Back to my youth. I adored the TV-series of Zorro when I was a child so I wanted to read (in fact listen, via The Classic Tales) to this book. Althoug...moreBack to my youth. I adored the TV-series of Zorro when I was a child so I wanted to read (in fact listen, via The Classic Tales) to this book. Although the premisse is the sam, there were a lot of differences between book and series. Don Diego wasn't the charming, funny character at all and the sergeant wasn't so naive and "stupid". But the story was fine and it was all about helping the poor and defenseless. In fact it was rather a kind of pageturner at the end. But of course, all ended well. (less)
Plot (from Wikipedia): Isabella "Bella" Swan moves from sunny Phoenix, Arizona to rainy Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie, while her m...morePlot (from Wikipedia): Isabella "Bella" Swan moves from sunny Phoenix, Arizona to rainy Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie, while her mother, Renée, travels with her new husband, Phil Dwyer, a minor league baseball player. Bella attracts much attention at her new school and is quickly befriended by several students. Much to her dismay, several boys compete for shy Bella's attention.
When Bella is seated next to Edward Cullen in class on her first day of school, Edward seems utterly repulsed by her. He disappears for a few days, but warms up to Bella upon his return; their newfound relationship reaches a climax when Bella is nearly crushed by a classmate's van in the school parking lot. Edward saves Bella when he instantaneously appears next to her and stops the van with his bare hands.
Bella becomes determined to discover how Edward saved her life, and constantly pesters him with questions. After a family friend, Jacob Black, tells her the local tribal legends, Bella concludes that Edward and his family are vampires who drink animal blood rather than human. Edward confesses that he initially avoided Bella because the scent of her blood was too desirable to him. Over time, Edward and Bella fall in love.
Their relationship is affected when a nomadic vampire coven arrives in Forks. James, a tracker vampire who is intrigued by the Cullens' relationship with a human, wants to hunt Bella for sport. The Cullens attempt to distract James by separating Bella and Edward, and send Bella to hide in a hotel in Phoenix. There, Bella receives a phone call from James, who claims to be holding her mother captive. When Bella surrenders herself, James attacks her. Before James can kill her, Edward, along with the other Cullens, rescues her and destroy James, but not before James had bit Bella's hand. Edward successfully sucks the poison from her bloodstream and prevents her from becoming a vampire, after which she is taken to a hospital. Upon returning to Forks, Bella and Edward attend their school prom, and Bella expresses her desire to become a vampire, but Edward refuses.
When I would have to summarize the plot of Twilight, it would sound like: boy meets girl and they fall in love. And yet there is more to it. Because, despite the fact that the first half of the book is mainly a description of Edward, every look he has on his face (from neutral through every possible emotion there exists) and all the colours his eyes have according to his mood (from light amber to impenetrable black), there is always a feeling of tension that reaches its peak in the second half of the story. And so I kept listening and wasn't disappointed at all.
But although the book ends with a major cliff hanger, I am not curious enough to read the sequels.
I am so glad I had this book on audio, because I could never have read it. At some times I thought it simply boring, but I do see why this is consider...moreI am so glad I had this book on audio, because I could never have read it. At some times I thought it simply boring, but I do see why this is considered to be a classic. The language is beautiful and the story is (at times) quite interesting.
A very entertaining read; I listened to the audiobook (The Classic Tales Podcast)and promptly bought the entire Richard Hannay collection. I am certai...moreA very entertaining read; I listened to the audiobook (The Classic Tales Podcast)and promptly bought the entire Richard Hannay collection. I am certain I will enjoy these other stories too.