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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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    Kathleen Spruce Grove, Alberta 05-01-12
    Kathleen Spruce Grove, Alberta 05-01-12 Member Since 2009

    I work in sales for a cellphone company and so obviously love technology. I couldn't function without my Audible apps on my phones!!

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    "Nothing like Hunger Games"
    Any additional comments?

    I bought this series hoping it would be like the Hunger Games in some way. It's not at all. It's an okay story, definetly geared towards a much younger person. I think young boys especially would enjoy it.

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    Marcia Cleveland, TN, United States 04-14-12
    Marcia Cleveland, TN, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"

    Wonderful, well written (and well narrated) story! Lots of adventure and fantastic development of characters...I actually got teary eyed when an insect (one of the main chartacters) died!

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    Rebecca Via Jingellic, Australia 04-09-12
    Rebecca Via Jingellic, Australia 04-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just Plain Loved it"

    I had no idea what to expect from this book. I had heard good things about it but as it was written with a younger audience in mind I was not sure what I was getting.
    How very pleased I was to discover a wonderfully written and narrated book.
    The author has created wonderful rich characters that are all quite different from other books.
    The setting of the "Overland" & "Underland" are very interesting and descriptions of the land, it's creatures and characters are very interesting.
    Paul Boehmer is a wonderful narrator, his reading style is very well paced and he makes the characters come alive using wonderful voices and accents for all of them making it easy to follow who is speaking and what is going on.
    I loved the relationship between Gregor and his little sister, I was quite sad for them hearing their back story, but the way he looks after Boots is just so wonderful and heartwarming.
    Little Boots is such a wonderful character, she is so very well written and my favourite character in the whole book, she is the cause of most of my laughter throughout.
    It was lucky I was alone while listening to most of it as I was laughing out loud in more than 1 place, this was due to both the writing and the narrating, some of the characters are just so loveable and others just so interesting.
    I now look forward to listening to the 2nd book with impatience.

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    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 03-16-12
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Enjoyable"

    This was an enjoyable book. The characters were interesting. The narrators performance was also well done.

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    Tegan Bonnet Bay, Australia 03-06-12
    Tegan Bonnet Bay, Australia 03-06-12
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    "Recommended for under 20"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gregor the Overlander to be better than the print version?

    Better than the printed version, but the Narrator does a really bad impersonation for boots, it got quite annoying....


    Would you recommend Gregor the Overlander to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to young friends...


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not impersonate Boots!!!


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    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 03-05-12
    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good listen"

    I liked the book enough to continue the series. It's not brain surgery, just a interesting story about choices one makes in difficult situations. Good for young adults and adults willing to enjoy a good story.

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    Holly Perris, CA, United States 02-22-12
    Holly Perris, CA, United States 02-22-12
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    "Gritty Wrinkle in Time"

    The saying a that all storied are recycled rings true here. I'm sure if I knew my mythology better, there would be the story of a a child who has to journey to a strange world to rescue their parent.

    That said, it is certainly not a copy and the book is imaginative, gripping, action packed, and even funny. I listened with my 9 yo son, and he immediately asked for the next one. It took him a bit to get into it, but once he did, he finished it in 2 days.

    As an adult, my only complaints are the didactic tone and the obvious leading-to-a-sequel ending.

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    Jennifer Newark, DE 02-17-12
    Jennifer Newark, DE 02-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story"
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    It took me a while to get into the book, but eventually I came to love the characters and really fell in love with Gregor. He is such an endearing child who rose to the occasion to save the Underland! I have now downloaded the rest of the series and cannot wait to listen to them as well.

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    Rachel HANNA CITY, IL, United States 02-16-12
    Rachel HANNA CITY, IL, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Little Slow"

    The book is pretty slow. Takes till like chapter 11 for anything to really happen. But I hear the next book is much better. So if it is, the first one isn't too bad.

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    Pat 12-08-11
    Pat 12-08-11
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    "Fun--if you can get into it."

    This is not The Hunger Games revisited. This is an earlier work (so less refined) and with a different audience, scope, and perspective. So if you're going to be disappointed that it isn't another take on THG, don't bother getting started. This isn't that kind of story.

    If you're not one of those people you just might find yourself enjoying the Gregor stories.

    That is not to say that they're exceptional stories in any way. They're definitely not on the same level as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson or, well, The Hunger Games). From a literary standpoint the characters are largely stock and not highly dimensioned. There are also some logic gaps that might bother you. For instance, there is a stark lack of range weapons like bows, arrows, and catapults--and I don't recall an explanation to excuse their absence--and, in spite of being underground and in the dark, they seem to have a limitless sky overhead and never seem to experience a 'ceiling' as an obstacle.

    But those things will only bother you if you want them to because, all in all, Gregor is acceptable good fun. He faces some real challenges and has some interesting outcomes. There's even a bit of deeper thinking slipped in.

    I've enjoyed them and my eight-year-old likes them so far as well.

    Initially, at least, I had a problem with the performance. At first Paul Boehmer's reading is awful, with very little separation between his 'voices' and frequent, unnatural pauses in awkward moments--exactly as if he had to stop to find the beginning of the new line of print. Worse, at least in the beginning, his voice for 'Boots' was, for me, painfully grating. Taken all together I didn't get far before I turned it off in frustration. I even tried again later and gave up again.

    Eventually, if only because we didn't have anything new and I did like Suzanne Collin's other works, I decided we could power into it a little deeper. After about 15-20 minutes Paul's reading began to normalize (except when Boots spoke). After that he had fewer and fewer awkward pauses and the subtle differences in his voices became easier to distinguish until, by midpoint Paul had it managed and was pulling off a decent job. He's not as good or polished as my favorite narrators--yet--but he has room to improve and I think he will.

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