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 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.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
I couldn't finish it. I really really tried. I can't understand why would somebody buy movie rights for that one, but since they made Twilight I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
I loved reading the Twilight series and couldn't wait to hear Ms. Meyer's next effort. However, I found this book boring -- the characters were dull and uninteresting and the plot long, slow and plodding. It was a chore for me to get through this book. Definitely not worth two credits -- look elsewhere!
This book really draaaaaags in parts. I found myself skipping forward a couple of times to get things moving. I never skip forwards when listening to a book!
Stephenie Meyer does a great job in keeping you engaged with the story. You just don't want to stop listening till you have finished all three books. Great story with lots of imagination. Very intertaining... Hope to see more from this author.
I found the book to be slow paced and frankly, boring. I had no issues with the reader. I frequently repeat listening to books I enjoy and can not imagine listening to this one again. Waste of credits for me.