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
Very different from Stephenie Meyers other works, BUT just as amazing. I would recomend this to anyone who liked Twilight
I definitely was trying to hang on because the first few hours of listening was a pretty slow start for me but after that it was completely addicting! The narrator was perfect for this book!
I thought this book was very well written. It was a little slow to get into the first time, but once started it was hard to stop. I loved reading about humanity having to start over again with the basics, without all the modern technology. The relationships between Wanda and all the other characters was wonderful and rich. I recommend it, and wish she had written a sequel to it.
The narrator killed this one for me. Although I love Kate Reading in other settings, she was a bad choice on this one. I have tried "The Host" several times, only to give up for bad delivery. If I revisit this selection in the future, I will try paperback or ebook, but not the audio.
Can't win them all.
I consider myself a well-read SF reader...no fantasy please! So it is with trepidation that I try a new author. I can't stand bad writing. Stephenie Meyer wrote this pretty well. It is a very unique approach. I'd fault her for not quite separating her alien thinking from her human thinking ( for that you have to read Cherryh), but the base concept is good and she keeps this big 'ol novel going well. I enjoyed it. Some good emotional stuff too. Bravo.
I read everyone's reviews and was hesitant to get this audiobook. I like Stephanie Meye's work so I decided to ignore most of the reviews. I am so happy I did. I found the narrator to be a tough to listen to at first, very monotoned but realized that was on purpose to fit the character. After a few chapters I really got into the story and into the main character, Wanderer. I liked how the story was told and by the middle of the book I found myself anxious for my drive to be able to listen to the book and even trying to listen to it on my ipod at work. I enjoyed the story and I really hope that Stephanie writes another book to pick up where this book ends.
I went into this book without many expectations. I have never gotten into sci-fi stories before but thought "what the hell?" I gave it a whirl and was pleasantly surprised. Even though I was told Stephenie was writing this for a more adult audience than the Twilight Series I still felt the story was a little young. The story line was somewhat predictable. But it was still a good story and well told. It kept my interest until the end.
I'm glad I stuck it out to the end. It had me tearing up and wishing for a sequel by the end. My only complaint about the narration is that all her young male characters all sound like charter members of AARP which I found very distracting.
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