John Smith is not your average teenager. He regularly moves from small town to small town. He changes his name and identity. He does not put down roots. He cannot tell anyone who or what he really is. If he stops moving those who hunt him will find and kill him.
But you can’t run forever. So when he stops in Paradise, Ohio, John decides to try and settle down. To fit in. And for the first time he makes some real friends. People he cares about – and who care about him. Never in John’s short life has there been space for friendship, or even love.
But it’s just a matter of time before John’s secret is revealed.
He was once one of nine. Three of them have been killed. John is Number Four. He knows that he is next...
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With "I Am Number Four" being made into a Hollywood blockbuster, and with what appeared to be an interesting storyline, I was eager to add this title to my growing audio book collection for the commute to and from work.
The initial premise is good: 9 Lorians and their Keepers escape to Earth from their home planet, only to be hunted down by the Mogadorians. The Lorians can only be killed by the Mogardorians in numerical sequence. John Smith, our hero, is Lorian Number 4, and with when One Two and Three are killed, he knows it's only a matter of time before they come for him.
I wish I could tell you more about the story, but in all honesty I stopped listening at chapter 4. The narrator, Adam Kaplan, drove me insane and is the sole reason I stopped listening to this book. His 'normal', John Smith voice is barely tolerable (while I know that this is a YA book, Kaplan's almost Valley Girl tone for John grates after awhile) - and the voices he uses for the female characters and other male characters was enough to make me rip my earbuds from my head in disgust (Although his Henri - gravelly, French - is wonderful). I urge you to listen to a sample of the book before you spend money on it. I myself will be heading down to the library to find a hard copy version so I can find out what happens to John without Kaplan's annoying voice in my head.
A great novel, but sadly the narrator destryed the strong women characters for me... made them out to be pathetic.
Middle, I'm interested enough to continue with the series and find out what happens.
Any of the teen novels like Twilight, where there is a teenager coming into powers, falling in love and saving the day.
The narrators interpretation of female voices had me giggling most times and I would loose concentration on the story because of it, I also thought that, when it came to the lovey dovey stuff he was struggling with not bursting out with laughter at how corny it was.
The plot idea is nice, and the writing starts out nice enough, but it really falls off towards the end. All the action scenes are clumsy, many don't make sense. Also - something I dislike in movies, too - the plot only goes forward because the main character behaves exceedingly stupid. Not a great listen, I'm afraid.
"Reader must be under 18"
First - this is a book targeted at teenage boys.
Second - it's only 1st of 6 books (so don't expect any definite end)
When reading the book I couldn't help thinking it's a funny mix of ideas I'd already read before (LotR, HP).
If you keep in mind the intended audience then the predictable plot, the 'seen it before' ideas, the black and white world are easier to accept. But if you expect twists and double-depth characters you might be better off skipping this book altogether.
What is unacceptable is the 'romance' bit. And that's in both form and quantity.
This is where the 'teenage' character of the book really stands out. Sickly exchanges, cheesy cliches and too much kissing for my liking. But then again - what do I know.
Altogether - not a complete waste of time but I'm not yet sure if I can take five more books.
This book was amazing and gripping! I listen to books at night; I am only 19 and love my audio books. I find it hard to find books I like more to my personal favourites like The Hunger Games and the Boy Solider books but this one really did put up a good fight! I was up for hours on end just wanting to know what happens next! Well written and well read, I highly recommend this, I cannot wait for the film in February 2011 and the second book 'The Power of Six' 10 out of 10!
"For a younger audience than me."
I decided to listen to this rather than see the film and glad I did. It is set really for a younger audience than me and although I enjoyed it - it was not really 'my thing'
I'm giving this 4 stars, not because it's a brilliant story, but because as a young adult / teenage read it's fine! A superman-meets-Percy Jackson, which although predictable in the "alien boy falls in love with human girl" kind of way, it's still a very easy listen, and will undoubtedly appeal to the young adult market. I agree with one of the previous reviewer's comments regarding the kissing....although I have no aversion to the act, there is a tad much of it here, and it does become a little nauseating after a while. It's better than a 3 star, but it does fall short of 5 in that it's just a little too predictable.....
The introduction states the authors name, and then that the book is PERFORMED by Adam Kaplan (as opposed to "narrated by"), and I have to give credit where credit is due - he's pretty good! He sounds like a teenage boy one minute, and then a fifty year old Frenchman the next, and this does make listening easier when it comes to identifying who is who....
"Very well depicted"
This was a real treat to listen...
So very well read and in the scary parts very good voiced.
"Listener must be under 15"
I got this audiobook for my partner and myself to listen to in the car when we go on long journeys. We're both in our 30s and we wanted something that doesn't require too much attention (as most of your attention should really be on the driving). Unfortunately this was too far in the "low brow" category. Here are my biggest gripes about this opus:
1.) The voice acting is truly awful.
2.) The plot is juvenile, unimaginative, predictable and totally ridiculous.
3.) Most characters are paper thin caricatures (this isn't helped by the dreadful voice acting) and the internal and external dialogue is ludicrous.
4.) The voice acting is so bad it's infuriating.
Unfortunately for me I'm too stubborn to give up on a book, even when they're this bad. Towards the end I was hoping that someone would stab me in the ear with a Mogodorian dagger as this would certainly have been preferable to having to listen to the by-the-numbers denouement.
I think I will give the remaining 5 installments a miss.
This book is amazing i couldnt stop listening i would highly recomend it.
Imagine a bunch of children not into comics but sports are forced to sit down and come up with a list of super powers and some sort of plot to link it all together. Then imagine an angst ridden teenage girl being given the task of writing a book based on the list. That creation would be 'I Am Number Four'. Don't buy this!
I'm pleased to say that my 9 year old daughter loved this story. Me? I can't get passed that Pittacus Lore is James Frey. James Frey of the A Million Little Lies. He's a liar and scheister. See the movie. It's better.
"Brilliant story BUT LISTEN TO A PREVIEW 1st"
Brilliant story would recommend to anyone based on the story i have read them all and this is the first in an amazing series but listen to a preview first check you are ok with the narrator as he drove me a tad crazy he sounds whiney to me but I wanted to listen to this book having read it so stuck with it but I don't think he's for everyone.
Story wise it's an epic alien hiding on earth from bad aliens battle and it hooks to right away and never let's go I count down each year for the next one to come out.
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