill fate teens must cross the boundaries between the human and magic worlds to maintain there love. Or something as equally corny like that.
I gave this audio book 4 stars. But I was being generous. It's not awful and is interesting in places. I actual did enjoy most of it when it wasn't a classic Romeo/Juliet teenage angst romance novel. Other than that the magic paranormal parts were interesting and imaginative. I like the librarian best in the story. Over I call it a 4 star book.