I am a Hunger Games fan and this series may be even better than that one. Looking forward to the movie.
I like that these characters believe in something and are willing to work to make their world better. So many kids these days just expect to be given everything they want. They don't have any motivation. This story shows that no matter what age people are both good and bad and can make a difference in their world. I like that both Tris and Tobias believe in selflessness and that God was mentioned in the story.
The story will hook you and the narration is so perfectly suited it captures the reader completely. Very quickly into the reading, you will question what Faction YOU belong to.
Comparable to Hunger Games. Teenage girl against a corrupt government.
Emma Galvin is the perfect narrator for this book. Her voice is young, exactly what you expect for the heroine. Her emotions perfect - vulnerable, determined, brave, courageous, scared.
The story drew me in and kept me enthralled. Several chapters in, my son (13) walked in and got caught up in the story. I started it over and we listened together every evening after school and work. We both loved it, and waited anxiously for the second book to come out!
The characters we're believable and human, and well-described. The story line unfolded in a way that kept us waiting for more, and always wrapped up in the story. I love the dystopian city and the what-if feeling I got from it, as well as the what-happened?
Emma's voice annoyed me initially, and I continued listening in spite of her. However, as the story continued, she grew on me. Emma has a unique way of emphasizing words to make even the most boring sentence become interesting and full of life. I truly appreciate her nuanced reading now and will look for other books she narrates.
Absolutely! I had to force myself to sleep and anxiously waited for the next chance to listen!
I took a chance on this one, having never heard of the author or the book, and was ultimately rewarded with a fine performance and an engrossing book. I'm halfway through the third book in the series now, and can hardly wait for my next chance to listen!
Divergent is one of my Holiday pleasures and I enjoyed it! It allowed me to escape while I listened and I rank it as one of the better ones I listened to this year.
I do feel a similarity to the Hunger Games as it revolves around young people, is futuristic, and most the older people are evil or at least misinformed.
The reader was very interesting and had a clear concise voice that grabbed and kept my attention.
It was interesting enough to have listened to it in one sitting yet the length prevented that.
It was overall enjoyable for a fun and interesting Holiday read.
The narrator had little emotional range, relying on content alone for character development. Everybody spoke at the same pace and in the same limited set of attitudes. Sad.
Almost anybody. Alessandro Juliani does a better teenaged girls, with more complexity, at least, than Emma Galvin did. Sorry, Emma, but you have got to loosen up and dig a little deeper to get this reader to go near anything you narrate.
Come on, Audible. You know what good reading sounds like.
I have not read the print version, but the reading was well done, my only complaint was that her distinction between thoughts and spoken words (first person narrative) were a little unclear once in a while.
I'd say Divergent is similar to the Hunger Games series, similarly emotionally stunted/oblivious heroine with plenty of sexual tension (JUST DO IT ALREADY!) and a unique world-building universe
Having read a few YA books I can't say I was surprised when the story became predictable. There were moments when I was rooting for the main character. Although she was at odds with other characters, her survival skill were lacking. That just made her a putz. One or two times, ok, but all the time? Predictable.
On the whole the narrator was excellent. The story was climbed but never quite reached the top.
I had read very positive reviews before purchasing and therefore expected an engaging, exciting listen. I was quite disappointed.
The characters were one-dimensional, the story predicable, and the narration exaggerated. As I continued through the book, I had fruitlessly hoped that it would get better. I usually like there to be a bit of suspense, unraveling of plot, and opportunity for me to make connections and draw conclusions. There was no room for that in this book - everything was spelled out very, very neatly. It lacked creativity and really missed the mark for me.
My advice: if you generally enjoy Y/A books, I encourage you to try "The Bone Season". I may give Veronica Roth another chance, but I will not be trying another from her Divergent series.
Keeps you interested as it brings you along. No lagging sections
I listen to books in the car. The better the book the less I mind driving. I was troubled I had to stop when I reached my destination after 4 hours of driving.
No, story pulled me along out of curiosity of what would happen next so, I don't think I'd have the interest to listen to it again now that I know.
Fast paced and not always predictable.
They did make it a film.
Definitely for the young teenager, me being a little older I was a bit annoyed by the love connection it felt very high school to me.