Reading level: Young AdultThe Audio:
Publisher: Hachette Audio; MP3 Una edition (December 1, 2009)
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There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
Wow! This has to be one of the best productions I've ever listened to on audio. The reader, Kevin Collins does a great job as the voice of Ethan Wate. Though he doesn't have a southern accent while narrating, he easily adopts one when speaking as Ethan, or the other characters of Gatlin. He did such a good job with Amma and Uncle Macon, and all of the other characters in the book. He read at a slower pace, which added to the laid-back southern feel of South Carolina. But one of the best things about this audio, wasn't the reader, it was the sound effects that were added. When Lena called up a storm, the winds actually raged, lightning and thunder cracked, and rain poured. When they saw visions of the past and the fire, you could hear the fire crackling in the background, and when Ethan and Lena's song played, a singer with music actually played. I loved this! It's one of the only audios I've listened to where there were so many sound effects, and I think it added so much to the story. If you have already read Beautiful Creatures, you should pick it up on audio, and enjoy it again before the next book, Beautiful Chaos, comes out. If you haven't started the series, now's the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon!
Wondering about the book? Check out Amy's review of Beautiful Creatures here.