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Katie Kilcrease

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  • Beautiful Creatures

  • Beautiful Creatures, Book 1
  • By: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,089
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,128

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adequate for Adults

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

Research before you write.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-15

Any additional comments?

I have some of the same complaints others have about this book, such as the mean girls high school thing. What really irritates me (and I've seen it other places in hollywood or various entertainment outlets) is how everyone seems to think hurricanes just happen out of nowhere. Sure, this is probably a pet peeve of mine but really, can you not at least read an article on it if you are going to put it in a book? Hurricanes don't just sneak up and surprise you. Just living in a hurricane zone does NOT mean every thunder storm is a hurricane during hurricane season. A thunderstorm is a thunderstorm. At least the southern accents weren't offensive like others I've listened to. That rant being over, I didn't think the the book was as bad as others have said, although it is unrealistic.

  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,182

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Stephen King I've Heard

  • By Scott on 02-10-10

Southerners don't all talk like Forrest Gump

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-14

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Raul Esparza?

Anyone who could perform a better southern accent.

Any additional comments?

I doubt I'll be able to finish listening to this book because of the horrible southern accent representation. I'm sure people not from the south will have no issue with this narration but for those of you who get irritated with the stereotypical representation of people from the southern states you probably will not be able to stomach it either. I'd recommend listening to a sample first. Other than his inability to imitate a southern cadence, Raul Esparza was a fine narrator. I can not properly review the book until i have read the paper copy.