When you can't trust yourself, who can you believe?
Everything about Anna's life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There's Nick, solemn and brooding; Cas, lighthearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam...who's stolen Anna's heart. Reserved and always controlled, Sam does everything with purpose.
When the Branch decides it's time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them. Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to go, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There's just one problem. Sam and the boys don't remember anything before living in the lab - not even their true identities.
Now on the run, her father's warning in her head, Anna begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they're both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.
©2013 Jennifer Rush (P)2013 Hachette Audio
I really enjoyed the storyline to this book. I was on edge the whole time waiting for what came next. The character building was excellent, giving me great personality traits of each one.
BUT..... I couldn't deal with the Narrator! I'm sorry, I usually am pretty good at ignoring bad narrations, but there were several things that got to me. First, Casey's voice seemed way too young for the main character. I kept imagining a 12-year-old, not 17. Second, she was way. too. Choppy. and. Monotone. I read to my kids more smoothly than that. I hate giving negative reviews to narrators, but I felt this listen could have been really great if not for the narrator.
It is a lot like The Bourne series for teens.
The moments when Anna finds out who she is and who she isn't.
The reader was robotic, a great annoyance that I only put up with because the story was so good. One of my friends walked into the room when I was listening and commented how horrible the reader was after listening for 10 seconds. The pacing and inflection was monotone. I started wondering if I could be a reader if people with so little feel for the characters could be hired.
No, it was fun escapism.
Jennifer Rush, yes. Casey Holloway, no.
She sounded like the automated voices that companies have tried to make sound human, but they're obviously not. She over-enunciates every word, and she had several unnatural breaks in EVERY SENTENCE! It's was so distracting that I couldn't really lose myself in the story, which is rare for me. I listened to samples of other books she narrated, and they weren't quite as bad, but they were still grating. I really hope they get another narrator for any sequels.
Sure, it seems like it would make a good film.
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I'm conflicted about writing this review because while I liked the story, the narrator was terrible. I don't really think it was Casey Holloway's fault though, I think she was given some extremely bad direction on how this story should sound because the choppiness seemed extremely deliberate and consistant (beginning to end unfortunately) For the record, who ever thought a monotoned, robotic voice was a good idea, made the wrong call. In fact, I'd even go so far as to say he/she is in the WRONG.LINE.OF.WORK. Making sure the narrator's diction is crisp and precise shouldn't get in the way of the story itself, and it did here. I'm not being harsh or mean, I'm just being truthful. I almost cringe at how the other reviewers are going to react.
Now, the story itself was great and exactly the kind of audiobook I look for. Action, fight sequences, romance, puzzles -- this book has it all. But, word of warning, you may want to read this one rather than listen to it.
I started out listening to books for work and now have become addicted. Every where I drive is a new adventure...
Anna is a brilliant character always trying to problem solve. Her intense relationship with Sam draws you into the book. I really enjoyed her transformation from a shy girl to a fierce woman. I am all about girl power books, in this book it is the awe that she inspires in her actions. Anna is always portrayed as smart.
As for the boys, I love how each character has his own unique qualities and that they are all very respectful of Anna. The plot is somewhat predictable, but I have to admit I got a few things wrong that intrigued me to want more. It is worth reading. I only hope that is the story line is continued into other books, that Trav will be back (he was my favorite character in the beginning of the book).
NO! I couldn't even stand to listen long enough to get into the story. Her reading drove me insane. It was the first book I turned off for this reason. Very sad.
I might buy this book and read for myself. It sounds like one I would have loved.
The narrator read like a robot. Her delivery became increasingly more clipped and random as the book went on. She sounded like the voice you hear when you call a corporate number and get an animated operator: "Dial one for customer service. Dial two to hear your balance."
"Narrator Ruined an Already Terrible Book"
The book is for the younger tween set, there are far better YA books in the genre, I'd not recommend it to anyone.
Not at all, it has however made me avoid Jennifer Rush's books and the same for Casey Holloway's Narrator performances.
Not at all. She was dreadful, her reading style reminded me of a child learning to read. She put full stops when there shouldn't be any, and every few seconds took a long breath which sounded like the end of the paragraph. Then she added a vocal rise in the middle of sentences that sounded like the author was posing a question when she wasn't. A truly terrible narrator, who could have ruined any book, her reading style distracted from the story and I was so caught up listening for the next pause I missed bits. thank goodness there is not much of a story to miss here.
The story was awful, forgetting miss annoying narrator, the story didn’t save itself. You wake up one night, sneak down to your fathers secret lab and find he’s hiding four young boys, so what do you do? call the police? let them go? no- you keep sneaking down there, for FIVE years. Not once did Anna question what was happening with the boys, nor whether it was right or not! She does say on occasion that she considered letting them go, REALLY? considered it?! Jeez.
Then we have the surprising twist. Except nope, that was beyond obvious too, then there was another, which was just as obvious. The biggest issue was that there was little point to the book, if I’d got no memory and escaped a secret lab, my first order of business would be finding out why they kept me there and who I was. But no, instead they go on some sort of treasure hunt where there was no real ‘big discovery’ at all.
The book was full of face slapping moment where you literally wanted to scream at the characters to stop being so stupid. But it had hot guys and a back tattoo so I’m sure the tween generation will be thrilled. Think Abbi Glines with everything interesting taken out and a load of crap put in and you get the idea.
"This book may alter you!"
I enjoyed the connection between the main characters but didn't like the predictability of the story as I read it I was able to predict many plot twists a couple of pages before they happened.
I would speed up certain sections which dragged a little.
Possibly, her reading was ok, and her voice didn't distract me from the story.
Altered was an interesting book to say the least, it's about a girl called Anna who helps her father run a lab in their basement which has four boys who are being genetically altered for a government experiment. The book follows the friendships and a little love interest that develops between Anna and 'the boys'. Altered is full of twists and turns as the story develops especially concerning the main character Anna but I predicted majority of them a few pages before they happened which was a bit annoying. There are some strong morally huge questions that are only touched upon in the book, for one locking away human beings! I won't mention many more as it will give away parts of the story. I enjoyed the book but was expecting a HUGE explosion in the plot as there was such a build up of hope and excitement as you get further into the book, but as I predicted some of the twists before it happened I was left deflated and disappointed:( this did take a little away from the enjoyment of the story) and the action involved added a little extra to it, I would recommend this book to others but I would say as your reading it also think about the morals and legality issues as they are mind blowing which I think a lot of people miss as their wrapped up in the story!
I hope this review helps you, please rate it, it really means a lot. Thanks for reading:)
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