This book is a good book, a compelling story, believable and likable characters, but it's predictable. So, I waivered between giving it 3 and 4 stars for the story. But I really did enjoy the story even if there weren't any twists or turns that I found thrilling or exciting.
I think the dynamics of the clubs at the school are really interesting. It's hard to understand the dynamic of "mean girls" and why they do some of the things they do but this book really explores why girls that aren't mean would take part in hurting others.
My favorite scene is a scene where Amelia is with her best friend Sylvia and describes her in her internal monologue. I can't remember the exact words she says but it was something along the lines of "Her heart is huge and wreckless." I can relate. Who doesn't know someone (or maybe is someone themselves) that falls in love easily and quickly and jumps in with both feet?
Probably something about picking your friends carefully or the dark side of friendship.
It's a good listen, the narrator is great and does an excellent job of capturing the tone and inflections of high school girls....that "attitude" they all seem to be infected with.
I read this because the movie was coming out and my girlfriends were all excited as each of them read the story. The premise pulled me in instantly and Tris becomes a character that is easy to love. I really enjoyed the audiobook but don't expect to read just the first book of the series and part ways if you're not impressed. They leave off on both of the first two books at a place that doesn't wrap up the story so you can't just stop, you have to keep going. This is a three-book commitment or nothing. If you're the type that enjoyed The Hunger Games, you'll enjoy this series. I liked the characters and the premise better than the Hunger Games but I found the ending disappointing (and I didn't like the third book of the Hunger Games either).
If I'm being honest, I really WANTED to love this book. I wanted to watch the series and I thought understanding the story would be a benefit. But I found looooong stretches of the book terribly dull. I decide that I will just watch the series without listening to the rest of the audiobooks. I need an audiobook to have a bit more forward momentum between climaxes.
I listened to this after listening to an audiobook that REALLY blew my socks off (The Martian by Andy Weir in case you're looking for an excellent listen) so it had its work cut out for it because I knew that whatever I chose wasn't likely to live up to the one I'd just finished. The reviews convinced me. I liked the narrator although her men's voices get kind of nasal and makes me automatically presume all the men are snobby and a bit unlikable when I don't think that's the author's intent. I wish she'd used a better voice for one of the male characters. I found him unlikable because of the voice and I think the story would have had more of the impact the author intended if I'd liked him more.
However, the story is compelling. The main character is likable. It does a good job of keeping the forward momentum. The narrator speaks clearly and understandably. I did enjoy the book. I liked the way the story played out at the end but the "wrap up" after the climactic event felt a little cheesy.
My biggest complaint is that the author doesn't leave tiny little seeds of subtle clues throughout the book of what is going to play out. Instead there's one big "hint" and I caught it and so I immediately knew what the plot twist would be, but I wasn't totally sure how it would play out exactly. I've been debating whether or not the hint would be as obvious to everyone because to me, it felt like a giant beacon of "LOOK AT THIS UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCE, THIS WILL BE IMPORTANT LATER!" which is almost as frustrating as authors who leave hints far too esoteric and subtle for anyone to catch. I've realized that if at the end of a book with a twist, I don't have the urge to go back and re-listen/re-read the little seeds of information that lead up to the twist, I don't feel like the author did a very good job of it. And I did not have that feeling with this book. They felt too obvious and too placed to blend into the story seamlessly.
That said, the writing is good. The main character is an author and so her own writings in the book reflect her ability to translate feelings into words easily, but I felt that her writings were often unrealistically long and intricate given the situation that the author wanted us to believe. Seemed too convenient that any time she wanted to write something important in secret, she magically got alone time to do it. I think it would have added to the plot and the suspense if there were at least a few overly hasty notes or interrupted thoughts in the main character's journal.
Overall, I would recommend this book.
This final book in the Divergent series was the most disappointing. I still enjoyed the overall story but I have 3 complaints:
1. It should have just been one long book. The series didn't divide the books up in a way that you could enjoy each as it's own stand-alone story. That is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. If you can't pick up book two and get enough info. to read it without book 1, it should be one book, not a series.
2. I hated the narrator's voice for Tobias. He talked just a little too slow and sounded overly technical. Tobias was kind of a rough and tumble guy with a sweet side and the narrator never was able to capture all the pieces of his personality. He sounded flat.
3. The ending could have been way better. I understand why the author did what she did but it wasn't the choice I would have made.
I finished this audiobook in less than 2 days. I could think of nothing else. I am an engineer and this book tickled my brain with the science and technology while still using it
to further the plot. It was one of the most compelling books I have ever listened to and I found myself sitting here just pondering it for hours after it was finished.
I am really glad I listened to a friend and purchased this book. The characters are so well developed and it's impossible not to fall in love with them. The narration is spectacular and the story really brought alive the plight of the people living in Germany during the war for me. Also, I was intrigued by the idea that the entire story is narrated by death. At times death's narration was a little esoteric and seemed to muddle the story. I had kind of hoped that death would have played a larger role in the book. He explains why he took an interest in one specific character and there's a good reason for it. But I don't feel like that character ever confirmed that she did see him. And I kind of felt like that was an aspect that wasn't explored to its full potential. My only complaint is that I wanted more of an epilogue. I wanted to know more about what happened to each character after the final scene in the book. I don't want to provide any spoilers so I will just say this: there is one character in the book that I particularly wanted to know about at the end. The author doesn't tell you. You have enough information to know what the possibilities were and I think this is intentional since those that would have known the character in this story if it were 'real life' likely also wouldn't have known how his story ended. But I did wish for more of a conclusion.
I waffled between giving the story 3 stars or 4 stars. Overall, it was worth the listen.
I listened to this book on a car trip and it did its job of keeping me awake. I was drawn in and captivated by the characters and the pace of the suspense in the early chapters of the book was perfect....but the last quarter of the book had me raising one eyebrow and repeatedly asking "who thought of this?" I will freely admit that I am not a huge Sci-Fy fan. But I liked the way the mystery in the book was introduced and the idea of harmonics appealed to my engineer brain. But...then the book took a departure...a huge leap. A leap that was too far for my head. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone and it really did keep me entertained, it just kind of went off the rails for me toward the end. I would have more appreciated more of the level-headed pace and believable plot over the crazy place the author took us. But, if you need a book to keep you awake on a drive, this should do it.
This is the first Peter Clines book I've read and I probably won't seek him out as one of my favorite authors. He just seemed to leap too far for me.
Ray was a good narrator and the voices he did at the end of the book were great. My biggest complaint is that Veek's voice sounded just like the super's voice and one was supposed to be Indian and the other German I think? Listening to him do the antagonist's voices (trying not to give too much away) at the end was great - although I'm sure it left him with a sore throat.
I pictured Tim as a young Tommy Lee Jones and I pictured Roger as a long-haired and unshaven Bradley Cooper. Aarti Mann would play Veek and Seth Green is actually who I pictured for Nate. I pictured Brittany Snow (with blue hair and an attitude) for Xela.
Good build up to the mystery but the answer just went a step too far for me. I prefer sci-fy that is based a little closer to reality.
This book is in the top 5 audiobooks that I've listened to. I really loved the story. I loved how well-researched the story was. I found myself on-line frequently while listening to research the actual history. King does a great job of exploring the potential implications of time travel.
My favorite character was definitely George/Jake. He seems so level-headed, positive, and good-natured that you trust him to do the job he set out to do. He's easy to root for.
My favorite scene was the end of the book. I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but there's a sort of bittersweet ending.
The book made me really think which is a huge positive for me. If I spend time laying awake at night pondering a story, that's the sign of a really great book. This book isn't a typical Stephen King horror. Instead, this book is optimistic, exciting, and very well researched and well-written. The only complaint I have is about the narrator. He did an excellent job, I just think he was an unusual choice. The main character in the story is supposed to be 35 and the narrator's voice makes him sound older. I kept forgetting he was only supposed to be 35. However, despite the mental block of thinking he sounded older, he did a great job. His northern accents were great. The only voice that really annoyed me was his voice for Sadie. However, the story was compelling enough that I could overlook the terrible drawl. The way the narrator makes Sadie say "honey" was like nails on a chalkboard for me. But I just had to hear the end of the story. And I'm glad I stuck it out because it's one of the best books I've ever listened to.
I listened to this book because I really wanted to listen to 11/22/63 and a reviewer suggested that one should listen to IT first because of a parallel in the books in the City of Derry. (Now that I've listened to both books, I can assure you that one does not need to listen to IT to enhance the story in 11/22/63). I don't usually like horror books but I have to admit that this book really held my attention and kept me involved right until the end. Plus, I love how long it is. The bargain hunter in me really likes to maximize my entertainment hours for the credits. The best part of this audiobook, by far, was the narrator. There could be no better narrator for this story. He was perfection.
The entire story was memorable. It truly is a great book that keeps you invested from beginning to end and this one really did.
Steven Weber was the most amazing narrator that I could have ever imagined. His performance was nothing short of spellbinding. I really hope to listen to other recordings by Weber.
It was a scary book. I don't typically read horror books and I've never been a huge Stephen King fan. I couldn't listen to this at bedtime. I had to leave myself enough time to watch a sit-com or something to reset before going to bed so I wouldn't have bad dreams.
Great performance, excellent story if you like a good scary story. It's super long but Weber's performance combined with King's story-telling ability will keep you coming back.
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