Firstly that it's so unique. The author has a great imagination and told the story well. It wasn't bare-bones dry, but it wasn't dripping in excess adjectives and exposition either. Manchee was a favorite also.
This is the first time I've heard this narrator, and I just loved him. In fact, I listened to a sample on a whim, not knowing anything about the book and decided within 60 seconds to buy it because I was so engaged by Nick Podehl! He's got a lot of personality and sounded enthused about this story. And the way he voiced the animals, that was a big selling point to me. If I had read the book description first, I may never have listened to the sample.
Working mom who loves to read!
I would not recommend this book. There are so many better books out there.
I know there is a follow up but I will not be reading it.
I love Nick Podehl's narration in The Kingkiller series, and this book proves it is no fluke. His energy, emotion, distinctive voices, and even more distinctive accents really make this more of a Performance than just a narration.
The book itself is entertaining and well-written, both thought-provoking and heart-tugging enough at times to generate enough interest for me to continue the series. And if there was ever any doubt, the narration performance clinches it.
I love reading! Love listening to book! I do photography and book trailers for YA authors and publishers.
I would definitely rec this book. It's a dystopian like none other and the concept, narration and story are interwoven brilliantly into a book that will leave you hanging and wanting more at the end.
The story and characters.
So many moments.When Todd killed one of the SpackleThe ending when Todd found Haven empty and what happened to the noise?
Amazing performance.He nailed it. Todd and mimicking all the other characters, he brought this book to life. Excellent voice and accents, I wish all Audible performances were this good
The noise will consume you!
adrenaline, emotional, imaginative
The arrival into Haven
His amazing theatrical performance of Todd Hewwit
I'd say, but i don't want to give away any spoilers
This is a deeply ugly, ugly book, bordering on the sadistic. Horrible characters pile on and return again and again, and the two young protagonists are repeatedly brutalized.
Unlike, say, The Hunger Games, where the world is richly detailed, the characters nuanced (I'm talking only about the first book) and the violence driven by a compelling challenge, in this book the world is poorly imagined (it's an alien planet, but it appears to be identical to Earth, with a few Dr. Seuss creatures thrown in), the characters are dull and either noble or evil or incidental, and there's barely a plot line.
The novel is one long chase, without clear goals, seemingly plotted by a game of 52 pickup. Characters pop up, disappear, return, disappear, on and on, without any sense of a building narrative -- indeed, without any sense at all, much of the time. A lot of it's just unbelievable nonsense. (How did this long missing person get to this geographic point? Don't ask.) The author withholds and withholds explanation so long that when it comes, it's a huge letdown. Either you've long figured it out, or it's just kinda cartoonish and uninteresting. All of the above, actually.
This isn't just dystopia, it's a frighteningly pathetic world, where sadists are all powerful and good people largely inert, including the annoying, self-destructively indecisive narrator. Even the sad sacks of Orwell's 1984 stood a better chance. So why would anyone -- especially a young reader -- want to submit to this shallowly imagined torture?
Oh, because there are two more books, and good guys will, in all likelihood, prevail in the end. What that means for this book is that it has no ending -- unlike, say, any Twilight installment or The Hunger Ganes or, really, any other first novel in a series. Things so badly and badly and badly and it's over. Buy the next book to continue your misery.
No, thanks. I might look up the synopsis on Wikipedia, just to put an end to it, but I have no masochistic desire to submit to more meandering prose, random plotting, infuriating characters and ugly violence on this barely imagined alien world. I'm letting go now and forever.
I am an Avid Reader, I love all different kinds of books, from Mystery to Sci Fi and Horror.
I would recommend this book
I loved his dog, he made me laugh out loud so may times, that the people I work with thought I had lost my mind.
This was the first.
I did have an extreme reaction(s) to this book, I will not say to what parts, because I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but it's good.
I would and HAVE many times already. The narrator is just incredible and so perfectly fitted for this novel. I attempted to read the story in hardcover and could not get into it and so I decided to try listening and I am SO glad I did. The subsequent novels are even better.
I hate comparing books, this story is very unique
Manchee!!!! and of course Todd :)
perfect example of why audiobooks are awesome
This book is written in 1st person stream of consciousness. The hard won achievements of the good guys always seem to be wiped out more or less effortlessly by the bad guys. It's a difficult read, because events seem to leap out at the reader with no rhyme or reason. The loose threads of the plot may get bound up or just left dangling.