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....
©2009 Kami Garcia; (P)2009 Hachette
This is a teen age love story. While I am decades beyond my teens, I often enjoy adolescent literature. This was not the greatest experience. I thought about quitting the book a few times in the beginning. There are sound effects, and I found them kind of annoying - except I liked the rain. It took me a while to get used to the main narration voice, it was kind of dull, but he did a decent job with the different character voices. His voice is probably just right for a teen age boy. I could easily imagine him saying "Nuthin" when asked what he learned at school. But I stuck it out and found it to be a mostly enjoyable experience. There are interesting characters and plot details. My measure of a book is how badly I miss having the characters in my life when the book has ended. I missed these characters a little bit for a couple of days. My 17 yr old son is listening now and he's mostly enjoying it. He, too, thinks some of the sound effects are weird, but he likes the music (which I never did). I think it's a good "read" for teen boys. I probably enjoyed the interview with the authors at the end of the recording the most, and gained a greater appreciation for the story from the interview. In the end, I'm glad I listened, and I might listen to the next book.
the story was different from other stories and it followed it own pats
the Pitticus Lore series
he does a good job of making each character unique
when we found out macon was a Incubus
loved the book I am half way threw the next one already get started on the first it only gets better
Probably, I would listen to a bit or check in to the premise first.
I bought some books off the 4.95 sale.
Macon, Macon, Macon
I could see either, with a movie it would be good if they made the beginning and end stronger. The middle was very interesting. For a series it would be good to get some more writers and characters. The best character was Macon and he was killed off. Any of the pop stars out now would do. Macon and Marion's characters should be strong actors.
There were some very good elements, the locket, the library, telepathy, Bo Radlly and supporting characters. The grandma's character was not consistant at all.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
i had heard about this book from friends and finally having read it i was disappointed in its content. the love story in it was sweet but the subject matter is disturbing. teens have enough problems just being teenagers but to have to deal with the supernatural and especially the dark side of the supernatural to me was disturbing. especially when the dark side consists of people who should love and support us not try to bring us to them and become part of the evil/darkness. i was glad when the book ended but it was so obvious that the ending the authors chose leaves no doubt that there will probably be a sequel which i will not be reading.
the narration was excellent.
It was cool hearing the song sung, it would be easy to get it stuck in your head!
There were some interesting adaptations of the creatures in the story. I like when authors break the mold of typical supernaturals.
He did a great job doing different voices for each character!
Yes, "Wonderful", could not stop listening. Must download book 2.
secrets found in the swamp.
Thrilling, misterious , funny, loving, friendships,magical.
Beautiful Creatures is all this and more.
Yes. The songs and sounds really enhance the listening experience, especially since it is such an integral part of the story.
It seemed like a fresh storyline. Not really witches, vampires or other popular horror/romance books. The characters aren't whiny as a lot in this genre.
I thought he did a great job with the voices and giving them all their unique accents/speaking patterns.
Great series. Good for teens and adults.
I loved Ethan! The perfect boyfriend......
Kevin does such an awesome job delivering all the different characters. I LOVED his accents and non-accent. He brought wonderful energy, emotion and drama perfectly and his voice is easy to listen to. I didn't want it to end.
I loved the narrator for this story and I already knew I loved the story as I have read it before. My 1 disappointment was that there are dream sequences in the story that are important to hear that were inaudible. I have emailed for help with this issue and have received no response. The story is great though!
Mediocre, flat, boring
good for not very discerning teenage girls with fixation on the supernatural.
Not even as up to the level as Twilight, which is a very low bar indeed.
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