I was very engaged and felt real emotion for America. I was remarkably frustrated with her, excited for her, and angry with her throughout. The story is also delightfully romantic without getting too mushy or uncomfortable. The romance feels very real despite the fantasy setting. The performance wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Audible performers, simply because the character's voices didn't seem very distinct, but it was still easy to follow, and didn't keep me from engaging in the story.
It needs a different narrator. This narrator is terrible. She speaks in a monotone the whole time. I couldn't get past the first 5 minutes.
Please find a new narrator. I think I would love this book if I could just bear to listen to it. I guess I'll have to read it in print.
I would recommend this audio book to people who like coming of age love stories. It has an interesting story and I liked the main character. The performance of the reader could have been a little better, but her voice was pleasant to listen to. I am eager to listen to the next book in the series. America is a character that is easily likeable. I also liked that the main character was more feminine than characters like Katniss in Hunger Games and Tris in Divergent. I love those stories too, but it was kind of fun reading a book about a strong, main female character that is not physically aggressive. She is a more realistic character because most women aren't going to be shooting a bow and arrow or getting into a physical fight. I like that America's strength was in her personality. She is a likeable character. I also liked Maxin and Aspin. I wonder where the relationships with both men will go. Great listen. Glad I found it.
I liked America as a character and thought she was optimistic. She didn't spend hardly any time moping about her situation. She made the best of her circumstances and was an interesting lead character.
I liked how she presented America. Her voice was well done. The other voices could have been better, but I liked the overall quality of the reading.
I found the scene where America makes Aspin a meal with the extra money she makes an intriguing scene. In that scene Aspin chooses pride over America's generosity. America understood that no matter what she'd love Aspin, but he was so caught up in materialism that he couldn't see all America really wanted was him.
Fun book to listen to on my long drives too and from college.
No, because I would be mortified that I have read it. This is firmly on the guilty pleasures list.
A nice, crisp, clear pace, evocative of emotion without being over dramatic or grating to listen to.
Neither, it was pretty middle of the line.
A lovely, bubble-gummy, indulgent lovestory, the very best things about YA fiction.
Say something about yourself!
The narrator, Amy Rubinate, does a great job at telling the story. Kiera Cass has written a truly enjoyable book that draws you in when you least expect it.
I've been telling my friends that it is a cross between The Hunger Games, as there is a dystopian America which is now called Illia and a series of castes and the "selected" girls are in a bachelor style competition for the prince.
America. She makes the main character sound so familiar and normal.
Yes! I finished it in one sitting and I'm listening to "The Elite" as I write my review.
You may pass this book series over, or have been on the fence about it. There is something endearing about it. And since it is YA its nice to see that the relationships don't go very far into the realm of sexuality. Its empowering and sweet all at the same time.