My son has adhd. Car rides are the worst. He starts to actually break pieces of the car. When I have a story going he sits perfectly still and hangs on every word. Big thank you from a happy momma!
It is a good read. I like the story overall, the ending was not what I expected. I did not love the music that went along with this part of the book. it was thought-provoking and I am glad that I read it (listened to it)
Like the story and narration but the chapters are not consistent with the book. The book has 23 chapters but the audio book only has 6 chapters. Would be hard if you want to listen and read together.
I got through it, but I would recommend searching for a different narrator. This one was highly annoying in certain parts, especially panicking Jonas. It was difficult to take the story as seriously as when I had read it in the past.
Also, there was music all the time that I felt distracted a little from the story. I got used to it eventually, but I never got used to the narrator. I liked him less by the time I finished the book than when I had started.
Regarding the story, it is one of my favorites, albeit a little odd. It reminds us of what is truly important and valuable. As other wise people have pointed out, some things have no survival value, but they give value to survival. That's what this story is about. Completely worth the credit, but select a different narrator. The writing style is young adult.
A truly great story. I know high schoolers have been forced to read this book for years but unlike many other book with the same claim to fame this story lives up to its enforced publicity.
The performance does not do it harm either.
It was an amazing story very well told and narrated.
That is gave a great description on what everything seemed to be so you could almost feel like you were there.
NO its awesome
When the baby was released. It was just so emotional for me.... They had no knowledge of what they were doing.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I've read it many, many times. So my expectations were probably too high.
Firat and foremost, I hate when music is interjected into these audiobooks - sometimes it might add a little, but most of the time it just competes with the narrator and makes it more difficult to get into the story. And with a book this great, if you can not improve it, do not add it in to begin with!
The narrator was fine - he was not bad, but he did not make it better. And his added nuances, such as laughing or such, was not in tone with the description of the text, in my opinion.
If you've never read this book prior, perhaps none of what I mentioned will bother you. But I just do not think as much can be taken away from this novel by listening to this rendition. The music seems to cheapen the emotional tenor and the narrator just doesn't resonate or bring out enough to satisfy me.
This book has so much to offer the reader - it moves me every time I read it. I hope this book is released again with someone like Jeff Bridges narrating. The movie was not at all what I would have hoped, but Jeff Bridges was close to what I would expect, except perhaps a bit older.
I never write reviews, but this is one I took the time to reflect my thoughts. I hope it is helpful to someone. Either way, read this book - whether you listen to it or read it. It is very thought provoking and has always stuck with me, since it was firat read to me in grade school about 25 years ago.