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Midnight Sun

Narrated by: Jake Abel
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Summary

It's here! Number one best-selling author Stephenie Meyer makes a triumphant return to the world of Twilight with this highly anticipated companion: the iconic love story of Bella and Edward told from the vampire's point of view.

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella's side of the story. At last, listeners can experience Edward's version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward's eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger? 

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of listeners and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.

©2020 Stephenie Meyer (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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At last! (with certain reservations!)

I have waited a long time to hear Edward's side of the story (having read the leaked chapters way back when) and can't quite believe it is here at last!
I am loving hearing Twilight from Edward's pov and it has made me fall in love with him all over again.
I am finding the narrators voice pleasant enough overall, BUT (stop reading here if things get into your head) his lazy/mis-pronunciation of certain words is driving me insane!! I am only half way through the book and every time I hear 'di'nt' coul'nt, shoul'nt - I want to scream!! It's diDn't, coulDn't, shoulDn't - THERE'S A D IN THERE - SAY IT!!! It's getting to me so much that I want to applaud every time he say's a word ending in dn't correctly!
I kind of wish that I'd bought the book version rather than the audio because this is starting to distract me from the story, but I love my audiobooks, so I'm going to stick with it.
Maybe I'll download the kindle version and read it with Edward's perfect diction in my head......

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"Ran out of air"

Made me fall in love with Bella all over again - and surprisingly gave EC a personality. Absolutely brilliant. Better than I imagined.

And unbelievablly hilarious how Edward jumps from depressing and brooding to horny af within a few sentences 😂👏

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A how-to manual in narcissism

This is the story of a “young” vampire falling in love with a mortal girl. The vampire is exceptionally badly written, or at least that’s my hope. If it’s not accidental then this hero is a classic example of narcissism, domestic abuse, gas-lighting and all kinds of psychological problems. He is neither likeable nor relatable.
The narrator is not my personal choice and is way to ham for my liking. After 2 hours he was unpleasant to listen to by 24 hours I can’t write what I was thinking about him.
This is not a good book, it is worse than the preceding series and not worth listening to.

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At 29, the 14 year old in me said OMG I LOVE HIM.

Warning, this review is totally lame, and I REALLY hope no one in RL sees it and knows it's me) - Okay, It's been a good 15 years since I read Twilight and fell blissfully in love with Edward Cullen - only for it to be completely destroyed by a movie (yes, I still hold the grudge). The movie broke my heart more than I care to admit... but when I saw that the full version of this would be released (yes I'm an OG who read it on her website way back when) - I couldn't resist. I must say it didn't disappoint, I flew through this. Sure, Edward is broody AF, moody, and stroppy - but I can forgive him. Mostly, this simply confirms how utter trash the movie was in my opinion - and confirmed that 14 year old me was indeed correct about my love of EC. He is everything I wanted him to be and more, and at 29 years old, I cried. Cried happy & sad tears for Bella, for him - and for that god-awful movie and how totally wrong it is. I firmly believe SM wrote this for girls like me, 29 almost 30ish girls who fell in love with a boy in a book, who really needed to see him again, mend that broken heart. Now, my heart is crushed by knowing what will happen in New Moon, so please - can we have an Edward version of the rest??

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boring and creepy

this does not work the other way around. edward comes across as a creepy old man

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Completely overwritten.

I rarely write reviews, especially bad ones but to save others 25hrs of their lives or a credit, I will this time.
This book was very difficult to get through. I loved the Twilight series and this book will ruin it for fans of the originals. It turns both Bella and Edward into truly unlikeable characters. Its way too long and familiar scenes from original are ruined by pages upon pages of painful inner monologue.
Some things are better left unfinished I think.

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Poorly Written

Poorly written, not even two dimensional characters. I enjoyed all other work by this author.

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Yawn, yawn!

What a disappointment... Edward is boring, the story is boring and I don’t understand why anyone would think this was anything other than boring. Loved the original series, but this lacks the storyline and intrigue... I was hoping for new plots and revelations that Bella did not know about, but it had nothing new worth 20hours of listening. Indeed, I now feel Edward is a melancholy bore not worth Bella’s time!

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Omg Jake is awesome

I remember how much I loved his performance in the Host so I was truly looking forward to listen to him here. He did not dissapoint! Also, the beginning message read by Stephanie killed me 😭 this was so iconic. I love this story with my whole heart! At first I felt like it would be too long but now that its over I am crying. Time to re watch all thr movies I suppose. 😭 I'm so happy yet so sad.

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twilight fanatic, but this felt very repetitive

felt far to simular to what we already know of the story, didn't bring much new detail

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-08-20

For devoted fans

I like to reread the romances from "his" perspective. This story wasn't bad, though the first third seemed to be exactly the partial draft, made available all those years ago (for those who know it by heart - there was a little addition to that part).
The description of the Cullens' activities when Bella was out of the picture was interesting, but Edward's internal monologue seemed a little bit tedious at times. He is supposed to process all his thoughts in a fraction of a second, but for me it dragged. If I was reading I might have struggled to continue sometimes, so audiobook was a blessing, I guess. So as much as I would have liked to see the whole saga from Edward's perspective, I really can't imagine New Moon or even Eclipse that way.
I really liked Jasper in this book. In the saga his was the least developed character, apart from a brief introduction to his history in Eclipse, and the new insight into his abilities and relationship with the family was really pleasing. So if the author ever decided to further exploit the universe of Twilight, Jasper is character I'd like to know more about.

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  • Birgitta
  • 09-08-20

Only for TWI hard fans

Loved this story, I'm one of the middle aged person that has been waiting for a decade for this story. I truly hope that Stephanie will do all the story from Edward's POV as well, it rounds it well up.
In the beginning I hoped that it would be like Karen Lynch's Warrior and give us the full story in one book like Warrior did and was really disappointed it only gave us Edwards insight from Twilight. I'm most interested in what happened to him after that, especially when he was absent and right up to the end when it was presumably really hard for him.
But to wrap this up - loved it and will probably reread the next story now... Bitter sweetly as I wished it was from his POV and not Bella's.

Praise goes to Stephanie to finish the book for us after all the hassle.

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  • Mrs. A. Basse
  • 08-08-20

Loved it

Just fantastic. It didn’t disappoint. I Wish there were more books that followed this one. If you like Twilight then you will love this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-20

What an Emo

Haha I love it. Midnight Sun is an interesting insight into Edwards mind. We already knew he was over dramatic bitch l but God this was next level. haha 10/10 so funny.

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  • Joanna
  • 04-08-20

Awesome Timing

Splendid as expected. I'm truly grateful for the darkness Edward displays, in my opinion it's the salt to his story. I'm anticipating the movie. The narrator was resplendent in his delivery. "Magnifico".

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  • STWB
  • 18-09-20

Entertaining but slow

Seeing the length of this book I assumed it would give Edward’s take on the entire Twilight Saga, not just the first book! It’s entertaining enough but only barely, I was very tempted to hit the fast-forward button several times and had several eye-roll moments at Edward’s over-dramatic mental self flagellation.
The narrator did a great job though.

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  • Anders
  • 12-09-20

Horrible

Sorry, but I found it impossible to continue listening to this book. Not the fault of the narrator, but the way the book is written. Hard core fans of Meyer might endure, I do not.

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  • Rakel
  • 07-09-20

Please Give Me More Edward!!!

At last this book came out! I'm as intrigued with "Midnight Sun" as with the whole Twilight series. I sincerely hope that Stephanie Meyer will write companions to the other books, because this book leaves me hanging for more. Even though I know how the series ends, I hope that we will get other books in Edwards perspective because I can't get enough. I will always be Team Edward.

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  • B Sheppard (New Zealand)
  • 31-08-20

Worth the wait

It was insightful to hear the everything from Edward's point of view, it made the story fuller and more in depth. Thank you Stephanie Meyer.

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  • E Vorster
  • 30-08-20

Everything I hoped for

I am absolutely delighted with the book. It was a perfect addition to the series. I love Edwards' perspective and the way he thinks and are surprised by Bella are very fitting to the story. It really builds and completes the story to have the two different perspectives.