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The Host Audiobook

The Host: A Novel

Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.
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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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    Bobbie Maple Falls, WA, USA 12-04-08
    Bobbie Maple Falls, WA, USA 12-04-08 Member Since 2008
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    "I love it"

    It is slow at the beginning but gets lot better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Mequon, WI, USA 11-12-08
    Laura Mequon, WI, USA 11-12-08
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    "Sad when it was done!"

    I loved this book! I was sad when it was done, I wanted it to continue! It did get a little slow at times, but I loved the story and it entertained me on my long commute to and from work! I will try the "Twilight" series next!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    mary VENTURA, CA, United States 10-28-08
    mary VENTURA, CA, United States 10-28-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Kept thinking about it long after I was done"

    I gave this book 3 stars at first, then changed to 4 stars as I could not get it out of my head. At first, the voices of Mel and Wanderer were hard to tell apart, but then it became easier once you got to know their personalities. There were a lot of emotions packed into this book. Read it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ani Stedman 10-24-08
    Ani Stedman 10-24-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "My favorite Meyers book so far!"

    I am a fan of Meyers' vampire series so I thought I'd try The Host. The story was great, with a lot of character building that I appreciated and depth to the storyline. The narrator did an excellent job with all the characters and the tempo was read perfectly! Very Engrossing. A must read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Ormond Beach, FL, USA 10-17-08
    Robin Ormond Beach, FL, USA 10-17-08
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    "Fascinating!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed. I agree, I wish this author had more available on Audible.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-01-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow beginning; but worthy listen"

    Yes, you will be tempted to check this one as NO and why did I download. But, stay with it! You will find a wonderful story teller talking about a great adventure of hope, love and just a great story. I give it four stars only because of the slow start. You'll enjoy!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Norton, OH, USA 09-09-08
    Tracy Norton, OH, USA 09-09-08
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    "Awesome! Highly recommend!"

    This book had me hooked from the very first chapter. Ten times better than the Twilight series.

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    Amazon Customer 08-18-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Where is Ilyana"

    After listening to the "Twilight" series, I hate to say I am a little disappointed in the narrator picked for this book. I was hoping the narrator for this book and the "Twilight" series would be the same. I don't really like when women read a man's character with a "gravelish" sounding voice. The Wanderer and Melanie sound the same later in the book so it is a bit hard to figure out who is talking at times. But, being that I just finished the "Twilight" series and jumped right into the "Host," I think maybe my expectations may have been really high for the book and I may be a little disappointed in the book as a whole. I think I will go back and listen to the "Twilight" Series again!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Marlton, NJ, USA 08-04-08
    Melody Marlton, NJ, USA 08-04-08
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    "A great audiobook"

    This book is really great. I love Stephanie Meyer's other books, and I ordered this one because of that. I also love science fiction, so this book fit the bill. This is one of those books that make audio so great. And the reader does a fabulous job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lorena phoenix, AZ, USA 07-31-08
    Lorena phoenix, AZ, USA 07-31-08
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    "conflicted"

    Ok, this was not the worst book I've heard but definitely not the best. The first few hours were taxing but I consider myself a patient person so I pushed through it. In the beginning it is difficult to tell which character is which but after the narrator gets warmed up it gets easier. I never thought it was possible but I think the book has toooo much detail and sometimes focuses too much on things that don't have an impact on the story. Ultimately it is a good story but was poorly written. It's not all bad there are some very touching moments even funny ones too. Don't take my word for it; try it, if nothing else it will help you kill some time.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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