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I listened to this book because of CW series rendition of The Secret Circle. I had no idea it was originally a book until I saw a comment on youtube. The series give you an idea of what the book itself is about but the stories are quite different in a lot of sense.
The narrator first and foremost is very much suited for this genre I must say, she did do a pretty fair job of the book itself. My only thought (slight problem really and it's just a personal thing) however is that the narrator though suited for this genre from the get go makes me think that this is a teeny romance novel. That is (in a sense) what the book is, however I believe with a different narrator it might have felt more than that.
As for the story, it is far different from the series in many ways. The number of characters in the circle itself, the description of some of the characters, the make-up of the families and the very motive behind how or why the circle was formed. I find some aspects of the story a bit trivial and annoying (teeny love stories are a bit overplayed to me in general). I have always thought that teenagers in love, forbidden love and the likes are a bit overplayed at best and impractical in real life (alas, this is fantasy). The story itself though is fascinating, there are so many unanswered questions and twists and turns that the novel can take. I am without a doubt intrigued as to how the book series will continue.
Overall, the book is a good listen. If your into Teeny Fantasy Romance novel or if your able to put up with that aspect of the book then this is a good book to listen. I am not too looking forward to the love story aspect of the book but I am not going to give up on the book just yet, there is enough in this book to make it a very very good listen....
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Where does The Secret Circle, Volume I: The Initiation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
In the fantasy category I would say that it is in the second position. I really enjoy these kind of teen fantastic stories about vampires, witches, supernatural creatures, but I was expecting more scary scenes and more passion between Cassie and Adam in this first book. I watched the tv series before start reading and listening this book, so I really expected see more intensity than I saw on tv. I will listen the other books to see if the story will catch me the way the tv series did.
Who was your favorite character and why?
In the book my favorite was Faye. She is seems so real and bad.
Have you listened to any of Devon Sorvari’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes. It is always good to listen to Devon.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not exactly. I read it because I really love the tv series. I thought I would love this book more, but it did'n happen yet.
Any additional comments?
I like The Secret Circle. I hope enjoy more the next books.
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I really enjoy the TV series, but this is a really really boring book. I normally love to read books about witches and magic but this was dull, dull, dull and I am glad to be finished. Will not be ordering book 2. Very disappointed !!!
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