Laurie Halse Anderson is a phenomenal story teller. I read her book Speak in 1 day, one of her best. This story was intriguing, disturbing, and heartwarming.
The one thing I didn't like is how they audibly handled what I assume are cross outs in the written from of the book. There are beeps and odd volume adjustments. I think I'd rather hear a vocal change rather than an "editing" change. I think Jeannie Stith could have acted the "cross outs" without the annoying beeps. I personally don't like that directorial? choice. I'm curious to see how other audio productions handle that challenge
I'm a big fan of Juli Alexander's work. My favorite thing about her stories, is she creates great female characters who are strong, know who they are, and ultimately great models for young girls to look up too, while still having a fun entertaining plot.
This book is no exception. Enjoying reading the book, I was delighted to find there was now an audio version of it.
Listening, made the story even better. The narration brought out the fun loving humor in the book in ways I hadn't thought possible and made the story come alive.
I highly recommend this book. The story is fun… almost an older Harriet the Spy, going through the trials and tribulations of high school. Rachel Jacobs' narration is fabulous. Perfectly suited for Amanda Peterson.
I hope to hear more audiobooks from Juli Alexander's collection. It is a wonderful enhancement to her work.
The first two books in this series were so amazing and exciting, I couldn't wait to read this book.
It was a major disappointment. It feels as though it doesn't belong in the series, it just happens to have some of the same characters.
I think one reason why it is so strange is the style of the books changes. In the first two books the story is told from one perspective. In this book it changes to a dual narration. This sort of change doesn't work for a trilogy when the style has already been established.
It was a hard hard book to get through.
It didn't have the same intrigue and tension that the other two did.
Other reviews have said the book was depressing. I don't know if I agree with that. It's fine for a book to be dark especially these dystopian ones.
Its just boring.
A book that you can't stop thinking about once you've finished. If you liked Gone Girl or The Secret History, this would be a good one to add on to your list.
SO MUCH MOUTH NOISE. You can't concentrate on the story because you hear this person's spit swilling around in your ear.
Narrator is way too old to be reading the part of an 18 year old girl. It sounds like the character's late middle aged mom or a teacher is reading the story. The language of this teenager sounds absolutely ridiculous.
Bad production choices.
I loved the book, it's a very different spin on magic. The other reviews definitely have it right there.
I unfortunately did not like the narration. It took me 4 or 5 tries to start listening to the book because the narration could not bring me in. I think its rare to find a male narrator that can do female voices well. They always sound weak and annoying. Jim Dale, is an example of one who reads very well, and character voices do not bother me. I think a different narrator would have changed the whole experience in a better way.
I actually purchased this book because I enjoy Ilyana Kadushin's narrations, and she didn't disappoint. She has a voice that is very easy to listen to and she brings you into the story flawlessly. I'd suggest purchasing anything she narrates.
Despite the fact that chocolate is a banned substance but beer is not...the characters are well rounded, the story is intriguing, it left me wanting more and I was happy to discover that it's a series. It's a very creative look at future of our world and it takes familiar things and twists them in a surprising way.
Fun interesting listen. HUGE cliff hanger at the end. The title of this review very much describes the book. If you liked Matched you'd like this book. It's a little "girlier" than Divergent or Hunger Games, but if you're a fan of the YA dystopian genre you'll enjoy the book.
Yes, this is yet another teen book with a female lead with 2 teenage boys to choose from. But this time, we get to hear 2 different perspectives. The girl and one of the guys.
It's an amusing teen romance. I'd suggest the listen to those who love horses and those looking for a lovely light summer or even school year read.
Wonderful narration. I prefer female narrators and usually dislike when the narrator voice keeps switching. It was an interesting choice to have the narrator (Rachel Jacobs) reading both the female perspective and the male perspective. There are some very amusing vocal interpretations of some of the characters which made me laugh a loud. In a good way!
A typical Sophie Kinella book, told this time from different character perspectives. An enjoyable listen.
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