Audiobook Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Hachette Audiobooks
Publication date: December 1, 2009
Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

 

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

 

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

 

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This wasn’t bad, but it felt like it took forever to finish. Which isn’t surprising since the audiobook was over 17 hours. I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars.

 

I watched the movie a few years ago, so I kind of remembered quite a bit of what happened. The book was more in depth, and different, in some aspects, but I think I enjoyed the movie more for this one; it gave me the highlights, but didn’t bog me down like the book.

 

I liked Ethan and Lena’s characters, and even some of the secondary characters, such as Amma and Macon. One thing about the audiobook was that it had sound effects, and the song parts were sung. I get the purpose of them, but I didn’t particularly like it. This might have been a better read via a physical copy, although the narrator was good overall.

 

Nothing really surprised me in the book, but that’s mostly because of the movie. I wonder if I’d gone into this book with no prior knowledge if I might have liked it a little more. The relationship that develops between Ethan and Lena felt natural, so that was a plus. It wasn’t a bad audiobook. I just didn’t love it, or dislike it, as much as some people.

 

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