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I'm a HUGE Twilight fan and was unsure of what to expect of the novella. It was good. The start was kind of slow. It did give a lot of back info (especially toward the end) that left me sitting on the edge of my seat. I wish that Meyer would have made it a bit longer though - getting more into the mind of Diego and Bree. And really, I wish that Bree was a character that could have lived on..,
I think that the main reason why I liked the ending so much was because of the interaction with the Cullen Clan. It made me want to go back and relisten to Eclipse and see it from the Cullen standpoint again.
I also agree with another reviewer that the narrator is not nearly as good as Ilyana Kadushin, but Emma Gavin did well enough. She definitely wasn't a dud!
This is a must listen for Twilight fans. If you're not a big fan then I'm not sure you would enjoy it as much.
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As a big Twilight series fan I of course had to read this novella but wasn't overly excited about the subject of the story. Then I listened. Given that it is essentially a short story it cannot be expected to have the kind of development of a full novel, yet this story manages to establish understanding and sympathy for the main character Bri plus the beginnings of a tragicly shortened budding romance between two characters who deserve better than they've been getting. Like reading Romeo and Juliet for the second time, we already know the hopeless fate of Bri and anyone she might care about and don't expect to be drawn in or touched by the fates of those we already know to be doomed. And yet, like Romeo and Juliet, the very fact that we know in advance that they are doomed becomes what touches us.
I personally think that Meyer's writing is better in this short story format so that the action and emotion build quickly without the writing becoming tedious. In fact, I became more interested than I would have expected in learning even more about the characters we glimpsed so briefly. The narrator does a very good job with Bri's and Diego's voices and the overall tone. Other character voices aren't quite as well established, but this doesn't take anything away from the experience to any great degree.
This may not be the most important work within the Twilight series, but it is a surprisingly satisfying addition.
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