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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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    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.

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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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    Mary 01-08-13
    Mary 01-08-13
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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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    Deborah HIALEAH, FL, United States 01-08-13
    Deborah HIALEAH, FL, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the story...effects weren't the best."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Creatures to be better than the print version?

    I love to read but I have little time to do so. This is why I really enjoy audio books. This audio book was different but good. It added effects to help with the imagery that some may have difficulty with when it comes to print versions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the different perspective. Most of these supernatural love stories are from the girl's perspective. I like that it was in the POV of the guy.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the special effects because it really helps you imagine what is going on. I did have a problem with certain parts of the effects. All I heard was the music. I couldn't hear or make out what the narrator was saying.

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    JP Valley Cottage, NY, United States 01-07-13
    JP Valley Cottage, NY, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Well done!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is nothing out of this world, but it's interesting enough to keep you listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alma, the housekeeper is your traditional black southern overprotective wanna be mom. Too funny.


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

    No, this is my first one, but I love his narrations and characters... A+


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if I could I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    Between the amazing narration and the story you have quite an entertaining book here. I really enjoyed it.

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    L. Stapleton Los Angeles 01-05-13
    L. Stapleton Los Angeles 01-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "If you're over 16 years old, skip this one."

    While I really liked the music, sound effects and poetry worked into this audio performance, the book itself has so many huge fails that it flops.

    The storyline is creative and pretty effectively creates a realistically teenage first-love obsessive romance. The setting in the the post civil war south is very good, one of the best elements of the story. The narrator does a passable job with a southern accent. Unfortunately, this is only part of a novel; I guess we are now so well conditioned to expect a sequel that authors not longer feel compelled to tell a complete story.

    Aside from the general high school histrionics that the authors so expertly capture, the book fails because of their inability to create a story with any depth or value. All of the characters, whether evil or good, behave reprehensibly throughout the story (with the exception of the two main characters who are witless, lovesick teenagers).

    There are two examples of side story-lines that the authors could have exploited to create a more engaging and valuable tale: in the first, the witch-hunting townsfolk have dragged our heroine into a administrative meeting to (gasp) kick her out of school. Of course, in reality, treating a 16 year old as they do in this story would get them all fired and the school district sued. Rather than calling for her guardian, our hapless and not-to-bright heroine submits to the juvenile abuse of the townspeople. When her guardian does show up, unexpectedly, I had high hopes that he would slap these people down. However, instead of responding logically to their accusations that he had no right to be there, he lowers himself to their level and "resolves" the situation by blackmailing all of them into letting Lena continue at school. This is after the authors have established that he owns most of the town, is incredibly wealthy and educated, and is a member of the oldest founding family. All of which, in addition to his legal guardianship of the 16 year old heroine, gave the authors numerous opportunities to create a mature resolution to the situation. They didn't.

    The second major storyline fail occurs when they finally reveal that the hero's father is suffering from graphomania I thought, oh good they can develop that into an interesting life lesson for the boy. But no. Instead, the father goes undiagnosed, receives no psychiatric help from his caretaker, his son, or the community and the moment is lost. This led me to believe that the authors were not actually aware that they were describing a serious mental illness.

    In any case, if you are looking for a book with substance, this is not it.

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