First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood.
And Third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife, between desire and danger.
Deeply sensuous and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.
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I only picked this book up after hearing all the great reviews of the movie, but I must say nothing comes close to the trip this book takes you on. Bella is a real, average girl who gets sent on an absolute whirlwind with the reader taging along the whole way. You will feel as though you've entered an entirely new reality, one fun of exictement that will leave you wanting the next chapter.
It's been a really long time since I've been so absorbed into a book... I couldn't put down the ipod and listened to it in record time. It's full of mind-boggling tension, fun and romance. I don't think the narrator could really capture the voices of the characters to the full-extent, but the story is not diminished by that. This is definitely worth the 2 credits.
The story is a fantastic love story. I was hooked. The narrator was wonderful. I have suggested this book to everyone I come in contact with and they all agreed the story is great. It has everything action, romance and humor. I would listen and have listened over and over. Worth it cover to cover.
I am listening to the series for the SECOND time and finding things I had forgotten or missed the first time. I am 39 years old and maybe remembering my "younger, wilder" days and maybe this is why I am really enjoying the books so much but I do think they are great. I am having trouble finding another series I want to listen to that I think I will enjoy as much. One thing I like about the books is there is not a lot of cursing and no long drawn out explicit sex scenes that would embarrass me even in my car driving by myself! I am really looking forward to Midnight Sun coming out...eventually...hopefully.
As an adult, I was hesitant to get this book. Several of my friends had recommended it. But I couldn't get past the 'young adult' thing. Boy, am I glad I did. This is one of the sexiest books I've ever read. Anyone who likes a good romance will love this book.
Great characters, nicely narrated, absolutley one of those books that you could not put down (or turn off until you had gone cover to cover in one listen).
Definatley addicting, I will have to purchase the next book in the 4 part saga.
I had to read this twice to really get into it. Entertaining, but Bella drives me NUTS can we say true victorian heroine, I got a little sick of the damsal in distress, and Edward was a wee bit controling. Come on get a back bone. But have hope, the series does get better, and it is fun.
I'm a lover of young adult literature, so I was excited to embark on this novel since I've heard so much about it in the press. I think, overall, the story is a good one. It was a little contrived in some parts, and I think the author could have made it a little darker. The actual fight between vampires is just glossed over. There is too much time spent in the beginning, establishing the Bella's meeting of Edward. I feel this could be quickened.
I absolutely loved this book. Great story, great narrator. Absolutely addicting first book in the trilogy.
"It sucks you in"
I will admit the first time I listened to this, I got a few hours in, and I had to turn it off. It had nothing to do with the narrator, because she perfectly captures the voices of the various character, but the story was tiring me out.
But strangely enough over the week, when I didn't listen to it, I kept on thinking about it, wondering how is it going to end, and to remind myself that this is a book for Young Adults not the normal audience of the Christine Feehan or Sherrilyn Kenyon books that I normally read or listen too.
So a week later I found myself starting from the beginning, and within 2 days I had finished it, and I have gone back to it more times then I can count. Excellently performed it's a story that will suck in you even what you don't want it too.
"more than surprisingly amazed!"
When I realised I had downloaded a 'kids' book I was mildly annoyed, and the inital focus on 'high school' life filled me with some concern, and if I'm honest it was probably the fact that I listen to several hours in one sitting that got me hooked. The narration is excellent, the story pace fast, and despite some quite exceptional acceptance on the part of the main character Bella I found the story more than captavating - in fact I have listened to it 3 times - something I have never done in many years as an audible regular. If you listen to audible for mindless escapism then this is a winner.
"I gave it a fair try"
Sorry, it's a crap story, poorly written. The reader does her best (she gets the stars) but you can't make a silk purse from a sows ear.
I listened to this to see what the hype was about and am appalled. Before anyone protests that this is a 'young adult' book, lets just remember that young adults are not complete morons. Sadly, Stephanie Meyer seems to believe her reader has the vocabulary of a 7 year old. The language is truly awful, the storyline is very questionable and sets a wholly unlikeable and empty character up as a dangerous role model in terms of abusive relationships. Really, don't bother.
Oh yes, there are some nice twangy guitar bits at the start of each section - presumably because its 'for kids'. Doesn't make up for its rubbishness.
Definitely one not to miss! Can't wait to listen to the next in the series.
I discovered this wonderful series last year. I bought them on CD initially and spent many sleepless nights caught up in the story and afterwards I bought them as downloads so I could take them on holiday. Twilight is the first of Stephenie Meyer's epic romantic fantasy saga about Bella and her vampire lover Edward. The books have already enjoyed best selling status and I happen to believe they make up the most wonderful romance I have ever read. My imagination and my heart were alike captured from the start. Buy it and lose yourself in this story and its delightful and human characters.
"Almost exactly the same as the movie"
Having seen the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it I had to listen to the book. The two tie in almost exactly with very few changes to the plot, which made the listening experience that much richer and more enjoyable as you had concrete images of the descriptions. I can't wait for the rest of the series on film but in the mean time I will just have to make do with the books.
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