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I have recently been driving through Europe with my daughter and I wanted something to listen to that we could both enjoy. I had heard about the Twilight series of books, and while my daughter had seen the films, she had never actually read the books - and so I thought that this would be a good opportunity for us to share the book together on mammoth drives. It is worth pointing out that this only includes the first book as when I bought it I didn't think it was very clear whether it was only the first book or the entire Twilight trilogy. The CD collection cost me £10.45 from Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk), which I thought was a very good price and a price that I was willing to pay. The collection was delivered the next day.
The packaging of the CD collection is essentially the same as the book with the picture of the white hands holding a red apple. They come in a little box with a plastic case and so the CD's are well protected when they are being stored. There are eleven CD's in total with each CD having about an hour of the story on them. In total the story lasts 11 hours and 51 minutes. I'm not too sure why they are broken down into so many CD's as I would have thought that it would have been possible to get more than an hour on each CD, but having said that it is actually a nice way of having the story broken down because you can just decide to listen to a disc at a time and then have a break between discs.
The story itself probably needs no introduction, but it is essentially the story of Bella Swans relationship with Edward Cullen (a vampire) and Jacob Black (a werwolf). This first book mostly concentrates only on her relationship with Edward. It's fantasy set in reality and it is an enjoyable journey that I would imagine appeals to teenage girls mostly, but as an adult I also enjoyed it.
I wasn't that keen on the narrator of the audio version as her accent is very american and I didn't feel she was expressive enough where I thought this was needed. She also didn't always put the same emphasis on certain words that I would of had I been reading it, but I guess this is a matter of personal preference. However, the words are very clear and it is easy to listen to.
Overall, I think this audiobook is an okay book. It's not going to go down in my memory as the greatest experience, but it helped us pass the time enjoyably and for us also to share the story together.
As a fan of Twilight, a while ago I decided to buy the novel on audiobook. I'm not really sure why - I don't listen to audiobooks. I think it was the idea of being able to listen to the story, without actually having the book there. That plus I like having Twilight things on my shelves.
Stephanie Meyer's bestselling Twilight is the story of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. Bella moves to the town of Forks, and there she meets the mysterious Edward. She falls for him, and then learns he and his family are vampires. But the pair fall deeply in love, despite the danger to her and the temptation her blood presents to him, even as a "vegetarian" vampire who only drinks the blood of animals. Of course, associating with vampires brings dangers, and Bella soon finds herself the target of another vampire desperate for her blood.
This is specifically a review of the audiobook form of the novel, however some review of the story is necessary. I've been hooked on Twilight and the following books since the first time I read it. The story is absorbing and compelling, an addictive love story with plenty of excitement. Yet despite the romance and action, my favourite sections are always those in which you learn more about the vampires and their lives. I particularly enjoy reading the histories of each character, and how they became vampires.
The audiobook of Twilight is on 11 CDs, and is unabridged. It is presented in a very nice card box, with each CD having its own sleeve. Each CD has a number of tracks on it, varying in length, which I found useful for finding my place again when going back to the book.
The novel is read by Ilyana Kadushin, an American lady, which is appropriate given the story is narrated in first person by an American girl. Kadushin's reading is well paced, never too rushed but also not too slow - the story goes along at a nice rate. It is easy to keep up with what is going on without getting bored and wishing she would speed up.
When I first started listening to the Twilight audiobook, I found Kadushin's voice a bit odd, and unexpected. There is nothing wrong with her voice at all, but I think by this time I was used to Kirsten Stewart being the voice of Bella, as she plays the part in the movies. Kadushin's voice is quite different, gentler and more rounded. Bella almost comes across as a different kind of person in her voice, although the words and story are obviously identical.
However, I soon got used to Kadushin's voice as Bella. There was one thing about her reading that continued to jar with me though - her pronunciation of the name Bella. Pronunciation perhaps isn't the right word though, it's more her way of saying it. She seems to draw it out, particularly the Ls. She says it slowly, "Belllla", and quite softly yet emphatically. At first I thought it was to emphasise her name the first time it was said by various characters, and also as an emphasis when Bella corrects people on her first day at Forks High School who call her Isabella. But it continues, and I noticed it every time. I wondered if it was the American way of saying the name, then I realised this was not present in the films. It's really only a small thing, one name, but it felt like it disrupted the flow of the story.
Despite this annoyance, I can't really fault the Twilight audiobook. It's not perfect, but the story is the same Twilight I know and love. As it turned out, audiobooks aren't really for me, and I haven't continued my collection of the Twilight series, but it is a good audiobook for anyone who likes to listen to novels, and of course especially for Twilight fans.
Twilight Audio CD
We have all the Twilight series of books in our house and it isn't just me who is a huge fan. Therefore, it only seemed right to add an audio CD to the collection for times that I could not sit and read the book such as in the car.
I bought this CD from Amazon.com for about £9.00 which is a little more than I wanted to pay for it, though at the time found it hard to find a better price, hence the reason for going to dot com instead of dot co dot uk!
In brief, the synopsis of Twilight is as follows:
Seventeen Isabella (Bella) Swan moves to Forks to live with her father though she was not looking forward to it, until she began her new school. Here she meets an unusual group of family members who keep themselves to themselves until one icy day when one of the group, Edward, saves Bella from a truck hitting her. From then on, the two become close, even though Edward tries over and over to push Bella away, though soon Bella realises the very reason for this. Edward and his whole family are vampire and Edward knows just how dangerous that can be.
This audio story contains 11 CD's and runs for approximately 12-13 hours. At first I was surprised at the amount of CD's in this collection, though this is not really a problem as you still get over an hour on each CD and so are not changing the discs too often.
The author of the books is Stephanie Meyer, though the reader of the books for the audio CD is a lady called Ilyana Kadushin who has quite a strong American accent. This is not too much of a problem, though, apart from the odd word or phrase in which I have to listen more carefully. As I am used to watching many American shows, though, these odd words are few and far between for me. It would have been wrong having a British accented person read this book as it is set in America. Her tone flows nicely and I can relax whilst I listen to the story (relax as much as I can whilst driving!).
I own a few audio CD's though this is one of the first I bought from a book series I absolutely loved and the audio CD was certainly not a let down.
I've said before I'm a fan of audiobooks to make a nice change to actual reading a book. I'm especially a fan of mp3 audiobooks because they can often be a lot cheaper and there's nothing to actually carry, install or have to wait for delivery for! They come automatically.
This audiobook is the, now ridiculously popular, story of the human who falls in love with the vampire. If you don't know the story; where have the been the last few years!?! I'm not recapping!
The characters in the book are American and this narrator is a young American girl who fits in with how I guess Bella would sound if she were reading her words aloud. I wouldn't say she has the most comforting or best voice for audiobooks but considering I think Bella is whiney anyway it makes a good fit for this particular one!
The audiobook I have, remember its an mp3 version, is broken into two parts and then into chapters so both parts have chapters 1-27. Quite annoying if you were looking for an actual point in the book but only a small thing. Each chapter is announced by the narrator and they do have some mood music at the beginning which, if it was the whole way through would be super annoying but as it is only during the announcing of the title and reader's name, is quite a nice way to get into the book I think. The best thing in my opinion about audiobooks if that they remember your place for next time. You just get to click resume which is great. I envitably have to go back a few minutes to find when I dozed off but that's the price I pay for listening in bed!
Overall I think this audiobook is great. I am a fan of them in general so that could play a part but I think this narrator captures Bella's nature pretty well and I am looking forward to reading the rest in the series this way!