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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Annette Curtis Klause Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 1997 ISBN: 9781464020179
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Vivian Gandalon is a teenaged werewolf with problems. Her father, the pack leader, was killed in a fire, and so the pack is in disarray. The young male members of the squabbling pack howl for her, but still she feels alienated and alone. To be more than human is a lonely thing. Vivian longs to have friends and fit in at school. She yearns to escape her legacy of violence and forbidden appetites, but the beast within her longs for something elementally deep and rich. She glories in her ability to change from woman to wolf. How can she choose between being human or beast? She fiercely hopes that her relationship with a kind and sensitive meat-boy, a human, will help her find some answers. Talented narrator Alyssa Bresnahan casts a spell over listeners as she becomes the beautiful and sensuous young werewolf princess. This suspenseful, haunting, and magical tale is best read by the light of the full moon. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With the darkly sexy prose and suspenseful storytelling that gave such luster to The Silver Kiss, Klause lures readers into the politics of the pack, their forbidden desire for human flesh, and the coming of age of their future queen…Most will find this sometimes bloody tale as addictive as chocolate.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “From the smoke- and panic-filled opening scene in which Vivian and her werewolf pack are driven out of their home, listeners will be seduced by this tale and by Bresnahan’s outstanding narration. Enthralling is not too strong a word to describe Klause’s story of a beautiful teenaged werewolf who finds herself irresistibly drawn to a human boy. Bresnahan reads the deliciously sensual story with relish, inhabiting even the smallest roles. Klause’s language is full of words with double meanings suggestive of the werewolves’ dual nature. Bresnahan conveys the quick, sharp yelps of the young males and the low-throated snarls of females vying for dominance in a manner that expresses their wolf selves while still preserving their human qualities. Her naturalness allows these supernatural creatures to feel credible. Adolescent listeners will devour this, regretting that they are only human.”

    AudioFile

  • “Klause poetically describes the violence and sensuality of the pack lifestyle, creating a hot-blooded heroine who puts the most outrageous riot grrrls to shame. Blood and Chocolate is a masterpiece of adolescent angst wrapped in wolf’s clothing, and its lovely, sensuous taste is sure to be sweet on the teenage tongue.” Amazon.com, editorial review
  • “This violent, sexy novel is a seamless, totally convincing blend of fantasy and reality that can be read as feminist fiction, as smoldering romance, as a rites of passage novel, or as a piercing reflection on human nature…Klause’s imagery is magnetic, and her language fierce, rich, and beautiful…Passion and philosophy dovetail superbly in this powerful, unforgettable novel.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This tightly woven story is another superb title from a rising author…Hard to imagine it being any better written.”

    VOYA

  • “Delicious and smooth, like chocolate, but only a good novel, like good chocolate, is this satisfying.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Extrapolating brilliantly from wolf and werewolf lore, Klause creates a complex plot, fueled by politics, insanity, intrigue, sex, blood lust, and adolescent longings, and driven by a set of vividly scary creatures to a blood-curdling climax.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shalice | 2/17/2014

    " This was not your normal teen romance book. I did not expect it to turn out the way it did. It was really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyse | 2/14/2014

    " I love this book. The romance and supernatural aspects of it made it very enticing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annalisa | 1/27/2014

    " I was going to write a review for this, but then I reread Kat's. It's going to take a lot to top that, so for now, amuse yourself with hers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 1/18/2014

    " I found myself disregarding most of the descriptions in this book and making my own up. That is when you know that the book you're reading is not for you. I wouldn't have been able to finish it if it weren't for the sheer determination of not leaving a book halfway. It's started to get more bearable toward the middle end. I didn't like the term "meatpeople" and I felt that a lot was left unresolved. It had a few typos but it was overall well written. I gave this book 3 stars because it was somewhat well written, not condescending to the common behavior of young people, and it might interest people who are into these types of books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa Valle | 1/18/2014

    " One of my favorite books. Have lost count how many times I've read it. I'm just sorry that the movie they based upon the book was such a travesty. I was really looking forward to seeing it. I'm still hopeful that they will try again in this new era of post-Twilight earnestness that has encouraged movie studios to respect the authors' original works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliza | 12/30/2013

    " such a relief to read a stand alone well written paranormal romance... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andierheart | 12/23/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books! It explores young love and all the wants and desires that comes with it and how lost you feel when they reject who you are. It also shows which bond is stronger loyalty or love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bianca | 11/26/2013

    " When I'll finally be able to find it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 11/14/2013

    " So based on the title and the description I just didnt want to read this book. But I broke down and read it and loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sigrid Harmon | 10/21/2013

    " I feel sad for Vivian. She just wanted to love Aiden. But no! He had to go and try to kill her just because she's a warewolf! I don't like Aiden...... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dahlia (yadkny) | 9/29/2013

    " Definitely a book I wish was made into a series. If you like stories about werewolves, this is a good one. This book was made into a movie, but it takes a completely different approach to the story. The book was way better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JCFitz | 9/20/2013

    " I don't remember much of this book, except that I couldn't believe how bad it was and how much I didn't like it. I disliked the male interests both, I remember that for sure. The movie was about as bad as the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah N | 9/10/2013

    " Werewolves, humans, forbidden love? Pure awesomeness! I recommend this to anyone who loves a good werewolf story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Richards | 9/7/2013

    " awesome book. alot better than the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddie | 7/13/2013

    " Haha great doucheyness "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Brunnemer | 5/8/2013

    " Much better then the movie, this actually makes sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat | 1/17/2013

    " I actually liked this, and read it within one day, about a year ago. Really stupendous book, I thought. They made a movie, but I refuse to watch it, because everyone I know who has seen it says it was really badly done. Oh well, the book was still good. :3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 5/25/2012

    " I liked the idea of this book. Reminded me of the Twilight series yet it came out much earlier so I wonder if it was used for inspiration in any way. It reads well. I like the style of writing because it blends third person with first person seamlessly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sahana | 4/11/2012

    " I think this was my first vampire novel after the Twilight Saga "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yaitza | 1/26/2012

    " I think its a really good book. I didn't want to put it down. Some parts were a little "mature" but over all a great book!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 12/15/2011

    " It was very intense. lots of vividness and excitement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 12/10/2011

    " This is one book the movie is better than the book, I think. This book didn't seem as mature as the movie and was a little too fast paced for the story it held. I really love the idea of the book, though, and think it could be great if more depth had been added. "

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About the Author
Author Annette Curtis Klause

Annette Curtis Klause was born in Bristol, England, and moved to the United States when she was a teenager. As a child she spouted such fanciful ideas that her peers thought she was an oddity. Having an imagination turned out to be valuable—she grew up to become a storyteller. Annette currently lives in the Maryland suburbs with her husband and six cats. Three are from SiameseRescue.org, but none are actually Siamese twins—although one is the fastest cat on three legs and another likes to balance on top of the scratching post like a circus cat. Annette still works full-time as a children’s librarian. Bouncing around like a giant bunny during preschool storytime is just another way of being paid to be odd, she says.

About the Narrator

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned sixteen Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.