Happily surprised by this one. What does that say about me? Not sure because according to Amazon, the age level for this series is 8-12. That actually makes me pretty happy because that means there’s some decent fiction out there for young readers. No better way to get them hooked on reading than by giving them decent books! My son liked it, and since it was in my Audible library from him, I thought I’d give it a listen.
Of course, some parts of my adult brain noted when the writing was a bit simple, but quite honestly, it was an imaginative journey down the vent shaft in the laundry room to the underworld. Gregor gets the surprise of his life, and protects his baby sister quite gallantly. Good boy… and well, sometimes you just have to save the world, underworld or not! This would be a good one for the whole family to listen to together! Road trip!
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
This is for 4th graders through 8th graders. I believe that age group will really like the book, but it is not that good for adults. I believe it could have been, The writing is good, but there are large holes. I will say I liked the whole take a bath so they rats don't smell you. That is true for different cultures. My wife went to college with some Nigerians. They said that all Americans have a smell, because we eat so much meat. About half way through the story gets more interesting when they are joined by Rip Red, I liked his character. There were also some surprises I did not see coming.
I did feel she should have gotten someone like Facklam to help her write the story. This mostly takes place underground and the only animals she mentions, are people, rats, roaches, fish and spiders. Of all the animals and insects that live underground , this was all she could fit into the story.
A little girl gets sucked down a grate in a laundry room in New York City and so did a full grown man. The explanation for that did not take place until the end of the story and then it was not very good. I would like to know why a group traveling through dangerous territory did not post guards when they slept, where did the roast beef come from, where did he get cab fare and how come the kid who should be in her terrible two's is so good? I know this is meant for a young audience, but does that mean it has to be sloppy. Don't our kids deserve better.
As an adult I really enjoyed this adventure. It moved quickly and I didn't want to stop listening.
The characters are very charming. Images of Gregor, the "hard done by" but brave young boy, and Boots in her backpack with her diaper needing changing were really endearing.
Paul Boehmer was excellent as narrator. I loved his portrayal of the patriarch Vikus, the cunning laconic Ripred and the unforgettable cockroaches. I wanted to run around quoting "Be She the Princess, Be She".
A cautionary note though, it is possible that a child may have a bad experience listening to a story of giant bats, spiders and cockroaches. Giant evil spiders may not be everyones remedy to good dreams.
I didn't realize that this series was directed to juvenile audience and was therefore disappointed. I do like many juvenile books but this one did not keep my attention.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This book is not for older readers. This is perhaps most appropriate for 10 year olds or younger if anyone. While the idea of this underground world is intriguing concept the story is very boring and the characters annoying and one dimensional. A small 2 year old baby is brought with the adventurers on a quest to find their father throwing tantrums and needing her diaper changed. There is nothing clever or exciting about this tale. You have been warned!
Perhaps its the narrator, but our family felt as if we were sitting in a kindergarten classroom listening to this book. My daughters were excited in that they loved the Hunger Games, but this book really did not live up to those expectations. Possibly enjoyable for a VERY young child, but not so much for older children based on our experience.
I love both the audio and the print version. I listened to the series after reading the books. The audio simply enhanced my love for the Gregor series.
Even though I adore Greogor, the main character, Ripread has a special place. Despite the gruff exterior, he has a noble and kind heart.
Paul Boehmer was able to capture the nuances of all of the characters, especially when Gregor becomes the temperamental tween.
I love the entire series.
Suzanne Collins seems most well known for the Hunger Game series, however, this is a must-read series for the younger readers.
I first read the paperbacks more than a decade ago as a grade school kid and they quickly became my favorite stories. I came back to this world and have since realized how much of my imagination came from reading and re-reading these books as a pup. I have also found so much more meaning and detail in them that have made me love them even more. I highly recommend it for anyone, kid or adult who are looking for an imaginative and unique adventure. Many people on here seem to bring up Harry Potter or Collins other work in The Hunger Games, but trust me when I tell you there is nothing else out there like it.
The narrator, while very different from the voices I had heard in my own head as a child, did an amazing job and I will forever remember the characters through is voice I think.