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Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1 | [Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl]

Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

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. 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.
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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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    S.Edwards 01-10-14
    S.Edwards 01-10-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Mesmerizing performance of an interesting tale."
    Where does Beautiful Creatures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly highly as the performance is so good and the story is woven in such a way that I just had to find out what was going to happen. Even though this is not a particularly original tale, it has enough twists to keep a reader/listener wanting more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Creatures?

    I love the scene at the dining table when all the family are gathered and Ridley is trying to cause trouble.


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

    I loved that he had a slight accent, but not too much, I also liked the fact that he sounded young without being juvenile.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt mesmerized, something about the music, the 16 song and the story itself.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to read the next part of this story.

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    Yang PALO ALTO, CA, United States 12-26-13
    Yang PALO ALTO, CA, United States 12-26-13
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    "Beautiful Creatures"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Creatures again? Why?

    Yes, because it is a great story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Creatures?

    I really liked the music in the background for some parts


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

    No, not yet.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the music really helped


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    merely Lisa Eagle, Colorado USA 12-22-13
    merely Lisa Eagle, Colorado USA 12-22-13 Member Since 2007

    Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. ~ Author Unknown

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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadly this book sparked nothing in me. It looked interesting. My "young adults" were interested in it. In the end we all had the same comments... this book is flat. There is no dimension, no character development that allows you to develop empathy and become engaged.

    We all love to read and will try almost anything but we all put this book down in disappointment. It reads more like someones dry retelling of events than an immersive journey through experiences and emotion.

    I really wanted to like this book but was sadly disappointed.


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    Marie United States 12-21-13
    Marie United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2014

    I like any books that hook you within the first chapter. If a love story is involved even better.

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    "Hooked right away!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Creatures to be better than the print version?

    I think so. I melted into the story because Kevin T. Collins did such a great job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Creatures?

    I honestly can not pick just one.


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

    His emotion and accents are amazing. Every character has a different voice it is truly amazing. I can't believe he did the book by himself.


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

    Yes and then wanted another one to listen to all in one setting and another.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not get this book if you are expecting it to be like the movie. Because, this book is 800 million times BETTER than the movie. If you do get this book you will not regret any moment of it.

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    Susan STOCKPORT, OH, United States 12-20-13
    Susan STOCKPORT, OH, United States 12-20-13
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    "An enjoyable fiction."
    Would you listen to Beautiful Creatures again? Why?

    I may listen to this one again...it is so much better than the movie!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love a good fantasy even if it is a teen fiction. I want to fall into a story and escape reality and I escaped.


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

    Kevin T. Collins is my favorite narrator. He is so good at bringing the characters to life!!


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    Erik Kailua Kona, Hawaii 11-20-13
    Erik Kailua Kona, Hawaii 11-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "THE MOVIE WAS ACTUALLY BETTER!"

    I am an avid reader, Audible addict-I have always LOVED reading, can't get my hands on enough reading material-I am always the last to see a movie based on a book because of how much I always feel they are missing or ruining...so when I say that I actually enjoyed the movie and gagged my way through this completely horrible book, please know that it is nearly sacrilegious. I will say that I actually did enjoy reading the Twilight series (hated the movies) and am a pretty open minded reader- This book is so poorly written, has such a stupid story line and is just plane bad...I watched the movie because I could not get through this book-and found the movie satisfying enough to go ahead a slog through the rest of the book thinking that maybe it would redeem itself because the movie did...WRONG!!!! Lesson learned-on to a different writer and series.

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    Manon Foss 09-20-13
    Manon Foss 09-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good enough to see where the story will go"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Creatures to be better than the print version?

    Yes, for someone that cannot sit for hours at the time; this is best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twisting life of the kingdom. The underground world of the thieves. The used of the magic in the story.


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    Kristina 09-11-13
    Kristina 09-11-13
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    "Great Narration, but that is about it."
    Would you try another book from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    If Kevin T. Collins is the narrator, I will listen! He was great; enthusiastic, entertaining and a completely captivating voice.


    Has Beautiful Creatures turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will not be reading/listening to the other Beautiful Creatures books. While I enjoyed the book up until the last couple chapters, the ending was so obvious that I became upset with the authors.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Collins is a terrific narrator who creates the scene in your mind as you listen to his accented words. Garcia & Stohl are descriptive authors who transport you into the south (difficult to do for a northern gal who has never been south of DC).


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    Amanda 08-22-13
    Amanda 08-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Weird musical additions to the narration"
    What did you like best about Beautiful Creatures? What did you like least?

    Good story. Cute YA read.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin T. Collins’s performances?

    Probably not


    Do you think Beautiful Creatures needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. But i know it has one so oh well.


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    raina 08-10-13
    raina 08-10-13
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    "Wish I had realized I could have "returned" it!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Ditch the music!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Intense annoyance and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I should start off by saying I am not picky about my books. My tastes are all over the map and it is rare that I despise a book so much that I can not even finish listening to it, but this one grated my nerves with each passing minute. The narrators southern accent was ridiculous and the music that kept playing was more than I could take. I have been told by several friends who actually read the book that the story was good but for me the audio version was so bad I could not even finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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