First of all the narrator did a wonderful job with the whole piece, great reading and variations between characters. Fantastic.
The story is a classic but this version bumped it up a notch and took it in a new and exciting direction. The character development, background, and overall plot was exceptional. It was a tough one to stop listening to and I already have book two in my cart!
This is a pretty thoroughly reviewed book, and I don't have too many thoughts to add on it, except for one specific reaction; I was sort of lukewarm on Cinder, because the protagonist has really bad judgement. I hate when a character is ostensibly presented as being smart and down to earth, but fails to make the most basic bloody connections, is pathologically dishonest out of dithering anxiety, and just generally can't seem to stop being thwarted by mishap after plot device. I stopped trusting Cinder, the character, really early on in the book, and that just made me take the whole rest of the story cringing.
One day, I may try to return to this series, because the parts that people like about it truly are great! I just need to get past a hefty dose of vicarious embarrassment for Cinder first.
Yes, it's a nice easy read...typical of a YA book, but not angsty. It has a different feel to other books with post-apocolyptic world settings.
She had great expression and loved her different character voices- especially the droids.