This book took a while to get interesting. At first the concept was a little cheesy to me and not well developed. It is a good thing my commute is so long though, because around Chapter 10 or so it really started to pick up and I am glad I stuck with it. They developed the concept and it got much more action packed. Now I am really looking forward to book 2!
This is definitely a bit of a
Yes, but I think I would recommend the print version over the audiobook because I did not care for the narrator. That being said, I still really enjoyed the audiobook and found myself listening to it even when I wasn't in the car.
I had already seen the movie, so I wasn't really surprised or moved by anything in particular. However, I did enjoy the book much better (even though I also loved the movie) because it contained character development, backstory, and slight plot differences that were not in the film.
I did not care for Jennifer Wiltsies performance of this book. She made Rachel seem pouty and dull, Darcy seems whiny and shrill, and Dex seem monotone and cold. So I will base my favorite character on the story, not the narration and I would have to say Ethan.
His character is so lovable in the film that I thought I wouldn't like his minor presence in the book (friends had told me he wasn't in the first book much), but I somehow found him even more lovable despite his small role. I have heard he plays a much bigger part in the second book so I am looking forward to that.
Definitely Ethan, he is such a great guy in this story. I also found Marcus to be much more likable in the book than he was in the film.
At first I didn't see much reason to read this book because I had seen the film, but I wanted to read the second one (I am not sure if they are turning it into a film) so I decided to go ahead and read the first one anyway. Friends told me it was a bit different than the movie, which I didn't think I would like but instead I enjoyed this version even better. I am starting book two today!
Yes! This trilogy has provided me with 2 of my favorite audiobooks. The story is interesting enough to keep you captivated, but not too complex where it becomes confusing if you get distracted for a second while listening. Both books in the series (#3 is yet to be released) were perfect entertainment for my daily commute, but I also genuinely enjoyed them beyond just being welcome distractions. The narrator does a great job too!
There is an execution scene that I thought was very well written, which sounds morbid, but I just thought it was done perfectly and was very powerful. There are also a few moments where the plot twists, and I really enjoyed those parts as well.
I think it takes about 5 minutes to get used to any audiobook narration, and this book is no exception. However, I really enjoyed listening to Emma Glavin once I got a few minutes into each book. Her voice works very well for both the male and female characters somehow, without sounding awkward. She uses her voice well to convey emotions and reads at a good pace.
In a way, yes. However, the story seems to be broken into a few different segments where the plot naturally falls and rises, so there were a few times when I felt comfortable stepping away. I consider this a good thing though, because I don't have all day to listen and its good to have a plot that rises and falls.
Loved it, can't wait for book three!
It is in my top 3 series. I would put the Hunger Games series as first, Divergent as second (book two has yet to be released), and the Delirium trilogy as third (book 3 has yet to be released).
I think this series, and Lauren Oliver's book "Before I Fall" are all books that I reccomend in audiobook versions, instead of print. I have not read the print versions, but Sarah Drew delivers such a great performance that you are able to really feel the emotions of the characters the way the author intended. I think you really get the full experience of the character's personalities and emotional processes through Sarah Drew's performance.
I really enjoyed the development of Lena in this book. Seeing her struggle and her strength is a refreshing change from her persona in the first book. her story is very emotionally moving.
I loved this book so much! I was actually wishing my daily commute was even longer so I could keep listening.
Yes, absolutely. Sarah Drew delivers another wonderful performance of Lauren Oliver's work.
At first I thought the concept was a bit cheesy, but as they developed the story I started to really appreciate the premise. The character development kept me interested, and the ending made me download the second book immediately because I just couldn't wait to find out what happened.
Lena and Alex
This book is great, but the second in the series is much better. I suggest even if you are iffy on this book that you put in the time to finish it because the story develops into a completely different type of story line for book two.
One of my least favorites, but it was still worth listening to and I will probably listen to the third when it comes out. This book just can't compare to my other favorites like "Hunger Games," "Divergent," and "Before I Fall."
The female still sounds very immature, like a 13 year old. The male narrator was great though. He has kind of a "throaty, whisper" type voice, but I thought it was relaxing and I found myself wanting to listen to him before bed.
No, I didn't really have much of an emotional reaction to the book, it was pretty even toned. However, the part when Eli gives the vial to Ky definitely did make me tear up a bit, I loved that part! (That shouldn't have been a spoiler at all, don't worry!)
What is with the strange music they play at random times durring the narration?! It drives me crazy, you can't hear the talking over it... and sometimes it even sounds kind of creepy.
Absolutely, in fact I might listen to it again! I think the author did a great job realistically capturing teenage girls and the highschool experience (she didn't censor it too much for the YA audience), and the narrator did an excellent job conveying the emotions in the main character's internal dialouge. I suggest the audiobook over the print copy for this very reason, you can really get a sense of what Sam is feeling through Sarah's narration of her.
Sam, our main character. Sarah Drew did a wonderful job with her. Many of the other voices seemed a bit "over acted," but I realize she was just attempting to make a ton of teenage girls sound different somehow, so it didn't bother me much. I also loved Kent, but not necessarily because of the narration.
Yes, at the end. The ending to this book tore me up, and it didn't end how I had hoped. But it was still a really great ending and I am glad that the author chose to finish the book so powerfully.
A very great choice for an audio book! It is interesting right from the start and was very enjoyable. It didn't feel like an immature young adult book, which I really appreciated because I have sort of a love/hate with YAs.
It was a lot like 'Mean Girls" meets "Groundhog Day" like other listeners have said, but it didn't feel like she "knocked off" either of these stories. The fact that she dies right in the beginning makes the story unique.
No. I have not read the print version, but I can tell by the audiobook that I enjoy the writing and the author has a beautiful style. I chose the audio book because I commute 60-90 minutes twice daily, and audiobooks are great dsitractions. However, this narrator was not very good company and I regret paying for this audiobook. Her voice sounds kind of like baby talk, which makes the young adult book seem even less appropriate for someone like me in their mid twenties.
I liked the story a lot, although there have been many written like it in the past. I agree with the comparisons to the Giver and Brave New World (two books I grew up loving). I enjoy dystopian society books, which is why I chose this one, and in that sense I was pleased and entertained. I have a hard time with the young adult format these stories often take though, and the aim at a younger audience was very apparent throughout the book.
Absolutely, it is great! All three of the Hunger Games books were great, I couldn't stop listening. These audiobooks were great for my very long daily commute. I am SO sad that the series is complete now!
Finnick -- he really becomes very likeable in the third book.
Yes, in the other Hunger Games books. The performance is similar in all the books, and I was very impressed. As with any audiobook it takes a bit to warm up to the narrator, but I thought she did a wonderful job and was very pleasant to listen to.
I was very pleased with the ending. I had heard mixed reviews, but I think she did a great job of wrapping up the story.
I have already watched Game of Thrones season 1 on HBO, and I am completely obsessed with the story. It is well developed and captivating, and I really enjoy all of the characters, even the ones I actually hate. I definitely reccommend the book or the show - for adults though, the content is very mature.
I started the frist book after I had seen the whole season, and the show follows the books exactly. That being said, I won't want to read ahead because I enjoy the show so much, but on the flip side the book can be a little boring if you have already seen the show. So perhaps it would be better to read the books first instead, but I guess it is a matter of opinion... and I haven't really decided on mine yet.
I really did not care for the narrator of this book though. His voice was not pleasant to listen to and his performance of the different characters (esspecially the women) was not well executed.
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