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Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any boy she wants. Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena for her own good. Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers....who will she choose?
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©1991 Daniel Weiss Associate, Inc., and Lisa Smith (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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The Better Original

I originally read this series in the mid-nineties after it first came out. These, together with The Secret Circle followed with the Night World series made up half of my "must keep" books. Twenty years later I still have copies with the original cover art. So when I first heard they were coming out with a TV show for both, I had major reserves. The Secret Circle failed in many ways. Not only did it not follow the written narrative, but the characters and storyline they chose to go with did nothing to make up for it.

As far as TVD, the show is much different than the books. Really, you almost can't compare the two save for some of the names and the fact that Elena' s caught between the brothers. Other than that, the people and places contrast majorly. For one thing, Elena is blonde, Bonnie is a fair skinned red-headed and Meredith Fell is a forth friend. Jeremy doesn't exist and is a 5 year old sister, instead. So fans of the show may be extremely disappointed.

Please don't go into this expecting them to feel the same. You have to read/listen with an open mind. The actual writing, though, yes it is a YA novel, is very mature. However, if you LISTEN to this, none of that will come through. The narrator is horrible. She comes across as a whiny stuck up tween who over-dramatizes every sentence. And she pronounces their last name, Salvatore, as "Salvatoray". Drove me friggin nuts. Her performance, especially her accent for Stefan sounding much like Luigi from the Mario Bros, ruined the entire book.

I honestly believe given a higher-grade narrator, preferably an adult, this would be so much better and would appeal to all ages. All of L.J. Smith's original stories would. Do not read the ghost-written books. There just is no comparison.

But for this to be experienced as it should, you need to read it for yourself vs. listening unless (or hopefully until) they record another version. Otherwise you might not make it through the entire thing and that would be a shame. It was one of the first of its kind.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Interesting!

I have never watched the TV version before, so I can't compare it with the book. But this audiobook kept me entertained from the beginning to the end. I read so many negative reviews about this audiobook that I'd struggled whether to buy it for a long time. It turned out to be much better than I had expected. I saw (and you will too) so much of this book's shadow in Twilight. I swear some of the scenes are almost exactly the same. You'll have to say it's original because it was written twenty years ago. Anyway, just buy it if you love reading paranormal romance.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Marco
  • PaviaItaly
  • 02-10-10

Well read

Well read by the actress. The book is sort of interesting, though it is completely different from the TV show, the reason I got interested in the first place. Much, much better than the Twilight saga, there's really no comparison between the two: The Vampire Diaries is more compelling, better written and overall more agreeable.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Great

Enjoyed it so much i have downloaded the next two books. Highly recommend it for you fellow vampire lovers.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Much better then the TV series.

It took me a while to get into it, but once I did I was hooked. It's not at all like the TV series. It has the same characters and the same struggle for Elana, but the story is very different. I watched the TV series but so far I like the story in the books MUCH better. On TV, just like they did with TrueBlood, they took the characters and some of the basics and then re-wrote it. Personally in both cases the books have the best stories. Definately worth listening to!!!

14 of 20 people found this review helpful

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dont bother

What disappointed you about The Vampire Diaries, Book 1?

The narrator is the worst narrator that I have ever heard. her itialian accent sounds like Mario and Luigi. her southern accent sounds like Forrest Gump. she made me not finish the book. I can't bear to hear her speak another word.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rebecca Mozo?

Anyone.

Any additional comments?

This is nothing like the tv show. the show is much better. the characters are much different. I still wanted to hear the story but the narrator caused me to turn it off. as far as the story, thank God for Kevin Williamson for making it better.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Twilight before Twilight

Very good reading this is very similar to the T. Saga, & I really like both. Never watched the TV show, but this series is definitely worth your time and gets better with each book! Enjoy.

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  • Kimberly
  • Sarasota, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • 09-19-10

total teenager story

This story seems to follow the same type story as the twilight. Teenage angst and all.

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Cliche To Say

Better then the show I'm a fan of the show and love it. However listening to this book now this is a book I could not keep down. so much difference in the books compared to the show but I felt a sense of familiarity while liatenong to this book. The author staked it heh

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  • Remmy
  • Aalborg Øst, Nordjylland, Denmark
  • 07-10-18

Very enjoyable

I loves it! could have used a more realistic Italian voice for both Stefan and Damon, but all in all great performance.

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  • Frances D. Young
  • 06-16-10

Vampires delight

Absolutely fantastic, a gripping tale of a love triangle but also incorporates action and suspense. I would highly recommend all the books in this series and definitely read the books before you watch the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Elle
  • 05-09-16

On par with the tv show

If you could sum up The Vampire Diaries, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

Just as good

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bonnie, because she seemed nicer than tv bonnie

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Mozo – was your favourite?

All of them. You could tell between the characters who is who. Even with male characters. Would like to hear her narrations again.

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

When Stefan saved Elena and took her to his house.

Any additional comments?

It is VERY different from the show. Of course this book came out waayy before. But I like both the show and this book. I like the different characters and the storylines. Elena seemed to fall in love fast but you do that in real life.I like how Stefan is written in the book more than the show. I have read the books up until they were re done by aubrey. Dont know if I will purchase them because L.J Smith's work is better and much less predictable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • chloe
  • 04-15-16

much prefer the book to the tv series

books such a better story to the tv serise and also much faster pace than the first season they didn't need to change the story so much

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nadia
  • 11-12-09

Here it begins

This book is the start of a brilliant series. Dark and intense, the novel sucks the reader in from its opening sentence and doesn't let up. Sensitively written, with characters that leap to life the moment they come into being, The Awakening starts an emotional roller coaster that doesn't let up for the entire series. The cliffhanger ending for each book sets the scene up for the next and the series isn't finished yet. A must-listen for any lovers of teen vampire sagas.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-18

great!!

my daughter listens to it and sshe enjoys it very much and she understands a lot

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  • Heather.joy
  • 02-01-18

excellent story

I am very happy with this story diffrent from the film and diffrent people as well

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  • Fluffy
  • 01-17-18

Don't think TV Series

Any additional comments?

This is a lovely story and it is easy to hear and imagine the inspiration for the TV series, but it has enough uniqueness that you'll be listening, even if to go 'that's not their name, or how they look'. It is a brilliant series of just four books and precedes many other vampire teen tales.

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  • ellybee
  • 03-02-16

dull

I have read quite a few vampire stories and I found myself wandering away from story and thinking about different things. I found it very dull and boring I don't think I will bother with rest of series.

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  • ANNA
  • 08-19-11

disappointed

having first seen the series for the first time ever the novel seemed to be worst!

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  • Ali
  • 04-22-11

Vacuous drivel!

Utterly shallow and vacuous, with a lead character that is virtually impossible to like. Elena is the popular 'queen' of the school, she seems to have every other commoner in the school fawning all over her (for which they deserve ridicule and derision apparently) and following her about the place. The only basis for judging someone's worth, according to this book, is their looks and whether or not they're wearing this season's designer clothes. Horrible. Unless you're 14, don't read this book. Although I wouldn't like any 14 year old to think that the lifestyle or attitude of these characters was something to aspire to in life!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful