Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature audiobook by Stephenie Meyer includes the classic novel Twilight, read by Ilyana Kadushin, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, read by Michael Crouch.
This new edition features over 16 hours of new content, and listeners will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.
Twilight has enraptured millions of readers and listeners since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had fans yearning for more. The novel was a number-one New York Times best seller, a number-one USA Today best seller, a Time magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a New York Times Editor's Choice. The Twilight Saga also includes New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, all available on audio from Listening Library.
©2015 Stephenie Meyer (P)2015 Listening Library
I've read a few reviews of people not liking the book, but I'm never one to go by reviews on books because I seem to find something I like in everything read. I'm a long time fan of the Twilight series so I was pretty excited when I found out about this anniversary treat.
The story plays along the same lines as the original Twilight with quite a few gender roles flip flopped. Some do remain the same though. Many of the same scenes were repeated with the flipped roles. Some dialogue was different. Towards the very end of the book things take a turn and the it ends differently than the original Twilight. I enjoyed the twist but it made me a little sad too for the lack of closure. I'd actually enjoy more if the story went further.
I liked the narrator, Michael Crouch. I hadn't heard him before and I enjoyed his performance. I would listen to more of his work.
If you like Twilight, I think you may enjoy this. To me, it was worth the credit.
Like when your favorite band performs a great cover song.... A little different than the original but sooooo AWESOME! Please, please write a sequel!
I'll preface this by saying that I've only listened to Life and Death on this, but I've definitely listened to Twilight a few times, even though it has been a while.
Life and Death is a good story, if you don't go into it preparing to pick it to pieces. I found it to be an amusing experience, in the same way I find alternate universe fan fiction stories fun to read. I did roll my eyes more than a few times, and there were definitely some logistical things that I don't think translated that well.
I don't think re-imagining Twilight could ever really improve on the story (at least not without some massive overhauls) so I really didn't go into this expecting much, and thankfully I wasn't disappointed. If I want fine literature, I'll go back to reading Pride and Prejudice, and be quite happy with that.
If you're looking for a different way things could have been, or a nostalgic trip back to Forks, you may find this to be the book for you. If you're looking for a story that has removed all of the sexism of the original, you probably want to give this a pass.
The idea of the gender reversal would have been more interesting if it were a different story. I was bored throughout most of it. I'm going to pretend that this didn't happen and go back to just remembering how much I liked this series. In an interview she said it was a fast book to write. Of course it was, she just took the existing Twilight manuscript and did a search and replace for names and pronouns.
If Meyer wanted to write from the male point of view, she should have just finished Midnight Sun.
So instead of finishing and publishing Midnight Sun (fans have been waiting years for Edward's side of the story), we got this weird gender swap edition of Twilight. Awesome, there goes 20+ hrs of my life I'll never get back. The narrator was good though, so I'll give him that.
I LOVE the original
I don't even have words for this trash.....
Holy cow don't even bother do not... do not... do not...
Can I have my credit back ....wow
If this was decent. But it's not. In Life & Death, her concept of repurposing the story was to take Twilight, change the sexes of MOST, but not all, the characters, change a few words here and there, and call it good.
It's dreadful. Worse than dreadful. It makes me physically uneasy. I just got to the point in the book where Beau (the male Bella) has just seen the Cullens. It was already bad enough that Billy Black was now Bonnie Black and Erik was now Erika while Charlie, Renee, and Phil remained the same, but suddenly there are 3 female vamps and 2 males.
I think this is the most horrible thing Ms. Meyer could have done to the Twiverse. Her fans have been waiting YEARS for Midnight Sun and instead she redoes Twilight by changing a few names and descriptions.
DON'T BUY IT
Not after this. I have been a Twilight fan from the beginning, but this? It's an atrocious way to try to make money.
THe narrators were good. They were the ONLY Good thing about this.
I would cut Life and Death completely.
This was very upsetting. I am highly disappointed in Ms. Meyer for doing this. It was like someone wrote a fanfiction of Twilight (a REALLY bad fanfiction of it) and she chose to publish it. It's the same book, same phrases fans know. Beau has no balance - the only two differences between him and Bella are A: he's male and B: he has blue eyes.
I can't listen to anymore of it. This destroyed the Twilight universe for me.
I fully expected a different take on the original story using swapped roles: a male human and female vampire, fine. What I didn't expect was literally the exact same book with the find and replace feature used to switch out the name Bella for Beau/ Edward for Edith, etc. like, that's it as far as changes go -- names replaced to opposite genders. The dialogue, internal thoughts, every single situation is the same as the original book.... Just with a male wool gatherer blushing and stumbling all over the place this time. Stephenie Meyer has basically fifty-shaded herself and her fans, and jacked up the price of a ten year old book that people have already bought and made them pay for it again. I'm seriously pissed I got fooled by this bs.
Ehh, they're not terrible. They have to read what they're given and you can't fault them in not being able to polish a turd
Anger that I'd spent my credit
Annoyance at the author and publishing house for fleecing people out of money this way
Disappointment at how little regard was given toward readers
Seriously, save your credit on this one! If you're curious, go grab a copy of the original twilight and scratch the names Edward and Bella out, replace them with Edith and Beau. You'll get the exact same experience.
Much better than the original in my opinion. Bella was too whinny compared to Beau. I very much preferred the way the characters flowed as opposing genders. Definitely a good read
I love audio books. Makes driving so much more entertaining.
The Life and Death reading is by far better than the Twilight version. I bought this just for fun but I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed Life and Death. The changes that were made, made sense and worked so well for the storey. I almost like Life and Death better than Twilight.
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