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Beautiful Darkness (Book 2)

Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
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The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s Beautiful Darkness, the bewitching second instalment of Ethan and Lena‘s epic love story. Read by the actor Kevin T. Collins and featuring original music by Michele McGonigle.

Is death the end… or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate always dreamed of leaving the stifling Southern town of Gatlin. But he never dreamt that finding love with Lena Duchannes would drive him away. Lena is a Caster girl whose supernatural powers unveiled a secretive and cursed side of Gatlin, so powerful it forced him to make a terrible sacrifice. Now Ethan must find a way to return to Lena - and Gatlin - as she vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it means trusting old enemies or risking their loved ones lives. Can Ethan and Lena rewrite their fate and their spellbinding love story in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series?

©2013 Kami Garcia,Margaret Stohl (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Lynn Worton
  • 01-09-14

A Fantastic Sequel

This is the second book in the Caster Chronicles series. I loved it!

I downloaded this book in audio format, as I wanted to read it, but didn't have time to. Having this book in audio format allowed me to listen to it whilst doing household chores, or before bedtime.
The story is again narrated by Kevin T. Collins, who does a fantastic job in bringing the characters alive. I loved his interpretation of Ethan's Great Aunts. I could just picture the sisters' quite clearly.

Ethan Wate is an extremely interesting character. I liked him very much. He is a sweet, loving young man, who happens to be a human thrust into a supernatural world of Casters (light and dark witches) and Incubi (demons).

Lena Duchannes is a character I didn't really like in the first book. She had a "woe is me" attitude that really grated on my nerves. However, in this story, she is mostly in the background.

This story continues from the end of the first book. I liked the fact that this story was again told from Ethan's point of view. I was hooked from the first few minutes of the chapter.

Life in Gatlin (or Gatdung as Ethan and Link call it) is not easy, but it's just about to get even harder! Lena has more than her fair share of teenage angst, but having the option in claiming herself on her sixteenth moon thwarted by her mother, she is struggling to cope with the death of her Uncle. Ethan is trying to cope with the fact that his father has had a breakdown and had been hiding in his office. He is also still hearing music, now about the seventeenth moon, and trying to figure out what it means.

This story is a mixture of mystery, suspense, danger, romance and intrigue that flowed much better than the first book; it is a little bit darker too. I liked the introduction of new characters such as Ethan's Great Aunts and their cat Lucille Ball and Liv, a trainee Keeper Librarian, as well as the Incubi, who are not Casters but demons. The influx of new characters gave the story a fresh twist. It was interesting to watch the dynamics of the characters change as things progressed, especially the friendship between Ethan and Liv. Link was his usual dorky self, but even his usually upbeat manner was tested when Ridley, Lena's Dark Caster cousin makes a reappearance. Ethan also finds out something about himself that shocks him; he is a Wayward (a person who is gifted the ability to find or track, as well as guide, a powerful witch such as Lena). There are several twists and turns which kept me enthralled, but there is one HUGE twist that I didn't see coming near the end of the book. I am now looking forward to reading/listening to Beautiful Chaos as soon as possible, to find out what happens next!

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl seem to make a great writing team. Their writing style has improved a lot in this book, and it is more fast paced. The story also flowed better than the first book; I am glad that the erratic flow has been smoothed out and I look forward to reading more of their books in the future.

I highly recommend this book if you love YA or Paranormal Romances, or are fans of books such as The Twilight Saga. - Lynn Worton

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  • Jasmine Nightingale
  • 06-12-18

Incredible!!

This is the second book in the series and I loved it just as much as the first, if not more. the narrator is brilliant and I LOVE that there's music in this audiobook. It's nice to have something a little bit different. I can't wait for my next credit to get book number three in the series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-19

exceptional

even better than the first.... didn't plan to read past the first but now I have to finish all of them...I must

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  • lilly
  • 29-07-19

Really good book and the narrater was excellent

Loved it, had a small moment in the middle when the story felt like it was going off the path, but soon pulled it back on course.

The story teller used an excellent technique, subtle changes to his voice, which made each character come to life. No matter the point in the story, you always know what character was speaking. Excellent work.

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  • Aussiebumwearer
  • 22-03-19

Another Excellent Instalment!

Great book, can’t wait to read the next instalment! The only frustrating thing is Americans have no idea about English grammar and annunciation - gets very irritating at times, but apart from that, a great follow up!
Shame about the movie, had it actually resembled the book, maybe we could have had a second, third etc... instalment!
Highly recommend, but, if like me, you are a stickler for grammar and annunciation, be prepared to bite your fist at times! 😡😊😆

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  • Clare
  • 10-05-16

Ok pulp

Nice little teen witch story, plot was a bit predictable, but well read. The film of the first book had more heart and better dialogue, which is unfortunate.

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  • Kate
  • 08-07-13

Full of twists and turns

Where does Beautiful Darkness (Book 2) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The acents fit perfectly with the characters. The feature of music playing so you know when it is a vision adds to the listening experience.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the fact that lena is turning dark and that for once it is a boy who is struggling with his love for her rather than the other way round.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I liked the scene at the county fair when Lena makes the bugs come out of the pies

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is far too long to listen to in one sitting.

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  • ola
  • 14-04-13

Very entertaining

This book is very entertaining and I could not stop until I had read the whole book. I loved the mix of characters and the plot of the book. You can listen to the book whilst basking in the sun in the park or whilst taking a walk. Absolutely beautiful.

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  • steve
  • 10-04-13

Fantastic read

A book that had me hooked from the start and had me listening to the end, excellent narration and very well presented

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  • cally
  • 09-10-18

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starts from the middle of the book so don't get the full story and have no idea who characters are

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  • Heather
  • 17-01-17

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The storyline is amazing this book out does the first one. The sound effects are great and don't contain any problems like the first book. The narrator is again fantastic and easily distinguishable between characters.

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  • Tamika
  • 03-02-19

Just like New moon... forgettable

I quite enjoyed the first book. I thought the evolution of characters was clever and had great optimism for a fantastic book 2 yet for me the first half was utterly boring. Full of whining whinging poor me where’s she gone crap. Eh just like New Moon the second book although slightly redeemed itself in the second half of fell very short what what it had the potential to be. Not my fav and wouldn’t recommend.

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  • jamie
  • 18-03-17

love love

love this book cant wait to start next one :) so much better then movie love love love