The amount of actual required material covered in the book is suitable for a much shorter book. As such the conversion to a movie was better than book and better than most book to movie conversion. Some interesting topics/concepts were discussed, but it took too long for my tastes to get to the point. A decent performance by the narrator makes it worth a listen.
I'm an avid reader who now listens to books on tape. I'm a bit late to the game but enjoying the hands free reading.
I enjoyed reading this science fiction book. I normally read mysteries but was enchanted by the character adventures and of course the relationship that bloomed between the two lead female and male characters.
I dont know if I want to read the rest of the books. I had made up my mind to "read the book" before seeing the movie, so when I started I wanted to stop but was a bit stubborn.
Yes. Nothing you thought about while listening so I guess she did a good job-
Hope the movie is better than the book.
The description of the city of Chicago and picturing the landmarks as they may be in that world was fascinating.
It reminded me a bit of The Hunger Games because it dealt with young people forced to become adults whether they were ready or not.
Again I think listening to the descriptions of Millenium Park and the other parts of the city made it seem real.
Be careful what you wish for.
This is a very engaging story but not as intense as Hunger Games. Definately worth a credit.
While I would never limit what a teenager wants to read, I certainly would not suggest this book. Some of the themes were awful. At first the anti-intelligence mentality was pretty mild and I could get past it. By the end of the book, the message about hatred and distrust for the intellectual elite was too much. This seems like a fundamentalist prepper's wet dream. The 'meek' religious are victims of the nasty smart people that take reason too far..better make sure you are part of the special group within the meek that are prepared for action with guns.
Also, on the guns..the author clearly does not know much about guns and did a very poor job on the do diligence to make sure she didn't sound ignorant. I'm not a huge gun guy, but details can make or ruin a story and some of the things just made me roll my eyes.
The romance part of the book was awful, but that's not why I gave it a low rating. I expected that in a book for a younger audience.
There were some definite plot holes and some serious cowardice in terms of unwillingness to follow a good story arch regardless of who dies. I like an author that will kill off any character if it makes sense to the story. Saving deaths for later so you can keep characters you want is lazy. If you have to, create new characters!
Unique story, all based in post-apocalyptic Chicago. The city is everything to the characters, and sometimes it's easy to forget that the factions are split in one city instead of a much larger geographic area. The outside world is never mentioned, so there's no way to know why they are only in Chicago.
My favorite character is probably Four. He seems pretty level-headed and even though he's a born leader, he has no desire to take that role.
Emma's story-telling ability is excellent and she makes it very easy to know when different people are talking. I'd definitely consider listening to another book that she reads, just for her abilities.
No, it's pretty long, listening to it in one sitting isn't really feasible, although I did get through it faster than I expected.
The only complaint that I have about this story is that the main character is a 16 year old girl and has a tendency to act like it. While I realize that she is portrayed realistically, it also makes a lot of her actions and dialogue somewhat annoying due to her immaturity.
The storyline was interesting. I tend to enjoy these dystopian-type stories. I'm not sure if it's one I would listen to repeatedly, but definitely great for at least one time through. The writing style took a little getting used to. Having just come from a Rupert Degas narration of Metro 2033 (he is excellent), I did not enjoy the narrator of this story as well as other narrators. Looking past some of the teenage angst that reminds me somewhat of Twilight or Hunger Games, the story is intriguing and makes me want to read more to find out what led to the current world situation and what is going to happen in the story.
I think part of the narrator performance seemed a little off-putting because of the unique writing style of the author. However, voice inflection, emotions, etc. often seemed wrong. Words would sometimes be read as if someone was angry and then immediately sound friendly. It was a little jarring and unnatural. Better than an electronic text-to-speech robot but far from some other stellar narrators I have listened to.
I enjoy everything from mysteries, to suspense novels, something based on history or myth and magic its all Good :)
The Narration was good, She did a good job of helping distinguish between characters. Also the story drags you along at a very good pace.
The character development was excellent and Roth did a great job on making you feel like you (or at least myself) were Abnigation trying to make the shift into Dauntless.
Her variation between characters.
I am a working mom and wife and don't have much time to read books, so listening to them in the car is my new hobby!
It's a little far-fetched, but a good story. I did listen to this and ended up listening to all three of the books so I could see how it all ended. The books are geared to young people so they are easy to keep up with. If you want to listen to a book that is entertaining, not much thinking required- listen to these. The romance is teen romance, but not too silly. Some of it might be a little annoying, but aren't all teenagers?! I would recommend it.