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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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    Ann 08-04-13
    Ann 08-04-13 Member Since 2010
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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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    Mousie 08-01-13
    Mousie 08-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "IF you want to escape 1 world to another"
    What made the experience of listening to Gregor the Overlander the most enjoyable?

    I never lost interest or got bored.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gregor, for being so young and yet is matured so fast in every situation he is in. when it got difficult he was calm and logical.


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

    not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the most greatest book i ever listen next to Harry Potter and the discovery of witches. i was interested and couldn't put it down. I just dreamed i was there. The ending i was sad, Will he ever go back to the one girl he loves from another world. Will he be a warrior in the overland as himself. It seems the overland is an ugly place to live. I would want to stand in the underland.... you must read....5 stars

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    Sherman Corbin Kentucky United States 07-31-13
    Sherman Corbin Kentucky United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Before the hunger games"
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    Before she wrote the hunger games Suzanne Collins wrote a series of five books call The Underland Chronicles they are worth a listen. They are good books and very entertaining

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    Bill Niles, IL, United States 07-14-13
    Bill Niles, IL, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Series for the Whole Family"
    If you could sum up Gregor the Overlander in three words, what would they be?

    I loved her work with the Hunger Games and was looking for something light and new to enjoy this summer. This series has really delivered for both me (The old timer) and my young son (10 yrs old). It doesn't take too much time to get to the hook and then we couldn't get enough. Great series.


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    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 06-27-13
    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Cute story for a kid"
    Any additional comments?

    I got this book because I was curious what Suzanne Collins' other books were like. This is a cute story, full of adventure from start to finish. Something a kid from age 8 to 13 would probably enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mellissa Reno, nv 03-24-13
    Mellissa Reno, nv 03-24-13
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    "Best book for my family"
    If you could sum up Gregor the Overlander in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting. Enchanting. Adventurous.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Really got into the story. Made it entertaining for young listeners


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia 02-20-13
    Claudia 02-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "This series is a masterpiece for all ages!"
    Where does Gregor the Overlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If we count the whole series as one, it is definitely in the top 5!


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    He did a brilliant job on all of them--I couldn't stop listening, and neither could the kids!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I devoured the whole series, and was sad to finally reach the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for adults and for children--a great book to share and discuss!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Running Springs, CA, United States 02-04-13
    Stephanie Running Springs, CA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Completely Hooked!"
    If you could sum up Gregor the Overlander in three words, what would they be?

    Keep on listening!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gregor and his mature perspective for an eleven year old.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    We found this series at the library and listened to the five book series at least three times over the past two years. Could easily listen to it again and decided we needed to own it!

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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 02-03-13
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 02-03-13 Member Since 2014

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "This is not Hunger Games"
    Would you listen to Gregor the Overlander again? Why?

    I first looked for this book because of Suzanne Collins. I thought I would listen to something similar to the Hunger games, since most reviews point toward that direction. However, it is a completely different story, with a quest which includes people from different species and beliefs even, and I would listen to it again, but this is NOT similar to The Hunger Games.

    I love teen literature, and I feel most passionately about it, so I can say I liked this book very much. The story is envolving, engaging, but I didn't feel like when I read the Hunger Games. That sort of emotion you won't find with Gregor.

    You will find, though, sense of family, belonging, care, tenderness, struggle and lots of adventures lived by Gregor, an 11-year- old boy who misses his father, who has disappeared for more that two years, and also, by mistake "falls" into the underland with his two-year-old sister, gets to know amazing creatures and have unimaginable experiences.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Boots, The little embassador, who loved with no distiction and such sweetness, that is it impossible not to love her.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Surprizingly, he struck me most when performing Boots. If you can perform like a child so well, you can do anything.


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

    An amazing adventure through the underland.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book with an open heart and mind.

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    K. MacLaren Seattle, WA 12-26-12
    K. MacLaren Seattle, WA 12-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story for adults and kids"
    What did you love best about Gregor the Overlander?

    This is a compelling story and Gregor is a very likable main character. I read the books one after another and then got the audio book in hopes that my kids would listen on long car rides. They both like it, which is pretty amazing at 4 and 8. Because Gregor's little sister Boots is two, her periodic remarks are easy for kids to relate to, and add humor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gregor the Overlander?

    This whole story is very memorable. The setting makes it interesting and the issues are timeless.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    The narration was good. I often find it difficult initially to get used to the narration, because it's not what I am expecting, but it is actually perfect in that it does not get in the way of the story, it just delivers it. He does just enough changing of his voice for each character that it helps with the tracking.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book the whole family can enjoy. My husband is enjoying it as much as I did. I highly recommend it for family trips.

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