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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©2005 Stephenie Meyer; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
I expected this to be the same caliber as Harry Potter -- something intended for a younger audience, but still very enjoyable for adults. While the take on vampires is a clever idea, the longing that the main protagonists feel for one another is overdone and too dramatic, and Bella especially is unrealistically grown up -- as though she has no trace of "typical teenager" in her. I have no interest in reading on in the series. Perhaps I would have liked it better when comparing it to Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew in my teenage years.
In my case I didn't like it because I kept yelling at Bella that this whole situation was wrong. For all of you who love this story I understand why, but there are not any guys that are over 100 years old that you would have the desire to fall in love with that hard.
The narrator's voice for the Twilight series has absolutely no relation to Bella's character. Her voice and cadence are completely wrong, like having Martin Scorcese read a Jane Austen novel. Just read the books, they are so much better that way.
I am 42 and still found the story very enjoyable. I didn't want to stop listening. Sure, I would have prefered that things got a little more... adult. However, I enjoyed it so much that I am moving on to the second book in the saga and happily anticipting Bella's story to continue to unfold. Oh! I am not sure why one reviewer found the narrators voice unpleasant. I happened to LOVE the narrators voice.
I try to read everything that my daughter reads so that we have things to talk about. I am so glad she gave in to peer pressure at school and read this series. I enjoyed the trip to Washington a little too much. Now that i've finished the first three, I miss Jacob... I hope he comes back to me in the next book. Don't miss this series, it's too much fun.
If I could give this zero stars, I would. The writing is TERRIBLE, the plot is nonexistent, and the main character is just a Mary Sue. I couldn't even get halfway through it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, even my worst enemy.
The was by far the worst book I have ever read in my life! I finally caved in and read it because everyone, and I mean, EVERYONE was giving it such rave reviews, and I am so sorry I went against my better judgment. This sappy romance is so poorly written that I can't imagine anyone with a fourth grade education or higher would find it entertaining in the least. It was completely mindless and had no literary value whatsoever. There is absolutely no greater waste of time that I'm aware of on the planet. If no stars were an option I would have chosen it.
Great story, it has many details, without losing the thread. Love story and enjoyable for both parts.
The description of the vampires is so unique and elegant, I think it's part of the success.
Ilyana Kadushin narrates this story beautifully and I am currently listening to the 2nd book (New Moon) and it's great too.
And the Lion felt in love with the Lamb
Suitable for teenagers and grown ups (probably up to mid 30's)
"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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