This book was a good listen. Original thought, characters, and plot development. Entertaining and good fun.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
FYI, this is a multiple part series and at this time, no sequels are out. I think I knew this was written for teens going into it, but I like biological thrillers where people aren't normal and have powers. As a 35 year old, I told myself I could deal with the teen drama if the story was interesting enough. It really wasn't. When obvious and stupid decision came up, I had to constantly remind myself that the protagonist is 15 yrs old. The main characters are okay and believable, but the narrator does a bad job of trying to sound like a 15 yr old guy. Most of the characters are that type and it is annoying to hear constant city-boy accent like I used to talk in the 80's..."dude". The antagonist was uninteresting. SPOILER: One thing that really bothered me was when the boy signed a contract with the bad guy and the bad guy promised to let the boys friends go and he could call them when they were on the road, and when the contract is signed, he marches the boy into a cell to kill one of his friends and he doesn't question the bad guys promise or even mention it. I think the nail in the proverbial coffin was that ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IMPORTANT HAPPENS IN CELL 25! Yes, about 10 minutes of the book was spent in that cell and nothing was in there but a toilet. This is almost false advertising to me. I thought some hinge to the story or unexpected character, like the dad, would have been in there...nothing. very disappointing. I thought some clue to the boys past was in cell 25...nothing. I hope this helps someone...
This book was well paced and pretty exciting. You do have to just accept what the author lays out for you, as there are several "coincidences" that would be hard to swallow if you give it too much thought. But, the characters are great...the narration is near perfect...and the story offers a fun ride.
This was a most entertaining and refreshing read. While this book is aimed at teens, I am in my sixties and still found it really fun and engaging. I caught myself laughing at many of the character interactions in the first part of the book. The action builds throughout the story. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series and will recommend Michael Vey to my kids and grandkids.
It was an enjoyable listen and we can't wait for the next book. We know this was meant to be read by the youth but we needed to preview it and found ourselves caught up in the story. The reader was extraordinary.
Well written and narrated. The characters are engaging and the storyline keeps you hooked. I look forward to the continuation of this series by Richard Paul Evans!
My 11 year old son devoured the book and then pleaded for the audio book to listen to as he falls asleep at night!
Waiting for the next one.
I'm an adult who loves stories in this genre. It has been a while since I found anything really enjoyable and I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It was very entertaining, well written, and not too juvenile. I eagerly await the next one!
For me it was a little slow to start but you got to know the kids before it went to the "drama/action " part, and these kids were not perfect. Did think adding tourettes to the "little" picked on kid was overkill, just his size alone made him a target. But the story carried itself well and was pretty good.
I would listen to this book again because I so enjoyed that basic good vs. evil theme...I loved that the characters were flawed and you loved them anyway.
Definitely a must for a Harry Potter fan
I would love to tell you my favorite part but I don't want to ruin it for you.
Great book for kids and adults. Characters with real flaws and handicaps and you love them. Issues like bullying addressed with outcomes you will love. The main characters have a good value system that you want your kid reading about.