I highly enjoyed this book. Working at a bookstore, I am always surrounded by people wanting Meyers' Twilight series, but those books never interested me. I was very excited when she wrote an "adult" sci-fi novel, but was still sceptical about how well it would be written. Finding out the Kate Reading (one of my all-time favorite narrators) was narrating is what promted me to finally try it. It took me a little while to get used to Readings american accent (having only ever heard her narrate in a british one), but after that I couldn't stop listening. The story is intense, emotional and insiteful into the complexity of human emotion. I would recommend this to anyone who's ever read Octavia E. Butler's Xenogensis trilogy or just any fan of sci-fi who enjoys reading about human/alien relations.
Hopefully Meyers will continue to write more "adult" science fiction.
I don't typically write reviews, but I think this is the first audiobook I've had serious problems putting down. During the second half I found myself listening more than just my commute time, replacing TV, staying up late primarily to listen, even bringing the ipod to bed and falling asleep to it, and in the end plugging in while getting ready for work in the morning (a definite first). I truly cared about every main character, and Kate Reading's marvelous narration undoubtedly contributed to this. There's some technology described that may strain your belief, but at the core this book is about personal relationships and triumph over the most trying and unfortunate circumstances. In that area the book soars. From the range of reviews it looks like you either love this book or hate it. I'm one who loved it. It will have a permanent place in my library.
Of course I have to qualify my review by admitting that I am not a fan of Stephanie Meyer only because I've never read or listened to anything she has written before. I thought I'd give her a try and I chose this book because Vampire stories do absolutely nothing for me.
I am simply baffled at the popularity of this book. This is the flattest, poorly developed story I have listened to or read in a long time. Aside from the developing story of the host getting to know and learn about her parasite/intruder, nothing really happens until that last act of the story, or essentially when there are only 3 to 4 hours left in the story. I couldn't wait for this one to end and move on to the next book on my list.
I am also not a big fan of female narrators, but Kate Reading did a great job and I enjoyed her narration.
I'm sorry Meyers fans, but overall, I simply cannot Recommend this book. I certainly would not listen to or read a sequel.
Like most great science fiction this novel very believably examines human reaction to a future very different from the world we live in now. I don't know anything about this author's other work, but this novel is a very adult examination of love, loyalty, and the very essence of what it means to be human. It is nice to see a book from a female perspective that I would still consider "hard" science fiction. While we learn perhaps a great deal more about the emotional lives of the characters than we would in an offering from Heinlein or Herbert, the writing is unflinching in the examination of difficult questions and felt quite plausible from beginning to end. This book is one of my new favorites.
I was so happy to find this book here! At first I didn't like the dry way the reader read the book, but as time went on I realized there was a darned good reason why.
The story itself was beautiful, and outside the box; which is always delightful. Stephanie's love of looking at humanity from other perspectives is unique, and her love of the supernatural is downright first hand; I'd swear to it in a court of law!
After finishing the audiobook, I found myself wondering if this love triangle didn't set the stage for Jacob and Edward; except in reverse as Wander is not human, and her two love interests are human. She is truly the modern "Queen" of the love triangle, but I hope she doesn't get stuck in the same formula in all of her subsequent work; I don't like to think of her as being predictable. I do, however, love the way she solved the situations in this book, as well as in the Twilight Saga.
This audiobook is worth your while if you are a Stephanie Meyer fan; even if you are not. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and how it was played out. I am very experienced with audiobooks, and I am very picky about what works and what doesn't work. Everything that Stephanie Meyer has written thus far works perfectly in audio!
I love reading this book and it took a little while to get used to the audiobook (being my first one), but the reader does a great job with distinguishing Melanie and Wanderer's voices. And now I love the audiobook! So convenient!
The narrator, Kate Reading, is very good and I've listened to her before with Robert Jordan books. The Host was excellent and left me wanted more.
Well done Stephenie.
Wonderful book - I didn't want it to end! The narrator, Kate Reading, nailed it! A good look at what it means to be truly "human" - It was a pleasure.