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The Host Audiobook

The Host: A Novel

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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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    Lisa T. 05-25-10
    Lisa T. 05-25-10 Member Since 2016
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    "better than i thought"

    great read !!!!

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    Frank Melbourne, VIC, Australia 05-21-10
    Frank Melbourne, VIC, Australia 05-21-10
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    "Unexpectedly good"

    Was prepared to hate this. Have no interest in the twilight saga but thought I would give this a go.
    Very pleasantly surprised. Interesting story, well read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheldon Woodbridge , VA, USA 03-22-10
    Sheldon Woodbridge , VA, USA 03-22-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Would make a great TV series"

    Development of characters brings them to life. You feel what is in their hearts and minds. captivating plot.
    This is one of the rare books that I might read (listen) a second time.
    Superb study in human nature. Fascinating. Enjoyed every minute of the book and wish it could have gone on for another 20 hours.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Coral Springs, FL, USA 11-24-09
    Ann Coral Springs, FL, USA 11-24-09
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    "Unexpected"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I really do feel it's her best work yet. A bit long in the beginning but most of Meyer's books are so; but well worth it. The narrator was PERFECT for this book and I would recommend this audio book to anyone, it does make you think.

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    Mary lebanon, IN, USA 11-18-09
    Mary lebanon, IN, USA 11-18-09
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    "slow but good"

    I am almost to the end of the book and it had turned out to be very good. There are parts that have been very slow for me but the story is very interesting. I like the fact that the humans there are fighting back; they have not given hope. I am conflicted with the main character of the story and how I feel about her but so does she. If you are into sci fi (hey, you wouldn't be reading this otherwise) listen to this book.

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    Alyssa 10-30-09
    Alyssa 10-30-09
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    "drags, but still good."

    It's really interesting story line. Very creative and tugs at your morals. You find yourself on a side you'd not expect to be. I recommend it, but be warned it's loooong... however, the reader is very enthusiastic and keeps your attention.

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    Frank Piccolo 08-28-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Sci-fi turned on its head"

    Meyer takes the story of an alien invasion and presents it from the alien's POV and then some. You'll probably be turned off by the stiff narration in the beginning but give it a chance; there's a reason for it. My only annoyance is the character of the "soul". Meyer's premise is that a "soul" cannot be unkind, hence a maddeningly meek character but the story undermines this premise by the alien's basic plan.

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    Elise Shawnee, OK, USA 06-03-09
    Elise Shawnee, OK, USA 06-03-09 Member Since 2016
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    "OK"

    I was a little disappointed by this book. It was very hard to get into. I kept falling asleep. :)
    Once I got into the story it got better but it wasn't my favorite. I did like the narrator.

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    Monica Bartow, FL, USA 05-09-09
    Monica Bartow, FL, USA 05-09-09
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    "Very Interesting"

    "The Host" was a very interesting book, and I liked the point of view it took and the idea of the story. I believed it had some very slow moments in the middle of the book. I knew where the book was going to go in most circumstances and the author stretched it out and it kinda dragged along. I thought the book could have been better if there was just a bit more action in it, and a little more suspense. Overall, it was worth listening to I believe, and I even learned some about the human mind and psyche. When I finished listening I felt myself more in tuned with my thoughts^^.

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    Ann E. Konzen 04-11-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Liked it."

    Good narrator, good story. I loved the Twilight series, and this is just as innovative and in depth a fantasy world.

    Well worth the cash.

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