It was a little too much Twilight and Catching Fire. A young girl, stronger than she thinks she is, can't believe the handsome boy(s) find her attractive, making bad choices which cause extra drama to those around her. (Let's not forget all those DRAMA conversations in her head)
All that said, I don't regret buying it and still enjoyed the plot and story-line. I was still trapped by the story and looked for breaks so I could listen some more. The next 2 seem to get the whole "teenage girl in trouble making bad choices" worse which just like Catching Fire I bought all 3 and listened anyway. Once I post this review I am planning on buying the next one. Yes I must be a glutton for punishment. :-D
The concept and story line were pretty good. I am much older than the typical audience for this series, so I had to try to enjoy it for what it was. It was very entertaining yet it had a considerable helping of "cheese." Yes, it was cheesy, but it was enjoyable.
The obvious comparison is Hunger Games, however this was like the dumed-down, cheap version.
Emma Galvin's performance was terrible. I think that my experience of the book would have been much better if I had read it, not listened. Her voice was practically monotone and her male voices were horrible. This made the audio book almost impossible to finish. Every time I listened my mind would wander off. She just couldn't keep me listening. I would have to go back and re-listen to her annoying narration just to figure out what was happening. I will NOT be going the audio book route for the rest of the series because of Emma Galvin's performance.
Started to enjoy listening to books after a far too long break from reading nothing but scientific books.
The way Emma Galvin performed the story and the way Veronica Roth put forth that story really made me enjoy it. Many thanks to both of them.
The Hunger Games, without a doubt there are many similarities in the books, but even so this is a great series that earns its audience.
I loved Emma Galvin's performance, especially for Beatrice. She made the book and the story come alive and I would much enjoy to listen to more of her narratives.
I actually started the book on a Friday and bought the second book in the series on Sunday, so not entirely in one sitting but almost.
First audible book I listen to and it really made me continue with all the books in both this series and others.
I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.
Tris was my favorite but she should be everyone's favorite. Four was a close second.
I struggle with female readers for some reason, but Emma kept me stuck to the book the whole time. She did a great job.
Spoiler: Her mother giving up her life so she could live on. Very moving of how to be brave.
I felt I was taking a trip into the mind of a teenage girl. Premise and mystery of the story were awesome but it stayed too much in her mind instead of on the events at hand to keep me entertained.
This is a teen romance novel, wrapped in unsubstantiated science fiction. The story was terrible, the teen romance was creepy.
More adventure, less teen sexual tension. I don't want to read about how a teen girl feels when a boy's hand touches her belly!
The narrator did a good job and has the skill to perform both male and female voices.
The book is clean and didn't portray teens having sex. It is age-appropriate to a 12-15 year old girl.
This is a weak re-hash of the Twilight and Hunger series. All the same trite elements except the love triangle.
This was a great story somewhat like "The Hunger Games;" female protagonist, sci-fi dystopia. Although it is probably geared more toward my young adult daughters, it was something we all enjoyed. We need more books with courageous young heroines.
If you liked "The Hunger Games" trilogy, you might like this. However, I thought this was a little deeper in meaning and therefore more intriguing.
The narrator was well cast in terms of gender and age. However, her delivery was choppy and a little hard to get used to.
Emma had the perfect voice for this, in my opinion. I listened to this about three days before I saw the movie so I already knew the casting. In my head, Tris was Shailene Woodley and I felt the voice matcher her pretty well. It also helped set the mood throughout the whole book.
I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of this serious. I expected it to be another YA fad. But I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read the rest of the series.
The supporting characters and backstory are totally unbelievable. Young children might believe the setting, but if this book is for kids, why put in so much sexual tension?
Give me a reason to believe why the coming of age training of children is conducted by children. Is this fictional society so messed up that nobody with any maturity or common sense is involved in the childrearing?
The narrator was fantastic at portraying the protagonist.
It's got a follow-up book, whether I think it needs one or not.
The author has a laughably juvenile concept of how people - at any time, in any society - learn combat, strategy, and life skills. The beginning of the end for me was when the 16-year-old kids got hand-to-hand combat training that was essentially "OK novices, go beat the crap out of each other until one of you is unconscious". Come on! I just could not believe that Eric would ever be put in a position of power directing the training of children.