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The Host: A Novel | [Stephenie Meyer]

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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    Holly Scottsdale, AZ, United States 07-29-13
    Holly Scottsdale, AZ, United States 07-29-13
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    "Very slow paced book"
    What could Stephenie Meyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I felt that The Host was very slow moving and boring in the beginning. An editor should have gone in a cut this book in half and nothing would have been missing from the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    No. Kate's voice was very off putting to me and if a future book is read my her I will read the book instead of getting the audio book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Host?

    The majority of the first half of the book could be cut out.


    Any additional comments?

    Just because you are a fan of Twilight does not mean you will like this book. (I loved Twilight)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RayRay1974 Texas, United States 03-29-13
    RayRay1974 Texas, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2011

    I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)

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    "I can't believe it took me this long!!"

    I had no idea the book was even out there until the movie previews. I just didn't go searching through Meyer's book looking for something so note worthy. I have a respect for the author I didn't have before. Do not "categorize" her just as a teen romance writer.

    The book is totally unexpected, right out of the invaders side of the story instead of just the human side and point of view. It gives you a real feel of what hope really could be if we lived in their world and ours. Redefines what kindness and self-sacrifice is.

    Amazing book. Totally loved it and the narrator hit a home run with me!

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    Stefanie Annandale, VA, United States 03-29-13
    Stefanie Annandale, VA, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Host the most enjoyable?

    The narration was perfect, the story was engrossing, thoughtful, touching, funny.. extremely well written.. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was a little hesitant, due to the poor reviews over the writing of the vampire books, but this was exceptional.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I truely enjoyed the Uncle, and his gruf character. I felt compassion for Doc, who was obviously troubled by some of the things he had to do.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no one favorite. I did, however, think the ending was specacular. When you're way into a good book like this, you think.. how on earth are they going to end this properly... I get nervous and sometimes don't want to finish for fear of disappointment. I was not disappointed!


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

    When Jody was unable to be revived and the soul was put back into her.. it was such a minor part of the book, but so sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the book, I will avoid the movie like a plague. There is no way it can enhance anything.

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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 05-25-12
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 05-25-12

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    I enjoyed this book but found it quite depressing to listen to. The story line is great but found it very negative at times and had trouble listing in parts.

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    Amy Cadiz, KY, United States 04-29-11
    Amy Cadiz, KY, United States 04-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointed, and totally let down"

    Plain and simple... Disappointing. Clouldn't listen past the first two hours. I was expecting an all consuming read from this author (as was the Twilight Saga), but found this book ridiculous.

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    ayerianne Derby, KS, United States 02-24-11
    ayerianne Derby, KS, United States 02-24-11
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    "Don't waste your money or credit!"

    This is the WORSE audiobook I have ever purchased! I love the entire Twilight Series and had high hopes for falling in love with another Stephenie Meyer book. I do understand that plot is different and this book is a whole new ball game but it just sucks. I have attempted to listen to it on about 5 different occasions but end up just turning it off because it is so bad. I don't know how people could give it such high ratings. If i would give it zero stars I would.

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    Jackie meridian, ID, United States 12-16-10
    Jackie meridian, ID, United States 12-16-10
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    "Good premise, could have been more interesting"

    I liked the beginning and the premise, but got bored very quickly with the whiny characters and redundant plot...tired of the main character(s) running around in a cave and getting beaten up repeatedly with sappy dialog over a romantic interest without any real motivation given for that interest. It would have been better as a short story.

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    Amazon Customer 09-30-10 Member Since 2010
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    "a little of both"

    I liked the unique plot line (would make a good movie, I think) and the narrator does a commendable job. The love triangle (or quadrangle in this case) is expected for Meyer but done with an interesting twist. Fairly predictable but worth a credit if you are a Meyer fan.

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    robert 05-22-10
    robert 05-22-10
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    "Estrogen laden"

    An interesting twist to the "body snatcher" motif, but that wasn't enough to keep the story above three stars. It eventually took on the characteristics of a bad chick flick..."let's all discuss our feelings for the next ten hours". Also, the narrator apparently did not know that a Spanish "ll" has a "y" sound (the cholla cactus is not pronounced "cho la", but "choy ya".

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    Marlo Miller 05-21-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "I loved this one"

    Very engrossing. I thought it was excellent.

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