©1991 Daniel Weiss Associate, Inc., and Lisa Smith; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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.
Better character development, a likeable main character, a more developed writing style, a WAY better thought out relationship development - she told him she loved him the second time they spoke… just awful
There are definitely some great books in this genre and so I could never be put off it, but I'm not interested in this series at all
was perfecty fine
The voice actor did an ok job. And the flashbacks into the past were relatively interesting. Otherwise, I can't think of anything else that was redeeming
It was terrible. Awfully written and undeveloped story. There was clearly some thought behind it and the concept is perfectly good, with the brothers story and everything, but in practice it was was no where near good enough for the hype that this series has gotten. The TV series is 110% better because it managed to take the basics that the book presented and actually create something decent out of it, as the writer was not able to do in my opinion
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.
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!
Just as good
Bonnie, because she seemed nicer than tv bonnie
All of them. You could tell between the characters who is who. Even with male characters. Would like to hear her narrations again.
When Stefan saved Elena and took her to his house.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoyed it so much i have downloaded the next two books. Highly recommend it for you fellow vampire lovers.
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.
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.
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.
"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!!!
"OH. MY. GOD! 😆😍💜💕💚💘"
I have watched the T.V show and I fell in love, but it took me awhile to get into it. The book is even as great and astonishing as the show.
The voice actress sounds just like Elena like on the Vampire Dairies T.V show and I love it!
I would recommend this book to whoever loves the supernatural, romance, werewolves, vampires or mystery!
"The TV show is SOOOOO much better"
I found it very hard to pay attention to this book. I keep losing interest and felt like it would never end. The characters are supposed to be in high school, but one acts to old and another like a child.
No. I felt like I was a child being read to during storytime at the library. Rebecca Mozo doesn't have enoough different voices for all the characters in this book. The voices for Damon and Stefan are exactly the same and makes the story really hard to follow.
I watch the TV show and it is nothing like the books. The TV show is better written and a lot more entertaining.
"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.
"total teenager story"
This story seems to follow the same type story as the twilight. Teenage angst and all.
"Not so hot"
Being made into a TV series was the best thing for this book, other wise this story is weak and has no characters you care about. The TV show pretty much just uses names and location, other wise the story is very different.
Now, this story does have some similarities with Twilight, which I enjoyed a lot, but only in situation, not in any feeling that you get for these people.
The narration is good, and easy to listen to, but that said I will not be getting the sequels. not worth my credits.
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