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Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia, enter a torrid love triangle that will span eternity.

Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore are inseparable, until they meet Katherine, a stunning, mysterious woman who turns their world upside down. Siblings turned rivals, the Salvatores compete for Katherine's affection, only to discover that her sumptuous silk dresses and glittering gems hide a terrible secret: Katherine is a vampire. And she is intent on turning them into vampires so they can live together - forever.

©2010 Alloy Entertainment and L.J. Smith. Key Artwork © 2010 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Heather
  • Myrtle Beach, SC, United States
  • 12-10-10

Based on TV show not the book

So, I was nearly finished with this book when I started to get a bit confused. The events in this book are different from what we were told in the first Vampire Diaries book. Only to realize that this book is based off the TV series and not (as I thought) the book. It was still good though. And if you're a fan of the TV series then definitely check it out. I'm not sorry I read it, just confused. Enjoy. Also, Kevin T. Collins is a great narrator.

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loved it

It took me awhile to get used to it then ended up completely loving it

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Need to have more than one reader especially when a girl is talking or a different character not the same voice should be speaking the whole book

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  • GS Leader
  • Stanhope, NJ United States
  • 03-27-13

Wish I had read the reviews

What did you like best about The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #1: Origins? What did you like least?

I wish I had known that this was based on the TV series. I love the TV series, don't get me wrong, but that's not what I was looking for. I was looking for more books by L.J. Smith in the Vampire Diaries series. I kinda feel deceived by Audible for listing them as L.J. Smith.

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For the fans of the TV show

This is a nice listening for everyone who loves the tv show, not the novels. L. J. Smith's work is always very good: there are interesting characters and situations, descriptions are apt without being overwhelming, and the pacing is the right one for a vampire story.
The narration though is not a great one: the performer is almost always using the same tone, his portrayal of female characters is sometimes comical (Stefan's fiancee for instance) and overall he doesn't create the same sense of foreboding and despair that Rebecca Mozo provides in her performance of the main novels.
It's OK if you love the tv show, but for the original series reader it's rather disappointing (though not seriously so).

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These were a little boring to me bc I had read the other books before I read this series.

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  • Samantha
  • Foley, Al, United States
  • 08-20-12

what i think about audibles narrater

What did you like best about The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #1: Origins? What did you like least?

I absolutely. Love he story line how its during a very historic period I love he way they speak to one another and the romance. The main problem I had wig my audible book is the narratives voice himself he just didn't speak the words without the correct tone of voice!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #1: Origins?

Stefan, Damon, & Katherine playing football in front of their beautiful estate

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin T. Collins?

I don't know a name but can say someone who has an actual southeastern Virginia/Georgia accident or at least someone who can fake it enough to make it seem beleivable. Especially when a women speaks

Could you see The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #1: Origins being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Hell yes. Stars should be who they are Nina dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian somerhaldler, katerina Graham Candice accolades ect

Any additional comments?

Please find and use a better narrative

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  • lorraine
  • BEND, OR, United States
  • 03-18-12

What happened?

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People. Who haven't gone through the first books yet.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'll try Stephan's diaries part 2.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The accents changed the character. He went from suave Italian. To a country boy. Very confusing to me.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #1?

The scene where he learns his father shot him and Damon.

Any additional comments?

Story line was changed, chapters accents were changed. Hard to get into this book.

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  • Coy Davis
  • Newark, NJ, United States
  • 01-30-12

What i think..

I think it was a good book,haven't finish listening to it yet and I'm really eager to finish listening and move on to the other book in the series.

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Show vs. Original Series

I really enjoyed this book. I think mainly because i enjoy the show much more than the original book series. They have changed the looks of book Katherine from blond hair and blue eyes to Nina Dobrev's Brown hair and eyes. As a brunette i like that they've done it. I like where this series is going and i can't wait for the second book. The story is much stronger and the Salvatore brothers just got better.

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  • Miss V. Clayton
  • 04-07-13

thrilling read

I started reading Twilight and got addicted to it and was told to check out The Vampire Diaries ( TVD to the hardcore fans) I was a little bit unsure about it to start with as i started on the wrong book so was confused with the charactor backgrounds but when I started to listen to Stefan's Diaries i was immediatly submurged into the world of the Lovely Salvatore brothers and there bond that should have seen them through until there deaths but for the love of a women. I became so involved in the charactors that i have now got all 16books on my kindle and have loved reading them all.

hope you find them as thrilling as i did and difficult to put down.

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