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.
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.
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.
Twilight is one of my favorite series..I never get tired of reading the stories or seeing the movies. That being said I was so excited to see the "Life and Death" story. I loved it so much. It was the same but different and a great story on its own. Michael Crouch's performance was perfect and llyana Kadushin really did a good job but I kept expecting to hear Kristen Stewart voice. A great 10th anniversary gift from Stephenie Meyer. Must read.
I enjoyed reexperiencing the story with the gender twist - perhaps even preferred it to the original. It was refreshing to do away with the gender stereotypes in which Beau Swan played the "gentleman in distress" and Edith Cullen the strong protector. I also enjoyed Corrine Cullen being the doctor and matriarch - it seemed a better fit for the plot. In response to previous comments: Yes, much of the story was word-for-word the same. That was the point! It was socially illuminating to hear which parts of the story still worked with the gender swap, and which details the author felt compelled to change. The ending, of course, required a new twist. If you are interested in the role of gender in North American pop culture, give it a listen. Incidentally, I preferred Michael Crouch's performance - seemed more authentic.
Could never pick just one!!
Both did an amazing job!!
I was a little hesitant to read this book. I heard bad things and quickly. But you know what??? This book was fantastic! It was NOT the same book told twice but rather a different version of how this book could have been! I love love love this book! If you are a twilight fan, a true fan, there is nothing in this book not to like!!
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.
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