Well this series is read by Carine Montbertrand and at first I hated her voice! But I got use to it very fast and it was no longer a bother. Also the way the book was written at the beginning may have been difficult for the narrator. The book started off all over the place as if the main character was having an out of body experience every few lines or she was talking to her self. But the book gets really good about 2 hours in and the rest of the books in the series are even better.
When the main character crashed a party in a Pretty sector of the city that she was not allowed in. She was wearing a pig mask and the pretties chased her calling out, "here piggy piggy!"
I liked shay's voice, because it was very mellow.
I'd have to say yes, but I chose not to because I think I'm getting addicted to audio books!
I believe this book series is very refreshing with its own twists, humor, and adventure! I do recommend it to people who like books like Matched, Delirium, and/or Divergent.
One of the best I've listened to...
All of it...
I didn't care for the performance...I hated the voice of Shay
All of it...
This was a great listen. If you liked the Hunger Games, you will love this! Very creative!
Mama of two
This was one of the times I wish I had listened to the sample. The voices the narrator used for some of the characters were unbearable. The "voice of enlightenment" who is an almost-16-year-old girl, sounded like a Rug Rats (infantile, male, cartoon-ish) character -- I couldn't get past it.
I didn't listen long enough to pick up the story line so I couldn't say whether it would be a worthwhile read.
Westerfeld successfully explores the societal ideal of beauty in this thought-provoking novel. Tally Youngblood is nearly 16 and has been waiting her entire life to be "pretty." She, like all individuals in the novel, are considered ugly, living apart from polite society, until their 16th birthday when an operation changes them into an acceptable, predetermined form of pretty. The philosophy is that in the past, individual physical characteristics caused the destruction of society by the Rusties, which is what they call the people who destroyed it.
Told completely from Tally's point of view, we are immersed into her thought process and watch it change when she meets someone three months before the important 16th birthday. Shay has a completely different philosophy about being made pretty and this perspective turns Tally's world upside down.
Although this can properly be labeled a young adult novel, adults may find themselves questioning their own values about beauty and the role it may play in our own society. What value does it have and do we over value it? Do we make mistakes about what it means to be pretty or ugly? Does this translate into fat or thin? Red hair or blonde hair? Is it breaking down society? The questions Tally has in her life are ones we start asking ourselves, so while the plot is engaging, entertaining and unique filled with tension and conflict, it is also a commentary on some of our way of life.
Unfortunately Carine Montbertrand is a poor reader. The voice of Tally was fine, but the voices of all the other characters were nasal and grating. Some of the characters are made to sound as if they are uneducated, which is simply not true of any of them. It drove me nuts. Although this is a series that I would like to read all the way through, I will probably buy the other books in an e-version because I don't think I can stomach another one read by Montbertrand, which is a shame since the story line is very good.
Tell us about yourself! I like the save the world books and magic
no i just wish he add more books to that secres
the way tally rewires her self
i dont know what carine montberand's means
yes but i dont know who should be the stars
writ more books pleas and thank you
The narrator's take on Shay's voice was like nails on a chalkboard. Almost made me turn it off the first time I heard it however the story grabbed me enough to keep me listening despite the fact that I cringed every time Shay spoke.
Hunger Game, Divergent, Twilight
I really enjoyed reading this series after my daughter recommended it. Unfortunately I think that the narration on the audio books is awful. She speaks too slowly, sounds too old. It really drags. I think that the narrator of the first 3 immortal instruments series would have been far better choice. Far better to read the book and this comes from someone who now mostly listens to audiobooks.
This was a wonderfully creative book...LOVE IT!
Carine Montbertrand's performance was absolutely aweful! Her voices and interpretation was distracting. After a while I ended up reading instead of listening.
Audio books are my new favorite thing, I'm catching up on so many books. If you know any good dystopia novels, please recommend them to me!
I actually started listening to this book once then stopped because I needed a more gripping, fast pace book. But once I got my fix, I came back to this one. The start is pretty slow, even though the plot is pretty interesting. It was good to listen to on road trips but I wasn't 'looking forward' to listening to it as much as I have other books. I will get the second book, I'm invested in the characters now so I want to know what happens!
The performance, however, was pretty awful. The narration of this book didn't make me stop listening to it, however, it did detract from the story a bit. Just a warning if stuff like that bothers you a lot!
I love dystopian novels but this one missed the mark. The concept was interesting enough to keep me reading but the dialogue reminded me why some people won't read YA. I think there are plenty of great YA novels with fantastic chars and realistic dialogue. This isn't one of them. There are also some themes in this and following books that would make me recommend parents read this (as painful and tedious as it will be) and the rest of the series before their kids do.
I went back and forth between 1 and 2 stars but, in the end, I just didn't like it. The narration was pretty poor as well. A couple of the voices made me cringe.