The print version is significantly preferable: Generally speaking, when considering audio books, female performers have a much harder time than male performers do at voicing characters of the opposite sex. This was especially valid in the reading of this book. Her male impersonations made an incredible story less believable for me.
Lynn is my favorite non-lead character because she doesn't care what anyone else thinks. She is who she is. What you see is what you get. AND she doesn't use her beauty as an advantage or for leverage. She views it as a disadvantage or sign of weakness; therefore, relies on her other characteristics/strengths to fulfill her role as a Dauntless. She does take it too far sometimes, but I really like her character.
Four/Tobias is the obvious lead character that I would be inclined to favor because of his role as the relentless, unyielding, selfless, compassionate yet strong hero and loving boyfriend. He is smarter than he leads you to believe he thinks he is, which gives him a distinctive social advantage. Finally, his ability to calculate his actions, harness his emotions (for the most part) and forgive when necessary, at times when most won't, give him a maturity well beyond his years, allowing him to lead at a young age.
I'm not sure she could have done much better with what she has. As stated before, my issue is with the impersonations of the male characters. Makes the story less believable.
Yes, I had read it previously so I already knew I loved the story; however, when reliving the story audibly, it provides more depth and further understanding. Despite the less than ideal performance, I found myself making excuses to get in the car for lengthy drives in order to finish the book.
I just want to comment further about the vocal performance by the female artist. From the way I have expressed myself above, it may appear that I dislike her style far greater than I really do. At the end of the day, she did a phenomenal job bringing the female characters to life, and it was very believable (again, female characters). AND I will admit, the fact that I find her male impersonations unbelievable may be a ME problem. That said, that was the one thing that I found hard for me to wrap my head around, in terms of believability and overall rating.
Yes, I am currently listening to this story for the third time. I noticed that I often fall asleep while listening to books being read to me and there are so many minute details, I didn't want to miss a thing!
The unexpected plot twists and suspense of Insurgent are what make it such a great listen! The listener expects the story to go down one predictable path yet the author takes the listener on very unexpected twists and turns.
Yes, Divergent...the first in the series and the reason why I purchased Insurgent...I am happily anticipating the third book in the series...not yet available. I cannot wait! In many respects, I think this series is as good or better than The Hunger Games! I feel I should recognize well written books: I'm a Literacy Teacher by trade (The Fifty Shades series was by far, one of the most poorly written book series I had ever read...although the content was interesting, the writer's style and grasp of literary rules were horrendous! Insurgent and Divergent, for that matter will NOT disappoint!)
Yes, but as a teacher, I don't have that kind of time!
Anxiously awaiting the third installment! This series is so well written, it blurs the line between young adult and adult fiction! Now, if you will excuse me, I would like to get back to my story: Insurgent!
I was hoping this book would be as engaging as the first one, and I was very disappointed. This one failed to keep my interest. Also I was hoping there would be a big reveal at the end or something to make me eager to read the next installment, but the end was not shocking and it didn't leave me wanting more.
I would listen to something by Veronica Roth again, but as for this series I think I'm done with it.
Emma Galvin did a solid job with the narration; she captured the tone very well and if I weren't so disinterested in the story itself, I would have enjoyed this more.
I did listen to this book all the way through, so it must have kept my interest enough for me to keep going. I though it was interesting to learn more about Tobias's parents, although I found their characters to be a bit flat for the most part.
Very clear to understand the separate characters. Performance of the voices was done well.
Dystopian theories are always of interest to me and this was an interesting take on the subject.
No, have not listened to her before.
No extreme reactions, but the way the main female character kept "disobeying" Tobias/Four, got a little bit old especially since she was supposedly devoted to him. Seemed like she would never just take his word for it. A few times is reasonable, but EVERY time got a little old and did not represent her "love" for her him very well.
TOO LONG TO WAIT FOR BOOK 3!!
I loved this book even more than Divergent. It kept me listening at the edge of my seat until it was over. I love Tris. I love her relationship with Tobias. I cannot wait for the 3rd book to come out.
Although the end of the last book got a bit teeny on me it held up as a good old fashion good VS evil. The second however feels a lot more like book written for teenagers. It's not bad just missing something that I can only think of as maturity.
A little to much puppy love for my taste. Far to many coincidences to the point that they stumble over one another. This world has to get bigger and more in-depth right now it seems this thing has happened in one city with only a couple thousand people in it.
doubt I will read the next installment till I hear that the movie deal has gone through.
No doubt many people will like this series as it is a interesting read and the narrator is excellent. Just got a bit light for me mid way through the second book.
T. R. Graves, Author
Insurgent (Divergent #2) is one of those books that messes with your psyche and makes you question every character, their motives, and their actions. Veronica Roth is so talented that those who betray Tris might well have betrayed me because the acts felt so personal and were so unexpected. At the same time, I love the way she takes Tris's worst enemies and turns them into humans who are capable of good and proves this theory by giving them unexpected (and important) roles in Tris's journey.
Insurgent (Divergent #2) is as amazing as Divergent (Divergent #1), and the ending can only be described as jaw dropping. I, for one, can't wait for Untitled (Divergent #3).
T. R. Graves, Author
Warriors of the Cross
Guardians of the Cross
Enemies of the Cross
Dark Angels of the Cross
Definitely a Teen book. It is fun it is interesting however it is not deep and it has the same problems as most teen books, such that if this logical step was taken, then none of this would happen.
I enjoyed the book, but it was not up to what I was expecting unfortunately.
I love the story and the fact that it's not about a helpless girl in distress
It makes me want the next book :)