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The Host Audiobook

The Host: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

©2008 Stephenie Meyer; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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    Cyrataurean 08-21-12
    Cyrataurean 08-21-12

    Cyrataur

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    "Meyer's Best"
    What did you love best about The Host?

    I've read/listened to all of Stephanie Meyer's books. By far this is the number one for me. The story is incredible as well as the performance by Kate Reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have to say, Eden is by far my favorite. Because of his compassion and the way he ends up in the story.


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

    This one is the best.


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

    I had it all! Laughed and cried. Even after listening to it over 50 times.


    Any additional comments?

    It is just a great book.

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    Nikki MESA, AZ, United States 08-11-12
    Nikki MESA, AZ, United States 08-11-12
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    "Interesting!"

    This was a very interesting book. It’s very different from the Twilight Saga. The story is very good and the ending is great. But there are a few parts of the book that don't really seem necessary and bits and pieces that don't connect. I enjoyed the narration and thought that the way it was read was great! Great book for a great imagination!

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    Alina Ohio 07-29-12
    Alina Ohio 07-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Stephenie Meyer makes a big improvement"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Host to be better than the print version?

    I consider any book in audio format to be better than a print version for me personally because I commute over an hour to school every day so having an audiobook playing keeps me from falling asleep.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Wanderer. Her non-violent spirit was really touching and to have her be so opposed to violence was a wonderful contrast to the human counterparts in this story.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Kate did an excellent job narrating all the characters. Her voice didn't distract or take away from the story at all.


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

    I have to admit there were some times I had to stop listening, like when the humans were really mean to Wanderer. Some of the parts in the book were really frustrating to sit through, so no I had to have some time away from the book so I wouldn't get too upset.


    Any additional comments?

    Meyers writing style has improved dramatically from her Twilight days. I was really surprised in the leap her skill has taken. I don't know why this book hasn't received as much attention as the Twilight series because it is written twice as well as those books...

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    Laura hurst, TX, United States 07-28-12
    Laura hurst, TX, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2016

    I love audible. I discovered it as a solution to my long drive (30mi each way) back and forth to work. This is my down time after work.

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    "Breaking the Twilight mold"
    If you could sum up The Host in three words, what would they be?

    Give me more!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Host?

    I can't divulge my favorite moments without spoilers. Personally, I hate reading reviews with spoilers. Cliche - but the best part is the end when the final decisions are made.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    All were great. Kate is a great narrator. The characters were delineated, clear and unique.


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

    The film is already in production and is due to come out summer 2013.


    Any additional comments?

    Its about time that Meyer breaks out of her Twilight mold.

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    A User 07-19-12
    A User 07-19-12 Member Since 2016

    Mother of three, grand-ma to my sweet baby.

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    "LOVED IT Better than her Twilight Series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Like so many things out there this was not a waste of time. Truly gets you involved with the characters, and how they feel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ian O'Shea. He embodies what the human race should be, loved his character development.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't tell, it would spoil the book. Sorry...


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

    Yes!!


    Any additional comments?

    I am always a little scared of wasting a credit, SO NOT the case with this one. I started listening to it again to hear anything I may have missed. I just did not want to walk away from this book. The reader was fantastic, the way she would breathe life into the characters. I did think it started out a little slow and if I was just sitting down to read this book I my have stopped after the 2nd or 3rd chapter.So glad I saw my nieces Facebook post on how great this book was. Well worth the credit and time.

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    zoomanager Arizona 07-16-12
    zoomanager Arizona 07-16-12 Listener Since 2007

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    "My favorite!"

    I have read the book three times, and listened to the audio just as many. The characters, the story line...its the whole package! I haven't heard much more about a movie, but I am anticipating the movie; almost as much as the next book by Stephenie Meyer!

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    WaterDancer77 Reno, NV, United States 07-07-12
    WaterDancer77 Reno, NV, United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Hard,very hard to get into impossible to finish."

    After the Twilight series I thought I'd find another easy read and likable characters, not so here.
    The narration is fine its the story line that leaves something to be desired, a clear plot for example.
    A good idea, but the execution on this tale was sad at best.

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    Rodrigo Mexico 07-06-12
    Rodrigo Mexico 07-06-12
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    "Amazing story"

    This book was amazing! It really puts humanity into perspective. Somehow, the allien, Wanderer, seemed to be more humane than the real humans. I loved Kate's narrating. She really kept me interested in the story with her great story telling. I recommend this book! Great job Stephenie and Kate!

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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 06-26-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2012

    Breesmom

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    "Alien Inhabitant"
    Would you listen to The Host again? Why?

    Perhaps. It was engrossing but very lengthy.


    What other book might you compare The Host to and why?

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Scenes between Wanda and Ian; Wanda and Jamie.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Wanda made the decision to leave and told the others--that whole section.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very different book than I had expected it to be. Much more cerebral.

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    barbara KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA, United States 06-21-12
    barbara KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2014

    Vet-Tech @ Kissimmee Animal Hospital, Mortal Instrument, Twilight kinda books are what I love.. and quilting/knitting gal group stories.

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    "YOU Blew my Mind"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Host to be better than the print version?

    I love Audio But there is Nothing like a new crispt book the feel of it the smell of it. but cant read in my car and i drive 1 hour to work and 1 hour home and Audio is the best,I just found Audible and im hooked its like a drug to me. But the printed word is the world to me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Host?

    when Wonda came Back


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    YES i cried, I laughted, she took me in and held me there till the end.


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

    The Host cant wait to see it March 2013


    Any additional comments?

    Holly Crow!!! I thought Twilight was Great! untill i read the Host! wow beautiful, love Story, sadness, Just WOW!!!! I would love to hang out in her brain.. im going to read it again soon and can't wait sor the movie Next March. JUST THANKS Stephenie... I want more more like Twilight, Like the Host. "PLEASEMOVETHANKYOU" Barbara in Kissimmee, FL. Home Of the mouse.

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