"Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."
Lauren Oliver astonished readers with her stunning debut, Before I Fall. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it "raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful. An end as brave as it is heartbreaking." Her much-awaited second novel fulfills her promise as an exceptionally talented and versatile writer.
Also included is a sneak listen to the first chapter of the next book in the series. Enjoy!
©2011 Laura Schechter (P)2011 HarperCollins Pubilshers
I love to read and listen! I like all types of books, but lately I have been reading teen dystopian fiction. Favorite authors are Stephen King, Lauren Oliver, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Hawthorne, and Poe. I am an English teacher and I am always looking for the next great read...
#1 in audio performance Sara Drew captures the spirit of Lena.
1984, Hunger Games Series, Feed
Her voice is the voice of teen angst.
Laugh and cry?
This book will keep you on the edge and leave you wanting more immediately!
This book had some entertaining parts, but by and large I found it disappointing. The fictional world is not very fleshed out, leaving only the idealized teenage love story to keep the reader's interest. I have no doubt I would have loved this as a teenager, but it is not one of those YA novels that translates well for adult readers.
Maybe, against my better judgement.
This is not at all what expected. This is no ordinary YA book, Its for teens and adults alike. The prose are beautiful. There is nothing patronizing, cheesy or trite about this story which some of the other series in this genre fall victim to. Make sure to have a box of Kleenex handy.
I would NOT compare this book to The Divergence trilogy of Hunger Games.
This is one of the best performances I have heard in a while. She makes the characters so vivid and authentic. She nails each character and captures the tone of young adulthood, the moodiness, chattiness, the emotional intensity of everything.
The relationships with Hannah and Alex are heartbreaking and wonderful.
Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!
This is another dystopian society young adult read. I'm not sure why they are so popular these days. Maybe because they are easy to imagine and one gets caught up in the story.
I sure did in this one.
It is touching, funny in some places even. But the story tells one of a world where love and hate are removed from the brain at around the age of 17. Any strong emotions that may cause chaos or deviate from a perfectly orderly society are gone. In essence, all the things that make us human.
Good read. I would recommend it and the follow up Pandemonium. The last of the trilogy is due out next month.
I could barely listen to this book. Valley girl voices? Really?
I have read others, and this story isn't so bad if it wasn't so hard to listen to it!
Say something about yourself!
Did not have any expectations for his YA novel. Loved it! Oliver's created a world that I could see and feel. Routed for the characters. Purchased the second book Pandemonium before I finished!
FYI. Many years from YA myself!
It takes some time to get into but once I did I was hooked.
She is a good reader, a little fast at times but I wouldn't change her.
This was a huge surprise for me - I've listened to hundreds of audio books and picked this up on a whim because it was on sale. It ended up being one of my favorite books to date. The concept was interesting and the characters were engaging. The story is a crazy mix of Hunger Games, Romeo and Juliet, and 1984 - three books that one would never expect to be mentioned in the same review but it somehow came together.
Overall the story has a lot of layers and you can spend hours thinking about how this books reflects on what's going on in today's world.
The narration was excellent. Sarah Drew could not have been a better pick.
Lisa Tawn Bergren
I thought this was an excellent story with eloquent description, absorbing characters, and intense action and romance. As soon as I was done, I downloaded PANDEMONIUM, book 2!
Yes, because I feel like you get something new out of a book everytime you listen to it! There is action, suspense, mystery, and romance all rolled into one!
Lena, the heroine, was my favorite character. She is a real human being who is terrified and wants to follow the rules, but ends up gaining the courage and strength she needs to make the right choice.
Even though it was an eleven hour book, my husband and I listened to it in only two sittings (we were on a road trip). This book was so great we would turn it on to listen even if we were just driving a couple of minutes away!
Sarah Drew did a great job performing the book. However, her voice is very high pitched and the male characters sounded very odd. The male protagonist kind of sounded like he was stoned during the entire book.
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