I gave this book 3 stars at first, then changed to 4 stars as I could not get it out of my head. At first, the voices of Mel and Wanderer were hard to tell apart, but then it became easier once you got to know their personalities. There were a lot of emotions packed into this book. Read it!
I am a fan of Meyers' vampire series so I thought I'd try The Host. The story was great, with a lot of character building that I appreciated and depth to the storyline. The narrator did an excellent job with all the characters and the tempo was read perfectly! Very Engrossing. A must read.
Yes, you will be tempted to check this one as NO and why did I download. But, stay with it! You will find a wonderful story teller talking about a great adventure of hope, love and just a great story. I give it four stars only because of the slow start. You'll enjoy!
While I really enjoyed this book, I cannot agree with those that rate this book in the same league as the Twilight series. The narrator is okay, but I found myself dreading the narration when the main characters were emotional. To be fair, I think the narrator for Twilight (Ilyana Kadushin) was amazing, so it's always harder to enjoy the next book even when the narrator is good.
After reading the Twilight series and this book by Stephanie Meyer, I do see some patterns and hope that her next books will not depend so heavily on the love triangles, which seem to drag out a little too long.
I still highly recommend the book.
After listening to the "Twilight" series, I hate to say I am a little disappointed in the narrator picked for this book. I was hoping the narrator for this book and the "Twilight" series would be the same. I don't really like when women read a man's character with a "gravelish" sounding voice. The Wanderer and Melanie sound the same later in the book so it is a bit hard to figure out who is talking at times. But, being that I just finished the "Twilight" series and jumped right into the "Host," I think maybe my expectations may have been really high for the book and I may be a little disappointed in the book as a whole. I think I will go back and listen to the "Twilight" Series again!
This book is really great. I love Stephanie Meyer's other books, and I ordered this one because of that. I also love science fiction, so this book fit the bill. This is one of those books that make audio so great. And the reader does a fabulous job.
Ok, this was not the worst book I've heard but definitely not the best. The first few hours were taxing but I consider myself a patient person so I pushed through it. In the beginning it is difficult to tell which character is which but after the narrator gets warmed up it gets easier. I never thought it was possible but I think the book has toooo much detail and sometimes focuses too much on things that don't have an impact on the story. Ultimately it is a good story but was poorly written. It's not all bad there are some very touching moments even funny ones too. Don't take my word for it; try it, if nothing else it will help you kill some time.
This was my 4th Meyer book. I first read the Twilight series. After that, this one was a little slow at the beginning but I stuck with it and I was SO VERY GLAD I did. Now I'm sad that it's over. The characters are well developed and the story is very well told. I would certainly be interested in reading more books by Meyer.