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Vampire Academy Audiobook

Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful, lest the Strigoi - the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires - make Lissa one of them forever.

Back to school! Listen to more titles in the Vampire Academy series.

©2005 Richelle Mead; (P)2008 Penguin

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    Katie Livermore, CA, United States 10-07-13
    Katie Livermore, CA, United States 10-07-13
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    "Fantastic READ / Terrible AUDIOBOOK"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I LOVE the VA series! I read them (physically, with my own eyes) a few years back and the series has remained at the top of my YA SciFi/Fantasy list ever since. With the movie finally due out early next year, I thought it would be fun to relive the series through audible now.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rose, the main character. She's got major Sass, but she's still strong and deeply dedicated.


    How could the performance have been better?

    GET A DIFFERENT NARRATOR!!!!!<br/><br/>I don't know anything about Stephanie Wolf, but from listening to her voice I can tell you she sounds like just the cutest, Little Old Lady. She might be perfect for narrating Mother Goose, but to play a 17-YEAR-OLD Rose Hathaway....COME ON!!!!! This is the worst casting I have ever heard in the history of audio books....you have completely missed the mark here! She makes Rose sound like Grandma, Lissa sound like a Cupie Doll and Dimirti a total Dweeb, giving him a very heavy accent (which directly goes against the character description) and stripping him of any hint of sex appeal. In general her voice is saccharine sweet throughout the book, which is not just annoying but also wrongfully gives the author's often funny, sarcastic and suggestive writing style, a super creepy, voyeuristic feel.<br/><br/>Normally, I would refrain from commenting on the narrator; as I don't feel they ultimately have much bearing on the validity of a book itself. But in this instance, I felt a little robbed buying this! So I wanted to get the warning out there. Luckily, it looks like the narrator changes moving onto the next books in the series. Obviously, I must not have been the only one to notice the issues with the original.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    The book is worth it if you can get past this narrator!

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    G E. Learned Brooklyn Center, MN USA 10-05-13
    G E. Learned Brooklyn Center, MN USA 10-05-13 Member Since 2009

    Denrael

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    "Good Light Listening"
    What did you love best about Vampire Academy?

    Actually I loved the narration the best. Stefanie Wolf really nails the tone of the writing well. The story is not my normal fare, but it made me smile and the writing was tight. It was a very nice change from my normal fare, and I really did enjoy it. Not every book works well in audio form, but this is a great start.<br/><br/>


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rose because of her sarcasm


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

    It made me smile which was even more important.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is for a younger audience, but the writing was good enough that I enjoyed it as well.

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    Nadia 09-03-13
    Nadia 09-03-13

    I always fall in love with the underdogs in books. The main character always gets the girl, but the underdog gets my heart.

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    "I LOVE THESE BOOKS!!"
    Where does Vampire Academy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I give these books 5/5


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vampire Academy?

    When Christian Ozera defended Lissa and Rose in class


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Wolf – was your favorite?

    Christian Ozera


    Any additional comments?

    Stephanie Wolf is amazing! I wish she would have continued to read the audio books for the rest of them. Every character had their own tone and she made me imagine everything perfectly. These books are great! To the point and doesnt spend too much time on one thing. Fast paced and amazing!

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    Kendra 08-12-13
    Kendra 08-12-13
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    "Love the story Dislike the narrator"
    Would you try another book from Richelle Mead and/or Stephanie Wolf?

    Yes on Rchelle Mead and Not likely on Wolfe.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator cannot pronounce the words correctly (for example Moroi and dhampir) She is horible at the different voices and has little to no inflection in her voice. I love this book I have the ebook, and the paperback of this book. The narrator of the 5th book is much better.

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    Amazon Customer Dover, DE, United States 06-24-13
    Amazon Customer Dover, DE, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2016

    I've recently developed from focusing on fantasy romances towards epic fantasy/scifi. I love time travel, magic, and anything supernatural.

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    "Horrible narration and very slow plot development"
    What disappointed you about Vampire Academy?

    I'm at 2:45hrs into this book and I cannot do it anymore. <br/><br/>It's weird in the way the story is told... there is next to no history being told of the characters, and the way it is narrated has driven me insane. I want to know at least a little background of these supernaturals, and the point of view seems very bland with the main character's true emotions only showing through in the speech of the character. Believe me, not in the narrator's emotion. I can normally put up with a bad narration to read a good book (fifty shades) but this was one of the worst.


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    christa san bernardino, CA, United States 04-28-13
    christa san bernardino, CA, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Ya for real!!!"

    Now I don't typically read ya books but I kept reading online that this series was very good so since I don't have any books to listen too at this time I thought I would check this out. The story was ok not really gripping but good enough to hold your attention. The narrator was very good this is my first time hearing her she made the characters convincing so that was also a good thing. Since I am in between series I thought I might check out the next book but when I looked it over I saw that their are new characters for the next book personally, I hate that once you get me into a character and a story I would like more of the same I don't like it when characters switch from book to book its to much to keep up with and remember so I will not be continuing with this series.

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    Dee kansas City, KS, United States 03-20-13
    Dee kansas City, KS, United States 03-20-13
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    "The story has room to grow."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Pending on the friend.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The descriptions could use more flesh.


    Any additional comments?

    It just seemed a little to forced.

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    Black Heart Ali University Place, WA 01-30-13
    Black Heart Ali University Place, WA 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Okay story, good performance"
    Any additional comments?

    For being a big (big, huge) vampire fan, I took my time starting this series. I cannot put my finger on what exactly it was that kept me away from it. Honestly, I don't know.<br/><br/>I am glad I started it but it didn't quite live up to my expectations.<br/><br/>Let me touch on the audio portion first. Stephanie Wolfe does a wonderful job at narrating, Mead is really lucky to have her. I can't say I really loved all the character voices, especially Lissa. She ended up sounding like a simpering weakling...not a favorite of mine. But, the inflection was spot on throughout most of the book and Rose's attitude shined.<br/><br/>The vampire lore in this is where the story really drew me in. I won't go into a huge amount of detail as most of you have probably already read this series...really, I'm like the last one on the planet. Moroi are like the elite pure blood fangers, Dhampir are like half breed bodyguards for the Moroi. Strigoi are the evil and vicious killing kind of fangers that the Dhampir have to protect the Moroi from. Clear? There is, obviously, much more to it and I found these details intriguing.<br/><br/>The story itself was slow and somewhat predictable. There is also the weird attraction between Rose and Dimitri. I loved Dimitri but the relationship was almost uncomfortable because of the ages of these two. Only because I was rooting for them to get together...hmm.<br/><br/>Jeesh, I sound like I really didn't like this book. That isn't the case. I did. Like I said, I like the lore. I also really enjoyed Dimitri and Rose. I think Rose has a lot of characteristics I like in a female protagonist. <br/><br/>Okay, I am going to stop this incessant rambling and just say this : Vampire Academy is the start of what I think may end up being a quite addictive series. It is not without fault but it builds a fairly solid foundation for some pretty great potential stories. I will continue with the series, just may not rush out to do it.

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    Zach San Antonio, Tx, United States 09-25-12
    Zach San Antonio, Tx, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding Start to a Series"

    Not being much of a vampire fan, I decided to read this book on a whim. Gladly, all of the reviews that declared how great it were, I fully agree with. I sat and listened to the entire book, with only a 3hr break to sleep a little. Someone had compared it to the Twilight Saga, and I also would say I believe it definitely can give it a run for its money.

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    Crystal 09-18-12
    Crystal 09-18-12
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    "Great listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Vampire Academy the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the narrator Stephanie Wolf. I thought she had a tremendous range with the diversity of the voices and gave each character a very personable and relatable dynamic.


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Wolf’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I checked out Frostbite (book 2) along with book 1. The narrator on book 2 (Khristine Hvam) was not as strong as Stephanie Wolf on book 1. Hvam read every sentence with the same cadence and no relevant emotion to what was happening. I had to turn off the audio several times even though I was on a 1,000 mile drive. I had a very hard time listening to narrator Hvam and never felt like I was absorbed into the story. <br/><br/>Narrator Stephanie Wolf was excellent. I'm disappointed to see that Hvam reads book 3 as well. I'll stick to reading the rest on my own.


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