• New Moon

  • The Twilight Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (15,502 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning.  

Legions of listeners entranced by the New York Times best-seller Twilight are hungry for the continuing story of star-crossed lovers Bella and Edward. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural spin. Passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.

©2006 Stephenie Meyer (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"New Moon will more than feed the bloodthirsty hankerings of fans of the first volume and leave them breathless for the third." (School Library Journal

"Bella's dismay at being ordinary (after all, she's only human) will strike a chord even among girls who have no desire to be immortal, and like the vampires who watch Bella bleed with 'fevered eyes', teens will relish this new adventure and hunger for more." (Booklist

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Emotionally Painful...

It was so hard waiting for Edward to appear in this book because all I want is for them to continue on. Bella's pain was really intense and this book was darker, sadder then the first. She did not annoy me as others here have stated with her aching heart that could not be cured. I am 46 and it really takes you back to those painful adolescent years of heart wrenching relationships. A great listen and I could not take my ear phones out to the annoyance of my family but found myself wanting to skip ahead (though I didn't)because it was so hard to continue on in Bella's pain.

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Terrible Narrator!

I love these books - this one is my least favorite, but it's necessary to get to the next ones. But, I HATE HATE HATE this narrator! She's terrible. She doesn't have different voices for the characters, and she shows NO emotion. It's annoying. I wish they could have paid an actual narrator to do it. These books are huge! We need better narration.

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    1 out of 5 stars

Whine Whine Whine

What a waste of 2 credits. I am not sure why I was stupid enough to get the 2nd book when I barely made it through the first one. I kept waiting for the characters to grow on me but all that grew was my sense of irratation. If you like your main character a whiney, self absorbed loser with no self esteem, then this is your book. "My boyfriend left me and now I have no reason to go on. My life is over!" Boo-Fricking-Hoo girl. Get a backbone. Get a life. Sorry, guess I am not a 9-year old girl because I don't know who else would put up with this. I know this series is hugely popular, which the reason I picked it up, but I don't know why anyone past junior high would read this. People keep comparing this to the Harry Potter books but they must mean in terms of devotion of the fans. I can't believe this has reached Harry numbers as far as sales go and it is very directed at teenage girls and younger. Harry appealed to young and old, boys and girls, and I do not get that from this series. Maybe I am not supposed to, but that is that impression I got from all the press I read about it.
I have not even made it thorough the 2nd book but I am not sure I can. Bella is about to get almost raped AGAIN by the same guys from the last book as she stands in the street like an imbecile. But she doesn't know why. Gee, when will Edward show up to save her sorry self? But she's not worthy. He's too beatiful. She's a klutz. She doesn't deserve him. She had a birthday, now she's older than him. Kill me Edward so we can be in high school forever. UGH! Girls want to be like this? Bella is such a victim!
I hope the movie is better than the book. Sometimes they change things for the movie version, one can only hope.

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    2 out of 5 stars

Very obviously for young readers

This audiobook was very difficult to finish, not only because of the reader's inability to distinguish between character voices, but because of the incredible amount of useless angst.

The plot dragged because we spend so much time hearing about how much Bella hurts, and how unable she is to function, and how awful everything is...and...and...

Even when it picks up, it was difficult because by that point I was just so irritated with the story and characters that I didn't care whether they died or not.

I think this might have been something I would have dealt with better in middle or high school, but as an adult, having had real relationships that involved real love and real problems, the shallowness of Edward and Bella's relationship makes me unable to care much about it.

The long, drawn out angst is unconvincing and tiresome given their extremely short and shallow relationship thus far. I found myself rolling my eyes when they talked to each other, because every sentence is written to be packed with angst and infatuation, but nothing solid. Their relationship is nothing like a real one.

Bella's obsession with Edward's beauty makes it seem even more shallow. Does she like his sense of humor, the things they talk about, the way he treats her or the things they have in common? We don't know, but we do know that for some reason Edward can't live without her, and that Bella is "intoxicated by his very presence" because he is such an impossibly beautiful marble adonis.

Obviously these characters appeal to a large segment of some reading population, but for more mature readers with any life experience, this will be a thin listen indeed.

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Better than the first! builds excitement for 3rd

What did you love best about New Moon?

without spoiling the book. There is many parts that presents situations that the outcome is highly anticipated. Keeps you interested, involved and entertained.

What did you like best about this story?

The easiness to follow the book. Some times a simple, well planned and great flow is a great break from thinking and a step into peaceful bliss. Much of this book was used for "Mommy break" and paired with a 1000 piece puzzle and bottle of wine.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very end when the Jacob and Edward divide truly gets set in place.

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

There was many times that the book made me laugh and cry. There is many emotions that the book brings - sad, angry, happy, scared, curious.

Any additional comments?

I said I would never read these books. However, I broke down and started to.. Glad I did. Downloading the thrid book now.

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Adult male heterosexual Twilight fan

This was my favorite book in her series until I read the 4th. The twists are wonderful. The ideas, theme, plot, and story line are great. I am an extremely ravenous book reader and breeze through about 60 novels a year. My daughter got me into this series and I have loved it. I have read other Vampire books but hers are stupendous. As an adult married male with teenagers, it is also refreshing to have morals in a book for teens. The sappy love story stuff is actually amusing also and easily passed over as humor at my own youth.

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  • K
  • 03-11-08

Enjoyable

This was an enjoyable book if you like this type of theme. It was a book that any audience can listen to as it applied to both teens and adults. It has romance yet with the added plus of the "underworld" vampire theme. The writer does not rush the story which is part of what keeps you listening because you are left in suspense with this trilogy. There are times that the book is slow but it picks up enough and is interesting enough to keep you going. The only thing I found annoying was the constant use of the phrase, "I shuddered," and that while Bella is described often as a smart girl, there are scenarios where she must have been struck dumb because it's obvious what is going on. So while that was annoying to me, I still found the book interesting and suspenseful and listened to all three books in this trilogy. The first two really set the stage and develop the characters while the last one is probably the best as it starts to delve deeper into the vampire world. All of the books in this trilogy are clean, meaning that your children could listen to them without you worrying.

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Excellent

The narration is perfect in this terrific series. Well worth listening to.

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    3 out of 5 stars

read it for the exciting climax

Book 2 is really bland, long and kind of boring compared to the other books. I agree with other reviewers, if I was reading the book instead of listening, I would have skimmed over hundreds of pages. Bella wallows in her depression and brings you down with her. But the connection between her and Jacob and the rather exciting climax are crucial to the series story line. While I know that this series is intending for 13 year olds and I rolled my eyes often at Bella's insecurity, the obsession/love she has with Edward and the blatant Romeo and Juliet plot line, I still gobbled it up. These books are like donuts - you know there's no substance, but you just might eat the whole box anyway because it just tastes so darn good.

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This was painful

The author managed to turn Bella into a co-dependent, whiny, annoyingly stupid teenager, that can not handle life on her own. In the first book I thought of her as strong, smart, and with a good head on her shoulders, yeah she was a teen but she seemed like she knew herself and was someone another teenager could look up to. In this book she is just the opposite. I would never want my daughter to read this book. She is so over-dramatic and dense that it is painful to listen to. It has a few good moments but it must be a lead-in book to the next one. Nothing much happened in the book. At least not enough to have to listen to for over 14 hours. It could have been summed up in about 5hrs. I truly believe that the author could have kept Bella's strength and individualism and still portrayed the love story.

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  • Nadia
  • 03-06-09

New Moon

New Moon is the second in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga. It tells the next chapter of the lovers Edward and Bella, and also brings in the third character, Jacob, who only appeared as a cammio in the first book. As Jacob discovers his true identity and his friendship with Bella grows, it seems that nothing will ever be straightforward again.

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  • Kelly
  • 02-11-09

Brilliant

I have read and listened to all 4 of these books and I have got to say I absolutely loved them I keep re-listening to them they are just fantastic.

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