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Beautiful Creatures Audiobook

Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

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.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything....

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©2009 Kami Garcia; (P)2009 Hachette

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    Suzy Black Morro Bay, CA USA 02-13-13
    Suzy Black Morro Bay, CA USA 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, good narrator, terrible sound effects"

    I loved this book - I really liked the narrator - he did a fantastic job despite the unnecessary and annoying sound effects randomly appearing in the background. I "read" many audio books, have read well over 300 at this point - and I don't think I've ever been as annoyed at a overall performance - again, not the narrator's fault, unless he's the one who decided to add the amateur, annoying, silly, and random sounds. For me, it detracted substantially from the book. I have an imagination of my own, that's why we read books instead of always watching movies - and I certainly don't need the sound of rain on a roof or thunder in the distance when the narrator says that there's a storm outside - I don't need the weird music of a dream when a character is dreaming. It had the sound of an old radio show, like "The Shadow," when some guy stood behind the radio actors and made sounds with various random objects. I will, probably, listen to the rest of this series if I don't have to put up with sound effects, ruining my experience of the book.

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    Erica hammond, LA, United States 02-12-13
    Erica hammond, LA, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story annoying sound effects"
    What did you like best about Beautiful Creatures? What did you like least?

    Beautiful Creatures was a different and engaging story of love won and lost. I however, struggled to engage in the reading because they used these terrible sound effects. As an avid reader my imagination makes all the sounds I need to enjoy a story. If you are like me and have all the imagination needed to bring the story to life, read this book for yourself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Creatures?

    Loved the discoveries of a new world, new ideas about casters.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    He reads with excitement and passion but someone added to much to him amazing performance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Take out the sound effects and offer this as a seperated purchase... Just saying.

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    Sax Florida Keys 02-12-13
    Sax Florida Keys 02-12-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable yarn .."
    If you could sum up Beautiful Creatures in three words, what would they be?

    I enjoyed the story and the interview at the end was a nice bonus.


    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader really brought it to life. Loved the dialects and vocal depictions.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    too late, already been done - going to see it in a few days when it opens :-)


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    Beth 02-11-13
    Beth 02-11-13
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    "Can't stop listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was so eager to read this book as the movie is coming out. I listen every day. It's even keeping me from going to sleep!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Creatures?

    Hearing the rain storms


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    Maken


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


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    Young Professional Irvine, CA United States 02-11-13
    Young Professional Irvine, CA United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Good "Listen" Even If You're Over 16"
    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time with this narrator and he did a great job voicing all of the characters and giving the big names their own voices where they were immediately recognizable even if they hadn't appeared in a few hours.


    Any additional comments?

    I had never heard of the book prior to seeing the trailer and while I've joked with friends that it's like Twilight, it's not. While the plot centers on Lena and Ethan it isn't purely about them trying to figure life out around who they are as a couple and both are very developed and vulnerable.

    I love the other rich characters in this book that also provides insight on the two main characters.

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    Deliana Salinas, CA, United States 02-10-13
    Deliana Salinas, CA, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this book, did not want to put it down."

    I starting listening and I was intrigued from the beginning. If you like supernatural/fantisy genre, you will like this book. What I like the most was the historial background of the deep south. It is a great story of young love and trust between two teenagers. The charature Ethan, is a great example of a person doing the right thing and not the popular one. And, Lena, is a great example of standing up for herself. I loved most of the charatures in this book, they were very intriging.

    The narrater, Kevin T. Collins, did a great job in distinguesing the different charatures from one another. I really enjoyed this audio and I invision it as a movie before I knew it was going to be one. Now I what to see the movie.

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    Nick Hill City, KS, United States 02-10-13
    Nick Hill City, KS, United States 02-10-13
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    "Great Story line, Great Characters, A must read!!"
    Where does Beautiful Creatures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks up there with the best of them. It puts me in the mind of a reversed Twilight and Harry Potter mix.


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Creatures to and why?

    A reversed Twilight/Harry Potter mix. Read these great books and find out why I say this.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, not till this series. He does a great job!! He sounds like the guy that did the Percy Jackson series, till they changed the guy, I was soooo mad!!!


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

    There is a few parts. I love Amma, she is the coolest Voodoo lady/momma house keeper ever! If I told you anymore it would spoil the book for other people.


    Any additional comments?

    Read these books, you will not regret it. I started the series on a Monday, by the next Monday I listened to all four books I was so addicted. I actually stopped the last book 45 mins before it ended and started it over just to make it last longer. I sure hope the movies make it big and they do a good job with it. So far the actors don't look right but no one will know till they see the movie.

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    Karen D. Dallas, Tx 02-10-13
    Karen D. Dallas, Tx 02-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Distracting performance"
    Where does Beautiful Creatures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While the story is well crafted, the audio performance leaves much to be desired. This is the first audio book that I've listened to that had added sound effects, which I found very distracting. One of my favorite parts of a good piece of fiction is being drawn in and allowing my own imagination to take over. Adding sound effects feels an awful lot like a vote of no confidence, either in the author's ability to tell the story or the reader's ability to grasp it.


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    Oddy 02-10-13
    Oddy 02-10-13
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    "Wonderful Story, Wonderful Performance"
    What did you love best about Beautiful Creatures?

    Beautiful Creatures is a slow build romance more about the characters than about getting the main characters together. I love the world behind it. It teeters between light, teen romance and dark undercurrent themes about being who you want to be despite your nature. The characters are fun, and Ethan is a character I'm definitely able to get behind.

    I loved the theatrics put behind the narration. The way you could hear the Castor spells as thunder and lightening filled your senses was probably the greatest surprise that, at least in part, made me so addicted to the novel. I literally can't take my headphones off because I'm so eager to get to the next part.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The slow build romance was my favorite aspect. I usually hate romance, and only gave this book a chance because the trailer for the movie looked interesting. I wish I'd gotten to it sooner. This book makes a romance hater like romance again.


    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kevin T. Collins brings the story to life in a way I haven't heard other narrators attempt. His voice changes between males and females is incredible - it's like there are individual people reading for each person dialoguing. It will be hard to pick up the books to read without his voice and it will make watching the movie even harder.


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

    Not a moment, but I love the relationship between Macon and Lena. Also, Amma was just hilarious and amazing in her love for Ethan. I love how well she stepped in as his pseudo mom.


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    Leah Psimer Dunwoody, GA United States 02-08-13
    Leah Psimer Dunwoody, GA United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Story good - horribly over produced rendition"
    What did you love best about Beautiful Creatures?

    The story line was interesting and had some good twists. The dialogue was witty and fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Creatures?

    I liked hearing about the house and funny interactions between main characters.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    I've lived in the South all of my life and it was PAINFUL to hear the over produced and exaggerated accents the narrator used. He's obviously a skilled performer, so I blame the director for his performance. It TOTALLY detracted from the story and there were times I wanted to stop listening because of that.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot say enough of how over produced this performance way. The music, the sound effects, the exaggerated accents. If I was the author of this book I would be pissed at how this performance detracted from the story.

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