Stephanie Meyer’s teen-vampire romance offers an appealing heroine in Bella, transplanted from sunny Phoenix to the wet, dreary town of Forks, Washington, and the seductive, secretive object of her obsession, Edward, who may or may not be a vampire. Predictability doesn’t keep this spine-tingling tale from being fun, but alas, Ilyana Kadushin’s reading, does. Her speaking voice is thin and underdeveloped, and any sense of nuance is nonexistent. Kadushin doesn’t try to give the characters personalities, so distinguishing between speakers is difficult. This is one of those rare times in audiobook listening when the writing exceeds the reader’s capabilities. Still, the story is engrossing and the characters well drawn, ensuring that older teens will find much to enjoy. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 06/ JAN 07]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2005
CD ISBN 978-0-307-28090-9 $48.00 Eleven CDs
DD ISBN $33.60
Library Ed. Listening Library 2005
CS ISBN $55.00 Eight cassettes
CD ISBN $75.00 Eleven CDs
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