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.
I purchased this book with great expectations. I was disappointed by its predictability and teenage love triangle (parallelogram?). The literay device is cleaver: an alien is surgically implanted into the neck of a human "host" where it coils it's tendrils into hundreds of descrete neuro-connections. Cleaver image too, a reflective silver tell-tale sign around the pupil-iris border. Unfortunately, that's where the science, the fiction, and even the plot reallly stop. There is a plot, but the path is predictable very early on. What's worse is that the author is very wordy. It is as if, like Dickens, she is being paid by the word. Her words weave the drama between a group of people that are dimensionless, without history, and without desire except one. Love plays a central role here, but an idealized, pre-teen, never-been-kissed love. Love that only rises to (and is only challenged by) a kiss. Worse still, the justification of said love is based on "retained memories," not any character development that the author provides. Flat characters in an empty drama. It was like "Lord of the Flies" without conflict (or character development, or plot... OK it was nothing like "Lord of the Flies"). I wish there had been more development of the aliens, the lead characters, the plot, anything to help make a story except the repetitive lament of the lead character, "Oh, Jared! Oh, Jared! Oh, Jared!" Please. Take a valium and call me when you write adult books. This book is not recommended for anyone except a pre-teen or early teen girl. Definetely not worth 2 credits.
I could not get into this book, no matter how much I wanted to. I adore the Twilight series, and I love good sci-fi, but the author's weaknesses come through too much in this book.
I am a stick to the end kind of girl. Man did I suffer. The narrator didn't help matters either. Her voice was robotic. I am sure that was what she was trying to achieve but boy did it make it painful to listen to. I do have to say once you got past chapter 40 the book picks up and I did shed a tear when her life was valued by the humans. Maybe if it were narrated by someone else I would have received it better.
I tried to give this book time to gel, given all the hype, but it was just silly in my mind and was narrated to make me feel like I was listening to a high school novel.
Rarely do novels enable the reader to get inside characters' heads to the degree that Meyer lets you inside the soul's.
I thought the beginning was slow and almost regretted the download, but once the story settled into the relationship between the soul and the host, it became really interesting. The moral dilemmas faced by the hosts, humans and souls in this tale were tricky.
I would agree that the "happy ending" was not what I had expected. I thought I figured out what the author was going to do, but she took the safe route IMO. Maybe she has a lot of female fans who would want the fairytale ending. I would have preferred something a little bit more edgey requiring the characters to have to sacrifice more for their convictions.
Nevertheless, I found the story gripping and not overacted as one earlier reviewer claimed. I've listened to dozens of books and the reader did a great job of voicing male and female characters and also of capturing their emotions. (I shed actual tears at one point.) I am not one to read chick lit, so I hope that I am not coming across as too big of a whimp, but it was a nice surprise to be moved by the story.
Since it is told from a female point of view, I am not sure that male readers will find it as heart-wrenching, but there's plenty of violence to spice things up.