Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood.
And Third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife, between desire and danger.
Deeply sensuous and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 51 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 05, 2005|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1 in Teen & Young Adult Family Issues |
#4 in Teen & Young Adult Horror
#6 in Teen & Young Adult Vampire Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2020
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The first half of the book slow. In fact I almost DNF at exactly 50%. But I one night I had nothing else to read so I thought I'd try it one more time. It definitely picked up and I actually really enjoyed the second half of the book. There was more going on, and most importantly, less high school parts. Maybe it's because I'm reading it for the first time in my 30s instead of in my teens. I just found Edward more of a creeper/stalker then a perfect romance.
Edward is super controlling. I know he's a vampire and by nature they would be controlling, but it was a little irritating that he pretty much dictates everything about Bella and she just goes along with it. She's just a naive teenager so I guess it does make sense. I just hope all the young girls who read this don't think that a controlling guy is romantic. Being watched while sleeping is super creepy. Bella is a classic but bland Mary Sue, who's only happiness is when she is with Edward. It also annoyed me how much she was taking care of her Dad....doing all the dishes, cooking dinner, housekeeping etc. Yes it's wonderful that she's helping out and doing her part, but her DAD should also be a caretaker to his daughter.
I really enjoyed the backstories of all the vampires. I love that they are in Washington because it's always cloudy (and I love the Pacific Northwest!). I don't mind that they are sparkly vampires, it's a different take on why they don't go in the sun and it's pretty creative. The overall story was good, even if it started slow. I will definitely pick up the next book.
When approaching the series you have to recognize it for what it is. The target range is for young girls in their mid-teens and up. It is focused on the emotional journey and the physical mysteries of youth more than action and adventure. It is a very clean book with no foul language and a instant love story where two people become obsessed with each other one because of the flawless beauty and hint of danger she sees in Edward the other in the the fact that he can't read her mind and her blood calls to the monster inside him. In the series is a whole there will be a false love triangle which was played up much more in the movies and an advertisement as team Edward and team Jacob. Again it is not meant to be full of action but rather an emotional rollercoaster with dangerous and mysterious love interest that the reader if they're honest with themselves knows where it will end but we'll enjoy the ride nonetheless.
As much as it sounds like I may be complaining Stephenie Meyer's is a good writer. She writes in a fashion that is clearly understandable and from the perspective and mindset of a young woman. That means not necessarily a rational young woman who makes clear and logical decisions but one who is intelligent and despite the shallow nature of her love is actually a selfless person. It was not until book three that we get several chapters from Jacobs perspective where we see the mind of a Young Man that I realize how good she was in writing from perspective and not showing her hand to the audience. Bella's interaction with other characters covers up something I had not really noticed I strongly until I came back to the series... that the character of Bella has no interest or at least shown to have no active interest really in anything other than Edward. She has shown to enjoy reading certain romantic books but there's no passion for life outside of Edward, no hobbies, or really goals to strive for. This is something that newer readers may not notice but those who have red heavily in fiction will pick up and it will be a fly in the ointment.
The mythos that she built into the story does grow throughout the series and feels true to this world that she creates. In this first book she reveals vampires not to be the hideous things that hide in the dark but rather beautiful predators, yes they sparkle LOL, that are designed entirely to attract and destroy their pray but have a conscience that makes them want to be more than just simple monsters. In truth considering the physical power and extra powers of the vampires particularly as the series goes on with another writer or a different style of story they could have been truly terrifying. However for the genre and target audience it was a perfect hit that of course made Stephenie Meyers millions.
I came to the series when the nation was swept up in the movie. I have a habit of reading books that are made into movies before actually watching the movie. and the first time I read it I wanted to be able to have an opinion of the book series for myself rather than taking others words for it. while I did enjoy the story the more that I read into the genre the more I realize that the twilight series was safe and was meant for a younger audience. The stories did mature as the years went on but not to a degree that would make it too inappropriate for high schoolers. I also realize that it was meant mostly to be a romance before anything else.
Looking back having read the series multiple times and buying the books because I felt guilty for not supporting the author I think Bella Swan while having a rough start in the first book in terms of character depth becomes a different sort of hero in the end. She may not be a sword wielding assassin but she has a strength and determination as well as bravery that makes her relatable.
I do think that looks three and four of the series are better than books one and two. The first book they love story just feel shallow. The second book with how the author had to introduce a character for the false love triangle while also putting the main love interest to the side for a while was rather annoying period in the third and fourth books it feels like a lot of the nonsense is put to the side and it gets down to the nitty-gritty no more wavering to milk the what ifs.
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Bella’s not like other girls... she reads classics.
But in all seriousness this book is bad.
Yet... I’m struggling to give this book a rating. There’s no doubt in my mind that if this was the first time that I’d read this book it would be a one star rating.
However, it’s not the first time I’ve read this book. Me and this book, we have history.
I remember the first time I read this book as clear as day, with my tattered, borrowed copy from my school library. As soon as I met Bella and the Cullen’s I fell in love with a book for the first time. I also related to Bella (please forgive me, I was 10 years old and didn’t know any better) because like her I didn’t fit it; I loved books and the strange and mysterious fascinated me. 10 year old me would have jumped at the chance to become a vampire, and Edward’s “overprotectiveness” was seen as only charming.
Now, at 19 (God, has it really been 9 years), Bella’s character is insipid and 2-dimensional. Edward is controlling and toxic - he constantly calls her silly, absurd and ridiculous when she raises genuine concerns - and the only saving grace for this book is the Cullen family. The story is even worse with no compelling plot, and a lot is made to propel the story forward while lacking any sense. For example, when Bella was on the phone to James and Alice was in the room, how was it that with her [Alice’s] superior hearing she couldn’t tell that it was James on the phone rather than Bella’s mother?
There are so many things wrong with this, so when I give this book 2.5*, I’m more than aware that this is more than it deserves, but this book holds a grudging place in my heart and I can’t deny the love I once had for this series.
I decided Twilight would be a good place to start for my first audio book. It was a little strange at first and sometimes the narrator irritated me, the pronunciation of ‘Bella’ really got on my nerves but overall it was enjoyable.
I enjoyed Edward's wit, that's something I forgot about.
Bella's need for Edward can sometimes border on the dramatic line, but in those moments of irritation at her obsessiveness I thought back to my teen years and how my boyfriend was my everything, we can be so dramatic, but love, even puppy love is funny like that.
My feelings towards the rest of the characters haven't changed at all. I love and adore Alice, Jasper, Carlisle, Esme, Emmett and Charlie. Renee, Rosalie, Jacob, Mike and Jessica irritate me for various reasons. Billy is just Billy. I like Billy.
I don't have a quote, there's just too many.
I really enjoyed this. I'm looking forward to listening to New Moon.
This book follows a teenage girl named Bella (who I'll be getting to later) and her life when she moves to Forks, a small town located in Washington. If you ask me, Forks would be my ideal place to live, so long as the Wi-Fi's strong, but Bella dosen't seem to think so-in fact, she judges the place as a major stepdown from Pheonix, her home-town…Home-city.
In school at Forks, whilst having lunch in the cafeteria with some of her new friends, she sees the Cullens-a mysterious family of five adopted children. Each one is, in her opinion, 'astonishingly beautiful', but she seems to take a certain interest in Edward Cullen…and the story progresses from there.
I'm gonna start by talking about Bella. She is your average, cynical high-schooler, with a personality that has inspired numerous heroines since the books release.
Though I gotta say, I don't like her. She OBSESSES over Edward, snd almost every single moment of her discovery of him is filled with thoughts of just Edward Edward Edward. She even dreams about him. If Bella was real and I knew her, I'd advise her to get a therapist.
Now on to Edward himself. If you've watched Fantastic Beasts you'd know how possesive Nifflers are about their gold. Now times that by a million and you've got how Edward is with Bella. He get's physcotic if any other boys approach her, he's obsessed with her SMELL, and he stalks her. At one point he admits to have been watching Bella as she sleeps, and, no lie, Bella is PLEASED about it.
He also never stops insulting her about how clumsy she is, and laughs when she injures herself, and, as usual, Bella is powerless to resist as she is 'entranced' by the 'meliodic' sound of his laugh.
So, overall, Twilight is a great read, though flawed by the characters. Speaking of which, everyone else is great, especially the rest of the Cullen family. I would recommend this book, but, as per said, it's not for everyone.
A solid four stars.
Review by Teknik Reviews.
the dialogues between Bella and Edward are the most boring ever, page after page the author just repeat the same boring routine...I had to force myself to finish it, I know the story, I won't bother with the next chapters.