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Jen

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  • The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patrick Ness
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (231)

    Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not -stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

    C. Cole-Johnson says: "Edge of knife story"
    "Over-rated, annoying, not worth it"
    Overall

    Unfortunately I saw a lot of good press about this series and bought the first two books in the recent Audible specials. For anyone who has ready the positive reviews I wish to provide a warning:
    This book is not a good listen or read, for anyone. The main character goes through enormous trials and hardships without learning a single thing to the point where you start rooting for the stereotypically evil bad guys. The 'plot' revolves around withholding key information which when revealed is 1) not worth finding out 2) withheld so many times in so many nonsensical ways that it is beyond annoying. The setting is uninteresting despite an interesting premise and the fleet of trucks driving through the plot holes and inconsistencies in the use of the main device is very distracting even for someone good at suspending disbelief.

    I finished it to give it a fair hearing but i doubt i will ever bother listening to the second volume.

    For a great series in a similar category read the excellent Hunger Games

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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