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Vampire Academy Audiobook

Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy, Book 1

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St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful, lest the Strigoi - the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires - make Lissa one of them forever.

Back to school! Listen to more titles in the Vampire Academy series.

©2005 Richelle Mead; (P)2008 Penguin

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    Zach San Antonio, Tx, United States 09-25-12
    Zach San Antonio, Tx, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding Start to a Series"

    Not being much of a vampire fan, I decided to read this book on a whim. Gladly, all of the reviews that declared how great it were, I fully agree with. I sat and listened to the entire book, with only a 3hr break to sleep a little. Someone had compared it to the Twilight Saga, and I also would say I believe it definitely can give it a run for its money.

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    Crystal 09-18-12
    Crystal 09-18-12
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    "Great listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Vampire Academy the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the narrator Stephanie Wolf. I thought she had a tremendous range with the diversity of the voices and gave each character a very personable and relatable dynamic.


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Wolf’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I checked out Frostbite (book 2) along with book 1. The narrator on book 2 (Khristine Hvam) was not as strong as Stephanie Wolf on book 1. Hvam read every sentence with the same cadence and no relevant emotion to what was happening. I had to turn off the audio several times even though I was on a 1,000 mile drive. I had a very hard time listening to narrator Hvam and never felt like I was absorbed into the story.

    Narrator Stephanie Wolf was excellent. I'm disappointed to see that Hvam reads book 3 as well. I'll stick to reading the rest on my own.


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    Seana Petaluma, Ca, United States 08-14-12
    Seana Petaluma, Ca, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "So much potential..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration for this book was supremely lacking. Although she managed a Russian accent well, the voices she used to differentiate the rest of the students made them sound like munchkins straight out of Oz. If it wasn't so laughable it would be truely awful. The story itself has lots of potential, and I have to hope that the characters mature a little in tthe sequel as the series progresses because the glorification of the drinking, revenge taking, promiscuity is fairly off-putting. I'm all about the romance, and I don't think I'm particularly hard to please. I am going to move on to the next book only because I see they found another reader.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was not particularly nuanced in the reading of dialogue, and her voices for everyone but Demitri were painful. Truely painful.


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    Michelle Osage, IA, United States 07-12-12
    Michelle Osage, IA, United States 07-12-12
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    "great series"
    Where does Vampire Academy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wonderfull book. the last 2 books are esp great cuz they add in sound effects and it makes you feel like you are in the book and can actually visualize what is going on. 2 thumbs up.


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    anjaalexandratrujillonormann porsgrunn, Norway 06-28-12
    anjaalexandratrujillonormann porsgrunn, Norway 06-28-12
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    "Fun"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Wolf’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end was very suspenseful, downloaded book 2 just so I get to know what happens next!


    Any additional comments?

    Needed something easy to listen to and this was the perfect story. I used to love vampire books as a teen and this was very enjoyable to read!

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    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 05-29-12
    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 05-29-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Vampires go to school?"

    The story begins with the characters, Lissa - a Moroi (living vampire) princess - and Rose - Lissa's Dhampir (half-human, half-vampire) protector already on the run. Shortly thereafter they are captured and returned to St. Vladimir's, a school where the young Moroi and Dhampir are trained.

    In a twist from traditional mythology there are 2 types of vampires, the Moroi who live lives like humans (except for the requirement to take in blood as well as food and sensitivity to light) and the more traditional Strigoi (the dead). Richelle Mead builds up a very engaging world for her characters to inhabit, having to spend a moderate amount of time actually expanding this world during the story.

    Most of the action (in true YA style) is built around the interactions between the main characters and the other students at the Academy. Both of reintegration and the invariable clique building (imagine if your High School had both commoners and various nobles attending it. It makes the jocks vs nerds stuff look tame, in particular since everyone there either knows magic or is insanely strong/fast). There is an overarching storyline that keeps the plot moving.

    Much darker than most books of this genre, with more action and topics that you don't normally see (talk of suicide, drinking, sex).

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    signe randers nv, Denmark 05-09-12
    signe randers nv, Denmark 05-09-12 Member Since 2013

    I love romantic historical novels.

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    "Better the Twilight"
    What did you love best about Vampire Academy?

    Rose kick ass. I like the way the book is about a frindship more then the romance there is groing betwin Rose and Demitrie. But still, i realy like the small little hints, that there is somthing betwin Rose and Demitrie. The book is great. And it is hard to stop reading, when you first is started.


    What other book might you compare Vampire Academy to and why?

    Kelley Armstrongs series. Woman of the otherworld. Sookie Stackhous series (True blood tv serie) by Charlaine Harris and the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer. The alle have the supernatruel in them. Its about frindship, love and the trubel there comes whit it all. The good fighting the bad. And the girls kick ass in them all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have a fav scene. But there is some scenes, that makes the storry better. I like the scene when Demitrie stop Rose make out whit a boy. That is where you get a hint, that he feels somthing for her. And where Liza is traying to protekt Rose from the rumers at the school. Rose is hurt by the rumers. You see her as a girl whit feelings, and Liza get her self together.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I smiled and laugh but not cry. I did live my self in to the storry.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like supernatruel novels, This book is one to bay.

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    Sandra Guelph, ON, Canada 04-30-12
    Sandra Guelph, ON, Canada 04-30-12

    I'm a wife, mother, and writer of fiction and non fiction. I scrapbook and create with mixed media for fun.

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    "A Fantastic Read!!!!"
    What did you love best about Vampire Academy?

    This book was fantastic. I worry when I start a book series, for fear that it will be a disappointment. I was 1/4 of the way through when I realized that it was much much too short. I wanted it to go on. Then, I immediately bought the next book in the series, so that I wouldn't have to go on without the story. Great job! Loved it all. Intoxicating from start to finish. I found myself rooting for the characters, caught up in their lives, and wanting it to never end. It says it's for the younger adult market, but as a wife and mother, I find the market perfect for me. If you like Twilight, you'll love this series. I promise!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Love Rose and Dimitri. Actually... I love them all. But these two have a connection that you dream above, and that cements the story together.


    What about Stephanie Wolf’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed it. I think she has a pleasant voice. I'd not think twice before getting another book read by her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    SEVERAL moments. It captures your attention from start to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy

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    April 04-24-12
    April 04-24-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Series!!!!"

    I have all of Richelle Mead's books. I have enjoyed everything she has written. This series, and the Suckubus series are my favorites. Mead is a great writer, I don't think you will be disappointed.

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    Sophia 04-23-12
    Sophia 04-23-12
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    "Not ok for tweens possibly early teens"
    What disappointed you about Vampire Academy?

    To sexy for even my 13 year olds taste, she put it away and told me bad choice!


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