But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant - perfect - through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior. And Oscar's built a business sabotaging his father's scheme with Messages of his own, getting his clients out before they're turned. After all, who would ever suspect the perfect Oscar Banks? Then he meets Nia, the girl he can't stand to see changed. Saving Nia means losing her forever. Keeping her in Candor, Oscar risks exposure...and more.
©2009 Pam Bachorz; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
I listened to this book while doing yardwork. It kept me engaged enough while still allowing me to focus on manual labor tasks. The characters were somewhat weak and under-dimensional, but I was interested enough in the storyline to keep listening. It's a decent listen if you're doing other things. The target demographic for the writing level/style is perhaps age 12-14.
The most interesting was the interactions between Oscar and Nia. The least interesting was the character of the father, whose actions kept imposing on my suspension of disbelief.
His voice was well suited to achieve the 'teenage' vibe of the book. I thought he did well, speaking at a good pace and distiguishing the voices so that I could tell which character was speaking.
I would probably listen to a follow-up, as I was unsatisfied with the ending. But I wouldn't pay more than $5 for it.
I am a very easy going audible listener - I like almost anything - so I wanted to make sure I reviewed this because it stands out to me as a particularly bad audiobook. The story itself has the potential to be interesting but the writing is juvenile. I have nothing against YA fiction (Hunger Games, for example, is amazing, as well as a book called Dare Me that I recently tried). However, in this case, it felt very dumbed down. Additionally, and, again, I am not usually too picky about my audible books, the narrator really bothered me. Mainly because every female that he gave a voice to sounded like a weird Valley Girl/Mall Chick bimbo - even the heroine of the story, which I am sure was not the author's intent. It was basically just an annoying listening experience so I wanted fellow listeners to be warned.
Not at all.
Perhaps - I think the issues were mostly with the material. But I won't seek out a book narrated by him just to hear him (as I do with other readers).
Honestly? They were all pretty one dimensional.
Sorry - I don't want to be mean - I just want to help people to have a good listening experience. Overall I really enjoy audible.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
Yes, very predictable although book is well written and interesting so you hope it would finish in an unexpected way. Reader is very good . All in all it's worth a credit.
A unique Science Fiction novel that immediately grabs your attention and then leaves the reader in suspense even if you can guess the ending - which I did not.
A perfect book gift for a younger reader but even the most adult reader will enjoy the suspense of Candor.
Yes. I didn't care for the ending. I thought it might be the first in a series, but since it doesn't appear to be, I was just sort of let down when it ended. If it were the first in a series, I would have given it a higher rating.
Made the ending different or something along those lines. The ending made it feel like the entire story didn't matter since nothing changed and all of the hard work of the main character was almost for nothing.
I thought the performance was pretty good.
It would be a good TV series. But it would need more to it. As a stand alone book it felt unresolved at the end.
I liked the premise a lot. I enjoyed the story and characters, I just wanted a better resolution. Or a sequel. While listening, I enjoyed it a lot. After it was over, I was disappointed that nothing changed with the main character's situation. I liked the backstory as to how the town came about and why, and I really thought that the author could have done more with it.
I liked this book, very enjoyable. It was a mixture of a distopian novel, and a teenage novel. A '1984' for young readers.
I only downloaded this book because it was on sale. I wasn't sure it would be my style. However, I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the story. The narrator was great and the ending was not predictable. I would recommend to my friends.
The Performance was excellent and added a great deal to the overall experience of this fascinating story.
The ending section recounting the protagonists Father's surveillance and countermeasures, along with the protagonists sacrifice was particularly moving.
The bittersweet ending.
The Author's creation of credible and sympathetic characters was quite good and their quirks and sense of real depth was very good.
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