The story was interesting, the reader well matched, but I got lost along the way. I don't know when or how it happened. Maybe it was having someone important tell you the story of their life for the first time, but you weren't really paying attention. Or when you have the most daring, exciting night of your life, you fall asleep. Maybe things felt like they got stalled when everything should have been building. Maybe it was just me. If someone important was sharing the story of their life, I would listen to every word and memorize the way they looked, the sound of their voice, just to keep the memories alive in my heart and mind. At the least, you could pay attention. Well written, and well read - you might want to give it a chance. Just keep in mind, the story is from the viewpoint of a inexperienced 17-year old. As a small annoyance, there were a lot of references to bad smells, and things were compared to teeth one too many times. Almost really good.
I did not enjoy this book. Perhaps it was the genre. I am not sure. I have listened to other Lauren Oliver books and enjoyed them. Sarah Drew is a great narrator. I am guessing the genre.
When I began listening to this book I braced myself for something along the lines of Goosebumps because the reader sounded like a twelve year old. I have actually enjoyed a few of the books out there that are written for teens so I wasn't put off by the youthful voice completely and decided to continue listening. I'm glad I did. The story reminded me a lot of the Unwind series which I really enjoyed. Yes I believe this series was written for teens and young adults but I would recommend it just as easily to my over the hill friends as I would to my teen aged niece.
Sarah Drew did a wonderful job of bringing the main character and the host of supporting characters to life. She did not try to overly change her voice which can be distracting. She was very easy and enjoyable to listen to.
I would have put this book down at several points, but Sarah is able to keep my attention in a way the book could not. She gives the only shred of life to passages that had to be hard to read through.
No. The story was highly predictable throughout and even with Sarah Drew giving her special crescendo to scenes, the emotions were written too flatly and plainly.
I will likely look for more from this narrator, but I have no desire to continue this series.
This book was an interesting concept but I feel like the author could have done so much more with it. I found myself getting bored with the book. Overall, it is not a must read but it is also not terrible. It was just so so.
I am a fun loving mom that enjoys a great Book!! I'm happy to have Audible with a busy life it makes it so easy to still get lost in a book!
Yes I would listen to it OVER & OVER! The Story is Excellent & The Narrator IS THE VERY BEST I'VE EVER HEARD!! I HAVE OVER 150 BOOKS & SHE IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST!
ALEX HE IS JUST WONDERFUL!
I haven't but I definitely WILL IN THE FUTURE! SHE'S AMAZING!
I HAVE laughed, cried & every emotion in between! The narrator BRINGS IT TO LIFE LIKE I'VE NEVER HEARD BEFORE!
I know I'm RAVING about the Narrator... But the book is just as good!
I am a big fan of dystopia books. I really liked the concept of a futuristic world being vaccinated against love and emotions. I just found the primary character really annoying and whiny.
I could see she was kind of going for a Romeo and Juliet type story in this dystopia setting but it did not land for me. This goverment has a vaccine that can rid us of emotions but they cannot secure their facilities from a teenage boy because he has a scar that makes it look like he has been vaccinated...really?
I have nothing against the performance of Sarah Drew. I thought the performance was well done.
I kept hoping it would get better but it became painful to finish, so I did not finish.
I'm a middle aged woman and have enjoyed YA such as Twilight and Hunger Games but I don't plan to listen to the rest of this series. The dystopian society principles in this book stretch believability too much. The narrator has such a pleasant voice when she is speaking normally but the voice she uses for some of the characters is annoying.
I haven't read the print version, but I loved listening to the performance. The author has a wonderful way with words.
I would compare it to the Matched series.
I liked the main character Magdalena. The other voices were kind of weird especial the guys.
Falling in love in a world where love is a crime.
This author is magnificent with her words and descriptions. Amazing.
Despite having nearly everything going for it, Delirium rarely engaged me as a reader. And yet, I am going to rate this a strong 4 stars because I can see why this series has appealed to so many. Author Oliver has a unique ability to write about common people, giving them personality and life. For once, a story about love isn't soppy or cheesy. And the reader really does want to root for the characters and see them together in the end.
Story: Lena lives in a part of America where emotions, specifically love, have been controlled through a surgical procedure. It was done to keep society peaceful and placid and stop the 'delirium' - the love 'disease'. But when she meets Alex, a boy supposedly 'cured', everything changes. Suddenly, Lena doesn't want to get the procedure done on her 18th birthday. But in this America, choice isn't an option and she will lose all she feels for Alex forever if she goes in on her birthday.
Delirium is a slow burn story with most of the action near the end. It's a girl-meets-boy story, a little Romeo and Juliet in a world that doesn't allow romance. But the angst of forbidden love isn't the story so much as Lena awakening from torpidity into emotion. Since the story is all first person POV, we see Lena's change unfold organically through her interactions with Alex.
Side characters aren't left bereft and given as much personality as our protagonists. From best friend Hana to Lena's adopted family (her mother committed suicide due to the love 'disease'), each person is distinct and doesn't fall into the cardboard character cliche. All the same, Alex was a bit too good for my taste, lacking in nuance and enough quirks to distinguish him beyond idealized love interest.
So why did Delirium fail to engage me personally? I think it has to do with having read the Shatter Me series first. Both series deal with angsty emotion but I preferred the more full on emotion of Shatter Me rather than the slow burn of Delirium. It seems a shame to even compare the two books; honestly, as much as I loved Shatter me, it definitely was not as well written as Delirium. The strength of Delirium is Oliver's writing and characters.
As with most YA dystopian, the premise is pretty bonkers and doesn't hold up to close scrutiny (I felt the same way about Oliver's Panic setting). But Delirium is all about the awakening of a normal girl and a sweet love story.
I listened to the Audible version of this story and the narrator was one of the best I've heard. She lives and breaths the story, not just reads it.