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Shiver is a young adult novel about two teenagers - Sam and Grace - who fall in love. The problem is, one (or both?) happens to be a werewolf.
Perhaps the most refreshing part of this novel is that it departs from the typical YA first person point of view. Instead, it switches back and forth between the points of view of both protagonists. This allows for deeper character development that is sometimes lost in first person point of view narrative, where you only connect intimately with one character. I am a fan.
The narration is also well done. Jenna Lamia portrays a teenage girl brilliantly, as usual. David LeDoux sounds a bit too mature to be teenage Sam, but he has a voice charged with raw emotion so all is forgiven.
At the end of the listen, you "get to know" Maggie Stiefvater through a few scripted vignettes read by the author herself. She talks about her writing process and the sequel to Shiver. If you are interested in writing you will enjoy this; however, since it is scripted it feels a bit unnatural and rehearsed.
Overall, this is a good listening experience. If you enjoy YA fiction, you will enjoy this novel. If you aspire to write YA fiction, you should listen to this novel for its departure from first person point of view.
SPECIAL NOTE: Get ready for a lot of kissing / nuzzling scenes. It starts to get tedious. Ironically, one thing Maggie Stiefvater reveals at the end of the listen is that she has always hated writing kissing scenes. I guess she got over it!
I like that both the male and female narrators very much, really enhanced the story
Great narrators, as they narrate both characters not just their gender, well done
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I was enthralled by Jenna Lamia reading Shiver, but I had to tolerate David reading. Ugh. David was not using strength as one of the features of his voice. He seemed to whine which I do not find attractive. The contrast with Jenna's interpretation of Sam was significant. When Jenna read, I was savoring every word and realized that she could be reading anything and I would be with her ... until the book seemed to shift in quality. Then I realized it was the combo of Jenna and Maggie that had me at the beginning. However, Maggie's skill at character development and character's inner dialogue did not mean she could pull off the plot. I thought there was a lot of opportunity for this to be a great story, but it was too predictable during the second half of the book.
Time to find another book read by Jenna... I'll skip Maggie for a few years and try her again after she gets more practice. When I write these, I have a delusional hope that the author will improve the second half of her book and Jenna will read the whole thing on her own next time. As you can see by my review, I'm no writer, but I sure like a good book! Sigh... :)
The author tries to make a "over the top" mature 17 yr. old in this story, but writes in romantic childish ideas throughout the story. The first part seems to be rushed together and lack development, for example, the idea that two people who meet in the flesh for the first time would sleep in the same bed together that first night is too unbelievable. Not realistic. Another point in the book the two decide to make quiche with music that is asked to be turned up, and the two dance in the kitchen while someone is forced to wait to find out what has happened to her brother. Not mature behavior...childish romantic ideas. Also, the two readers do not go together well, talk about creapy when she shounds like a 16 yr. old teen and her counter part sounds like he is 28 or 29, and the readers are suppose to be 17 and 18 yrs. Definately creapy to hear.
I will only bick up the next book if I am having a dry book spell.
Shiver was OK. The characters were simple and the story line fairly transparent. I have never heard of teenagers who drink so much coffee, or live such boring lives - nothing excites these people! Grace's parents should be called into Social Services for neglect - how do they not notice a boy living in their home? You would think that a town with werewolves would be more exciting or mysterious. The switching back and forth with readers/characters became annoying and the "cure"...oh please.
I'm disappointed in the performance of this audiobook. It wouldn't be so horrible if the woman narrator didn't sound like a fourteen year old kid and the man narrator didn't sound like a thirty-something grown man. It's creepy. The whole thing. Just...creepy. Seriously, this is not the first time I've encountered such an awkwardly cast audio performance and I can't help but wonder who's behind the casting. And what the heck they were thinking when they cast a fourteen-year-old kid and her dad. Because, that's what this sounds like. No lie.
And, while I know a woman wrote this book, I wish she'd done a better job writing Sam (the young man narrator). Like, some of the things he says or thinks are ridiculous. At one point he's describing the coat he's wearing and how puffy it is, and how it makes him feel like a blimp...I'm sorry, guys don't think like that. They just don't. Am I a guy? No, but I'm married to one and I have a ton of brothers. So I know they don't think that way, making it that much more difficult for me to listen to this audiobook.
Unfortunately, I can't force myself to finish this audiobook. It was a waste of a credit, which is unfortunate since I was anxiously awaiting the release of this novel.
The worst character in this book is Sam. I just wanted to get that out in the open. I cannot believe the character at all and he is too feminine to be attractive. The premis for the story is really good, only the conflict isn't developed, and therefore no good climax and resolution. Also, since the book is a series, the segway into the next book is tantalizing...(but that is another review all together)....I digress...The whole book is mainly Grace and even more so of Sam drolling on and on about their feelings.....we get that part...the book starts and is pretty good, but once Grace and Sam are together the whole story is filled with repetitive and un-necessary descriptions about how Grace makes Sam feel...."el bore-o"...then the story is f-i-n-a-l-l-y over and you get a real tantalizing seg-way into "Linger"
I will read the rest of the series, but only because I am a series reader and I always finish a series.....maybe I need to rethink my philosophy....
I felt like they missed alot of inflections that would be necessary for the reader to come away with a better appreciation for the story, I might have liked the story a bit more had I read it first, instead of audio, because I would have definitely made Sam more masculine...I know he is supposed to be artsy and all...but come one he is a were wolf too...
I didn't mind how it started and ended, so I do have a faint hope that the next in the series will be better...
I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed this series. I thought the characters were well thought out and easy to relate to. Unlike many series, the books really got better and better so I would suggest reading all three books. After I read this one I decided to keep reading even though I wasnt totally in love with the book, and I am really glad I did!
I also love how the author composes and performs all the music in the audio book, I even downloaded them ;) The narrators did a good job too. I liked the different speakers for the separate characters narrating .
i live in the kentucky bluegrass and enjoy coffee in the morning while listening to a great book.
I found this book by chance while looking for additional Jenna Lamia narrations. What a really excellent listen. Not only is the narration superb (as always with Jenna), the storyline was interesting and had that "Time Traveler's Wife" quality to it, constantly giving us the current temperature in the air. Loved everything about it and listened to it in just a few days. Sad that it was over and excited for Linger... (which is also excellent, btw!) - laurie eller
o.k. my wife made me read twilight I enjoyed it alright but this is a rip off of it. and it does an o.k. job, but I have a few issues. all spoilers so I guess listen with low expectations and forget twilight