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This book is most definitely aimed at teenage girls or tweens. Some other reviewers have pointed out the several technical problems with the science. I want to talk about the societal problems. First of all I sure hope that in the future we do not still have Kings, Queens and Princes. I know this is a remake of Cindarella, but could she not have fallen in love with a young entrepreneur. Better yet a young step son falls in love with a business Woman. Cinder's android was extremely annoying. We basically have Cyborg's living today and I find it hard to believe they would ever be considered second rate citizens.
IT IS EASIER TO CONVINCE OTHERS OF YOUR BEAUTY IF YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
Their are several glimpses of good writing and with the flaws should still be enjoyable to young women and must be since it has such good reviews and ratings. I like cyborgs, robots and androids in almost any book. At times I liked Cinder and felt she was a strong female character. At other times I wanted to gag over the constant female teenage talk, but this is aimed for that crowd, not for an old man like me.
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.
It kept you guessing, and from the moment the book starts you are instantly hooked.
She gave real life to the characters voices.
When Cinder kisses the prince.
Get this book :)
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!
a dedicated dilettante
Marissa Meyer rides a tight wave between creating something completely new and fresh whilst acknowledging a well known fairy tale. She rides the crest with panache and perfectly brings the story home; this story is loosely based on Cinderella, which for Ms. Meyer, turns out to be just the right amount. I've been on a YA spree of late and am perfectly happy to remain in it with writers like Ms. Meyer. Her blend of SciFi, adventure and romance is spot on. She uses well written, tight dialogue to bring out and develop her characters, deep and rich description to build her world, consisting of a future Earth and Lunar (Moon) and number of difficult scenarios to build interesting relationships. All of this wonderful writing however, is just so much gas for the engine of her fabulous story. Ms. Meyer is fundamentally a storyteller - it is the narrative arc that compels us to stay up much too late into the night reading her novel
As is my practice, I went back and forth between the Kindle and Audible versions (using the magic of Whispersync for Voice to keep moving), although I did a lot more listening than reading given the fabulous narration of Rebecca Soler. She has definitely entered the pantheon of beloved narrator. Her voice is a natural for Cinder so her talents truly shine when she voices Dr. Erland, Prince Kai and the impolite tones of Queen Levana. I also love her enthusiastic Iko. She maintains each character's voice in the the quick give-and-take dialogue Ms. Meyers uses. Overall her pacing gives you a sense of the urgency and excitement of the story while being able to follow it easily. I'm really glad she narrates the other books in the series.
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I haven't read any adaptations that I can remember at the moment, but even if I did, this would be the best one. All I can say is-Wow.
Every element of the classic story was there and even though I could see what was going to happen, it was delivered so well that I didn't care. Some would say that the ending was a cliffhanger. Being that the series is continuing, I feel more like it was 'chapter' to the story and didn't feel like a cliffhanger (which you know I hate with the heat of 1000 suns).
I purchased the 2nd ebook in the series, Scarlet, along with the audiobook version, before I was even halfway done with this one.
I highly recommend this series, even if sci-fi is not your normal genre, I am labeling it as scifi, but it didn't (IMO) 'read' like scifi. Great book and I can't wait for more from Ms. Meyer.
Part time artist - Like to listen to audiobooks when I am working and creating.
of course ...because it does not have a satisfactory ending.
I got this book based on many postive reviews. Have you ever been to a movie that someone raved about and you thought it was just, OK. That is how I felt listening to this book. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book but I didn't think it was spectacular. It was predictable, and the audio narration was decent. My real pet peeve, which I have notice somewhat with other YA novels but really noticed with this one, is that it just ends....there is no conclusion it just stops, and you are forced to read the next book if you are curious to see what happens. The ending seemed anti-climatic. YA books, even if they want to do sequel books can have decent endings, and if they would please start the next book with maybe a recap so it doesnt feel like it is the next chaper of the last book. Ok end of rant.
SPOILER ALERT:I guess it would be climatic if you didn't know who she was from almost the beginning of the book, and they just ended it with her sitting there in jail...she can't escape and be on the run. Really.....you have to save that for the next book!
I am a 27 year old nurse pursuing a nurse practitioner degree. My favorite book genres are: fantasy, science fiction, medicine and sociology
I did not expect the level of depth given to the sci-fi futuristic world the story takes place in, and toward the start, I wondered how on Earth the author would stretch the straightforward story and events of Cinderella across the length of the whole audiobook. After the early introduction of the Prince, I felt as though it could easily be wrapped up in half the book's length.
However, once side plots (like the plague and Lunar versus New Beijing politics) took off, I found the story much more enjoyable. I liked Cinder's lack of helplessness - she was determined and was her own Hero, and in many ways she seems set up to save the prince and the kingdom herself rather than be a damsel in distress.
By the end of the audio book, I could see ample plot to justify a sequel, and the cliff hanger ending has me enticed enough to warrant buying the sequel when it comes out (Feb 3, 2013 according to Amazon). I have not had a book prove me wrong before like this. I've picked up "chick lit" or other fairy tale retellings and found them so formulaic and predictable, with settings devoid of depth, that I was worried Cinder was headed in that direction. I am glad to be proven wrong. I found myself rooting for Cinder, and more importantly, I found myself REALLY hating the Lunar Queen. I am actually looking forward to the moment in the book series when the Lunar Queen gets what's coming to her (which I assume will occur).
I was interested in how cyborg parts functioned in the story, though not much detail went into detailing the science behind it. As I have watched Star Trek extensively, I am used to a degree of science and explanation behind scientific advantages, so this is clearly "soft" science fiction, versus traditional sci-fi.
One thing that did make me rate it at 4 and not 5 stars is that it is simply not the same level of literary work as other books I love. This book is written at an approachable but pedestrian vocabulary level, making it pleasant reading material for teenage girls or average intelligence adults. There were no words used that I did not know the meaning of. The level of mystery or suspense was shot because I guessed a major plot twist early into the book due to the conventional, even obvious, way clues were mixed into the narration.
Nevertheless, I found it an enjoyable story, and I look forward to a sequel to see where the story goes from here.
I passed this one up a few times but I finally took a chance, and WOW am I glad I did!
I loved the vague parallel with Cinderella. This story had its own personality which really came to life and drew me in. The narrator was on her game! I can't wait for book 2!!!