I really enjoyed the story. The narrator was good. He was very well spoken and really helped to immerse you into the story. That being said, I did not like the production of this audio version of Beautiful Creatures. There were sound effects and music throughout the story that greatly distracted from the narrator's performance and the entire experience. It made it difficult to get through the story. I am glad that I stuck with it, but I probably would have preferred to read it rather then listen given the strangeness of the sound effects.
I would, if I was to see the film or start the second book to refresh my memory. But the first time was so good that I wouldn't need a second time. Perhaps the second time I would read the book rather than listen to it to perhaps get a different perspective.
I loved the character development, the two main characters are flawed but you feel deeply for them, even the characters that are "evil" have personalities and characterisitcs that can be identified with.
The only reason the performance received a 4/5 was because of the unnecessarily long musical pauses when the lead character would dream, they were seriously like a minute long. I understand that it was meant to be dramatic but I kept thinking something was wrong with my headphones or music player.
a dedicated dilettante
I respect the authors and, overall, enjoyed the story. As you'll see below, I believe that the gave short shrift to their characters, a bit one-sided and their setting, a very clichéd South. I believe they will do better with their characters and won't portray another region quite so poorly. Indeed, it is due to that respect for both Authors I’m so hard on the setting and the characters. I believe there can be so much more here with a bit more nuance. In fact, I anticipate reading Beautiful Darkness and look forward to other work they produce together or individually. I simply hope they let the mess of this world seep through a little bit.
Their twist on the magic theme so prevalent in YA is refreshing as is the ending which brings to the fore the fact that right choices can still have difficult consequences
It is read well by Kevin T Collins; his inflections and tone is quite good. His southern accent isn't overdone, which is all too often the case. What makes the audible version great is the eerily performed "16 Moons" song by Michele McGonigle. I can't image a more perfectly fitting performance.
I switched between the Kindle edition and the Audible version, made a bit more difficult due to Audible still needing to enable Whispersync for Voice on the Windows Phone app. Yet another plug to the development team.
The storyline is so predictable that is insulting for anyone over 12 years of age. Not to mention that is utterly unoriginal and way too long for absolutely no reason.
The book had a promising start and a generally good idea, it just didn't deliver on its promise.
The book is entertaining and keeps you listening, if you are into these kids of books. I laughed a little when they talked about theHarry Potter series in the book as this reminded me of Harry Potter in a more Twilightly way. You will root for the good guys and boo the bad guys like you should. Not thedeepest novel ever, but I don't think that is what they are going for. Good fantasy entertainment.
This book was definitely not for me. Pre-teens and young teens may enjoy it.
It was extremely repetitive. I appreciate description, but it seemed like the characters kept having the same conversation over and over.
Disappointment. The story was not worth the considerable amount of time taken to tell it.
Yes, the story keeps you hooked
Love how the narrarator distinguished the characters. He's awesome!!
Audible, take me away!
Wanted to read the series but this one made me change my mind. I enjoyed the movie better.
The story line is very complex yet easy to follow. The Character are GREAT!
When they are transporting the book and the end of the book
Both Laugh and cry at times
If you read this book ..... DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE I walked out the movie was so far off from the book it was sad.
I enjoyed this enough to become hooked on the series. It's sort of a mix of Twilight and Harry Potter, but the narrator is the male "mortal" teenager, and his girlfriend is a Caster (think wizard). The authors do a great job of creating Ethan and Lena's world, and the ancillary characters are particularly strong. In fact, by the third book, I was more interested in their stories than in the main romance.
The narrator is particularly good. He does a great job with a variety of characters and accents. The only thing I didn't like was the "canned" background sounds during the flashback scenes. For some reason, they give me a headache. Other than that, I recommend these books for both teen and adult readers (I teach middle school, so am sort of part of both demographics).