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Beautiful Darkness Audiobook

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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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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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-16-13
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2016

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Fountain Valley, CA, United States 02-13-13
    Donna Fountain Valley, CA, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2016

    eclectic reader

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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 2015

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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 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh 01-26-13
    Josh 01-26-13 Member Since 2013

    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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    Daisy 2 Corona, California 01-25-13
    Daisy 2 Corona, California 01-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't stop listening to first one but this one"
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    Couldn't stop listening to first one - it was delicious!
    ...but this one was a little slow for me and negative at the beginning. The first half was her depression and I almost put it down (like in Twilight book 2 where Bella whines and whines and whines...until I wanted to kill myself or her!) then it picked up. It introduced a new character that I loved and with all the depression I was almost hoping he ended up with her.

    I get a little confused with so many periphery characters but it adds to the flavor of the book. I did miss the "aunts" in this book: they do not show up nearly as often as they did in book one and they made me laugh out loud.

    I liked it enough not to give up on the series though and I am buying book 3 now. :)

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    Madisen SALEM, OREGON, United States 01-18-13
    Madisen SALEM, OREGON, United States 01-18-13
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    "Loved this book and this series:-)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the interaction of the characters, Ethan and Lena, Ethan and Link, Ethan and Liv, Link and Liv, Ridley all by herself, Lena and John. Parts of this book were heartbreaking, awe inducing and tear-jerking.


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

    He brought depth to each character, made each of them have their own voice and personality.


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

    When Ethan spoke to his mother as a sheer, it was very bittersweet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Compute 01-12-13
    Compute 01-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!"

    I absolutely loved the book Beautiful Creatures, and the second book in the series is no exception. Lena suffers greatly over her uncle’s death and Ethan does his best to help her. Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia have taken a sequel and kept the reader’s attention, while weaving the story line in a unique and interesting way. I have to say that I purchase the remaining 3 books and this book was so interesting that I will immediately go into the third book. Great series!

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    carlo Union City, NJ, United States 11-08-12
    carlo Union City, NJ, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    Would you try another book from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    Already did, beautiful chaos, glad they kept Kevin, already got used to him


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Cliff hanger


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

    Charisma


    Was Beautiful Darkness worth the listening time?

    It made my commute easier


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for the movie

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    Michele Woodbridge, VA, United States 12-19-11
    Michele Woodbridge, VA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Hope there's another book coming"
    What did you love best about Beautiful Darkness?

    The continued love story between Lena and Ethan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The commitment of friendships and love.


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

    Yes. This one is awesome.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the story and how the narrator made it come to life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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