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 have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
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.
The story is fantastic, though it does seem to get a little rushed and confusing in the end.
I found it a bit annoying that three quarters or more of the story was from a single characters point of view and then suddenly the authors throw us into a different characters head. The transition definitely was a bit rough at that point. Then just as you start to acclimate to being in a different characters POV, they throw back into the original characters POV.
I loved the narrator, his pace and accent was definitely a ten. I only rated it so low in performance because I really didn't much care for all the sound effects and music. I found the added effects, as well as the switch in narrators there near the end quite jarring.
I had read the paper book first and then decided to listen to the book. This audible is my favorite to listen to by far! The voices are clearly distinct, and the addition of actual sound effects and music really makes it!
Narrator transitions well, love the extra ambient noises. I purchased this because I enjoyed the movie and wanted to read the entire series. I am not disappointed at all, I loved to listen.
I loved the narrators voice so smooth and southern, even when voicing a different character. I could listen to him all day. I loved how the story unfolded just a bit at a time keeping me guessing. I felt like I really was in a small southern town.