This is one that I wish I would have read in print. It's a decent, entertaining story. But the writing is just okay and there are parts of the story I would have liked to just skim over. I felt really impatient while listening to this.
I haven't. But even though I didn't love this audio book, it was more the story than the performance that turned me off. Listening to this has actually inspired me to check out more of Emma Galvin's performances because I think she is a great narrator.
I probably would have loved this book if I were 20 years younger. It's a great YA read. And while some YA reads can transcend ages, I found this one difficult to relate to as a woman in my 30s. So if you're a young adventurous person trying to figure out your place in life, read this book now while you'll enjoy it! If you're past that point in life and into dystopian future stories, seek out some Margaret Atwood or Octavia Butler.
Not as well written as The Hunger Games.
The story elements are universal. The character's experiences in this faction based world can be applied to all walks of life.
Universal, but not quite symbolic.
I can't stand it when books turn oo-ee gooey gushy, focusing on the chemical reactions and temperature of the girl's body due to physical attraction. The plot stops. Divergent does this a little.
I enjoyed it for the most part. I listened to it after I saw the film. The film connected more dots together, where the book kept things a bit disconnected and seemingly less significant.
I finally jumped on this bandwagon. I loved this book so so so much. I love the meaning behind the story and you can't help but fall in love with Tris And Four and their slow burning story. Also thought the narrator was an amazing fit.
Mother, wife, avid reader, cook extraordinaire!
Not really. Depends on the friend I guess. It's too much of a teen love story for me. It does not satisfy that Hunger Games type I'm looking for.
The idea is great. The beginning is good. I think this could have been really great in the hands of a great author like maybe JK Rowling. Or Christopher Paolini.
Average. Uninteresting. Inexperienced.
Yes I plan to. This may be the first time that the movie is better...
This book left me wanting for more. I wanted to be immersed in the world. I'm not interested in the teen mushy love story. There is major stuff going on in this world and they are worried about teen relationships?! I guess that's what 16 year olds are prioritizing. Still not something I will read again. I don't think I will read part two or three based on the reviews.... I've got 12 min left in the audio that I will at some point later today finish.
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. It drew you in right away with a unique storyline and well developed characters. This was a "page turner" that made me wish my commute was longer so I could keep listening. Looking forward to the other two in the series.
Well to be blunt, its tripe. It’s clearly a Hunger Games imitator and a bad one. I enjoyed the first Hunger Games book even though I realized its really meant for kids. I didn't bother reading the other two books because I knew I would be disappointed. I purchased Divergent on the quick mainly because the movie was in the theaters and the trailer looked interesting - big mistake. The pretense for the post-apocalyptic setting is absurd, and the characters often do and say things that don't make sense given the circumstances.
Its hard to have a favorite character when you can't identify with them because they are unrealistic.
Audible should label this book "Warning not for adult audiences."
Mostly YA Book Obsessed!
Even though I’ve heard about these books being raved for the last two years, it was never really on my radar. As of a few months ago, I was not a dystopia fan and would most likely avoid dystopia books at all costs. When I firs heard that Divergent was going to be made into a movie, I was intrigued. Still not enough to want to read it…yet. When I saw that Shailene was cast as the MC, my curiousity went up a few more notches. When Theo James was cast as Four, I was like ‘well damn, I guess I might have to read this after all!’ Then Maggie Q was casts as Tori and that was what sealed the deal for me. I LOVE Maggie Q (Nikita!) and knew that any character she played had to be a good one. So yeah, I mostly read this because of Maggie Q :)
Set in a dystopian world, where everyone is divided into 5 factions (Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite). On the day of her test, Beatrice must take a simulation test to help her determine what faction is best suited for her. Unfortunately, since Beatrice can somehow manipulate the simulations, her results are inconclusive. When her test administrator warns her about keeping her gift a secret, Beatrice ends up choosing Dauntless as her new faction and renames herself Tri as a way of starting over. But, just because she chose Dauntless doesn’t mean she’s free to stay there. All new recruits must endure training and a series of tests to make sure they belong there. If they fail, they become factionless. Tris must prove herself while trying to hide her powers and trying (and failing) to fall for her mysterious (but hot) instructor, Four.
I loved how ruthless and hardcore the Dauntless people were! They sure made Tris prove herself several times. This was one of my favorite parts of the book. Seeing Tris go from a shy, timid and insecure girl to a kick-ass girl who is determined to prove herself and save the people she loves and cares about. The fear landscapes the charcaters had to go through in their simulations were so vividly written that I could easily visualize them in my mind. I can’t wait to see how these play out in the movie! Tris and Four! *sigh* I loved the slow building relationship between these two and thought it had the perfect pacing for the story. Now this right here I am dying to see in the movie! I thought I knew where the story was going but Roth included several twists and turns that surprised me. I loved the roles every single character played in this book. Even the villains are the kind that you don’t know if you should hate them, fear them or be in awe of their evilness. What I loved the most was how bad ass Tris was at the end of this book.
I’m so excited to watch the Divergent movie! I think they NAILED it with the casting. Shailene and Theo look, and judging from the clips I’ve seen (and I’ve seen them all!) and act like Tris and Four. I loved who they picked for Christina, Jeanine, Will, Peter, Eric and of course Tori. I’m so relieved to see that the special effects actually look pretty damn awesome, which is what I really think most (expect Hunger Games and Harry Potter) book-to-movie adaptations are lacking. I think Divergent is going to be such a visual experience! Excited to see Theo James on the big screen, woot! Divergent was a highly addictive and brilliantly imagined world.
Audiobook Comments: This is my first audiobook by Emma Galvin but not my last! I already heard Insurgent and have a few other books narrated by her on my audible TBR. I thought she did a brilliant Tris and maybe it was just me, but I think she sounded a little like Shailene. Which helped visualize her as Tris even more. Emma does a great job at separating different characters for us and giving them their own voice. My audiobook obsessed friend recommended I try the audiobook and I’m so glad I did! I did have a little bit of a hard time remembering which faction was which in the beginning, but this would have been an issue for me even if I were reading the book. After I write down the name of the factions and their qualities, it was so much easier keeping track of them. I would listen to this sometimes in the car and even my 7 year old daughter was keeping up with the story. If you haven’t read Divergent yet, I highly recommend the audiobook!
I don't know if maybe it was the persons voice but there was no variance to it. I saw the movie and was expecting greatness from the book. Maybe I just need to read the book. I didn't like the voice.
I want to read the second book, not sure if I want to get it on audible. I will try.
If the voices changed, it was so awkward.
I am wondering if all audible books are so boring sounding.
Just the long narratives of longing for the opposite sex. Some of it's ok. But over done in this series.
book yes audio no