The reader's performance certainly made this audiobook one of the best I've listened to. It took me awhile to get used to her voice. I thought she handled the tone changes for the men pretty well, all things considered.
I've noticed that this book is often compared to the Hunger Games, and don't really understand why. There are some vague similarities, what with a caste system in place, and the lower classes strong dislike for the royal family and The Selection itself, but that's about it.
She definitely knows how to use her voice, how to draw you into the story by the way she reads the characters out loud. I can't really put my finger on it, but I certainly think that she did a fantastic job - the book was all the more enjoyable for her reading it, I think.
It made me facepalm a lot. Mostly in a 'I-can't-believe-you-just-did-that' sort of way. The main character, America Singer, has quite a few moments in the book that are just horribly humiliating or embarrassing. But in a charming way.
Can't wait for the sequel!
I thought the story was well written and the main character had a reasonable amount of depth. While the book didn't really get into a lot about the dystopian world that it took place in, it was still a great read and I expect the later books in the series to address more of those issues.
As a bit of warning, it does leave pretty much everything as a cliff hanger at the end. This is not the sort of ending where most of the ends of tied up with a couple remaining to take you into the next book in the series. This books feels more like "Part 1" instead of "Book 1."
Just a book fool.
I would if they were looking for something shallow and full of plot holes that they could finish in a night. It was fun and mostly entertaining but lacking any real depth.
It could have been worse.
I really HATE love triangles and without the one present in this book I would have enjoyed it A LOT more.
This is a great teen fiction, and I highly recommend it. I plan on recommending it to all my students, and I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series.
If you like the Hunger Games without the gore and a dash of the Bachelor, then this is for you. I was surprised I want to read more.
As far as YUL goes, this was a pretty interesting book. I can???t say it was totally original but nothing really is. It did put an interesting spin on a love triangle set in a dismal tyrannical future society. There were a lot of similarities to the Hunger Games but I wouldn???t call it a knock off. I will certainly buy the next book.
I love twists on fairy tales, and I am fascinated by reality shows. The combination of the two promised more than what was actually delivered in 'The Selection.' Where to begin on my issues with this story ...
1. This is a trilogy??? Really?? I'm surprised the editors found enough plotline in what I just listened to to print this first book on its own.
2. Predictability ... Wake me up when Mer and Aspen are rescued from being executed for having relations inside the palace. I'm guessing the rebels will succeed in one of their attacks at a convenient moment.
3. The characters and the setting were just flat. The world-building could've been done so much better. I could go on, but I don't feel like it. Save your audible credit for something else.
Say something about yourself! I am so looking forward to reading the best of All gifts!
Intriguing,engaging and suspenseful.
Questions about the reality of royalty and the life of the caste life style today compared to history.
Yes. The author does it by voice,characterization and detailing.
Male parts could be lower or deeper in tone.
Basically, the plot is great as it continues to ascend with interest and suspense. It is a cliff hanger causing one to anxiously await the next book. Hurry...
Okay first off I was unsure if I wanted to get this book because of the clip...never know how a narrator is gonna change through the book, however Amy really did good and found a rythm that worked well i think. I only gave it a 4 because it sounded off in the beginning and I'm just picky that way. Anyways I really liked the book, some teen books dont crossover well and this one does. I found the history interesting just makes one think about the choices we make as nations and what posssible consequences there are. One thing to note however the second book isn't expected to be out till spring of '13 so if you get impatient then I would wait a while to get this book.
America was the center point of the story so I would have to say her. I think if I could get further into Maxon's or Aspen's worlds, I could pick them as well. I love that America stays true to herself and her roots. I love that Maxon turned out to be completely unlike I had predicted he would be. Aspen has that "dangerous" quality that comes with loving someone forbidden. I have actually found myself torn on who I want America to end up with.
Extreme reaction? I think that might be going a little far. I liked this book at lot, and I am definitely looking forward to the release of book 2. I found myself giggling a couple of times during the book - one time in particular when she takes her maids with her to the "safe room" during a rebel attack and told them that since nobody else cared to bring their maids that they were not to serve any of them.
This is a great read. I listened to the entire book in the same day, staying up late because i "had" to know what happened. Yes, the ending leaves you hanging. But... that is to be expected in a series and I felt like it was a good place to stop and start the next book. It definitely could have been much worse at the end. The narrator wasn't bad. I didn't think she was perfect but there was nothing about her that would make me not want her to narrate the next book. I will be grabbing the 2nd book as soon as it becomes available, and I look forward to listening to this one again just before I start the 2nd. Reading books more than once isn't something I do a lot so that says a lot about this book in my opinion.