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Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1 | [Suzanne Collins]

Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Tstauffe 03-16-15
    Tstauffe 03-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVE!"

    Love!! I've listened to this book about 8 times now😊 I highly recommend this book, doesn't matter what age you are.

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    A. Moncada Seattle, WA United States 02-12-15
    A. Moncada Seattle, WA United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great young adult adventure"

    If you like adventure, and don't mind young-adult level literature, this book is for you. Great underground world, good characters; looking forward to book 2.

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    A. Dillon 02-04-15
    A. Dillon 02-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best books ever in the world"

    Just finished it is super awesome and amazing lot of details I like books with details you should read to find out the journey of Gregory the over lander

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    Sarah Freeman 02-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "2nd best story the first is harry potter"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because it has a excellent reader and an excellent story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Gregor got to reunite with his father


    Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but I may try to find things that is read by Paul boehmer's he is very similar to Jim dale who read Harry Potter. So I will try to find Paul boehmer' book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A man reunite with his father after 2 year 7 months and so many days. He would experience loss of friends and joy of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to read the second book. I have already bought the other books. If it is good as the first then I will love them.

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    belinda 01-26-15
    belinda 01-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "An exciting family read"

    My children and first read this series in the Summer of 2013.

    We have begun the series again.

    I hope to share it with grandchildren some day.

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    Karen Perkins 01-15-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story, strong performance"

    The narrator was good. The story was decent, but appeals best to young readers. I would recommend this book to friends.

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    Sarah austin, TX, United States 04-18-14
    Sarah austin, TX, United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2008
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    "It's A Kid's Book, And I Liked It!"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Liz GA USA 04-01-14
    Liz GA USA 04-01-14
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    "A treat for the imagination"
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    This was definitely a breath of fresh air after the Book Thief. I think I needed to delve into my imagination as therapy after that, and this book definitely delivered. I found out about it on Goodreads and was shocked--I had loved the Hunger Games, but I had no idea that Collins had written anything else.

    This was an excellent pick for an audiobook as I could go about my household chores and errands in a whole different world. The Underland is engaging, the characters are believable, and the two-year-old is not as cumbersome as I thought she would be (although the voice the man reading the book gave her is a bit creepy!!). As a reviewer on Audible said, I never thought I, as a person with a lifelong hatred of them after growing up in Georgia, would empathize with giant cockroaches!

    If you're looking for a diversion into the land of imagination that's entertaining and engaging but not too heavy or demanding, this makes really good escapist reading (and I use escapist as a compliment here!). I've already purchased book two in the series. I want more!

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    Kris LEHIGH ACRES, FL, United States 11-28-13
    Kris LEHIGH ACRES, FL, United States 11-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story! Not crazy about narration."

    As much as I can't stand roaches, I didn't think I would be able to get past it and enjoy the book, but I did! They are quite lovable in this book :) A great story, with awesome characters, and wonderful twists and turns. Flows very well and is very easy to follow. The only thing I'm not crazy about is Paul Boehmer as a narrator. He is ok, I guess, but his voice for two year old Boots REALLY irks me unfortunately. He makes her sound like a creepy breathy old woman. Not even close to a two year old. And her "ge-go" is supposed to be the way she says 'Gregor' but he makes it sound like more of a strange sentence add on and doesn't pronounce it like a two year old would. But he does pretty good with the roaches, I guess. And as far as the other characters go, he pretty much just uses his own voice, not much difference in character. But I got used to it and still was able to enjoy the story :)

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    Ann 08-04-13
    Ann 08-04-13
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    "Suzanne Collins Is Great"
    Where does Gregor the Overlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best


    What other book might you compare Gregor the Overlander to and why?

    It is not like any other books i have read


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    it was good for the book, he was great for the people (and things) in the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes I listened to this book in a day or two and the others in the series shortly after


    Any additional comments?

    though it was the same author it was very different from the hunger games (great book too)

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