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Beautiful Darkness Audiobook

Beautiful Darkness

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Publisher's Summary

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

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©2010 Kami Garcia (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    Ann ARDMORE, TN, United States 08-27-12
    Ann ARDMORE, TN, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A bit disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    I had actually read Beautiful Creatures, the first book in this series. So I was expecting a good story out of Beautiful Darkness. But I did not find it to be so. There was way too much whining and not much action thru the entire first half of the story. I know Ethan lost his mother and Lena her uncle but the moaning and crying just went on too long. Once the story finally took off I had already lost interest.

    The narrator was just not my favorite. The voices he used for some of the more interesting characters was just annoying and grated on my nerves. Maybe it was just me but I was turned off my the entire narration.

    I know so many enjoyed this book and performance, but I was not among them.


    Would you recommend Beautiful Darkness to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Maybe it is a better read than a listen.


    Did Kevin T. Collins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did make sure we knew each characters voice and was consistent with it thru out the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-09-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2012

    Breesmom

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    "Seventeen Moons"
    What did you love best about Beautiful Darkness?

    I liked the continuity of the story, the characters. The way the author captures the atmosphere of the American deep South. I like the unexpected, unique plots, the twists and turns of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationships between the characters are so real yet the circumstances they are in are so unexpected and otherworldly.


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

    I have not heard him before narrating any other books but I do like his narration in this series very much.


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

    New Revelations, a Journey into the Unknown, 17 Moons a choice to make.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great book in this series. I look forward to the next book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    b 12-29-10
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    "so slow"

    this book was really slow and I couldn't care less what was going to happen next. I found that I had a hard time paying attention to it and my mind would wander - even during parts that were supposed to be suspenseful or exciting. I didn't care enought to rewind the parts that I missed. the only reason I listened through to the end was so I could find out Lena's fate. I was disappointed.

    I think if there's a 3rd book, I'll pass. I no longer care what happens to these kids.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    myrthasg 12-01-10
    myrthasg 12-01-10 Member Since 2012
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    "very very good"

    very very good, even better than the first one and a pleasure to listen because is so well read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tambrie L. Robinson Chula Vista, CA 10-24-10
    Tambrie L. Robinson Chula Vista, CA 10-24-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Second not as good as the first"

    Continued with great ideas and great story, but it seemed to continue to embellish or restate things over and over and was much slower a read than the first.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Arwen BOISE, ID, United States 12-09-11
    Arwen BOISE, ID, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2011

    I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)

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    "Love This Story!"

    ..and I'm confident you will, also, particularly if you do read in this genre. This second installment of the Beautiful Creatures saga contains some interesting twists and turns. It is true that at some points, the story take it's time to develop but I think that is part of the story..keeping "true to it's nature", if you will. The same can be said for the tension between the characters, and some dialogue that you find yourself wishing would or would not be exchanged between them. If you become invested enough that you get "mad" a character for what she (or he) is not doing or saying, (as I did) then the author(s) have done their job! It would not be the same story if things were "easier", or things were said differently. I find Kevin T. Collins' narrative performance pretty much impeccable. He really makes Ethan real. He does this so well that the character of Ethan himself really becomes the driving force of the story, and not just because it is, in fact, relayed in first person from his perspective. His genuineness and personality really come through. You feel like you are in his head and experiencing these events from the inside out. Also, I liked the song and the sound effects and did not find them to be too much. Highly recommend!

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    Payton Epps 09-14-16
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    "LOVE!!"

    perfect narrator and amazing book there was never a dull moment I was suggested eager to hear more

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    jamescd 08-04-16
    jamescd 08-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story with a good reader."

    What a great story. It really makes you want to continue the series and find out what happens next.

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    Ana Rivas 06-12-16
    Ana Rivas 06-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "perfect audio composition"

    the story itself wraps you, but the sounds and music make the audio book an exceptional experience in listening.

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    Amazon Customer Albuquerque, NM United States 06-08-16
    Amazon Customer Albuquerque, NM United States 06-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Story, Horrible Narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Darkness to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely NOT!


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

    Twilight or Warm Bodies. Supernatural/Mortal love affair.


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

    MONOTONE! Horrible accents.


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

    You thought Ethan and Lena's love was forever, but will Lena's family curse rip them apart?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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