• The Vampire Diaries, Book 2

  • The Struggle
  • By: L. J. Smith
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mozo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (842 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Damon: Determined to make Elena his, he'd kill his own brother to possess her. Stefan: Desperate for the power to destroy Damon and protect Elena, he gives in to his thirst for human blood. Elena: The girl who can have anyone finds herself in the middle of a love triangle...one that might turn deadly.
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©1991 Daniel Weiss Associate, Inc., and Lisa Smith (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

Featured Article: Elena Gilbert—The Vampire Diaries Character Guide


Elena Gilbert is at the heart and soul of The Vampire Diaries series by author L. J. Smith. The novels follow her romances and dramas with the Salvatore brothers, Damon and Stefan. Both are vampires who were turned centuries earlier and find their way to Elena's hometown of Fells Church, VA. She is doppelgänger of the vampire who turned the Salvatore brothers nearly 500 years earlier—Katherine von Swartzchild. As the series unfolds, Elena finds herself being pulled between the two brothers.

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voices ugh

the voices for Stefan and Damon drove me crazy. almost ruined the book for me but I struggled through. they sounded like whimps was awful

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narrator is very,very bad. very.

I would ask for my money back if I hadn't powered through to the end.

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Awful

The person who read this ruined the experience. Accents were terrible. Made listening unbearable. Fix this.

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Story is good butt

Story is good but the accents sucked so bad other then that it is good

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Loved it...

Thought the cheesy vampire voice was going to be an obsticle... but I found that you quickly get over it.

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New narrator please. Whole book ruined

The narrator ruined the entire experience with her fake Italian accent. She uses the exact same voices for Damen and Stephen. They sound like uneducated boys not the few hundred years old vampires they are. I'm going to try to return these books. I bought the physical book so I can read the story myself. Please please make a new audible version. Surely the franchise can afford to have a new narrator to be hired to redo the audible book.

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Loved it!

Once I was able to convince myself that this book had nothing to do with the TV series, I was able to truly enjoy it. The TV series has the same name and some of the characters names are the same as the books but that is where the resemblance ends. This book was fast-paced, thrilling, and hard to put down. I will definitely be getting the next book!

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Not a fan of the narrator

I like the book and the characters. I think it's a fun story. What I did not like was the narrator. I was not a fan of her voices, especially for Stefan and Damon. Maybe because I am tainted by the vampire diaries show.

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I just don’t know about this..

I am trying hard to like this but it’s so different than the tv show and I hate this Caroline and this Elaina is a cry baby and none of these girls act like they could find their way out of a paper bag if their lives depended on it!! This Stefano seams like a weak person and this Damon is more evil than anything.. these books have no finesse at all, don’t seam to flow well together.. I want to read the rest of the book in the series but it’s almost painful just getting through this one..

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Love This Series

I am so glad I didn’t let the negative reviews keep me from reading this series!

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  • R. T.
  • 01-22-11

Good grief

I agree with a previous reviewer, dull, dull, dull ! ! Book 1 piqued my interest, by the middle of book 2 I wanted the heroin to die as soon as possible lest she contaminate the human gene pool as one of stupidest most lack-lustre heroins of all time.

I think that this is an almost unbearably bad book. The description of the lead character's thought processes and the minutiae of her actions reduce the books pace to that of drying paint. GOOD GRIEF ! The Sookie Stackouse or even Merit books are Umberto Eco by comparison.

The TV series in this case is, in departing completely from the original story, doing us all a great favour.

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  • Hadyn
  • 05-31-10

Dull, dull, dull!!

Listened to the 1st book then this, after the 1st i was hoping it would improve, but it doesnt. They are nothing like the series, the narrator sounds like shes talking through a cloth on top of which she is very dull and the story never seems to get going. MY humble opinion stick with Sookie Stackhouse!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-22

Weak

The entire book is kinda weak, it becomes lame, it circles around Elena and how weak she is, it doesn't have much action, and Daemon, well...he becomes an even great jurk and becomes more and more annoying. The last three chapters becomes interesting, but that's all

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  • nicola
  • 04-01-21

Good read.

Took a while to get used to the narrator and her accent of the brothers it annoyed me at first. There's no point in comparing the books to the TV show as there are completely different. I enjoyed listening to these books and will continue to find out what happens next.
Great story so far.

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  • heidi fairgrieve
  • 09-17-19

dark

brilliant story and amazing characters and really good plot I love the narrator and writer

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  • lunarsheep
  • 12-23-12

Excellent!

I love these books. I started out watching the tv series and have been hooked ever since. The way the book is written makes you feel like you get to know the characters. The audio version is well narrated and makes the story much more exciting. I like the Italian accent used for Stefan and Damon that you don't get in the televised version. The story, as always, is exciting and fun. I would definitely recommend this series of books!

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  • Nadia
  • 11-12-09

The saga continues

This book picks up where the first book ends. The characters face fear, danger and trial in this superb sequel. A must-buy for anyone who loved The Awakening. These books won't make much sense when read separately and out of order, so buy the whole lot and enjoy!