The narrator killed this one for me. Although I love Kate Reading in other settings, she was a bad choice on this one. I have tried "The Host" several times, only to give up for bad delivery. If I revisit this selection in the future, I will try paperback or ebook, but not the audio.
Can't win them all.
I consider myself a well-read SF reader...no fantasy please! So it is with trepidation that I try a new author. I can't stand bad writing. Stephenie Meyer wrote this pretty well. It is a very unique approach. I'd fault her for not quite separating her alien thinking from her human thinking ( for that you have to read Cherryh), but the base concept is good and she keeps this big 'ol novel going well. I enjoyed it. Some good emotional stuff too. Bravo.
I read everyone's reviews and was hesitant to get this audiobook. I like Stephanie Meye's work so I decided to ignore most of the reviews. I am so happy I did. I found the narrator to be a tough to listen to at first, very monotoned but realized that was on purpose to fit the character. After a few chapters I really got into the story and into the main character, Wanderer. I liked how the story was told and by the middle of the book I found myself anxious for my drive to be able to listen to the book and even trying to listen to it on my ipod at work. I enjoyed the story and I really hope that Stephanie writes another book to pick up where this book ends.
I went into this book without many expectations. I have never gotten into sci-fi stories before but thought "what the hell?" I gave it a whirl and was pleasantly surprised. Even though I was told Stephenie was writing this for a more adult audience than the Twilight Series I still felt the story was a little young. The story line was somewhat predictable. But it was still a good story and well told. It kept my interest until the end.
I'm glad I stuck it out to the end. It had me tearing up and wishing for a sequel by the end. My only complaint about the narration is that all her young male characters all sound like charter members of AARP which I found very distracting.
After reading the Twilight series with my children they were so excited to get The Host for our next big road trip. I, however, was left wanting a bit with Twilight as it was a good series but just a 'good for kids' series. So, it was with a little hesitation that I pushed 'Play' and began our trip. Soon I was pleasantly being drawn into a very interesting novel that was challenging as it was written in the first person which, in itself, was enough to keep my initial attention peaked. But it wasn't only the orientation of the writing that was good, it also had great character development and plot lines that were well thought through and dripping with interesting details. One of those, 'couldn't get enough of it' books that I thoroughly enjoyed and was pleasantly surprised to find that, rather than continue with the vampire/monster craze, took a nice dramatic twist into a very deep adult novel with a cool sci-fi twist. Great book and narration was flawless!
great read !!!!
Was prepared to hate this. Have no interest in the twilight saga but thought I would give this a go.
Very pleasantly surprised. Interesting story, well read.
Development of characters brings them to life. You feel what is in their hearts and minds. captivating plot.
This is one of the rare books that I might read (listen) a second time.
Superb study in human nature. Fascinating. Enjoyed every minute of the book and wish it could have gone on for another 20 hours.