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Vivian Gandalon is a teen-aged werewolf with problems. Her father, the pack leader, was killed in a fire, and so the pack is in disarray. The young male members of the squabbling pack howl for her, but still she feels alienated and alone. To be more than human is a lonely thing. Vivian longs to have friends and fit in at school. She yearns to escape her legacy of violence and forbidden appetites, but the beast within her longs for something elementally deep and rich. She glories in her ability to change from woman to wolf. How can she choose between being human or beast? She fiercely hopes that her relationship with a kind and sensitive meat-boy, a human, will help her find some answers. Talented narrator Alyssa Bresnahan casts a spell over listeners as she becomes the beautiful and sensuous young werewolf princess. This suspenseful, haunting, and magical tale is best read by the light of the full moon.

©1997 Annette Curtis Klause (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Jade
  • Mpls, MN, USA
  • 01-09-15

Relive teen werewolf romance with weird narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I read this book the first time as a teenager probably ten or so years ago and at the time it was a favorite. I don't know if the story's held up well enough for me to still say that as an adult. It's admittedly a little silly. Some of the dialogue especially made me cringe/laugh. It definitely has that feel of how middle aged women think teenagers think and speak. That aside, I still greatly enjoyed this book. I got through it in 2 days and it was still a thrilling, enthralling, slightly sexy read. Maybe it's not great literature but if you're someone - as my teenage self was - who has a thing for the fantasy, vampire, werewolf, romantic ya fiction genre - you could do worse. It's probably a little better than twilight, although values and message-wise, they're probably on the same level. There's some nice stuff about loyalty to family and being yourself in there but upon reading this as an adult, Gabriel is kind of creepy. Without giving too much away, I see now why they changed so much for the movie.

What other book might you compare Blood and Chocolate to and why?

Twilight, Hawksong, Vampire Diaries, The Silver Kiss

How could the performance have been better?

My larger complaint is the quality of the narration. Firstly, I don't think I like choice to use an older actress. I understand that the book is in the third person and the author probably is older but I just think a younger narrator would have made some of the dialogue feel more natural. That's a stylistic choice I guess - more annoying than that was the background noise in some sections. I don't know where or when this was recorded but I swear when I wore headphone or listened in a quiet room towards the end I could hear distant voices in the background talking about something indistinct - very distracting! I've never experienced that with anything else on audible, they should re-record and it'd be even better!

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My favorite book of all time

I have read this book at least 300 times and love it still so much. Annette Curtis klause is an amazing author. with other books like the silver kiss that I just adore as well.

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first love

I've owned 5 copies of blood and chocolate. my sixth copy I've been a little easier on the binding. Annette klause is a talented writer and blood and chocolate was the book that made me fall in love with reading.

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Blood and chocolate

I really love blood and chocolate. This has been one of my favorite stories forever. I do not however like the narrator. Horrible performance. Seriously dreadful.

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simple and beautiful

I have listened to this audio book to many times to count. I love the writers word choice. She brings the story alive, easily merging fantasy into a high school romance.

Alyssa also does an amazing job reading the book and giving every character their own vocal inflection.

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Good book

Its a great book but kinda sad that it wasn't like the movie. Still awesome 🌟 🌟

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I love this book!

I read this book so many times in high school! I forgot all about it until I was browsing Audible one day! I had to buy it! Love the story, and the narrator's voice draws you in!

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weird narrator, decent story.

The story is okay, predictable story line. The narrator makes the story seem off, not a good match for the book.

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Fun story, different sort of werewolf book

I really enjoyed a lot about this book. The story was in a way formulaic, but I enjoyed that the main character was really tough. It's nice to hear about a teenage girl who is unapologetically tough and sexually empowered. That's a nice change.

I knocked one star off the performance because the narrator was a little strange. Not bad, just a little. The other star got taken off for the abysmally bad choice of cover. Really? It's horrible and straight out of the 80s. The whole production seemed pretty dated.

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Very different from the movie...

I hate to be one of those "OMG the movie was SO much better" people because, lets face it, i'm a reader (or listener) and i hate those people. The only reason i picked this book up though was because of the movie. It wasn't Oscar caliber but i enjoyed it so i hoped that would transition to the book....not so much. I can't really pinpoint what about it made me not really care very much about it but i didn't. Maybe the characters were too young for me, maybe it was the horrible 80's she-mullet the girl on the picture had but i could have taken or left this. I think if i had read this in the 90's as a teen i would have enjoyed it more but i didn't hate it.