I listened to this book in anticipation of the movie, which ended up never showing in my town. Now that I have seen the DVD version, I'm highly disappointed with it. READ/LISTEN TO THE BOOKS! It is sooooo much better. The audio version paints a clear picture in your head and adds the sound effects which make it more descriptive. The movie left out probably half of the book, left out a character, and even combined 2 characters into 1. I'll stick with listening to the series rather than waste my money to see the movies, if any more even get made. Movie version get a 1 or less, book/audio version gets a 5+.
This is a good story, interesting characters, and unpredictable
I loved the performance of this book! He really brought me in to the book. The sound effects were outstanding and added to the performance.
One of my favorite audiobooks! I am in my fifties, female, loved this for my commute!
Proud book worm!
This is up with my favorite reads!!! It is well written and draws you in!!! So much better then the movie!!!
Kevin T. Collins brings so much life and mystery with every inflection of his voice. He knows how to make characters stand out and you know who is speaking with the range he has!
You know what I mean by books being better then the movies. If you watched the movie, be ready to be surprised....the book is vastly better then the movie!!!!
I enjoyed this story largely in part because of the interweaving of past and present and the use of the civil war as a back drop. It isn't just another teen vampire or witch story. You really start to like most of the characters in the book, especially Lena and Ethan. The supporting characters are interesting and more than a little complex which adds dimensions to the story line.
I really enjoyed this book. The only thing I have to complain about is all of the background noise. I do not mind a little suspenseful music from time to time, but I just felt that there were a few too many sound effects added in this recording. I will listen to it again despite the sound effects as I really liked the story and am sure I missed a few things.
Loved the narration of Beautiful Creatures!
Enjoyed the how the music was intertwined to bring the story more to life.
Loved the southern accent.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I quite liked this book. My 20+ year old daughter grabbed my ipod and tried to finish it before I did, but she didn't succeed. Magic is interesting as long as it doesn't get too dark and evil. I did have a harder time understanding the words of the songs and had to look at a book to figure out what some of them were. Overall, it didn't detract from the story much. I just had to go back and listen to them several times. The special effects were interesting, I thought, and made me jump at least once. I didn't take a lot of time to finish the book either. It was suspenseful enough that I wanted to get it done. I was a little disappointed that they didn't just end the story. It doesn't quite finish things up the way I thought it should, but I will probably read the next one in the series. There were a few things that didn't get explained. I hope they will do that in the next book. I did like the main characters. I thought the narration really added to the story. I am a clean-story fanatic and this qualifies. There really isn't any swearing that I remember. There are also no sexual scenes. Obviously, if you have negative opinions of any occult situation you will pass this one by. Overall, if you like mildly scary stories or stories of suspense without the blood and gore, this book might be for you. My favorite parts of the story have to do with the Southern flair. My kids tease me. I lived down South for awhile and whenever I listen to a Southern book, I slip back into the accent. Then I get stuck there for awhile. The descriptions of his aunts and their Scrabble game made me laugh out loud. I love old books, cool old houses, magic, old curses, unexplained events and star crossed loves. If you do, you might really enjoy this audiobook. I was very entertained by it. Can hardly wait to get the next one.
The narration was great, sounds, music - nicely done...Can't wait to start the next book, I definitely checked to make sure it was the same narrator for all the books..
I would definitely say that the performance brought this book to life for me. Kevin Collins use of different voices and accents made me homesick for the little nowhere town where I grew up in the south. His presentation is just perfect for this book.
I loved the characters. The authors did such a lovely job of endearing each character to me. When I finished the book I really felt like I would miss everybody.
Of all the audio books I've listened to I haven't heard a reader so well matched to the story. His variety of voices including old, southern women was fantastic. He truly brought the story to life. I will be looking for him on other audio books.
Southern Hospitality, Caster Style!
I got this for something light and easy but what I received was a great story and a feeling like I had gone back to my childhood home.
IT Project Manager in CA. I would say I am a Audio Book Addict...
Like many books that have been "collapsed" into Movies... The full book is much better than the Movie... I recommend it... Great storyline, a host of interesting characters, and good humor.