This is a great concept. I thought it would be a little ridiculous but the way the author presented the "reading other people's thoughts" was actually clever & not at all predictable. The only problem I had with it was the monotony of the whole running, chasing, catching and escaping. I mean really? Two really bad guys & they catch the kids (main characters Todd & Viola) at least three times each. Todd is not able to kill them so they tie them up or injure them and keep running. REPEAT. Bad guys chase, catch the kids, the kids can't kill them and they get away only to be caught later on. it gets REALLY REALLY old. narrator awesome as ever.
I read the free prequel first and I'm glad I did. The story starts with the prequel. A girl named Viola on a scouting/settling ship with her parents to a "new world". She was raised on a ship. They crash. Book one.........Todd lives on New world where every man can read the thoughts of other men. They can also hear animals. Todd has an annoying dog, though loyal, named Manchee. We learn his parents are dead & he was being raised by Ben & Kilian (though I don't know if Kilian is Ben's lover, brother, son or what). Todd is the last boy in his town called printisstown. At 13 boys become "Men" and stop talking to other boys so he as no friends. One day he catches "silence" in the swamp after being attacked by maniacal priest Erin for not being home doing chores. He tries to make it home without anyone in the town knowing he heard (or didn't hear) something. Whole town of crazy, mean men. NO women. We learn they were all killed by the "Spackle". the alien race that are a primitive humanoid species. Ben /Kilian go crazy upon learning of the silence in the swamp & chaos ensues. They get a backpack with provisions give Todd a knife and his mothers journal telling him he is in great danger & to leave now. There's another settlement. He has been lied to his whole life. Prentisstown is not the only settlement on New World. He reluctantly leaves and that's when all Hell breaks loose. he finds the silence............a girl named Viola. Turns out you cannot hear women's thoughts on the planet. Just men. For whatever reason during the initial war with the Spackle that killed all the women on the planet - the silence germ that the spackle released killed all the women & made the men capable of everyone reading their minds. OR so he's been told..........The whole town turns on Ben & Kiliean & begin to chase Todd who saves Viola from Erin, the evil priest. Viola & Todd search for the new settlement and learn allot more than they bargained for. Definitely worth the credit but I swear if the second book doesn't stop this continuous, monotonous run/capture sequence I'm going to ask for a credit back for book 2. But I'll give it a chance!!!
I detest cliffhanger endings. I would never recommend a book that ended on a cliffhanger without warning someone first.
Cliffhanger. Detested it.
Without spoiling it too much, it's the scene where they meet other people and he learns everything isn't as he was told.
The book inspired me to warn people it ended on a cliffhanger.
The book was solidly written. I never came to like the protagonist and felt parts of the book dragged on too long. If not for the undisclosed cliffhanger ending I would have given it 4 stars instead of 3. I would consider this book part 1 of a serial rather than part 1 of a series.
yes audio is way better then print
he shows emotion very well in the charters
a boy a girl a dog against the noise of the world
Not having read the print version couldn't really say. Though I did enjoy the narrator and think I personally would've been confused reading everyones thoughts instead of hearing them through the narrator.
Made me buy the second book immediately, even though I wasn't necessarily spell bound throughout the book, the cliff hanger killed me.
Had a variety of voices, and didn't try to force a performance.
Almost made me cry near the end when well don't want to say any spoilers...
I listened to the free preview, and decided to purchase the first book. I honestly wish I hadn't listened to the preview the books are not similar imo. Though to be fair the preview is only what half hour, fourty five minutes long or something like that. I did somewhat enjoy the book and will listen to the series to see what happens.
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.
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.
Just a book fool.
I think you should physically read this one. The narrator literally drives you crazy. They only good thing I can say about it is you feel like the "noise" explained in the book really is going to be the death of you.
The story is unique and full of possibilities just dont let the audiobook ruin it for you.
The main one. He cries and cries and I just want him to fall into hole that takes him to another planet never to be heard from again. I would prefer the girl to carry the rest of the story.
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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!