Why is it young adult novels get narrators that don't do justice to the characters? The narrator for this story made all the female characters sound the same--like a gaggle of silly valley girl stereotypes--and did no justice to the boys. The kids in my household found the narrator so annoyingly disrespectful of teen intelligence and emotional range that they dumped the recording after the first few chapters. This is just sad.
The story was very interesting and exciting as I was listening with my kids. Then out of nowhere, part way into the book, starts some very bad language. We hoped it was isolated and wouldn't continue especially as the story itself was so good. However, it didn't stop and got worse. What we did was buy the hard copy of the book and I finished reading it out loud because like I said, the story line is very exciting and I could skip the bad words so the kids could finish the story. Something else you may want to know is that about half way through a romance starts that is described in a way that made me cringe and I skipped over that as well. Unmarried physical romance should not be glorified at any age let alone age 15 with a "beautiful" girl and "hero" type guy which every kid wants to be. As an aside, the "gorgeousness" of the lead girl is way overemphasized. "Gorgeous" girls didn't earn that somehow. They were accidentally born that way. Have your children read the Uglies Series. It is very good at undefining "pretty" and they are very thrilling action/fantasy/dystopia books that have a very few mild words like rhymes with 'kissed'. And in the second of the series a young couple lives together but they are literally brainwashed that it is okay and even encouraged by the dystopian society to do whatever you like (sounds familiar?) but nothing inappropriate is ever described or even hinted. Just that they live together.
I love a good read or audiobook. I AM NUMBER FOUR was an audiobook I had to listen to. I was turned to this book because at the time the movie came out in theaters and the story itself was interesting. So doing what my family always does we read or listen to the books before we go to see the film version and I am really loving this book. The story is great you will not what to stop the book at all or put the book down till the very end. PITTACUS LORE wrote a wonderful story that will grab you at the first sentence in chapter 1 till all the way to the very end. my personal thoughts to this book is its a TEN. so please buy and download this book from audible its a great listen enjoy. THANK YOU
I listen to a lot of audiobooks and so I have gotten used to many different styles of narrator. This narrator is absolutely awful!!! He almost makes listening to them book unbearable even though it is a good book. Hopefully they will find someone different for the second book!!
I really enjoyed the storyline, but the Neil Kaplan's voice almost kept me from finishing the book. When I say voice I mean the rate, tone, and inflection in which he read. Mr. Kaplan did a very nice job on the male voices, the french accent was especially nice, but intermittent bursts of character change to female actually stunted the pictures being created in my mind. I recommend you buy the book to truly enjoy this one.
Good story - started listening to see if the movie might be interesting and found myself drawn into the characters. I really like it and want to see the movie now.
Can't wait for the next part to come out. Loved the characters being built and the plots. Thought it actually was ok for my middle school kids to listen to/ read also.
This book would be interesting to a preteen. I purchased it after seeing the Motion picturewith my Daughter. The book starts very well. It has a great story line that runs out of gas at the end. This is the RARE time that I must admit the movie was better than the book.
I agree with Brian. Poor writing and very juvenile for adult readers/listeners. Also, the narrator is annoyingly overdramatic with some voices dripping with insolence and other very nasal voices that quickly become irritating. Most of the conversations in this book are 5th grade level, at best, not believable for high school characters, and certainly not interesting to adults listeners/readers. This is a good book for the 10-14 year old crowd. That being said, the underlying story is interesting. I just wish it was more science fiction and less junior high level drama.