I downloaded this book because the reviews were, overall, quite good. This book is so awful it is difficult to express in words. I am on chapter 45 and I am so bored I want to die. The author offers NO answers, none. Not even hints. No foreshadowing, either. Am I seriously going have to wait until the last 30 minutes to get answers? I am only finishing it on principle now, since I already paid for it. It's not as though I expected this to be as good as the Hunger Games, but I at least expected to be entertained. I honestly can't listen to this without my mind wandering it is so unbelievable boring. Run, don't walk, from this book.
Ghost writer of over 100 unpublished works...;).
Ok, disclaimer here. This is a YA novel and I not a YA. That being said...
The title to this review is an example of the writing style often employed in this book: redundant and lacking any real description.
The plot is appropriately mazy, the storyline dubious and quite a stretch even for speculative fiction, and the characters are one dimensional. The protagonist is a weak willed, weak minded, ineffectual chipmunk of a kid until suddenly he a great leader. Baffling.
There's a bunch of kids dying for no good reason. And I'm not referring to a plot hole here, though there were many of them (like the supposed story of the kids' names). I mean there's no overall message or allegory or point being made important enough to warrant the violent death of children.
For younger audible listeners, sorry, you probably won't find this review helpful. For older listeners, though, I suggest skipping this one.
The characters felt flat. Not much growth occurs over the course of the books and not really that much happened. It did pick up a little towards the end though, leaving the possibility of an interesting sequel. Listened to this book on a long car ride and was entertained at a basic level of wanting to hear what happened but never fell in love with the plot or any characters.
I wouldn't listen to this book again because of the ending. Everything leading up to the ending was great but the last few chapters just left me disappointed.
This is a very unique and original story that definitely tugs at your heart and riddles you brain with questions that force you to stay engaged and continue reading.
Maybe I'm wrong and as the story goes on it gets better, but after about 2 hrs of listening I just couldn't talk it anymore!! I would NOT recommend this to a friend...or even an enemy!
His character voices are good, so that leads me to believe the poor story narration is a reflection on the writing and not the narrator himself. When not doing character voices, he sounds like he is reading directions, not reading a story.
Audio books make my commute more enjoyable. Though I know it takes longer to listen to a book than to actually read one, I will still generally listen at regular speed so that I remain focused on the road and not the book. Not this one. I don't know if it is the slow pace, the bad writing, or the narration, but my mind kept wandering until I sped up the narrating pace.
It seems like a good story, but told in a pretty tedious manner. That might be because I'm not the target audience. The concepts seem a bit advanced for the preteen audience, but the language is on target. Just keep that in mind when listening.
We are all now dumber for having read this story. I award you zero points and may God have mercy on your soul.
Narrator didn't have much to work with.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
A decent story, and I'll listen to the rest of the series, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype. The narrator does quite a decent job with accents and implied accents, but the story is weirdly paced and loses site of itself at times. Worth listening to, but don't put it at the top of your list.
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 felt this book was exciting and it kept me wanting to listen more. I did kind of feel a bit too much in the dark sometimes. I like how the author didn't give everything away too quickly, but sometimes I felt a bit of a disconnect when the characters came to finally came to certain conclusions. But I enjoyed it nonetheless and really enjoyed the second book!
The story is simply awesome, as other reviews said it's all confusing at first but once you get into it you never wanna let go, the book reaches a new climax every couple of chapters and it just gets more and more exciting...
The narration is more than great, there are so many different voices no two characters sound the same, Mark Deakins sure made this book one hell'van experience...
I was planning on reading a few other books before buying the second (Scortch Trials) but by the end I was so excited I couldn't wait and I'm downloading the second one right now...