ReRead Audiobook Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Posted October 8, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 21 Comments

ReRead Audiobook Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle MeadSource: Audiobook Purchase, Kindle Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Narrator: Stephanie Wolf
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins

Date Read: August 2014

Genre: Paranormal, YA

Prepare to be Tested.
The story that kicked off the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series is NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.
Hit Theaters February 7th, 2014!

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

More Information:
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Series: Vampire Academy #1

Also by this author: Vampire Academy, Spirit Bound, Gameboard of the Gods, The Immortal Crown, Vampire Academy
Also in this series: Vampire Academy, Spirit Bound, Vampire Academy


ReRead Review

Read(2014)/Listened(2010) for Fun (Kindle/Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00(2010)/3.50(2014)
Story Rating: 4.00 (2010)/3.50(2014)
Character Rating: 4.00 (2010)/3.50 (2014)

Audio Rating: 4.00 (2010)


New Thoughts circa 2014:


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead didn’t hold up as well as I hoped on reread but it was still a good start to the series. I remember the books getting better as the series went a long. Plus, my favorite characters haven’t even made an appearance yet!


Original Review circa 2010:


What I Loved: This is one of the rare YA novels where neither of the lead characters got on my nerves, in fact they were both appealing and engaging. Their relationships with each other (best friends) and others were well written and fun to read. They were teenagers, they did some very “teenage” like things, but they were not annoying. The pacing of the story was fantastic and kept me interested until the very end.What I Liked: I really enjoyed the twist on the vampiric lore and how it works in this society. The secondary characters were well rounded and served to work the storyline further. The plot was well though out and didn’t leave that “where are they going with this” feeling.

What was “Sorta OK”: The only complaint was at very the beginning it felt like “jumping” into a story already progress. It took awhile before I felt “caught up”.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Stephanie Wolf / Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins

Stephanie did a pretty good job with Vampire Academy. This is the only one that she narrated though so don’t get to used to her narration.

Why it got a 4: The book is very enjoyable to read: fast paced, quick, engaging, and funny (at times). I would recommend this to older YA readers (PG13 type of rating) and any adult who enjoys PNR. Overall, just a book to not miss!


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
3.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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21 responses to “ReRead Audiobook Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

  1. I totally agree with your review 100%. I also started to re-read these a while ago.. think I need to take a peak at book 3 as that is where is all clicked for me and I love Adrian to bits <3 Have you read bloodlines?

  2. Damn, girl. 3 “relistens” in a row and they’re all ones I tackled on audiobook relatively recently. This is one I disgree with you on though … I really didn’t like this book, and I wouldn’t have continued the series at all if not for two things: 1) I love everything else I’ve ever read by Mead; 2) both of my parents go really into this series (which is weird, but what can you say?) and told me to push through it.

    I’m glad the books got better, and it was clear that they did. But Rose was eternally on my nerves. :/

    • That is totally funny cause my main “stick in my craw” character this series Vasalisa aka Princess (I know I spelled it wrong LOL). Rose grew on me but V not so much. Though like you, I mostly stuck with this series because I really liked Eugenie and Georgia. My ratings for the series (originally) were 3,4,3,3,4,4 . I never felt like she knocked it out of the park but it was oddly entertaining. I am glad you stuck with it 🙂

  3. What a good idea to experience the series again via audio. I’ve only read the VA books, though I’ve listened to the Bloodline series. My daughter listened to the VA series and kind of joked to me about the narration. Sometimes Adrian had an English accent, sometimes not depending on the narrator. I agree with you that VA book 1 is probably the weakest of the series. (Go catch up on Bloodlines- it gets so good!) Awesome review 🙂

    • This actually made me bump up my Bloodlines catch up to November. They will be my traveling books (I have lots of trips). I figure that will be a good way to back to back them 🙂

    • Yes they were! I think was another thing I had forgotten about the audio switch when I started my reread/listen. It drove me Nuts. Plus I still don’t like “princess”.

  4. I’ve only read VA but I didn’t love it as much as everyone else seemed to. But I did hear (like you said) that they got better.

    • It is funny, I just looked at my ratings for the rest of the series. It appears that I liked books 2, 4, 6 more that 1,3,5 so I have fond memories overall of the series. I guess it was a bit uneven.

  5. This is one book that I need to try again and I have been thinking about trying the audio. I tried reading it and got about half way through it and just never picked it up again. It was a little boring to me but everyone says the rest of the series is better so if I can get through the first one I might like it.

  6. Have you read the Bloodlines series? Because while I liked Vampire Academy, it really took 2 or 3 books before I was hooked. Bloodlines, with Sydney and Adrian, hooked me from the start (also I just wrote out 5 separate reviews for the 5 books I recently read and still need to type up and post).