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Beautiful Darkness | [Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl]

Beautiful Darkness

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.
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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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    Tracey 03-08-13
    Tracey 03-08-13
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    "Another Great Book"

    Watched movie before I read 1st book, but after hearing the 1st book, I knew I wanted to hear the whole series and know what happened to Ethan and Lena. I enjoyed this one as much as the 1st and liked some of the twists that this book presented. Definitely worth a listen.

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    Frauke 03-04-13
    Frauke 03-04-13
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    "Nicely done!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Enjoyable story. Found myself looking forward to the others in the series


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

    Kevin Collins has a wonderful sense of the characters and manages to capture their personalities with ease.


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    Terri Northwood, OH, United States 03-04-13
    Terri Northwood, OH, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyed the story, nicely read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this story because I think it is a good story, fun! Reminds me of a Harry Potter book, which are also great stories!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the variety of characters. There were a few new characters in this story, I really liked that. I like how it ended, was sorta unexpected.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    I guess the main character is my favorite, Ethan. But I do like several other characters. I really liked the new keeper in training character.


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    Romney Houston, TX, United States 03-02-13
    Romney Houston, TX, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to Beautiful Darkness again? Why?

    Yes, I liked the story. Liked that it was male main character.


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

    I Liked the fact that there was music and actual sounds. Made listening more interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, liked the story. I have listened to the first 2 books. About to listen to the third.

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    sarah Kim 02-19-13
    sarah Kim 02-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be great for someone who like to be bored into sleep.


    What was most disappointing about Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl ’s story?

    The first book was entertaining but the second book started so slow. The challenge to the relationship wasn't very compelling. Snore.


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

    No. At times I couldn't tell the difference.


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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-16-13
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "Wonderful! Highly Recommend!"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Darkness again? Why?

    Yes, and the 1st one...great stories...kept me interested all the way though!


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

    No Comparison!


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

    He is great, he reads with full emotion and heart...


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

    In darkness there is always light!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so wonderful, just as good as the 1st....and I will be reading the rest of this series, and seeing the movie!

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    Donna Fountain Valley, CA, United States 02-13-13
    Donna Fountain Valley, CA, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Not as good as the first one - boring!"

    I loved the first book, but this one is not good. I'm 3/4 into it and I don't care how it ends (not a good sign). I probably will not listen/read to the rest of the series.

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    Victoria Tyler Wyo 02-12-13
    Victoria Tyler Wyo 02-12-13 Member Since 2008

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    "A great second book!"
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    I devoured all he books in this series in a fairly short amount of time. I enjoyed the story and the narrator. If you liked the first book you will like this one.

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    Wendy D Cull West Linn, OR USA 02-01-13
    Wendy D Cull West Linn, OR USA 02-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Like the Book Love the Series Narration So-So"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Darkness to be better than the print version?

    No


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

    Maybe. If he promises never to attempt a british accent EVER again. Liv just sounds like Stewie Griffin from the Family Guy.


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

    Not as much as the first.


    Any additional comments?

    It really bugged me that he made Liv sound like Stewie Griffin. I really hate that show and it ruined Liv's character for me.

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    Josh 01-26-13
    Josh 01-26-13 Member Since 2012

    I like magical realism.

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    "So conflicted"

    If you aren't looking for a book that requires a great amount of thinking or any background knowledge in the genre of fantasy, this is a good book to get. It's nice an long, if that's what you're looking for and all unknown information is spoon-fed to you all the way through the book. It's got your typical Romeo and Juliet-esque love story, and you can't help but root for them. There is not a lot of ambiguity is characters' good/evil alignments, except for a couple of characters, because that's really the basis of the plot.

    All in all, I eat up this type of story, but that doesn't keep me from getting frustrated. I thought the voice acting was great. The southern accent annoyed me, but that has more to do with the book's setting. The plot is great. It's a new spin on something a little overdone. But I did get frustrated with the two main characters, because at times they seemed so thick-headed. I would have something figured out long before either of them did, and I wanted to yell at them for being dense. I didn't feel like the male protagonist was *totally* realistic. As I was Ethan's age about 8 years ago, I don't recall being that emotionally intelligent as a 16-year-old, so that is was stood out to me the most, as far as flaws go. Like I said, overall I liked the book. The characters weren't under or overdeveloped for the span of time it took to listen to the book. But I felt like the end was a big middle finger, and a ploy to make me buy the next book (which I did).

    The song 16 Moons throughout the book is what really made the audiobook for me. It was a great touch, and it made my hair stand on end.

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