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Beautiful Creatures Audiobook

Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything....

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©2009 Kami Garcia; (P)2009 Hachette

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    Susan E. Howell Felton 01-29-13
    Susan E. Howell Felton 01-29-13 Member Since 2016

    haircharmer

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    "Beautifully Done"
    Where does Beautiful Creatures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was right in the top 5, well done


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    no favorites, all the characters were great in their own way.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    Yes, he was very colorful and I enjoyed it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I read the book and a few months later I see it is a move. I was very surprised,
    As for a tag line, well I don't know. I just know I am the light.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed.this book, Started out a.bit slow.for me but it caught my attention
    by the time the watch was found. I loved all the characters in the book.most of
    them were to say the least very colorful. once it caught my attention it kept me
    there. In the end it let me thirsty for more.
    I enjoyed this book very much!
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    tastas 01-29-13
    tastas 01-29-13
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    "Absolutely avoid this book."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story. Essentially the book itself was weak and too clichéd. The authors relied on YA formulas and forgot that a good story shoud have heart.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure yet


    How could the performance have been better?

    Lose the stupid sound effects.


    What character would you cut from Beautiful Creatures?

    Too many to list. Honestly, half way in I was hoping Lena would just turn dark so it would end.


    Any additional comments?

    I would prefer to not waste another moment on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JRM 01-26-13
    JRM 01-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Who needs the mall?

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    "Twilight for Witches"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I loved it and I've already purchased it for a friend.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ethan. I found his sensitive, funny young Southern gentlemen in love and unwilling to give up very appealing.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    Kevin Collins did a superior job narrating this book. He did a fantastic Ethan, but his Amma was truly magnificent.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Lena would have stood up for herself more. The character was young, confused, and troubled, yes, but her near constant need to be saved from everyone and everything grew tiresome quickly. (It didn't stop me from buying every other book in the series this afternoon.)

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    Shawn Temperance, Michigan, United States 01-23-13
    Shawn Temperance, Michigan, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2010

    Ex-military high school math teacher.

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    "Better than I expected"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I like the play between the supernatural and the mortal worlds, as in many of the other books I read. This was better than twilight.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I enjoyed the magic, and the alternate forms available to the casters and their kind. The small town mentallity was enough to make me angry at times on behalf of the main characters.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes, I thought the inflections in the voice, and the town folk were great. The love that the two main characters share was evident, and the message about people choosing their path was clear.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing wrong with the narration, but it could have been better if the female parts were spoken by a female narrator.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Looking to read the second book in the series in a month or so. Lots of other great books to go through still.

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    acinna Henderson, NV, United States 01-21-13
    acinna Henderson, NV, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "AMAZING Read!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Creatures to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is so much better due to the inclusion of music and the memory/dream sequences.


    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Narrator makes me feel like I'm a character in the book. His accents are dead on.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the upcoming movie in Feb 2013!! This series of books are going to be bigger than Twilight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian White Kingsland, GA USA 01-18-13
    Brian White Kingsland, GA USA 01-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Flows very nicely and keeps your interest"
    Where does Beautiful Creatures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Beautiful Creatures is in the top 20 of audiobooks I have listened to. The plot flows very nicely and keeps your interest throughout the entire story.


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Creatures to and why?

    I would compare Beautiful Creatures to the Dresden series with the coming of age wizards in some of those books.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other performances by Kevin T. Collins.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Normal is never ordinary when family ties split the lines between light and dark.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good audiobook. I would recommend this to other listeners.

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    Malinda 01-18-13
    Malinda 01-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it!!"

    I came across this by chance in one of audible's great sales. It was surprisingly captivating. I cant wait for the next book. Highly recommend. Very Different.

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    Janelle Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-13-13
    Janelle Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting, but not capitvating"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes if you are bored. interesting story idea, but the book is less exciting than it could be.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Lena's powers showing themselves and possibly getting her into trouble. The book tends to drag.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the narrator did a nice job changing his voice for the characters. The music was boring and distracting. The dream sequences are strange and I thought the mp3 file was corrupt. Cannot hear what the character is saying during the dream sequences.


    Did Beautiful Creatures inspire you to do anything?

    Not read the rest of the series. Although I have read other reviews that state you have to get through this book to enjoy the others. Their ratings are higher, apparently the series gets better after this book? Not sure if it will be worth the gamble.


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    Compute 01-12-13
    Compute 01-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Read!"

    This was an absolutely fantastic book. I normally don’t like books of this type, but Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia have done an incredible job with this book. They take an unbelievable subject and grab the reader’s attention from the beginning, through the book until the very end. When I put the book down, I thought … I can’t wait for the next one to come out. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it an 11!

    Great job ladies.

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    Mrs. Bliss 01-08-13
    Mrs. Bliss 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great! Very engaging and well written!"
    If you could sum up Beautiful Creatures in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Intriguing, and Sweet


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ethan. Very well written, especially for two female adult writers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the dance. Riddley is a lot of fun.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Claim yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great little ride for anyone who wants to escape back into the fantasies you had as a teenager. It's well-written so adults will enjoy the story, and the characters are easy to connect to. It's not Shakespeare or anything, but it's a fun journey. I'll definitely read the second book.

    The plot has a lot of really creative details, which is especially interesting if you're into witch craft or the occult. However, it's written in a non-threatening way, so no one should feel like they're getting "converted". Plus, if you're Southern or have spent time in the South, you'll get a familiar kick out of the way that the authors present the small South Caroline town and its members.

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