Sarah Drew reads so beautifully even though I had a paper copy of this book I listened instead. I prefer to read but needed to make a long drive and decided to get the second book pandemonium as an audio book. i was so impressed instead of reading the third I just listened!!
This was another set of books that had me immediately purchasing and listening to the next book as soon as I had finished the previous one. It's a fiction, and not all together plausible story, but I didn't allow my mind to get all caught up into what did or didn't fit with reality; instead, I allowed the story to carry me away. For the hours I spent listening, I was in their world, and feeling their situation, and not my own. I love being captured by a great story, and this one didn't disappoint.
I can't believe that is the way the story ends!!! The beginning of the book had soooo much potential to be a completely awesome story but the ending left a lot to be desired....
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I loved the first two books of this trilogy, and I loved Sarah Drew's performance in both of them. Concerning book three, I have mixed feelings. The story was not as good as the other two, and as other reviewers said, it felt incomplete at the end. It's called a trilogy, but I'm guessing there will be more. As to Sarah Drew's performance, I was a little disappointed. Her talent in performing was as great as ever. I gave her rave reviews for her performances in the other books, expressing my feeling that she was sensational. However, in this one, much of the time she sounded as if she was speaking with a mouthful of spit. I could almost see it spraying as she spoke. I never noticed that in the other books, so maybe it was the recording rather than her. Or maybe I just didn't notice in the earlier books. In any case, it was quite distracting. Having said all that, I would still buy other books by this author or performed by this narrator.
THE GOOD :This book advances the story and keeps you on edge. There is a wonderful amount of character development for established and newly introduced characters. The creativity that Lauren Oliver brings to the story is one that is so needed for the YA genre.
THE BAD: I was wildly disappointed with the lack of description of the love between Julian and Lena. We are told that they care for one another, but I would have preferred to feeeeeeeeeeel the love, the way that it was manifested in Pandemonium. While it was easy to predict whom Lena would choose in this love triangle she had with Alex and Julian, I think the reader/listener should have known the strength of love Lena felt for each of these young men. Instead, Lenas emotional struggle was only detailed when outlining her feelings for Alex. It was not adequately mentioned, described, explained, or dialogued as well for Julian.
THE UGLY: Not gonna' lie y'all, I cried, HARD at one scene towards the end of the book. I actually had to stop the audio and collect myself. Sarah Drew narrates Requiem better than any of her previous 3 books for L. Oliver. I think Drew's performance style aided in my ugly cry. I have previously criticized her narration. Can't do it for this book. She is magnificent. I wish all audiobook performers were this good
OVERALL: Really great YA trilogy. Would have loved a little bit more intimacy as that was a major component of what the characters were fighting for. But still a great book.
tired of surprise endings that are NO SURPRISE AT ALL...... IT'S ALWAYS THE BEST FRIEND OR THE HUSBAND THAT "DID IT"
There were only 2 problems I had with it--- the ending- I wanted more resolution- and the narrator did something that drove me crazy- for the whole forst book she called the best friend Hannah the way Americans pronounce it with a short a sound like in the word can- then for book 2 and three she pronounces it like she's Swedish or something with a short o sound instead like it's honnah instead of Hannah- and it was the same narrator!