I liked the Twilight books (guilty pleasure) so I figured I would try Meyer's other novel - Host. It was weird, and at times, confusing. Maybe this just wasnt a good book for me. I usually read epic series like: The Wheel of Time, Sword of Truth, Alerian Codex, Black Magician Trilogy, the Hungering Saga, Mistborn... etc...
So overall, I probably wouldn't buy another Stephanie Meyer book myself. However, I might listen to another one if a friend lent it to me.
The ending was so abrupt and kind of left you hanging... no hint of a sequel or any kind of real resolution.
not to me. I would have enjoyed listening to something else. But since I had purchased the book, I forced myself to finish listening to it to justify the expense. Hoping it would get better...
I absolutely LOVED this book! I wasn't sure at the very beginning, kind of slow, but it gets very interesting. I got attached to the characters and they have a really interesting dynamic. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi books and wants a new twist on aliens taking over the world.
I would listen to the host again. I read the book the first time around. Now I travel a lot for work and wanted to read it again but did not have time. The narrator is wonderful and the story is epic. Every wonder what the end of the world will be like. The Host has an idea all its own...
The most memorable moments of the host was when the alien is rememebering why they took over the planet. The most upsetting crimes were those against our children. It really struck a personal note with me.
Have only listened to the audiobook, but I thought the performance was excellent. Adding Kate Reading to my short list of preferred narrators.
The internal conversation between the host and the parasite, and the morality of being a parasite and/or a host. I like stories that show the bad guys are not totally bad and the good guys not totally good. This is an excellent story about good, evil, life, death, and what it means to be human.
She really makes the book come alive. The first one-third of the book is largely expository, so it was probably more entertaining to hear it than to read it. Ms. Reading is an excellent narrator.
OK, I'm pretty much a pushover, but that said, this book did make me laugh and get a bit misty at times.
If there was any doubt, it is now apparent that Ms. Meyer can not only write, but she has more than one story to tell.
I "accidentally" bought this book for my daughter when it first came out because she was a Twilight fan. She refused to read it, so I did. I loved it! Now that the movie is about to come out, I wanted to re-read it, but my sit down time is limited. I do drive a lot, though, so I got the audio version. I was not disappointed. Good performance. Good listen. Great story. Highly recommend it. Nothing like Twilight. Plenty of action, great plot.
No. Too long. But I did it over 4 days while driving or cleaning my house.
This was a great combination of science fiction, psycological thriller, and post apocolyptic survival story. The author's creativeness was impressive. This is one I plan to listen to (or read) again. Well worth the credit.
It was complex, intelligent, and worth digging your teeth into. The conflict between the human host and the alien soul was very intriguing. This conflict takes place entirely by thought communication between the two beings. Awesome.
Hang in there through the first scene. It is difficult to follow, but it soon becomes clear what is going on.
I absolutely loved this performance and the story line. I'm such a big fan of Stephenie Meyer and Kate Reading gave our new heroine a beautiful voice! I loved her inflection and how well she defined the secondary characters.
The story was awesome too; I was on edge, ready to see what was going to happen next with our characters ever evolving personality. The love story is captivating and easy to relate to, who wouldn't give up everything for their nearest loved ones?
The Wanderer or Wanda (as she ends up becoming), she is a kind soul (literally) and I can't help but love her too. Uncle Jeb is memerable and loveable as well.
Her voice is wonderful and easy to listen too, I love how she gives each character his/her own voice; it was easy to get lost in the story (in a good way I mean).
The very end, they just couldn't let her go! Absolutely beautiful!
I will listen to this one again sometime. Totally worth it!
I've read/listened to all of Stephanie Meyer's books. By far this is the number one for me. The story is incredible as well as the performance by Kate Reading.
I have to say, Eden is by far my favorite. Because of his compassion and the way he ends up in the story.
This one is the best.
I had it all! Laughed and cried. Even after listening to it over 50 times.
It is just a great book.
This was a very interesting book. It’s very different from the Twilight Saga. The story is very good and the ending is great. But there are a few parts of the book that don't really seem necessary and bits and pieces that don't connect. I enjoyed the narration and thought that the way it was read was great! Great book for a great imagination!
I consider any book in audio format to be better than a print version for me personally because I commute over an hour to school every day so having an audiobook playing keeps me from falling asleep.
I loved Wanderer. Her non-violent spirit was really touching and to have her be so opposed to violence was a wonderful contrast to the human counterparts in this story.
Kate did an excellent job narrating all the characters. Her voice didn't distract or take away from the story at all.
I have to admit there were some times I had to stop listening, like when the humans were really mean to Wanderer. Some of the parts in the book were really frustrating to sit through, so no I had to have some time away from the book so I wouldn't get too upset.
Meyers writing style has improved dramatically from her Twilight days. I was really surprised in the leap her skill has taken. I don't know why this book hasn't received as much attention as the Twilight series because it is written twice as well as those books...