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Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy, Book 1
Lu par : Stephanie Wolf
Série : Vampire Academy, Volume 1
Durée : 8 h et 55 min
Catégories : Anglais - Teens, Ages 13 & Up
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St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful, lest the Strigoi - the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires - make Lissa one of them forever.

©2005 Richelle Mead (P)2008 Penguin

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as great as the book

great adaptation!
the reader is excellent and Dimitri is particulary well played.
soon the next book i hope

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  • Felicity Fairchild
  • 14/05/2009

Buy it! Vampire fan or not.

I'm not particularly fond of vampire novels, but I really enjoyed this series. I've read all of them, including Richelle's latest sequel, Bloodlines, and let assure you that none of them was a disappointment. Unlike most whiny, mopey, depressed, sulky and self-pitying protagonists we see so often nowadays, Rose is a genuine and strong heroine you will come to love. She is one of the few characters I feel I could actually relate to. The plots, the characters are much more realistic and relatable than that of Twilight. You can hate vampires and love this book!

I started reading Vampire Academy since 2008, so it was torture having to wait for the release of each book. Since they're all available now, you won't have to experience this kind of unpleasantness. Lucky you! I suggest that you download them all at once, take a week off and indulge yourself in this fascinating world.

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  • Mitch
  • 24/08/2012

The Weakest Installment in a Fantastic Series

It's bittersweet when the first book in an amazing series is the weakest chapter. It's great that each book gets progressively better, exceeding readers' expectations and causing them to fall more in love with the world and characters. However, a lot of people may be turned off by that first book and will never experience how fantastic the story eventually becomes. This almost happened to me with Vampire Academy. I enjoyed the first book, but I didn't love it and I was hestitant when it came to starting the second. Luckily, though, I did.

I gave Vampire Academy 4 stars, but it probably only deserves 3.5. Richelle Mead's story and Stephanie Wolf's performance are adequate, but not spectacular. The world building is weak and the characters do not shine the way they do in later books. I highly recommend this book, but not based on it's own merit. It's requisite reading for the remainder of the series, which should not be missed.

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  • Marcia
  • 03/10/2008

Very interesting story

I got this audio book a few months ago and have listed to it more than once, at 15 years old and male I'm not exactly the target audience but it was still griping and clever in my opinion, I am excited for the sequel to come out to audio book

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  • Paul
  • 01/07/2008

Finally Got My Sons To Read..

When I first got this from audible I listened to it in my car on way up to see my sons. I really enjoyed the book and thought my sons would too. So while I was there I had them download the book on to their iPods and was able to get them into the story. They went and bought the second book and I pre-ordered the 3rd for them. It is such a joy to get two teen age boys (19 and 17) to pick up a book and actually read. Looking forward to more great books from this author.

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  • Jan
  • 11/05/2010

The start of a great series

Vampire Academy is the first in a series, and I fully intend on downloading the rest. I believe it is intended for a YA audience, but at 45 I loved it as well. It was a good story, and the narration (complete with Russian accents and inflections only teenagers can give) was spot on! A nice paranormal story that doesn't gloss over the real problems of adolescence.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26/11/2009

I'm a huge FAN!

I read all 4 of the books, and now am listening to them and have to say, what an excellent experience. You hear things you missed while reading and it brings it to life so much more. What an awesome series, and I'm not even a teen! I would recommend this entire series to anyone. Better than Twilight in my opinion.

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  • Brooke
  • 25/04/2008

My teen loved it

My 13 year-old son loved this book and has already ordered the sequel from amazon (since it is not on audible), as well as pre-ordered the 3rd book.

It was obviously gripping - he listened to the whole thing in 2 sittings (and would have done it in one if I hadn't made him go to bed). He said the narrator was good as well.

It sounds like an interesting take on vampire-lore.... where vampires are not immortal or evil unless they kill a human. And they have half-human / half-vampire guardians who are trained to protect them. I might give it a listen myself.

FYI - the kinds of books he loves are fantasy: Harry Potters, Artemis Fowls, LotR, Eragon, etc.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Nijntje
  • 16/06/2008

Vampire Acadamy RULES!

Wauw! I just finished listning to this book and I absolutely loved it! It's very well written. It also reminded me of Harry Potter by the way. Also gossiping students locked up in an acient (looking) building, magic powers and big threads to the main characters.

I really like that the girl who's tells the story, Rose, is a non-magic kick-ass guardian who trains every day. I like tough (and ruthless!) heroins. :)

Altough, unlike Harry Potter which I once red to 10 and 12 year olds, I'm not very comfortable with the idea of 13 year old boys reading this stuff too. There is a some talk about sex, so-called 'bloodwhores' and at some point we have some nicely described nudity. Further, we have some dead animals, some dead vampires, very much passing out, not too shocking. It is a story about special teens, but not for teens who aren't at least a little mature.

Oh, the story is also very funny because told by Rose. Your sort of in her head, and her head is pretty amusing.

Anyway, a perfect 10! (in US straigt A?)

(Sorry my English is not flawless,- I'm Dutch)

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  • Brenna
  • 16/08/2012

Review from Esther's Ever After

So I FINALLY jumped on the VA bandwagon - I feel like I'm the last person to have read it! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Bloodlines last summer for review and decided to give it a shot - much to my surprise, I totally fell in love and it wasn't until I read Bloodlines that I actually had a desire to read VA!

I can totally see what all the fuss is about - I'm not a huge fan of vampires or paranormal books in general, but I really love that VA doesn't feel like every other vampire book out there. And a pretty awesome, strong lead female definitely helps too!

Reasons to Read:

1.This isn't your standard YA vampire fare:

I love that Richelle incorporated her own twists on vampires and different elements. To be honest, the vampires in the VA world very rarely felt like traditional vampires - or even vampires at all - for most of this first book. They just seemed so normal and, well, more like fancy humans. Especially since Rose is a dhampir. And I LOVE the magic aspect to it.

2.Great blend of paranormal and contemporary:

I also love that this one isn't overloaded with paranormal events and elements; there's a distinct contemporary feel to it, similar in the way that a lot of the characters go through very real, very familiar struggles. It definitely makes them easier to relate to, it's just more exciting than any of the highschool drama I ever witnessed haha.

3.Rose is a very different sort of main character:

I think in YA, we kind of get used to reading about the misfit characters - ones who aren't entirely confident, or just don't feel like they fit in. In some ways, Rose definitely is a misfit and there are times when her confidence is a bit lacking... but overall, she isn't like that. She's very confident about herself, overall, and often does find ways to fit in and roll with the punches. It's nice to live vicariously through characters like her at times. And while there were a few times where I could easily see how immature and young she was (which isn't a bad thing, it's factual) I also know that there's plenty of room for improvement in that area too (seeing as there are a whole bunch of books in the series).

4.Strong female friendships:

I know that there are some special reasons why Lissa and Rose are bonded together, but I find it so heartening to read about two characters who can be so close as friends. Too often I feel like the good friends take the backseat in books, or turn out to be jerks. But these two such depths of loyalty and mutual concern for each other, something which I wish we saw more of in YA books.

And yes, there's definitely action. And mystery. Plenty of other elements to keep you intrigued and easily hold your attention for the book and leave you looking for more at the end.

But at the same time, I could definitely tell that this book was really more of a set up for later books because it lacked a lot of the excitement and action I was highly anticipating after hearing so much about these books. And there were too many times when people just felt far too oblivious to what was going on around them. I definitely have the impression that I'll love the later books though.

Lastly, I also don't feel like I missed out by reading Bloodlines & The Golden Lily first. Yes, I am definitely spoiled for some things - but honestly, I never would have read VA without Bloodlines. And I didn't find Bloodlines confusing without having read VA, but I believe I'm in the minority on that one.


Thoughts on the audio:

The other bit that might have taken away from my experience was the audio and narration itself. I didn't love the narrator, but I did get used to her voice. The problem was when she switched to different voices for other characters - Lissa and Mia were just far too annoying, and I really can't stand the Dimitri voice. My sister told me at one point that it reminded her of an old Russian lady, and after that I just couldn't picture anything else.

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  • Stephanie
  • 08/05/2012

good

This is a good book. I probably would have enjoyed it more if i were younger but it is worth listening to.

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  • reineanne
  • 15/08/2009

A good start but the next books are better!

A good start, but believe me, the second and third book are even better. Still, I like the series a lot. Its better than the Twilight-saga, as the characters are more complex.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • moira87
  • 25/10/2009

Agreed

I agree, I defenitely love the Vampire Academy - series way more then the Twilight - saga and IŽve been truly obsessed with those.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • stefan
  • 03/05/2012

exemplary characters

Like so many pieces of writing the reader is supplied with a great many of characters he or she will not agree with and while Richelle Mead tries to suggest motives her stile of writing leaves us with a mysterie not only in how the storie will progress but as well regarding to the motivations of several of her charackters. I say several because she is able to provide sufivient motivation for the actions of some of her main characters indicating secrets where she refuses to explain, so that we can be hopefull and exited to learn a truth if not the truth behind it all. It is rare in literature to find plausible characters whos backstorie would undoubtably make them the way they are even more scarsly we find those to be in the place of percieved villains and i would applaud Richelle here for trying to give us exactly that, a book full of people convinced to do the right thing for whatever their reasons, without turning to clichee of bad people all to often.

It is that challende to provide a mindset that would enable most readers to akt like each of her characters that make this book worth reading/listening to.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Liz
  • 19/01/2011

Super

Sehr zu empfehlen, sehr kurzweilig

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • dawnkk
  • 15/11/2010

WOW

I really liked actually reading the VA books but I don`t regret listening to them either :-)
Good reading, superb story...what else do you need?!