I had watched the movie first and thought the book would probably be better. I liked the movie, it had a lot of potential. The movie did well at capturing this book's lack of excitement. I wouldn't call it bad, just lackluster. The idea is great, the characters are good, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.
GREAT Book. Read very well. Mayor's voice character was a little grating, but awesome story.
Listened to this with my son, 6 th grade. would recommend it.
It's a "Good Start" because we want to listen to the series now.
What I loved best was when they find the path out of the city.
The most memorable moments were when she got the light blue colored pencil and when they get out of the city.
My favorite scene was the ride in the boat down the tunnels.
I cried when the grandmother died and I laughed when the baby was lost in the yarn. So it was a bit of both.
I absolutely loved it. <3<3
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The City of Ember is book one in this amazing series written by Jeanne DuPrau. It is narrated by Wendy Dillon and I have read enough reviews here to have a comment I hope adds to the reader's understanding. There is a part where the mayor uses a bullhorn that obviously isn't working (the story explains this by illustrating it) and the panicky people of Ember keep having to ask others what he said. This has been reported by many reviewers as frustrating and annoying. That is how it is supposed to be, as it is what the people of Ember are experiencing.
The experience of listening to an audio book is not merely narration, there are often varying levels of acting and sound effects included to make it a rounder experience. I enjoy this type of experience as it reminds me of the old days when Radio was king and people gathered around it as they used to gather around television.
With that said, I love this book and have listened many times to my old multiple CD copy and was glad to finally be able to replace that with one download to complete this entire series in audio from Audible.
Many adults who come to this book have heard of other stories regarding the possibility of the world's end and what people might do in order to somehow survive it. This is a story like that but from a truly original point of view. This is not at all dystopian, it is rather a story I would be glad to start my own grandchildren on and let them collect one by one until they have the whole story of all 4 books. They are normally read in the following order (though there are decent arguments for setting the third book in place of the first): 1- The City of Ember 2- The People of Sparks 3- The Prophet of Yonwood 4- The Diamond of Darkhold. For those who don't like this particular narrator (though holding the presentation against her is too far, in my opinion) just know that each book is done by a different narrator. Wendy Dillon only narrates the first book.
Because the book was short I managed to follow it through until the end-- but the narration was incredibly difficult to handle. Previous comments about the mayors voice being difficult to listen to are absolutely correct. I had a hard time listening to almost any characters voice as portrayed by this narrator-- which is generally a problem for an audiobook. I haven't even bothered to see if there are sequels to this book. It was pretty immature (I realize it's a YA novel-- but this seems to be aimed more at elementary school kids), poorly written, quite predictable, and in the end I didn't care at all about any of the characters or the society in general, I was just happy it was over.
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It started off a tiny bit irritating to me but quickly caught my attention. The performance was well done and the minimal, but well timed sound effects added a nice touch. I'm eager to listen to more!
naration overdone naration was so bad that there were certain characters that would have been enjoyable however you wish they would not return to the story because the narration was over done. the narrator attempted to force their depiction of the character.
Will read the next book in the series hoping that there is a different narrator and director.
the story was quite captivating and interesting. I'm excited to read the next story.
Would have given 5 stars for everything if there is a different narrator.