Jake Abel gives a skilled performance of this story, first told in TWILIGHT, now told anew from the vampire Edward's perspective. The novel offers sophisticated language, which longtime (and now grown) fans will appreciate. Edward's frustration over the monotony of vampire life changes to vitriol when he meets the tantalizing and challenging human high schooler Bella, whom Abel portrays in a loud, aggressive voice. Abel provides distinct voices for each Cullen and is great with female voices, struggling only with Bella's shouts, which sound too masculine. When Edward is distressed, Abel gives a snarling, shouted rumble. His pace is perfect for Edward's poetic speech, especially when his volume fades at a wistful thought. A hiss through gritted teeth enhances action scenes just as the awe and tenderness in Edward and Bella's soft voices complement the magic of first love. A.L.C. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2020]
Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2020
CD ISBN 9781549134654 $45.00 Twenty-Two CDs
DD ISBN 9781549134661 $29.98
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