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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

TITLE: Twilight
SERIES: Book #1 of The Twilight Saga
AUTHOR: Stephenie Meyer
NARRATOR: Ilyana Kadushin

PUBLISHER: Listening Library
DATE OF PUBLICATION: June 27, 2006
FORMAT: Unabridged OverDrive WMA Audiobook (12 hours, 52 minutes)

GENRE: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0739345306

SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS:


Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Bella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife—between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

MY REVIEW:

This is the first book in The Twilight Saga. I think I am one of the few that has not seen the Twilight movies or read the books!

This book is a lot more tender – more innocent -- than I expected, but then again it was marketed to the Young Adult demographic so maybe that has something to do with it. It is filled with teen angst, and the star-crossed lovers have so much sexual tension that it is palpable.

Edward is very charming, and Belle is the typical damsel-in-distress. Even though I have not seen the movie, I have seen from magazines and newspapers the photos of the characters that play the roles in the movie which is unfortunate. I much prefer my own mental imagery. While reading, I couldn’t help but picture Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, although I have no idea what actors portrayed the other characters which was nice.

The book builds up slowly, and I enjoyed that because I became immersed into their characters.

Did you ever read a book with a smile on your face? Well, this book did that for me. I think the innocence of “first love” was portrayed very sweetly. It wasn’t until the last third of the book that it became suspenseful. I was totally captivated, and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next!

The ending was bittersweet, and I was sad to see the book end. I was happy to have the second book, New Moon, to start on right away!

I don’t normally read the same book over again, but I can see that this is one of the select few that I could read again and enjoy it just as much.

Because it is marketed to the Young Adults, I think a lot of adults wouldn’t think to pick it up for themselves which is a shame because it is so good.

I am a pretty tough critic and don’t hand out five-star ratings lightly (the only other one for adult literature being The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society).This book is very deserving of its 5-star rating!!

I enjoyed Ilyana Kadushin's narration. I hope she does the rest of the series.

MY RATING: 5 stars!! Loved it!!

This book qualifies as:
#22 for my 2011 100+ Reading Challenge
#14 for my 2011 Audio Book Challenge
#14 for my 2011 "Whisper Stories in My Ear" Challenge
#7 for my 1st In a Series Challenge 2011
#3 for my What an Animal Reading Challenge IV
#1 for my 2011 YA Reading Challenge
#1 for my Vampire Challenge 2011
#1 for my 101 Fantasy Perpetual Reading Challenge (Item #2)
#1 for my Banned Books Perpetual Challenge
#3 for my 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

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