The narrator is crucial in an audible book. This one fails miserably!! I constantly felt torn between stopping so I didn't have to listen to him anymore and finding out what happens next. His male character voices sounded very slow and dim witted, as if there was something mentally wrong with the whole town, except the main two. The female characters were so high pitched and fake I wonder if the narrator ever heard a woman speak before doing this narration. It did nothing for character development.
Yes, it's an interesting plot so I may skip the rest of this book and try the next, which is narrated by another. Also someone else reviewed they liked another of Pittacus's series better.
Getting a better narrator like Ray Porter or Roy Dotrice.
The plot had an interesting element to it, which was why I continued to listen even though I was constantly annoyed and cringing at hearing the character voices. However, once I shouted out loud "You're so stupid!!" in chapter 30 I decided I had enough.
The main character doesn't seem to grasp the concept that he's one of the few left of his race. Therefore he shouldn't be undermining his mentor and using his new found powers for selfish reasons.
If you enjoyed the Hunger Games, Ender’s Game or are a fan of super heroes, I highly recommend this series. If you take interest in dystopian worlds, aliens, or YA novels, you should give this series a chance. Superheroes. Aliens. Teamwork. Coming of Age. Action. Page Turner.
like alway way better than the movie. love the character and details make it super easy to imagine your self there with number 4.
only thing is the narrator. I'm not a fan of his ladies voices. but other wise good!
Good story, but almost ruined by the narrator. I'm an audible regular and I've never come across a narrator this bad. The two main characters are fine, but then the voices he used for the other supporting characters are ridiculous. Any female voice is a strange whining and quickly overshadows their character. And do not fit the action scenes where he uses the pathetic pouting voice for strong characters. Not to mention the football player who has deep "dopey" voice. So far over done, I'm sorry to say I had to struggle to get through it.
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While the book was entertaining, it was fairly simple and really seemed geared more for newer readers to the genre. I think the movie was much better in how succinct and direct it was. The book had a penchant for wandering off into emotional stuff that really didn't add to the story. The world building and rules were also hard to believe at times. I probably won't get the rest of the series and instead stick with something more well rounded.
Had me from the begging to the end. I am only through the second book, but its great.
Henry--He is just a steady rock.
They walk among us, trying to hide until their powers can save their world, as well as our own.
I had put this one off for awhile because of others' reviews and not being too keen on the sample. I'm glad I finally took a chance on it because I really enjoyed it. The performance was engaging and the story was imaginative. I will be listening to the rest of the books of this series.
I'm in my 30s and also liked Hunger Games, Harry Potter, etc.
70 yrs old and still like to listen to books.
Nice to know there are some nice aliens, instead of just the ones bent on the destruction of earth. Don't panic those are there too.
main theme hope and courage with a generous sprinkling of love and honor. Above all lots of action.