No. I really enjoyed reading the books and was a bit disappointed to hear the sample narration. It was a bit monotone and lacking the nuanced delivery that I had hoped for.
Despite that, however, I am now on the second book and I am no longer as bothered by the narration. I'm trying to keep in mind that the story is from the perspective of a sixteen-year-old and as such, the delivery would not be the same as an older woman.
I like the characters and the world that the author has created.
Yes, it does.
No, but I rarely want to listen to an entire book in one sitting. As I mentioned, I did get the sequel, which is a good sign. I have stopped listening to other books after 10 minutes, so while the performance is not my favourite, it doesn't hinder my ability to enjoy the story.
I had just finished the Hunger Games Trilogy for the third time and really wanted something similar that would grab me as fast as HG did and not let go! Yes, it does have a Dystopian society and a 16 year old female heroine, but that is as close as the comparison goes.
A post apocalyptic Chicago that is now populated by 5 Factions that exemplify positive
Human qualities and run the city together with each in their own niche. Dauntless ( Bravery ), are the city's protectors. Abnegation ( Selflessness ), run the government. Erudite
( Knowledge ), are the researchers and scientists. Candor ( Truth ) are the Justice system.
Amity ( Peace ), are doctors and food suppliers.
Once the teens reach their 16th birthday, they have to choose whether to stay in the
faction they were born into, or switch to another faction and move away from their family and all that they have known.
Tris, finds herself, at the beginning of the book, facing this decision. It makes you wonder
what you would do in her shoes, which faction you would choose. Would you move away from your family. It's a tough choice and you are privy to all of Tris' thoughts as she makes her choice and follow her on an unbelievable adventure. Tris is tough and determined although slight in stature. She isn't without faults, but I like that in a a hero.
I don't want to give too many spoilers, but the book is extremely well written and keeps you wanting to keep going from chapter to chapter. The pace is quick. There is action and
intrigue. There is romance and danger.
I found that I really liked Tris as the central character. She is smart, brave and selfless.
She isn't the strongest, but she finds ways to get things done. I really felt for her as she
tries to navigate the new things that come along in her life. But for some reason, her character did not draw the same kind of emotion out of me the way Katniss did in HG. I haven't figured out why that is, but I am re-reading Divergent again to see if I can figure out why. I have already read Insurgent and eagely await the Final Chapter.
One thing that I really loved with the Audio Book is the Narrative by Emma Galvin. She was perfect for Tris and really brought her to life and the world around her. Emma sounds young enough to be Tris and captured her emotions and determination fantastically.
If you loved The Hunger Games, then by all means pick this up, spend the credits. Its
a fantastic story with a great character who has lots to discover, and uncover. Enjoy!!
I would recommend it. Keeps you interested the entire way through the story.
I like them all.
Just good all the way through.
Kept me wanting to hear more
Hunger games compared to this book because it focused on kids and the changes they face at a certain stage in their life
Loved this book and can't wait for the next one to come out!!
This was a good read. It was a great choice to follow the Hunger Games series.
Not to everyone... This is evil child of Twilight and the hunger games, by which I mean, it's a dystopian universe, and it's packed with great characters and lots of action, but the main character, Tris, is as vapid and shallow as Bella... In the midst of revolution she swoons over a guy?? Really??? I was waiting for people to start sparkling... So, if you liked Twilight (which I did, just with some reservations) get this, you'll love it... But don't expect a Katniss like hero, nor an intricate universe like Panem..
Sure, I'm a sucker for series, but probably when I have nothing else to read/listen to
Yes... She narrates the Twilight Novella, and like then, she's great... not a 5 star performance because she can't really differentiate characters (not in pitch, enounciation, accents... nothing), but overall she's good
Stop comparing this to the Hunger Games, it's the reason why I got it, and it's so not the case... On its own it's a good story, but don't get people's expectations up. Like I said, if you liked Twilight this is dead on for you... If you liked the Hunger Games, go read His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, that's the kind of book that'll leaving thinking for weeks reconsidering everything...
T. R. Graves, Author
Divergent is one of those stories that pulls you in and never lets you go. Veronica Roth's talent is unquestionable. She begins this story with a scrawny and weak girl and ends with a formidable and powerful woman. This is not easily accomplished and must be done masterfully in order for the transition to be believable. I can say without a shadow of doubt that Beatrice Prior's (Tris) growth - both physical and mental - is not just believable... it is enviable.
Making the story even better are the characters taking this journey with Tris. All (especially Four) are so real that I found myself loving and hating many of them. The ability to elicit strong emotions over a fictional character is the true sign of a great author, a phenomenal story, and amazing characters. All of which exists within Divergent.
This is definitely one of those stories that anyone of any age can enjoy and appreciate. I highly recommend Divergent and look forward to reading Insurgent next.
T. R. Graves, Author
Warriors of the Cross
Guardians of the Cross
Enemies of the Cross
Dark Angels of the Cross
I feel the audio version was better because your brain could imagine the story better as its read to you.
The training room!
No, but she is one of my favorites as of yet.
Yes and no, I found myself getting mad at the main character. The writer makes her main characters so dumb. Picture the main girl character in the Twilight movies. How you just wanted to slap her.
I loved the in-depth images and writing. I felt the story was brilliant, but the main character does make you wanna slap her sometimes.
Entertaining, suspenseful, imaginative
The style and thoughfulness of the author are what I enjoyed most. The flow and pace are in the goldilocks range...not too fast, not too slow. Simple, tidy style allows for plenty of the readers imagination to paint the pictures that the author describes.
No, I haven't listened to her before, but I will look for her specifically in the future. She did an excellent job
The destroyer of mankind....MAN.
Easy listen, nice imagery, great writing style and terrific audio performance. not too heavy, but definitely thought-provoking.
yes, it's very good. Good story, well written. Enjoyed the concepts of different factions which children have to choose based on their skills.
finding out about the different factions.
Good voice interesting to listen to.