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Breaking Dawn Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
It might seem redundant to dismiss the fourth and final Twilight novel as escapist fantasy--but how else could anyone look at a romance about an ordinary, even clumsy teenager torn between a vampire and a werewolf, both of whom are willing to sacrifice their happiness for hers? Flaws and all, however, Meyer's first three novels touched on something powerful in their weird refraction of our culture's paradoxical messages about sex and sexuality. The conclusion is much thinner, despite its interminable length. Everygirl Bella achieves her wishes quickly (marriage and sex, in that order, are two, and becoming an immortal is another), and once she becomes a vampire it's almost impossible to identify with her. But that's not the main problem. Essentially, everyone gets everything they want, even if their desires necessitate an about-face in characterization or the messy introduction of some back story. Nobody has to renounce anything or suffer more than temporarily--in other words, grandeur is out. This isn't about happy endings; it's about gratification. A sign of the times? Ages 12up. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Praise for TWILIGHT:
A New York Times Editor's Choice
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
An Amazon Best Book of the Decade
An American Library Association Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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*CAUTION SPOILERS AHEAD*
Starting with Twilight, Bella's constant marvelling about Edward's glorious face was really ticking me off the second time reading it. It wasn't as noticeable with the first read, but I read the book so fast I wasn't very conscious of such things. In my opinion, it was the best of the four by far. Not a spectacular work of genius that will be loved for generations to come, but interesting enough and a decent read. But yes, largely predictable.
Then came New Moon, which had lots of people I know either staring open mouthed at the page where Edward leaves Bella in the forest, or throwing the book at the wall then only reading the large portion of Edward-less text with pure rage. Once again, I could see what was going to happen long before it did, such as that. It was painfully obvious. Then there is the large portion of Edward-less pages to complain about. I, like many others, read and read and read waiting for the return of the vamps. But what else was there that was interesting in that whole mostly-vampire-less book other than the werewolves, which I could see coming a mile away anyway? Certainly not Bella's change from constant marvelling to constant whining about her painful loss of her beloved Edward.Read more ›
1) The characters didn't remain true to the first three books. Perhaps the author was growing bored and wanted to develop her characters a little further, but this was a radical departure and Bella and Edward in particular are almost unrecognizable. I am suprised this was not caught by the editor. It was disapointing, but I was able to let go of my expectations and still enjoy the story.
2) Book Two was just awful. Honestly, really awful. Bella's pregnancy and delivery are described in such gory, horrific detail it left me feeling sick and unable to understand her devotion to the baby. I put the book down for several days after reading Book 2 because I did not have the stomache to continue. Once I recovered and was able to continue reading Book 3, I still found I had a hard time viewing Renesmee as a child and not as a monster.
3) Why was book 2 written from Jacob's perspective? This interrupted the continuity of the series and left me feeling out of touch with the central characters. Again, I think this is something the editor should have caught.
I did thoroughly enjoy Book 1, and the last 100 pages of Book 3 were exciting and I found myself unable to put the book down.
I would happily read anything else Stephenie Meyer writes in the future, but I am quite happy to see a conclusion to the series.
at 31 - i know i'm a bit "too old" for this saga, but it roped me in and i has hooked, reading all 4 books in one week. and loving them, until the finale.
simply put - breaking dawn missed the mark. it started off wonderfully and with so much promise. the wedding was spectacular and the honeymoon even more so. and then... the dreaded pregnancy.
it was at this point that the book switched to jacob's perspective and unfortunately, it was all i could do to keep reading. the pages dragged and dragged... as jacob paced in the forest outside the cullen's...worried about bella's pregnancy and i didn't know how much more i could tolerate.
the book showed minor promise when bella began experimenting with her "vampireness" - something i know most readers were anxiously awaiting - but, the whole mommmy plotline kept getting in the way...
Renesmee? Seriously? Meyer couldn't think of a better name combination that Renesmee? Seems like Carlie (her middle name) would have been a hell of a lot better as her given name. Just reading the word Renesmee over and over again annoyed me.
then we were forced to read about 20 other vampires living in the cullen home for several more chapters. characters we didn't know or care about and that added very little to the final confrontation with the volturi.
in fact - if bella ended up being the one who single-handedly saved the damn day - then why introduce any of those other vampires. the cullens vs the volturi would have been just fine and would have made the book a whole lot more suspenseful.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I recommand all the books after you see the movie or the other way it is up to your tastePublished on June 6 2014 by Johanne Tremblay
Wedding - So, Bella's wedding to Edward was not what she wanted, but what she was willing to trade for sex and immortality. Read morePublished on May 13 2014 by Author Samreen Ahsan
I listen to the story over and over and over on my way to work. Now I watch the movie over and over and over.Published on Feb. 28 2014 by claudia caccavella
I bought it used, and the condition of the book was stated as being gently used - however, the front cover is almost separated from the spine, the pages are very yellowed and book... Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2014 by Sarah
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