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The Host | [Stephenie Meyer]

The Host

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their 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.
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Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their 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.

©2008 Stephenie Meyer; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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    Nicola San Jose, CA, United States 09-04-09
    Nicola San Jose, CA, United States 09-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Surprised me"

    Okay... it didn't surprise me as in twists and turns - I could see most of it coming - but by how much I liked this. I'm not usually a fan of slow narrated stuff (bought it in a post-Twilight moment of insanity), but this book still sucked me right on in.
    I especially liked the fact that the author didn't seize every opportunity to make a disastrous cliff hanger of every situation. Everything just keeps working out, which is actually nice. The interest comes from the commentary on human nature - the story isn't particularly deep and meaningful, but it does make you think a little.
    Look forward to the sequel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kylie Mallabula, NSW, Australia 05-11-09
    Kylie Mallabula, NSW, Australia 05-11-09
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    "The Host"

    I loved this book. After having the cover of The Host starring at me all the while I was reading the Twilight Series, I had to read it. I love Wanderer. The rollercoaster of emotions that was her plight with the humans and the choices she makes. A great read/listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Clifton Hill, Australia 07-21-08
    Sam Clifton Hill, Australia 07-21-08
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    "Needs editing - get the abridged version"

    Sometime intricate detail can be captivating and create a technicolor vision. This is not one of those times. Long winded, frankly boring descriptions with minimal actual plot progression creates such relief when something actually occurs in the story that it can be mistaken for enjoyment. I have listened to over 100 files from Audible and this is one of the 5 most tedious and boring... Sorry, but the more I heard the more I wish I had waited to read reviews (it was a new release when I purchased it).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maniclavender New Zealand 11-26-12
    Maniclavender New Zealand 11-26-12
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    "good story and great narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Host the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator didn't just read, she performed


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the Concept is really interesting


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    the different voices she puts on


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

    when the people started to accept the main character


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    maria Handen, Sweden 08-19-12
    maria Handen, Sweden 08-19-12 Member Since 2011

    Love horror, have listened to every zombie book available on audio book. Name one, and I've listened to it!

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    "Divine!"
    Would you listen to The Host again? Why?

    The first time I started listening I got tired after about an hour, did not really understand what was happening and I had expecte something else ... Then I gave it another chance, which I absolutely do not regret! The story is superb, you laugh and cry. is among the best I've ever heard and read. listen right now on the book for the second time!


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

    Can't think of someone..


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    everything!!


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

    When they accepted the wanderer and when they took away the soul of the young woman, but saved it, if for the original soul wasen't still in the body, and when Wanda helped to get antibiotics....and EVERYTING!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Oxford, New Zealand 01-08-12
    Karen Oxford, New Zealand 01-08-12 Member Since 2011

    Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.

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    "Far better than Twilight!"

    I originally read The Host after dipping into Twilight a few years back, before the films were released. The plot, in my opinion, is far superior and believable and I have read it again several times while Twilight grows dusty on my book shelves. I was looking for an audio book that I didn't have to concentrate on (for listening to when doing a task that demanded greater concentration at times) and so picked 'The Host' as I was very familiar with the story. Initially, I was very disappointed in Kate Reading's performance as Wanderer. I found, like another reviewer noted, she was stilted. However, it was only a few chapters in that I realised that this was actually necessary given the nature of Wanderer and by mid-way through the book I was grateful for Kate Reading's clear distinction between characters. Don't be put off in those first few chapters! Keep at it, and you will see what I mean.

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    Donna TownsvilleAustralia 06-07-08
    Donna TownsvilleAustralia 06-07-08
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    "Enjoyable albeit Soap Operatic at Times"

    I enjoyed this audio book, this being the first I have listened to. I loved the Twilight series, but with HOST was a bit disappointed - the reactions of the characters at times seems a little unrealistic and over-exaggerated. They somehow seemd two dimensional at times, not believable. There were places I found a little monotonous however the storyline kept me interested and at times I found myself keen to keep listening, or thinking about the characters... Worth it for good escapism - I would certainly "read" any sequels to this!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gemma Gawler South, SA, Australia 02-22-09
    Gemma Gawler South, SA, Australia 02-22-09
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    "Sorry I bought this"

    When I read this book, I was so excited to then buy this on audio. What a disappointment. It was narrated very badly, short and stilted. I'm so annoyed that I paid money for this, it could have been done so well. I wish I'd had a listen to the sample before, but I was too excited.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • kate
    banbury, United Kingdom
    3/15/09
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    "B-movie standard with a twist!"

    OK, I'll admit it, I am a Stephanie Meyer junkie. If she copied a restaurant menu, I'd probably read it.

    That, however, doesn't stop The Host being an excellent, thought provoking listen! Picking up from the credits of most bodysnatcher movies, you're transported into the body of Melanie and the mind of Wanderer. Melanie and her 'Soul' form a bizarre union, searching for Melanie's lost love. The Host casts an inetersting new light on the 'love triangle' whilst posing some interesting philosphical questions about whether the person is contained in the body, conscious, or conscience.
    Kate Reading has an upward vocal inflection, which I found quite irritating to start with, but once she started expanding the character range it became less noticable.

    If you started with Twilight, I suspect you will buy this regardless, but if you have seen your children become obsessed and want to know what all the fuss is about, I would start here.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Nadia
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    3/6/09
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    "The Host"

    This book by Stephenie Meyer, author of the aclaimed Twilight Saga, is a deeply moving story about what it means to be human. Aliens have conquered Earth and taken over the minds of humans. Most humans have submitted, but there are some who resist. When Wanderer is driven by her resistant human host to seek sanctuary among the people her host once knew, she faces rejection, hatred and violence, but also discovers the meaning of true love and friendship. This is a science fiction tale which is not my usual fair, but I thought it was very well written and I found the characters both complex and engaging.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Grindleford, United Kingdom
    11/14/11
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    "Impressive"

    I had never come accross Stephanie Meyer before, and I was very pleasantly surprised. This is science-fiction at its best. At a basic level this is a survival thriller. But Meyer uses the premise that human beings are possessed by aliens to skillfully explore xenophobia, prejudice, loyalty, betrayal, love, cruelty, kindness, altruism, selfishness, and the meaning of humanity.
    The book is written from the viewpoint of an alien possessor, and the action, physical and psychological, moves at a good clip, which made it compulsive listening for me.
    The narrator deserves special praise too, she acts out the parts with care and skill, getting the voice characterisations and the inflexions just right.
    Whether you want a provocative and thought-provoking story or just a gripping yarn, I can thoroughly recommend this audiobook.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Francesca
    Goole, United Kingdom
    3/16/13
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    "Annoying voice"

    Absolutely brilliant book, almost unrecognizable to the style of the twilight series. This book is worlds above them. However the voice of the narrator draws attention away from the story at points because of unnecessarily exaggerated inflections which are not easy to listen to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
    7/22/08
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    "Original"

    An original and accomplished story which is beutifully narated.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ligs
    Claix, France
    6/18/10
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    "Excellent"

    I felt the narrator did an outstanding job with all the characters voices. The unfamiliar inflections and tones that the narrator uses with Wanderers voice in the first part of the book, I think was intended to illustrate the fact that Wanderer was alien and not used to the language..she changes this as the book progresses. Anyway, I did not find the narrators voice irritating at all..I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend it as an easy, enjoyable and entertaining listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zoey
    London, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
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    "Ok"

    I loved the concept of this book and this is why I chose it. It is a great idea and I would have given it more stars if the main character of Wanderer wasn't as irritating. I know it is the charcter of the alien species but it became slightly annoying having someone so meek and mild all the time. Having said that, it wasn't too bad a book otherwise, I didn't regret listening to it and I would say if you are stuck on what next to read then give it a go. But only if you are stuck

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
    11/23/09
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    "Excellent!"

    This was an engrossing and interesting listen. It starts slowly but once it gets going (and it does get going) it doesn't stop. I listen at the gym, and one day even found I'd done 4 minutes over my time on the treadmill I was so caught up in things!
    I sort of guessed how the end might be resolved, and womanfully avoided picking copies of the book up in my library or local Smiths just to see if I was right (I was, in a way).
    What was nice was that there was no contrived badness to interrupt what was essentially a book about learning who, and what you are, and how that affects those you love.
    The only problem now is, after over 20 hours of listening I'm going to really struggle to get into another audio-book.
    This is beautifully read with lovely characterisation - she copes with the main characters brilliantly, doing crotchety old men, teen boys, women and men, staying in character throughout. Well worth the pennies and well worth listening to - go buy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Llanelli, United Kingdom
    3/15/14
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    "The Host"
    Would you listen to The Host again? Why?

    Simply wonderful, very well written and very well narrated had me totally captivated after listening for about 20 minutes.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sadly I watched the film after listening to the book and found the film sadly lacking :(


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quynh
    Tamworth, United Kingdom
    2/8/14
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    "Brilliantly written, beautiful characters"
    Where does The Host rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favourite listens. I have listened to it half a dozen times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character(s) Wanda and Melanie Stryder, Meyer has definitely captured the nuances of each character fantastically.These two characters, although they share the same body, are entirely their own person.Wanda is the soul that has been drafted into Melanie's body; she is mild mannered, timid and painfully kind to everyone.Melanie is smart, strong willed and has spent years on the run, she has a no-nonsense and outspoken attitude.Wanda/Melanie are very strong characters in their own right.


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

    Moments of laughing out loud, moments of gripping emotion and connections with characters.I fell in love with most of the characters in the caves, Jeb is delightfully mad, Jamie is heart achingly sweet, Jared is fiery and enigmatic and Ian is loyal and strong.


    Any additional comments?

    Narration was outstanding, Kate Reading really did all of the characters' voices incredibly well. Wanda and Melanie are given different voices that do justice to their temperament.A great story about, humanity, survival and everything that is good and bad about being human.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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