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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"The Lorien Legacy"
This is the first of a set of 5 stories all in which No4 appears, Audible have yet to release book 5 in the UK (it's available in the States) if you enjoy scfi then jump on board.
Have listened to this book twice and enjoyed it as much the second time around. A definite must for all
Awesome story by Pittacus Lore. I fell in love with John Smith and Sam Goode. This a fantastic story about the Lorien 9 and their Lorien Guardians. You only meet 4 & 6 in this book but what an amazing introduction to the Lorien 9.
John and Henri arrive in Paradide, Ohio to find answers about their future. John makes friends with Sam Goode & Sarah Hart at the local high school. Sarah and John become more than friends and their relationship soon takes off.
The Mogadorian's are going to arrive soon and destroy Paradise, looking for John and Henri. The Mogadorian's destroyed Lorien and are here to destroy Earth and the people on it, including the Lorien 9.
I would recommend this book and the series.
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.
"Thud! Thud! Thud!"
Ok so there are quite a few over dramatised emotions and onomatopoeia, gosh I never want to hear something go "thud" ever again! Grasp, crash, thud! Also the prologue of this book is really bad, it has a lot of "the boy did this" and "the man did that"...
As for the story... I think this book has a good story line but there are quite a few things that don't really make sense, or at least I kept on thinking: oh my gosh what is he doing! Maybe the author didn't know how else to make the book exciting without making the characters do stupid things. This seems to be common in YA books, maybe all teenagers do stupid things and I have just forgotten.
The narrator was alright, he didn't do female voices very well.
It's an easy listen though, and I will continue with this series.
This book is very entertaining and I could not stop until I had read the whole book. I loved the mix of characters and the plot of the book. You can listen to the book whilst basking in the sun in the park or whilst taking a walk. Absolutely beautiful.
The story is derivative and predictable and the characters two-dimensional, yet it's reasonably engaging just the same. I have seen the film so I wasn't expecting any surprises! Given that it's aimed at teenage boys, it does what it says on the tin & the amount of attention it requires is just right for my 2 1/2 hr, post-flight journey home.
The narrator is pretty awful, however, and nearly led me to give up listening altogether. His intonation is bizarre, he becomes whiny & squeaky to indicate a female character and his best accent, that of Henri, sounds more Eastern European than French.
The 3 stars are for the story alone.
"So much better than the movie!!"
I wasn't too certain in my purchase of this audiobook. I had seen the movie. There is the general belief that the book is always better than the movie but "I am number four" the movie was.... passable, barely as a watchable fantasy movie.
I was so relieved to find this a gem of a story. The speaker Adam Kaplan grows on you after the first two chapters and his characterisations feel natural. The story itself most importantly is captivating is how it gradually draws you into the legacy of the Lorien race and how a boy falls into the role of reluctant hero and powerful alien. In summary the story of the lorien legacies sounds cheesy but in execution it is addictive listening and easy to develop an affinity for the main characters as they struggle to survive and act in a the familiar modern but threating world.
Fantastic book recommended for teenage sci-fi fans. The reader is decent but his voice is slightly annoying.
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