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The Vampire Diaries, Book 1

The Awakening
Lu par : Rebecca Mozo
Série : Vampire Diaries, Volume 1
Durée : 6 h et 31 min
Catégories : Anglais - Teens, Ages 13 & Up
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Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any boy she wants. Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena for her own good. Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers....who will she choose?
©1991 Daniel Weiss Associate, Inc., and Lisa Smith (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Bree Salyer
  • 10/10/2017

The Better Original

I originally read this series in the mid-nineties after it first came out. These, together with The Secret Circle followed with the Night World series made up half of my "must keep" books. Twenty years later I still have copies with the original cover art. So when I first heard they were coming out with a TV show for both, I had major reserves. The Secret Circle failed in many ways. Not only did it not follow the written narrative, but the characters and storyline they chose to go with did nothing to make up for it.

As far as TVD, the show is much different than the books. Really, you almost can't compare the two save for some of the names and the fact that Elena' s caught between the brothers. Other than that, the people and places contrast majorly. For one thing, Elena is blonde, Bonnie is a fair skinned red-headed and Meredith Fell is a forth friend. Jeremy doesn't exist and is a 5 year old sister, instead. So fans of the show may be extremely disappointed.

Please don't go into this expecting them to feel the same. You have to read/listen with an open mind. The actual writing, though, yes it is a YA novel, is very mature. However, if you LISTEN to this, none of that will come through. The narrator is horrible. She comes across as a whiny stuck up tween who over-dramatizes every sentence. And she pronounces their last name, Salvatore, as "Salvatoray". Drove me friggin nuts. Her performance, especially her accent for Stefan sounding much like Luigi from the Mario Bros, ruined the entire book.

I honestly believe given a higher-grade narrator, preferably an adult, this would be so much better and would appeal to all ages. All of L.J. Smith's original stories would. Do not read the ghost-written books. There just is no comparison.

But for this to be experienced as it should, you need to read it for yourself vs. listening unless (or hopefully until) they record another version. Otherwise you might not make it through the entire thing and that would be a shame. It was one of the first of its kind.

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  • Felicity Fairchild
  • 26/08/2011

Interesting!

I have never watched the TV version before, so I can't compare it with the book. But this audiobook kept me entertained from the beginning to the end. I read so many negative reviews about this audiobook that I'd struggled whether to buy it for a long time. It turned out to be much better than I had expected. I saw (and you will too) so much of this book's shadow in Twilight. I swear some of the scenes are almost exactly the same. You'll have to say it's original because it was written twenty years ago. Anyway, just buy it if you love reading paranormal romance.

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  • Marco
  • 10/02/2010

Well read

Well read by the actress. The book is sort of interesting, though it is completely different from the TV show, the reason I got interested in the first place. Much, much better than the Twilight saga, there's really no comparison between the two: The Vampire Diaries is more compelling, better written and overall more agreeable.

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  • Natalia
  • 01/04/2010

Great

Enjoyed it so much i have downloaded the next two books. Highly recommend it for you fellow vampire lovers.

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  • decembergrit
  • 06/01/2010

Much better then the TV series.

It took me a while to get into it, but once I did I was hooked. It's not at all like the TV series. It has the same characters and the same struggle for Elana, but the story is very different. I watched the TV series but so far I like the story in the books MUCH better. On TV, just like they did with TrueBlood, they took the characters and some of the basics and then re-wrote it. Personally in both cases the books have the best stories. Definately worth listening to!!!

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  • Kendra
  • 20/07/2019

Wrong Narrator

Narrator should have been a mans voice, lacks confidence and wish the voice was more like Nina Dobrev. Story is completely different from CW series. I liked it but wish it wasn’t so mushy and more intense rather than Elena being so focused on doing anything to be with Stefan.

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  • Lauren Rippee
  • 27/06/2019

This narrator was terrible!

I finished it but I am requesting my money back because i have no desire to keep listening to the rest of the series

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  • Emily Closson
  • 22/02/2019

Great story, some issues with the narrator...

I bought this because I'm a HUGE fan of the TV series. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this series is literally completely different than the TV series. I kind of like that! It's almost like a bonus series because it has most of the same characters that I love, but it's a completely different story line.

I will say that there are a few things I dislike about the narrator's performance. One of them being that she pronounces "Salvatore" with a long "E" at the end. She pronounces it like "sal-va-tor-y" versus "sal-va-tor". The latter is how they actually pronounce it in the show. I'm not sure which one the author meant to be the correct pronunciation, but I much prefer the way they pronounce it in the TV show. So that's one downside... but it wasn't enough to make me dislike her performance altogether. I do feel myself cringing every time she says Stefan's and Damon's last name for any reason though. Second, I HATE the way she does Stefan's voice! It bugs the heck out of me! I'm definitely not a fan of the awful Italian accent she attempts to do and I'm hoping the different narrators in the next few books do a better job because that one thing did almost make me stop listening and return the book.

With that being said... the story itself is great. I have somewhat of a vampire obsession. I love Twilight, True Blood, or any other vampire-related TV show, movie, or book. So this series is just another bonus to add to my collection of favorite vampire-related things. I love this "universe" because the character story lines and the way they all connect somehow are my favorite compared to all other series (such as Twilight). And each vampire-related book, series, etc. always has a different set of skills that vampires possess. For example, in Twilight, they all have a different type of skill (i.e. Edward reads minds, Alice sees the future, etc.). But I just love Damon and Stefan's skills. And the love triangle between them and Elena is an added BONUS!!

If I had to say whether or not I would recommend this audible listen, I'd say go for it. It's definitely worth the $7 it costs if you choose not to use a credit. But I wouldn't recommend wasting a credit on such a short listen (since it's only about 6 and a 1/2 hours long). Save your credits for something that's at least 10 hours long! But if you can get past the way Rebecca Mozo pronounces "Salvatore" as well as the way she does Stefan's terrible accent... then go for it. But you will probably be pretty disappointed if you're like me and you watched the show FIRST. It was hard for me to picture Stefan's face in the show and put it together with the awful accent Rebecca does. And one other small thing... I am sort of missing some of my favorite characters from the TV series that aren't in the books, but I know that's not something I can complain about considering these were written well before the TV show was. :)

Anyway... happy listening!!

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  • Monique
  • 27/01/2019

People u got to read this series

This series is amazing I’m about to start book too now and I love book one the awakening

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  • Kaysey Beury
  • 07/04/2018

if you are a fan of the show, yiu won't be of this

I realize the book inspired the show, and so I can imagine (as I have been before) the disappointment book fans experienced when it first aired on the CW. I am a late-comer to the books, though, and am a little disappointed. Elena's character seems immature. at first I thought she was going to be a great, arrong female character. I quickly found she is as angsty and stupid (sorry, that sounds harsh), as both Romeo and Juliet. You find yourself thinking about how foolish she is acting and can't help but be annoyed. The writing is awkward and seems immatute as well. There were parts where I found myself wondering how developed of a writer L.J. Smith was when she wrote the first book. I dislike that Elena is immediately obsessed in an unhealthy way, and wanted it to feel more natural. There is a part where Elena drinks Stefans's blood (I think?) and I found it to be very weird and ruined the moment. I could have handled insinuating some adult content instead and simply moved on to more plot. I also was a little turned off by the accents the narrator used for the Salvatori brothers. They have been around for a few hundred years and they haven't lost or changed their accent? All of this said, I am going to read the next one to see how the style of writing progresses within the story. I hope the characters become much less obsessed and are more mature moving forward. This was not a terrible book, but not on the same level as some other YA literature that has been popular in recent years. I should also out out that I am well beyond the YA years, so maybe I am finally at the point where I am just too far removed to identify with younger protagonists. Read away, YA-ers! I might be the exception with my slight disappointment!

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  • Starsuckerle
  • 18/11/2010

elena und stefan

Nachdem Heitz und Hohlbein mit ihren Vampiromanen bei mir die Lust auf immer mehr Facetten zu dem Thema ausgelöst haben, bin ich über die sagenumwobene Twilight Saga, Mary Janice Davidson, Dacre Stoker und vielen vielen anderen letztendlich bei den Audiobooks zum Vampire Diary gelandet! Ich war kritisch wie so viele und muss sagen, ich liebe es. Der Stil ist simpel, die Story ist flüssig, mitreißend und kurzweilig und man verschlingt die Bücher im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes! Eine absolut gelungene Serie, die sich überraschend entwickelt und einen komplett fesselt! Der erste Teil stellt die Protagonisten und ihre Eigenarten klar da, und selbst die Helden sind menschlich und haben Züge an sich die nicht gerade sympathisch sind und genau deshalb liebt man Elena genauso wie Damon, Stefan, Matt, Bonnie, Meredith .... na ja Caroline liebt man eher nicht - aber die ganz unsympathischen gehören eben auch dazu. Wer Twilight oder Twilight Derivate sucht - hier falsch! Lisa J. Smith ist zum einen fast 2 Jahrzehnte früher auf die Idee gekommen und zum anderen auch wenn hier Liebe Intrigen und High School Wahnsinn zum tragen kommt, die Diaries haben ihren eigenen Stil, also wenn man mit der falschen Motivation rangeht wird man eher enttäuscht!

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