This was an engaging listen of a story essentially about fear of the dark. I kept expecting it to get violent or dangerous or scary, but it never did. The “G” rated quality of the story was kind of a relief.
The two main characters are children who are curious and intelligent. The setting is unique, and the support characters are well-written.
The author does a good job of creating the world of the story, describing the city and the fear and the darkness. The author also does a good job on the human weakness to want and the dawning realization of what will happen when things run out, but not in a way that will cause children to lose sleep.
A lot of the story revolves around decoding a damaged document, and that was frustrating to have to listen to. Particularly because you have to listen to it over and over. I think this might be a better book to actually read.
It’s not ground-breaking, but it was difficult to put down.
my son has a reading disability and we struggled mightily together. once I downloaded the book, he was hooked. have had to purchase more immediately!!!
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
This is book 1 of 4 in the "Ember" series which describes a post-apocalyptic earth in hopeful terms. I like that part of the series' approach, though the overall style can be a little pedantic (in my adult opinion) for moral lessons. However, the target audience is juvenile readers so I think the clarity and overt description of moral connections is likely appropriate. All middle and elementary schoolers I have spoken to about this book have really enjoyed it.
This book has both a female and male protagonist, making the book likely equally appealing to boys and girls. How the two relate to each other and their dying city of Ember, and how the two work to to solve problems is a nice exploration into egoism, altruism and ultimately, humility.
I love to read stories, but have found recently that listening to the stories adds to my enjoyment. I like hearing the various voices of the characters.
My favorite part is solving the mystery of the document found in the box in Lina's closet. The story holds my interest.
Wendy is very good doing dialog between Lina and Doon. I think her voice for Clary is quite interesting, it fits the written description of her character.
Will the city go dark forever?
I did find the lip smacking of the guard and the Mayor's voice to be rather annoying, but maybe that was Wendy's point.I thought Lina's name should be pronounced Leena, not Lina like Carolina. Also I think there was a character named Sage which I would pronounce like the spice. Not sure about that though.Doon's voice reminds me of Rudolph the reindeer in the Christmas special. Not that I have a problem with that really.
Much lower than I expected.
A very well written book.
I loved this series but was very disappointed in the narration. The reader made the book feel like it was for a seven year old.
I have to say that this was the worst experience I ever had with an audiobook. I kept ripping the earbuds out of my ears and truly felt I wasted my money. I never write a review but I am so annoyed right now. The background noises, the wheezing when imitating the mayor and right now, they mimicked the loudspeaker from the mayor and the people couldn't hear it so it was fuzzy... that was it for me. I am not sure if I can finish this because I keep getting distracted with the background noise that I can't even think as I am listening, I have to keep rewinding the story. Although I am sure it is not Wendy Dillon's fault, probably a poor choice by the producers, I am so perturbed and hope I never experience this again. I like to envision the book myself, I hate that they are forcing their interpretation on me with all of the sounds of the buildings, the city and the over acting of the way a character might sound. PAINFUL!
My ratings for the book and the story are inaccurate because I am only 30% done with this book.
This book was a fun and unique idea compared to a lot of adolescent books out there. It is completely non-sci-fi (in this book) and completely clean. Neat idea to think of growing up not knowing you're underground. You will need a bit of suspension of belief to imagine they could survive underground that long but it's all do-able. Enjoyed the whole puzzle that kids go through too. Definitely recommend this book to adolescent readers and I think some adults will enjoy it as a fun distraction.
I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this was the MOST annoying job by a narrator.. the lip smacking and wheezing added to some of the villains was so distracting/annoying, I had to fast-forward or stop altogether. Completely took away from the story....
City of Ember was a delightful tale "starring" two 12-year-olds, but not a kid's book, though I think they'd enjoy it, too. In the genre of "nuclear holocaust" aftermath, it wasn't a dark story (pun intended) and I really enjoyed it. I was left to ponder all the delights of our world. A few unanswered questions is the reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars. I do see that a sequel and prequel are available and look forward to reading those next!
Not much new here. It's an OK read and would be fine for children though it is a bit preachy in it's behind the scenes agenda. Nothing happens that you can't see coming. Most of the characters are a bit overwrought. It's no Wrinkle in Time.