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  • Written by: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Jake Abel
  • Length: 25 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (882 ratings)

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Midnight Sun

Written by: Stephenie Meyer
Narrated by: Jake Abel
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Publisher's Summary

Number one best-selling author Stephenie Meyer makes a triumphant return to the world of Twilight with this highly anticipated companion: the iconic love story of Bella and Edward told from the vampire's point of view.

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella's side of the story. At last, listeners can experience Edward's version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward's eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.

An instant number one New York Times best seller
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"People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there." (Time)

"A literary phenomenon." (New York Times)

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What the critics say

"For ardent fans of the star-crossed couple, [Midnight Sun] offers a more richly detailed view of Forks, Wash., and its inhabitants, undead and otherwise." (The New York Times)

"[Midnight Sun] is more complex, more sophisticated and less innocent than Twilight. Although it was Bella's story that launched more than a decade's worth of young adult sci-fi and dystopian heroines, it turns out the narrative power - and compelling internal drama - was on Edward's side all along." (Time)

"Stephenie Meyer's Midnight Sun brings about a long-awaited consummation. It's not a climactic moment between teenager Bella Swan and the gorgeous vampire Edward Cullen but a consummation that reconnects Ms. Meyer with her vast and hungry audience.... Will gratify devotees." (The Wall Street Journal)

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Twilight fans will LIVE for this!!

I’m admittedly a die-hard Twilight fan so in my eyes this book could do no wrong. However, it truly exceeded my expectations.

It’s so refreshing to hear things from Edward’s perspective and to be able to fully understand where he was coming from- not just in Twilight but the whole series. This novel really gives us a holistic image of Bella and Edward’s relationship. Was he really over-protective and over-bearing as some people might say? Well kind of, but now we can see that it was rightfully so. This book helps us to understand so much of their dynamic.

While a part of me wishes that the voice narrating the novel sounded younger (as Edward’s permanent age is 17), the narrator’s voice does give him a maturity that makes sense for someone over 100-years old.

Another reason why this novel is so great is that it gives us more information about Bella. If only this book had come out before the movies because Bella’s character is really fleshed out. She put Edward on a pedestal in Twilight, whereas in Midnight Sun we can see Bella for who she is- more than just a love struck teenager, but as Edward says, she’s a good person. This novel shows us that there is much more to Bella, more than even she is willing to acknowledge, which is true to her character and makes her perspective in the Twilight series more believable.

I’m writing this review only a couple of chapters into the book, so I can’t speak for the novel in its entirety, but I can confidently say that what I have read so far has not let me down in the slightest bit. It is above and beyond any expectations I held, though I really wasn’t sure what to expect.

Thank you so much Stephenie Meyer, for making this dark time in the world feel a whole lot sparklier for me! ;)

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Absolutely loved this side

The story is great but I hate how the narrator reads the story. He reads it like the lady who read the other ones, they sound like they have an attitude problem and is mad/angry all the time. It ruins the story. I will be reading it on my own next time.

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omg I just love it

I love it! Edwards inner thoughts are so much more then you would ever guess you see an even better side of him.

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2Minutes in and I’m hooked

I’m hooked already! I also love Jake Abel! I hope there will be 2nd and 3rd book!

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Awesome amazing book!

I loved the story. The plot was amazing. I loved the narrator‘s voice and felt every mood that he intended. This story is awesome! I hope that Stephanie Meyer can do a sequel to this book. It would be great to know how Edward felt and where he travelled in new moon. :-) I am looking forward to listening to more of these books. :-)

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1/4 of the way through and I’m impressed.

I read the original series, twice! Loved the books. I was looking for something new to listen to and was intrigued when I came across this book. I set the bar pretty low because I felt the author would have a hard time igniting the original feels I had while enjoying the books over a decade ago. I’m impressed though, this is really good.

I wasn’t sure about the narrator at first, but I like his voice, it works for the character. He sounds older than I would have expected, but Edward IS a vampire that has been 17 for a while. So far Edward has a lot of inner dialogue, but I understand why. I can’t wait to get to the part where he mets Jacob for the first time... I think this book is worth the credit, especially if you were a Twilight fan in your youth! Nostalgic. Team Edward ❤️

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10 all across the board

It was like I was in high school again, listening to the story of twilight for the first time. Just enough familiarity to make it nostalgic, but so much new perspective that you fall in love with the characters again.

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more from this or other points of view please!

loved falling back into this story, but getting so much more action and details about the Cullens. I would love to read more from this or other points of view!

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Not crazy about the narrator, but great book

The twilight series was a huge part of my teenage years, like it was for most girls of my generation. Listening to this book was such a guilty pleasure and I couldn’t put it down! I downloaded the original Twilight audiobook and listened to it simultaneously with this book, scene by scene. I wasn’t crazy about the narrator, but overall it was well done. I’d recommend buying the print copy of this book if you’re not very familiar with the story, as it can be difficult to discern what text is actually spoken vs just thought in a character’s head.

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Really liked it

It’s definitely long but I enjoyed listening to it. I like how you were able to learn more about the twilight universe by filling in the gaps of what Edward was doing when not with Bella.

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