Powerful, gripping, enjoyable,
Marissa Meyer did an excellent job of integrating the elements of a favorite fairy tale into a larger-scale story; translating the story into a futurisitc, sci-fi setting and adding larger scale plot elements (making me eager to hear the next installment).
Ms. Soler does a great job in voicing the characters and gives Cinder a great attitude and lots of spunk! I also love her interpretation of Aiko (Cinder's android companion) and the doctor.
This is an emotionally gripping story and I found myself tearing up a few times at critical moments. Ms. Meyer really pulls you in to Cinder's life, allowing you to feel her emptional ups and downs.
The narrator's ability to create unique voices for each character and her ability to make the character's sound passionate during dialogue.
Cinder is a wonderfully unique character. I hate the typical cliche characters, and this story scoffs at the original Cinderella cliche.
She was the perfect voice for Cinder. I couldn't possibly imagine anyone else narrating this role. Her voice is passionate and real, and she makes the other character sound just as unique.
Yes, but I won't spoil it for anyone else :)
I enjoyed this book and was disappointed to learn that her next book is coming out in about a year! Unfortunately by that time I will probably have forgotten all about this series. The book ends on a cliff-hanger for those of you who hate that. It is a good adventure/action story, which takes some predictable turns. Overall the story is entertaining and engaging. I predict a major motion picture by 2015. Think Hunger Games.
for me it is, because if i read a book i tend to be inpatient and skip a lot of the dialogue so listening forces me to listen closely to every word...and for this book, every word is worth it!
i love the characters, the plot twist, the ideals....just amazing
she had really really really good accents! i was defiantly drawn in by the life she gave to the story.
i was at the edge of my seat the whole time! i was jumping for joy, and laughing, and i was ready to fight along side cinder!
this is a must read. it is such a creative spin on cinderella. i am counting the days till book two comes out! audible better have it the same day it comes out in print or i will have to buy the book instead!
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I absolutely loved this story! I was quite skeptical at first. I'm not usually a fan of "futuristic robot" books. Cinder was a great twist on the Cinderella story. I'm so excited for the next book to come out!
Husband. Dad. 3D Nerd. Tech Junkie. Saints fan. Part of the Squid clan.
Both my wife and I listened to Meyer's imaginative reconstruction of Cinderella and were amazed by the richness of the future world she wraps the story in. It doesn't come off as a rehash of the fairy tale; instead the characters have more depth and the world they inhabit is a clever mix of familiar and fantastical (I'm ready for my hover, thank you). I do wish the book hadn't ended with as big a cliff-hanger as it did, or that we'll have to wait another 9 months for book two in the series, but if it holds up as well as her first outing, it should be a heck of a ride! Looking forward to more from this promising author.
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
This is a well-done and imaginative re-telling of a classic loosely based on the plot of Cinderella. No, it's not an exact copy. The writing is good, the characters well-developed and fleshed out...they come to life from the "pages" (or earbuds). Kai and Cinder are great characters, I really came to care about them during the course of the story. I look forward to the next book and seeing what unfolds for them. The threat to Kai's sovreignty, indeed the threat of war between "countries" and even planets in the author's imagined world, and the battle against an insideous disease enhances the plot, making it about much more than relationships. The narration is good, the voice is appropo of the main character and delivers the story well. The only thing I would say could be done a little better is some of the male voices, particularly that of Kai himself. To me his voice should have been a little more distinguished and indentifiable. (That is a minor complaint, however.) Overall, I would highly recommend this. It is one of my favorite stories (overall) and favorite Audible listens that I have experienced recently.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Yes, there is a parallel with the Cinderella fairy tale, but there's so much more! This story is unique, fast-paced, suspenseful and heartwarming. It has a cliffhanger ending. Reviews indicate that Scarlet (Book 2) is mainly about new characters and that the story of Cinder and Kai progresses only slightly. While that is frustrating, I am excited at the prospect of things getting more juicy and complicated than if they had ended in this book.
NARRATOR - Rebecca Soler is very, very good. She does male voices well and also a couple convincing foreign accents.
BOTTOM LINE - You should definitely listen to Cinder, but realize that it will take at least two more books to find out how the story ends.
Syfi take on a cinderella story
Cant wait for the next book in the series.
This book is going to be a smashing success, and I couldn't think of a better format to listen than on audible.
The story follows "Cinder" an adopted teen who is a cyborg (really, it isn't as unappealing as it sounds) basically she has had her lower leg and hand replaced by a futuristic artificial parts and is thus rejected from the mainstream society. She has to save the kingdom by retrieving information. Has some suspense, action, and likeable protagonist. The one fault in the book is that I think it follows the story of Cinderella a little too closely. Overall a great listen!