This book is well written and very well read. The plot is something different so if you can just "go with it," it's fun.
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The narrator's performance is exceptional.
I listened to the first book in this series, and she did great in both. I will definitely look for more books that she narrates. There was one little thing that I did not like. She pronounced the name Hannah differently in the second book than she did in the first one. That was a little irritating.
Not particularly. I thought this one was not going to be as good as Delirium, at first. It started a little slower. Once the capture sequence started, I hated to stop listening.
This is a very good series of books. With Audible's wonderful return policy, you can't go wrong, even if you don't like it. I highly recommend you give it a try.
THE STORY: Having listened to, and loved Delirium, I was super excited to dive into this second book in the trilogy. I found the pacing of this book quicker and more attention grabbing than the first. Lauren gives description without halting the forward progression of the story, which was not as successfully achieved in Delirium. As other reviewers have pointed out, this book does jump from a past and present situation. But both timelines were captivating and had stories that left my emotions on edge. I cried twice while listening and it was for a scene in both the "then" and "now" timeline. I found Pandemonium to be superior to Delirium which makes me excited for the final book in this trilogy.
THE NARRATOR: let me be real with you for a second...Sarah Drew sucks at male voices. I listened to "Before I Fall" and had to stop at times as her interpretation of male dialogue was grating. Having said that, she absolutely NAILS all the voices in this book. Her pacing is spectacularly on point. And her inflection really drew me in more on this book than the previous two book performances of which I listened. I would listen to this book again.
OVERALL: The congruent stories of the two timelines was a great writing choice. I was a little disappointed that one storyline kinda fell off in the end and I would have loved more resolution with the details of that storyline/timeline. However Pandemonium is my favorite Lauren Oliver book thus far!
Sarah Drew does a wonderful job as a narrator, but it's difficult to make an incredibly dull book with minimal depth interesting or engaging. There is no doubt in my mind that I would have been unable to finish reading the print copy of this book; listening to the Drew's performance made the experience passable.
By the time I completed this book, I was frustrated by the idea that I'd given up my time to a completely unnecessary novel. There was absolutely no point in this book except to create a third side to a love triangle. Honestly, this entire book was centered around the main character meeting another boy for whom she develops a crush in order to complicate her romantic feelings toward her love interest from the previous book. Absolutely no question in my mind that this books serves as a filler and does not progress the story in a way to justify it's own separate publication.
I severely disliked this book. It's a filler book and very little happens to add to the overall plot, character development or world-building that could not have been accomplished in the first and third book. The audiofile I listened to was about eight hours, eight long boring hours spent on poorly establishing the other side of a love triangle. Yes, the shift between past and present made the writing more interesting, but this does little when the plot is irreparably dull. Like the first book, there was potential for certain themes and emotions (different from the first) to deeply explore in this book, and it never happens. I found this book tedious, and I've continued onto the third not because I like the plot or characters, but because I want to see how far Oliver explores ideas she introduced in the first book, although my faith that she will has significantly diminished.
Wow, shocker. Never would have guessed. Save yourself the time on this series and just reread whatever dystopian young adult novel you finished last.
The narrator did such a fantastic job too! This series should have been a movie before Divergent , though I love both.
I have taught my two boys at home for the last 8 years. A love of literature of all kinds led me to Audible.
Reviewing ongoing stories is difficult precisely because the stories are not meant to stand alone. Oliver bridges the gap between the beginning and the end of her tale perfectly just like she writes everything else. The suspense, the rich detail, and Drew as the powerful narrator that she is make this a favorite performance. ..until I finish listening to the 3rd book, Requiem.