I never write reviews but I bought this books based on the many reviews saying how great the writing was. I love YA sci-fi and fantasy, but I also love literature with great writing and beautiful prose. This book is a rare combination of both.
Also, it must be said that Sarah Drew did a remarkable job. I've listened to around two dozen audiobooks so far, and the best of those readers do not even come close to her performance. Because the writing is so good, I don't think I would have liked the book less had I read it myself. In fact, I might want to read it eventually. But listening Sarah Drew being this story to life was a wonderful experience in and of itself.
I really enjoyed the storyline and concept - love is a disease - and am looking forward to the next book. What I am not looking forward to is the narration. While the narrator's voice is age appropriate (a little higher pitched like a teenage girl), it sounds like she is constantly yelling at me. It is on the verge of shrill. And, she talks really, really fast in many parts. To the point that I actually checked to see if I accidently changed the speed on my device. But I will soldier on, as I must find out what happens next!
Even tho I'm not a "Young Adult" anymore I enjoyed this story and the narrator was great. Reminded me vividly of my early romances..
For such a premise as a society that considers love a disease, the many references to modern day items (websites, Advil) made it seem silly. Wasn't really a big part of the story and could have easily been replaced by something more futuristic.
I liked the story, the concept is interesting and even though you expect certain things to happen, it did not seem like the usual story. the only complaint is that the reader tries a little too hard to create excitement and needs to tone it down a bit in some parts. very enjoyable.
Amazing story. Twisted love story. But I actually slowed the reading down to half speed through parts because she just spoke to fast. Wonderful voice just take a breath.
Not so much. And I really like Lauren Oliver, but I found it really hard to get through this book. I could only enjoy it for short periods of time before getting worn out on the narration and slow pacing.
The pacing. There's a lot of beautiful prose and not much actually happening. I think an abridged version of this book would be much more enjoyable. A lot of the pages spent describing insignificant details could have been better put to use providing believable reasons WHY the government in this dystopia would benefit from "curing" people this way. Also, I can only wait so long for a protagonist to realize things that literally everyone reading the book already knows (that this government is bad) before I start rolling my eyes when they're vacillating about what they should do. This made Lena look like an idiot and by the end I really didn't care what happened to her.
I appreciate her enthusiasm, but after a while, when almost everything is read with the same high level of intensity, it gets exhausting to listen to. To be fair though, part of this issue is Lauren Oliver's intense description of almost everything. She's an amazing writer, no doubt, but in 'Delirium' I feel like it got in the way of the story.
I love being able to bounce between reading and listening, since I spend a significant amount of time driving.
The story was good, the descriptive language is awesome! The story itself was a little slow for me, and I found myself getting lost often and having to rewind and listen again to try to figure out what was going on.
this is the first time I've heard Sarah. She is a wonderful narrator! So expressive!! Her narration is the main reason I've kept up with this story this long.