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Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station - she never knows where she'll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life. Harmony Black is much more than your average FBI special agent. In addition to being a practicing witch, she's also an operative for Vigilant Lock, an off-the-books program created to battle occult threats - by any means necessary. Despite her dedication to fighting the monsters threatening society, Harmony has become deeply conflicted about her job.

Her last investigation resulted in a pile of dead bodies, and she suspects the wrong people are being punished for it. When Mackenzie's 17th birthday comes around, she plans to spend a few years at the school for the marked learning about her new powers and then leaving and living her life.

But nothing goes as planned when she attends the marking ceremony and all 12 marks appear. Kenzie lives in a world where being marked with six powers is normal, being marked with seven or more is rare. But being marked with 12? Well, that's unheard of. We humans like to think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures.

But if we are supposedly evolution's greatest creation, why do we have such bad knees? Why do we catch head colds so often - times more often than a dog does? How come our wrists have so many useless bones?

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And are we really supposed to swallow and breathe through the same narrow tube? Surely there's been some kind of mistake. As professor of biology Nathan H. Lents explains in Human Errors , our evolutionary history is nothing if not a litany of mistakes, each more entertaining and enlightening than the last. While she finds this both weird and insulting, Emma has no actual intention of breaking these rules - until her guardians go missing.

Now all bets are off. Only a single line separates her side of the street from the elites', and she's crossing it. It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school.

Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead.

College is supposed to be a time of discovery, but Danielle Vaughn never imagined it would be like this: Heightened senses, supernatural powers, and a sudden craving for human blood. Dani is a demi-vamp, the daughter of a human psychic and a vampire noble, a living secret kept hidden for 21 years. When Adriana, a brilliant young archaeologist, accepts a position at the Museum of Archaeology in her hometown of Santander, Spain, she never imagines that her new boss has lived through the history she can only study.

Iago, the charismatic technical director of the museum, is more than 10, years old but appears to be only Iago and his family are longevos - people who never seem to age after reaching adulthood. Filled with science, history, and passion, The Immortal Collection transports the listener through time and space, from the days of cavemen, through the Roaring Twenties, to the charming plazas of contemporary Spain. Ancient history meets cutting-edge research in this modern love story and sweeping historical saga.

Would you listen to The Immortal Collection again? Definitely would read many times. Who was your favorite character and why? All the characters are interesting, but of course Adriana and Iago are my fave. Jeff and Angela bring the personalities of the characters to life that enjoy with the audio book that I wouldn't have if I just read the book and I so looking forward to the 2nd installment in this saga in audio form as well.

If you could take any character from The Immortal Collection out to dinner, who would it be and why? Any additional comments? Wow, wow, wow Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this story. Such rich characters and story. Well written both in structure and content. So glad I took the time to read this book. Can't wait for the 2nd installment of this story.

I have to say that I was sooo pleasantly suprised by this book. The narration was excellent. Especially considering that it was translated from spanish and there was a lot of Spanish places that had to pronounced correctly. A book about immortals that aren't vampires was also refreshing. You get a deep insight into the characters and their family connections. For the romance junkies there's enough of that without it being porn. So worth the money for this one. I will still give an adult rating. I have to admit I could not put it down it had me hooked right from the beginning and the ending OMG I hope it was not a cliffhanger because if it is they have to be another book that continues to explain.

I normally love Angela Dawe because she has a lovely voice but her voice just seemed to make the book even more dry and uninteresting. I just noticed Jeff Cummings was the male voice. Another normally great narrator! There was just no saving this book. Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? Yes and no. The plot was interesting, as were the characters, but it just seemed to drag in places.

Since this was an interpreted book I felt lost at times with all the foreign places and names. The history lesson was interesting, but again too long at times. A lot of questions were left unanswered. It does end with a cliffhanger so maybe some of them will be answered in the next book but I didn't like it enough to continue with the series.

Both narrators did an excellent job with the foreign names and places. It is not that this book was bad it was just too long. While details and building are the characters traits and personalities are good, this author provided an over abundance of just tedium. The storyline and plot where very good but honestly we could have removed the 10 hrs of this book and had a wonderful book. I felt like I was in a mandatory history lesson.

Which is NOT romantic. Oh but NO! It's like putting me through 10 hours of Anthropology was not enough just to get through the plot then the author provides NO closure. Not going through another 17 hrs. If I hadn't purchased this so long ago, I would return it. I don't know if I will even be able to finish listening to this book, which will be a waste of money.

The female lead's voice is truly nauseating to me and grates on my nerves, she sounds angry and completely unnatural, very forced, and the drawing out of odd words and the nasal tone Oh my Instead of listening relaxingly, it makes me feel anxious. I wish I could find this book with another female narrator. Male lead I could take or leave. I've heard some male leads that made me want to hear his voice all day, this is not one of them.

When Edward is talking to Jacob, he tells him that Carlisle would have gone along with him in aborting the hybrid, but Esme was against it, and Carlisle would not go against her. After Bella gives birth to Renesmee and becomes a vampire , Carlisle and the entire family immediately become attached to the newborn baby. Renesmee also leads to the treaty with the werewolves to a stronger bond when Jacob Black imprints on her. Carlisle is very impressed with Bella's ability to restrain control over her thirst and emotions, which is something that most newborns are unable to do.

Carlisle telling his family about the immortal children. When the Volturi hear of Renesmee from Irina , they believe she is an immortal child , and gather the entire guard and wives and witnesses to destroy Carlisle and his entire family. Carlisle is saddened that Alice and Jasper have left them, but respects their decision. Over the month it takes for the Volturi to arrive, Carlisle and the other Cullens gather a number of witnesses of their own to testify that Renesmee is not an immortal child.

He also persuades his Irish friend, Siobhan , to visualize a peaceful situation with the Volturi because he suspects she has an undiscovered talent of manipulating reality. In Alice's vision, he is killed by Aro whom rips off his head while trying to save Alice from being captured. His body is then lit on fire while Aro stands smiling and holding his head. This spurs the Cullens and witnesses into action and they charge, and the battle begins. In the end, the battle is avoided and Carlisle's doom is prevented.

With help from Nahuel 's witness, the wolves, and Bella's mental shield, their efforts are successful, and the Volturi retreat in fear. Carlisle and his family's allies suspect that the Volturi may attempt to avenge their humiliation in the future, and Carlisle says they will stand against them again if that time comes.


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Carlisle is described as looking like a model. He has collar-length blond hair, is 6'2", with a well-toned medium frame, gentle eyes and was 23 when he was changed. He is described as looking like a movie star and Charlie Bella 's father said that many nurses cannot concentrate on their work while he is around. But as soon as Carlisle was settled and married to Esme, Charlie said that the admiration was quickly hushed in the hospital.

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Carlisle is slight but muscular and has a slight English accent from his youth, but can speak with a flawless American accent. It is also stated in Breaking Dawn that he looks like Zeus's "younger better-looking brother". Carlisle's most prominent personality trait is his compassion, which is what prompted him to practice his diet on animal blood and use his capabilities to help people in need instead of killing them. Stephenie Meyer has said that his "compassion-motivated self-control is really so incredible that it almost crosses the line into 'superpower'. His loneliness in the years before he changed Edward and his love for his "children" also indicate that, like Esme, he is very family-motivated.

Carlisle is also very patient and non-judgmental. He has a passion for art collecting, reading, and medicine. He is also very curious about the unknown, such as the genetic makeup of the Quileute tribe. His peaceful and accepting nature has allowed him to make many friends, ranging from fellow vampires to humans and even werewolves, over the centuries. For a time, he was even willing to tolerate life amongst the Volturi, despite the marked contrast between his great compassion and Aro's callous disregard for human life - as shown, for example, when Aro dumped a profusely-bleeding human body outside the library where Carlisle was studying for no other reason than to test Carlisle's self-control.

In the book The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner , Bree explained that she trusted him to accept her surrender, knowing, for some reason, that when he claimed that he did not want to fight but only wanted to protect his family, he was telling the truth.

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Carlisle came up with his own theory as to why certain vampires have enhanced abilities; they bring something from their previous human life into their new vampire existence. Carlisle is also immortal, and had spent centuries perfecting his medical talents, becoming an excellent doctor. Unlike most vampires, after years of practice he is no longer tempted by the scent of human blood, and is able to use it to help him in the workplace, therefore turning his "curse" to his advantage.

He also believes that every vampire's strongest ability is enhanced during their transformation. What he brought into his next life was his incomparable compassion for humans and vampires [5] , which was what prompted him to redirect his diet to animal blood in the first place. He also uses his sense of smell to locate injured people who might have a chance to be saved. Despite his naturally gentle personality and superior control over his instincts, he is also quite adapted in combat much like his adopted children and wife, as he easily conquers newborns in Eclipse.

He is the adoptive father-in-law of Bella Swan and the adoptive grandfather of Renesmee Cullen , Edward and Bella's daughter. Carlisle's wife: Esme Cullen. Esme Cullen is Carlisle's wife, and the second vampire that Carlisle turned. Carlisle and Esme first met when she was 16 and he treated her broken leg; she fell out of a tree and Carlisle was the only doctor present at that time.

Both made an impression on the other—Esme never met another man that measured up to him. Her affection on Carlisle was strong enough for him to turn Esme into a vampire 10 years later, when he found her dying after she tried to commit suicide because she had lost her son. Proven as well is how much he truly loves her and was willing to change her into a vampire because he didn't want her to die or suffer any longer.

To his surprise, Esme accepted her transformation very easily. They fell in love and married "quickly and easily". Her ability to love others with passion helped her to devote herself to her husband's lifestyle. Edward says in Midnight Sun that even though eighty years have passed since Carlisle found Esme, their love has never faded because he still looks at her with the same eyes of first love. Carlisle's adoptive son: Edward Cullen. Edward Cullen is Carlisle's first adoptive son, and the first vampire that Carlisle turned.

He was created by Carlisle in , where he was dying of Spanish influenza. Carlisle was working at the hospital overnight, where he met Elizabeth Masen who pleaded for him to do anything in his power to help Edward. Elizabeth died after an hour, and since there were not enough hands, and eyes, Carlisle brought Edward to his home where he changed him to fulfill Elizabeth's wishes, and also because he wanted a companion after those centuries of loneliness.

Edward at first left Carlisle, for his unusual way of life, however, he came back eventually and has since traveled with him around the U. He provides Edward with the kind of love and bond that his real father did not, and Edward thinks of him as the best parent anyone could have.

While Carlisle loves his son unconditionally and thinks very well of him, Edward does his best to live up to his father's expectations. Carlisle was very worried about his lack of happiness, and therefore was grateful when Bella came into his life. Carlisle's adoptive daughter: Rosalie Hale. Rosalie Hale is Carlisle's second adoptive child, and the third vampire that Carlisle turned. He decided to change her into a vampire to save her life.

Also, part of the reason he changed her was because he had hoped to make her Edward's mate, but they never showed any other affection than as siblings. He did not try to stop her when she went after her attackers, because he believed she deserved justice. Rosalie was resentful of his action, thinking he had taken away everything human about her, but decided to stay with his family so she wouldn't be alone. Carlisle felt guilty for turning Rosalie against her will, which was why he complied to her wishes when she asked him to change Emmett into a vampire.

He considered it a way to make amends with her by letting her choose a companion of her own. After this, she came to respect Carlisle as a father and healer. She has studied medicine to help keep Carlisle updated on the most recent developments of the world's techniques. Carlisle's adoptive son: Emmett Cullen. Emmett Cullen is Carlisle's youngest adoptive son and the last vampire created by him. Rosalie found him being mauled to death by a bear in , and carried him over miles back to Carlisle and asked him to turn him into a vampire.

During his transformation, he believed that Rosalie was an angel and Carlisle was God. After his transformation was complete, they expected him to be upset by his change, but instead, he found comfort in it and became Rosalie's mate. The exact details of Emmett and Carlisle's relationship is unknown, but they are quite close, and Emmett is always willing to help him out in tight spots. It has been mentioned by Edward that Carlisle and Esme kicked Rosalie and Emmett out a few times for ruining the houses that they had bought for them. Carlisle's adoptive daughter: Alice Cullen. Alice Cullen is Carlisle's adoptive daughter.

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She had known about Carlisle and the family since , thanks to her ability to foresee the future , which helped her find the Cullens and later joined them with her mate Jasper in Alice respects Carlisle as a father, and Carlisle has absolute trust in her, even when she doubts herself. When she and Jasper left in the middle of a crisis in Breaking Dawn , everyone is led to believe that they had deserted the rest of them. However, Carlisle still respected her decision and defended her when Sam accused her of betrayal. He is delighted when Alice and Jasper return with a prominent ally to save them all.

Carlisle's adoptive son: Jasper Hale. Jasper Hale is Carlisle's adoptive son. He and Alice joined Carlisle's family in after leaving his previous lifestyle as a human-feeding vampire. Throughout the decades, they had formed a strong family bond. In Eclipse , Carlisle shows faith in Jasper's leadership and necessary knowledge about newborns. The exact details between Jasper and Carlisle's relationship is unknown, but it is known that Jasper has grown fond of Carlisle as much as he grew fond of the others over the years, though his emotional ties are not quite as deeply as Alice's to them.

Carlisle's adoptive daughter-in-law: Bella Swan. Bella Swan is Carlisle's adoptive daughter-in-law, married to Edward. She finds out about the Cullens' true identities after Edward became romantically involved with her, but finds their family interesting rather than frightening.

Carlisle and Bella first meet at the hospital when the latter almost got crushed by a van and Edward saved her with his strength and speed. Carlisle is grateful to her existence, since he was constantly worried that Edward would not find a mate. She once comforts Carlisle that he is not cursed as a vampire, because of his kindness, unparalleled self-control, healing skills and immortality, all of which allow him to help people. In New Moon , Bella gathers Edward's family to vote whether they let her become a vampire and join their family or stay human.

Despite Edward and Rosalie's protests, Carlisle agrees to let Bella join them to keep his son from committing suicide if she dies.

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Bella recognizes Carlisle's authority as head of the family, noting that his vote mattered more than any majority. She officially joins their family after marrying Edward, giving birth to Renesmee Cullen , and ultimately transforming into a vampire. Carlisle's adoptive granddaughter: Renesmee Cullen. Renesmee Cullen is the biological daughter of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan who carried her while she was still human , making her a hybrid between humans and vampires, as well as Carlisle's adopted granddaughter.

While Bella was still pregnant, Carlisle and Edward wanted to remove the fetus, but with Bella's insistence, Rosalie's protection, and most importantly Esme's agreement, Carlisle finds himself put in a difficult situation. After her birth, Carlisle comes to love Renesmee as much as the rest of his family. Although they mostly try to make her adjust to animal blood, she prefers human blood not that she would bite humans and Carlisle would sometimes bring donated human blood from the hospital. Jacob Black is a member of the Quileute tribe, and a shape-shifter who can phase into a giant wolf.

His ancestor made a treaty with Carlisle's family long ago to protect his tribe and prohibit the Cullens from hunting on their lands and biting humans. Jacob is initially very hostile towards the Cullens, especially Edward, because they are both in love with Bella and fighting for her. In Eclipse , when Victoria creates an army of newborn vampires to destroy the Cullens, they join forces with the Quileute wolves and gain victory on their side. Carlisle also tends to Jacob's injuries after being crushed by a newborn. Seeing Carlisle's gentle nature and kindness, he comes to respect him.

After Jacob imprints on his granddaughter, Renesmee , he begins to spend more time at the Cullens' house, and his relationship to all the vampires improves, including Carlisle. His imprinting on Renesmee also brings permanent peace between the Cullens and the Quileute wolves, as they have laws against harming a wolf's "imprinted one".

Peter Facinelli portrays Carlisle Cullen throughout the movie franchise. Though he recognized that Carlisle might have had an English accent, he did not use one when filming Twilight because he thought Carlisle would have adapted to his surroundings and dropped the accent to avoid attention. Peter also joked that he had realized that he did not like being "blonde" after doing this project. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Do you like this video? Cullen is a brilliant doctor who could probably work in any hospital in the world, make ten times the salary he gets here.

We're lucky to have him. Contents [ show ]. Time wasn't marked as accurately then, for the common people anyway. He was pale, though, and tired-looking with circles under his eyes. From Charlie's description, this had to be Edward's father. He looked very capable, much more experienced than Riley.