Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, the New York Times-bestselling Underland Chronicles unfold the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor. Suzanne Collins is also the author of the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.
When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.
©2003 Suzanne Collins; (P)2005 Random House, Inc.
"Collins introduces her young heroes Gregor and his little sister Boots into a wonderland....A fantastically engaging place." (Publishers Weekly)
"Collins creates a fascinating, vivid, highly original world and a superb story." (Booklist)
I really like all three of the Gregor books that are out so far. I thought it was a trilogy though and now I have to wait for the last two books (I hate that). The stories are good and so is the narrator. What I really like though is that, despite all their troubles, this is a story of a loving and mostly functional family, which is unusual in this type of fantasy fiction.
Happily surprised by this one. What does that say about me? Not sure because according to Amazon, the age level for this series is 8-12. That actually makes me pretty happy because that means there’s some decent fiction out there for young readers. No better way to get them hooked on reading than by giving them decent books! My son liked it, and since it was in my Audible library from him, I thought I’d give it a listen.
Of course, some parts of my adult brain noted when the writing was a bit simple, but quite honestly, it was an imaginative journey down the vent shaft in the laundry room to the underworld. Gregor gets the surprise of his life, and protects his baby sister quite gallantly. Good boy… and well, sometimes you just have to save the world, underworld or not! This would be a good one for the whole family to listen to together! Road trip!
As an adult I really enjoyed this adventure. It moved quickly and I didn't want to stop listening.
The characters are very charming. Images of Gregor, the "hard done by" but brave young boy, and Boots in her backpack with her diaper needing changing were really endearing.
Paul Boehmer was excellent as narrator. I loved his portrayal of the patriarch Vikus, the cunning laconic Ripred and the unforgettable cockroaches. I wanted to run around quoting "Be She the Princess, Be She".
A cautionary note though, it is possible that a child may have a bad experience listening to a story of giant bats, spiders and cockroaches. Giant evil spiders may not be everyones remedy to good dreams.
I didn't realize that this series was directed to juvenile audience and was therefore disappointed. I do like many juvenile books but this one did not keep my attention.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This book is not for older readers. This is perhaps most appropriate for 10 year olds or younger if anyone. While the idea of this underground world is intriguing concept the story is very boring and the characters annoying and one dimensional. A small 2 year old baby is brought with the adventurers on a quest to find their father throwing tantrums and needing her diaper changed. There is nothing clever or exciting about this tale. You have been warned!
Perhaps its the narrator, but our family felt as if we were sitting in a kindergarten classroom listening to this book. My daughters were excited in that they loved the Hunger Games, but this book really did not live up to those expectations. Possibly enjoyable for a VERY young child, but not so much for older children based on our experience.
Story is great. I will have my kids read when they are older. Should be a new franchise like Potter books. It's that good. I admit I was going to stop after a few chapters because the voice over wasn't to my liking. But glad I stuck with it and urge you to as well. It's nothing against the reader, but the inflections for the narration parts weren't to my liking. The voices were great though.
Facilitator and Coach
we'll listen to the whole series. great for kids and adults. really enjoyed the reader.
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