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Publisher's Summary

About three things I was certain.

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.

©2005 Stephenie Meyer (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Featured Article: Twilight, Explained


Welcome to Forks, Washington, and the world of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga. These stories are filled with vampires, werewolves, action, drama, and, of course, romance. If you're new to everything Twilight and looking to find out more, you've come to the right place. We're going to walk you through everything you need to know about the popular series, from the setting to the characters to the storylines. Beyond a challenging romance, the novels explore the importance of family, the power of temptation, the meaning of right and wrong, and the fight between good and evil.

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Not impressed with audio book

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I didnt care for the narrator. 1. Her voice didn't really change much character to character like some other books I've listened too. 2. Words were pronounced wrong.
I felt like for the audio version of a Book this popular with such a dedicated audience it could have been done better :( Disappointed.

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Narrative

I've read other audio books and have really enjoyed them because the narrative helps bring the story to life by using different voices for the characters. The narrative for this book was lifeless. I was really looking forward to the audio book but am extremely disappointed.

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I'm Glad I Finally Did It

The date is August 19, 2013 and less than a week ago I knew less about the Twilight series than just about anyone alive. This was deliberate on my part. I imagine I accidentally caught part of a movie preview somewhere and thought, "Teenage vampire love story. No way." And from that moment I tuned out just about every mention of it.

I have nothing against vampires, in the proper setting, but I don't like romances and I'm not a teenager. So, absolutely ALL I knew was: Vampires, teenagers, love, and some guy named Robert Pattinson that all the young girls were raving about. It had never even occurred to me that it was a book, although movies like this frequently are based on novels.

Last week I was chatting with my nephew's wife and I asked her if she liked to read. She mentioned that she had read all of the Twilight books. I was polite but I secretly scoffed and changed the subject before she could say any more about it. A few days later I was talking on the phone with a friend of mine and she seemed to be certain that I would have read the Twilight books because they were "just exactly my thing." I scoffed openly. She assured me that I had the wrong idea about the story.

Since I was nearing the end of the book I was listening to at the time, I decided to read customer reviews about Twilight on Audible. Almost all the ones I read stated that the reviewer had avoided these books for the same reasons I had, but were happy that they finally tried it. So I bought this first book and began listening with no enthusiasm and very low expectations.

About a half hour or so into this book, I just went ahead and downloaded the rest of the series because it was very clear that I was gonna need them and I wanted as little delay as possible. I've had the headphones glued to my head every waking moment since then, and could hardly even bring myself to stop listening so that I could get some sleep.

I just finished the last book and I'm so sorry that it's over. However, I'm very glad that I listened. I'm not discussing the plot here because either you know what it's about already, or you are ignorant of it as I was. I had the best possible experience, I think, because I did not know anything that was gonna happen. There were many surprises for me and many opportunities to wonder about some things and guess at others before they were finally revealed to me. I'm even thinking about recommending this series to my mother, even though she's not really into vampires so much.

There was quite a lot of humor, which I was pleased about, and also mystery, suspense, action, and a new kind of vampire lore. And, yes, there was also a love story, but very different from any I'd ever read before. The story and the narrator were both excellent and I highly recommend that you try this series, even if it doesn't seem like your cup of tea. You will probably be as pleasantly surprised as I was.

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Terrible narrator

Terrible narrator, sounded like a 16 year old valley girl, I couldn't finish listening to it

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Don't like the narrator's voice

I hadn't read any of the Twilight series, and thought I'd never get the time to sit down to read it, so I got the audio version. I have to say that the narrator's voice turned me off. I continued to listen to get the gist of the story, but 3/4 into Twilight, I had to get the book to read the rest. I found the narrator's voice irritating, flat and without much expression in conveying the feelings that went with the text. After finishing reading the book, I went back and read it from the beginning. It was like a different story. Reading, I thought the portrayal of emotions were so easy to understand, but when listening....not nearly as clear. I've read the series twice now and find new meaning and feeling each time I read it. The story has captivated me, and I feel that the audio hinders the intensity and intended feeling of the story.

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Suprisingly good

Book review: I watched the movie first, and reading the book filled in all the gaps in details that wasn't covered on film. It's very mild (PG wise), but well written, and really leaves you wanting more. Some phrases are extremely repetitious, and I did get tired of hearing how 'perfect' Edward was. If you're an adult and looking for a little more heat with the same subject matter (vampires/supernaturals) try the Sookie Stackhouse novels.
Narrator review: After getting used to Kristen Stewart it took my ears some time warm up to Ms. Kadushin, but after reading the entire series, Bella wouldn't be right read by someone else.

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Compelling listening

For some reason this very simple and beautifully written story was very hard to put down. I am an older reader and have "read" many excellent audio books and this is one is such a lovely story with an excellent narrater and highly recommended.

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Wow

I am not a teenager. I do not read fiction. I did end up reading all four books and loved them! I do not want to leave this world. Which is why I am rereading breaking dawn. So..Waiting for Midnight Sun! The movie does not do this book justice and the narrator of this was awesome. I am looking for more books with her as the narrator!

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My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure

At this point everyone knows what Twilight is about and very little needs to be said about the characters or plot. What does need to be mentioned, though, is Ilyana Kadushin's unparalleled performance as Bella. After listening to this book I had a hard time believing Kristen Stewart's performance in the films. She just falls short of what Ilyana is able to accomplish here. Fantastic.

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great teen tragic romance

The timeless young adult tragic romance is luring and fascinating. Creatively pieced together, i enjoy this book. I personally however could not enjoy the narrator. She spoke clear and had a pretty voice. Thats it. Zero character depictions or even attempts to use tone and depth to bring you into a moment. Real bummer.

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  • Tamara
  • 12-15-08

It sucks you in

I will admit the first time I listened to this, I got a few hours in, and I had to turn it off. It had nothing to do with the narrator, because she perfectly captures the voices of the various character, but the story was tiring me out.

But strangely enough over the week, when I didn't listen to it, I kept on thinking about it, wondering how is it going to end, and to remind myself that this is a book for Young Adults not the normal audience of the Christine Feehan or Sherrilyn Kenyon books that I normally read or listen too.

So a week later I found myself starting from the beginning, and within 2 days I had finished it, and I have gone back to it more times then I can count. Excellently performed it's a story that will suck in you even what you don't want it too.

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  • Ali Hood
  • 01-18-09

more than surprisingly amazed!

When I realised I had downloaded a 'kids' book I was mildly annoyed, and the inital focus on 'high school' life filled me with some concern, and if I'm honest it was probably the fact that I listen to several hours in one sitting that got me hooked. The narration is excellent, the story pace fast, and despite some quite exceptional acceptance on the part of the main character Bella I found the story more than captavating - in fact I have listened to it 3 times - something I have never done in many years as an audible regular. If you listen to audible for mindless escapism then this is a winner.

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  • Antony
  • 04-07-13

I gave it a fair try

Sorry, it's a crap story, poorly written. The reader does her best (she gets the stars) but you can't make a silk purse from a sows ear.

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  • Sarah
  • 09-17-09

Positively moronic

I listened to this to see what the hype was about and am appalled. Before anyone protests that this is a 'young adult' book, lets just remember that young adults are not complete morons. Sadly, Stephanie Meyer seems to believe her reader has the vocabulary of a 7 year old. The language is truly awful, the storyline is very questionable and sets a wholly unlikeable and empty character up as a dangerous role model in terms of abusive relationships. Really, don't bother.

Oh yes, there are some nice twangy guitar bits at the start of each section - presumably because its 'for kids'. Doesn't make up for its rubbishness.

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  • The Slowest Bookworm
  • 05-22-09

Brilliant Listen!

Definitely one not to miss! Can't wait to listen to the next in the series.

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  • Nadia
  • 03-06-09

Twilight

I discovered this wonderful series last year. I bought them on CD initially and spent many sleepless nights caught up in the story and afterwards I bought them as downloads so I could take them on holiday. Twilight is the first of Stephenie Meyer's epic romantic fantasy saga about Bella and her vampire lover Edward. The books have already enjoyed best selling status and I happen to believe they make up the most wonderful romance I have ever read. My imagination and my heart were alike captured from the start. Buy it and lose yourself in this story and its delightful and human characters.

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  • George
  • 01-29-09

Almost exactly the same as the movie

Having seen the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it I had to listen to the book. The two tie in almost exactly with very few changes to the plot, which made the listening experience that much richer and more enjoyable as you had concrete images of the descriptions. I can't wait for the rest of the series on film but in the mean time I will just have to make do with the books.