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  • Beautiful Creatures

  • By: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

Is falling in love the beginning...or the end? In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets. There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes. There is a curse. On the 16th Moon, the 16th Year, the Book will take what it’s been promised. And no one can stop it. In the end, there is a grave. Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her 16th birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An identity crisis of a book, with audio-problems

  • By Elinor Dashwood on 16-04-13


1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

The narration is pretty good.

A story for teenagers, but the themes are not big ones. It all just seems very dull. The magic system is undeveloped and unexplained. The characters are shallow and never develop at all. The small town theme is completely predictable. It just feels like it was assembled by the numbers.

I'm pretty surprised Penguin published this to be honest.

I cannot recommend this book for any age group.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Garden of Evening Mists

  • By: Tan Twan Eng
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Malaya, 1949. After a career spent helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals, Yun Ling Teoh, - herself the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp - seeks solace among the jungle fringed plantations of Northern Malaya. There she meets the enigmatic Aritomo, an exiled former gardener of the Emperor of Japan. Yun Ling asks Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister. But the jungle holds secrets of its own…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best listen of 2012

  • By Sarah on 02-12-12

Wonderful text, narration problematic.

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-12

This lovely book is for the most part very well narrated.

However, there are a lot of characters where the narrator has decided to attempt accents. The Chinese and Japanese accents are eyebrow-raising, but the South African accent is shockingly bad, veering wildly between bad Dutch, bad New Zealand, some kind of weird growling and very occasionally a sentence that sounds approximately like a real South African accent.

This wouldn't be too bothersome except for the fact that there is a LOT of dialogue with the South African characters and it's incredibly distracting. Perhaps if you have never heard a South African accent before it won't bother you too much, but be warned - for anyone who knows the accent it may spoil your enjoyment of the book.

Apart from the accent problems the narrator has a beautiful voice and reads the text very well.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful