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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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    Rachel 02-24-15
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    "This book was amazing!!!!!!"

    I watched the movie first, and the movie did the book no justice! I totally recommended this!!!!!

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    Laura L. Johnson 02-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this story!"

    I found it interesting that it was written by two women from a male perspective - a teen male, at that. I'm definitely interested in seeing the movie now. The narration was awesome and he really gave a voice to the individual characters.

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    Dawn Skedell 02-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    The story itself is, of course, amazing. But the performance of the narrator(s) for this audiobook was just perfect. From the multiple voices giving each character their own uniqueness down to the background noises and actual singing of 16 Moons, this was one of the best audiobooks performance-wise I've listened to. Downloading book 2 right now :)

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    Joel Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 02-10-15
    Joel Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 02-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "so much better than the movie"

    I listen to this book first and really did enjoy it. As soon as I was finished I decided to go rent the movie was very disappointed. They simply removed about three major characters, and of the ones remaining they chopped this down to the point where it was almost not the same story. Granted I'm almost always a believer in the book is better than the movie but in this regards it's night and day...or maybe dark and light

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    Mom of Boy & Girl Middlesex, NJ USA 02-03-15
    Mom of Boy & Girl Middlesex, NJ USA 02-03-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Unexpectedly thrilled about this book"

    I had no idea what to expect but I was drawn in within the first chapter and couldn't stop listening. The story line is semi-unique and very well written. Details were impeccable and the characters are so well formed throughout the entire book. I've read a number of super natural style books and truly enjoyed this twist

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    Katie Kilcrease 02-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Research before you write."
    Any additional comments?

    I have some of the same complaints others have about this book, such as the mean girls high school thing. What really irritates me (and I've seen it other places in hollywood or various entertainment outlets) is how everyone seems to think hurricanes just happen out of nowhere. Sure, this is probably a pet peeve of mine but really, can you not at least read an article on it if you are going to put it in a book? Hurricanes don't just sneak up and surprise you. Just living in a hurricane zone does NOT mean every thunder storm is a hurricane during hurricane season. A thunderstorm is a thunderstorm. At least the southern accents weren't offensive like others I've listened to. That rant being over, I didn't think the the book was as bad as others have said, although it is unrealistic.

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    Raven 01-13-15
    Raven 01-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "my go to book"

    I love this book I listen to it every other week there are several chapters that I know word for word that's just how much I love it

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    Ally Frost 12-30-14
    Ally Frost 12-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"

    I really loved the book and I can't wait to see the movie. The narrator was cool.please keep making more.

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    smallstakes 12-09-14
    smallstakes 12-09-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Not bad"

    I listened to this book because my daughter is reading it. I picked it up and was drawn in pretty quickly.

    I enjoyed the perspective of Ethan, who has been "going along" his whole life with his small town community, though he doesn't quite feel like he belongs. The story mostly kept me engaged, until the gothic aspect became too over the top. At that point, I just got through it, more than enjoyed it. But I'm not the target audience, so I can't complain so much about that.

    I will say that I tried to read another Young Adult book that my daughter is reading, and couldn't get past the first chapter, due to bad writing. I liked the writing here, again, until it became too melodramatic toward the end.

    The reader was very good, though I am starting to identify a new pet peeve... if the narrative is first person, then the accent shouldn't change dramatically between the narration and his speaking voice. (Southern accent when he speaks, but not when he narrates in first person) This is about the third book in which I've noticed this trend, which I find distracting.

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    Sora SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 11-06-14
    Sora SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book for teens, meh book for adults"
    What disappointed you about Beautiful Creatures?

    This is a great book for teen readers. As an adult, I did not enjoy it as much. It has great sub-characters. I adore the main character, Ethan. The female protagonist, Lena, is annoying, overly emotional, negative, skeptical, and just not as inspiring as she could be. Ethan makes up for it. It's still a good book.


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

    Great performance. The story is actually narrated by a guy and a girl. Both narrators are excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio version has an extra 30 minutes at the end which is an interview with the two authors. It's fantastic. I really enjoyed hearing the personal joke references in the acknowledgments and the conversation between the editors and the authors.
    What made this audiobook so different from other audiobooks I have tried is that it has 1) a soundtrack, 2) it has sound effects, 3) it has special effect sounds that go along with the story. The additions made it a real treat. I was impressed by the specially written song.

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