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The Vampire Diaries, Book 1: The Awakening | [L. J. Smith]

The Vampire Diaries, Book 1: The Awakening

Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any boy she wants. Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena for her own good. Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers....who will she choose?
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Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any boy she wants. Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena for her own good. Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers....who will she choose?

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©1991 Daniel Weiss Associate, Inc., and Lisa Smith; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Felicity Fairchild 08-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting!"

    I have never watched the TV version before, so I can't compare it with the book. But this audiobook kept me entertained from the beginning to the end. I read so many negative reviews about this audiobook that I'd struggled whether to buy it for a long time. It turned out to be much better than I had expected. I saw (and you will too) so much of this book's shadow in Twilight. I swear some of the scenes are almost exactly the same. You'll have to say it's original because it was written twenty years ago. Anyway, just buy it if you love reading paranormal romance.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 04-01-10
    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 04-01-10 Listener Since 2007

    Natalia

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    "Great"

    Enjoyed it so much i have downloaded the next two books. Highly recommend it for you fellow vampire lovers.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Marco PaviaItaly 02-10-10
    Marco PaviaItaly 02-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Well read"

    Well read by the actress. The book is sort of interesting, though it is completely different from the TV show, the reason I got interested in the first place. Much, much better than the Twilight saga, there's really no comparison between the two: The Vampire Diaries is more compelling, better written and overall more agreeable.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Sarasota, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-19-10
    Kimberly Sarasota, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "total teenager story"

    This story seems to follow the same type story as the twilight. Teenage angst and all.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    decembergrit 01-06-10

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    "Much better then the TV series."

    It took me a while to get into it, but once I did I was hooked. It's not at all like the TV series. It has the same characters and the same struggle for Elana, but the story is very different. I watched the TV series but so far I like the story in the books MUCH better. On TV, just like they did with TrueBlood, they took the characters and some of the basics and then re-wrote it. Personally in both cases the books have the best stories. Definately worth listening to!!!

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    b. kenobi 05-21-12
    b. kenobi 05-21-12
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    What disappointed you about The Vampire Diaries, Book 1?

    The narrator is the worst narrator that I have ever heard. her itialian accent sounds like Mario and Luigi. her southern accent sounds like Forrest Gump. she made me not finish the book. I can't bear to hear her speak another word.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rebecca Mozo?

    Anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    This is nothing like the tv show. the show is much better. the characters are much different. I still wanted to hear the story but the narrator caused me to turn it off. as far as the story, thank God for Kevin Williamson for making it better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. Jacobs Nashville, TN 07-14-12
    M. Jacobs Nashville, TN 07-14-12 Listener Since 2008

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    "Only half a book"

    I just had to take the time and review this. The book was okay. Just okay. The setting and history are all different from the tv show, but that's alright. My problem with this book is with the end. It just ends abruptly. You can call it a cliffhanger, but this is even more than that. The book has a beginning, a middle and then it just stops. There's no real storyline in it. It's all background and the beginning of the plot. No resolution. It's half an arc. I haven't read the 2nd book but I would assume the 2nd one should actually be the last half of the first. They shouldn't be separate books.

    In most series, you have unresolved issues at the end of each book which provide the story for the next, but there is a whole storyline that is finished by the end of it. You don't have that in this book. It just stops at the beginning of what feels like the conclusion.

    So, in my opinion, if you really want to read this, then get the 1st and 2nd books to read together.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    09-30-10
    09-30-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Twilight before Twilight"

    Very good reading this is very similar to the T. Saga, & I really like both. Never watched the TV show, but this series is definitely worth your time and gets better with each book! Enjoy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. White 11-24-09
    C. White 11-24-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Not so hot"

    Being made into a TV series was the best thing for this book, other wise this story is weak and has no characters you care about. The TV show pretty much just uses names and location, other wise the story is very different.

    Now, this story does have some similarities with Twilight, which I enjoyed a lot, but only in situation, not in any feeling that you get for these people.

    The narration is good, and easy to listen to, but that said I will not be getting the sequels. not worth my credits.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    anjaalexandratrujillonormann porsgrunn, Norway 06-28-12
    anjaalexandratrujillonormann porsgrunn, Norway 06-28-12
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    Where does The Vampire Diaries, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good but wish I had listened to this audio book before i watched the tv show.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Just one? :P


    Did Rebecca Mozo do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I watch the tv show and therefore chose to read the book. It was interesting to see the differences in characters and plot.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Nadia
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    11/12/09
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    "Here it begins"

    This book is the start of a brilliant series. Dark and intense, the novel sucks the reader in from its opening sentence and doesn't let up. Sensitively written, with characters that leap to life the moment they come into being, The Awakening starts an emotional roller coaster that doesn't let up for the entire series. The cliffhanger ending for each book sets the scene up for the next and the series isn't finished yet. A must-listen for any lovers of teen vampire sagas.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ali
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    4/22/11
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    "Vacuous drivel!"

    Utterly shallow and vacuous, with a lead character that is virtually impossible to like. Elena is the popular 'queen' of the school, she seems to have every other commoner in the school fawning all over her (for which they deserve ridicule and derision apparently) and following her about the place. The only basis for judging someone's worth, according to this book, is their looks and whether or not they're wearing this season's designer clothes. Horrible. Unless you're 14, don't read this book. Although I wouldn't like any 14 year old to think that the lifestyle or attitude of these characters was something to aspire to in life!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frances D. Young
    UK
    6/16/10
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    "Vampires delight"

    Absolutely fantastic, a gripping tale of a love triangle but also incorporates action and suspense. I would highly recommend all the books in this series and definitely read the books before you watch the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie
    7/13/14
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    "Awful"
    What would have made The Vampire Diaries, Book 1 better?

    Better character development, a likeable main character, a more developed writing style, a WAY better thought out relationship development - she told him she loved him the second time they spoke… just awful


    Has The Vampire Diaries, Book 1 put you off other books in this genre?

    There are definitely some great books in this genre and so I could never be put off it, but I'm not interested in this series at all


    What three words best describe Rebecca Mozo’s voice?

    was perfecty fine


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The voice actor did an ok job. And the flashbacks into the past were relatively interesting. Otherwise, I can't think of anything else that was redeeming


    Any additional comments?

    It was terrible. Awfully written and undeveloped story. There was clearly some thought behind it and the concept is perfectly good, with the brothers story and everything, but in practice it was was no where near good enough for the hype that this series has gotten. The TV series is 110% better because it managed to take the basics that the book presented and actually create something decent out of it, as the writer was not able to do in my opinion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ANNA
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    8/19/11
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    "disappointed"

    having first seen the series for the first time ever the novel seemed to be worst!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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