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Delirium | [Lauren Oliver]

Delirium

"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."
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Publisher's Summary

"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

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    Jeffrey Cambridge, MA, United States 04-15-13
    Jeffrey Cambridge, MA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow, boring sappy YA romance"
    What disappointed you about Delirium?

    The narrative was exceedingly slow. Many aspects of the book - characters, themes, and so forth-- were not fully fleshed out and lacked complexity and nuance. It really ended up just being a sappy boring romance novel. I had a hard time imagining how a society could continue raising offspring without any sort of bonding, given current knowledge about oxytocin, etc. If the author had come up with an explanation for this, or delved into such challenges, it would have been more interesting.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom, disappointment, annoyance


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer ARLEE, MT, United States 03-01-13
    jennifer ARLEE, MT, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It was ok"
    How could the performance have been better?

    I didn't care for the narrator, her attempt at a male voice was comical, and sometimes it sounded as if it were the voice of someone of low intelligence. I think I would have enjoyed this story more with a better narrator or if I just read it myself, as is I couldn’t even get through it, due to the narrators voice grating on my nerves.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 02-25-13
    Amazon Customer United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Stephanie

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    "Ended better then I thought"

    This book took a little time to get into, in my opninon it was slow and drug for about half if not more of the book. I got to a point where I couldn't stop listening and was blown away by the ending!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lorri bumpass, virginia, United States 02-19-13
    lorri bumpass, virginia, United States 02-19-13
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    "in my opinion"
    If you could sum up Delirium in three words, what would they be?

    very good listen


    Any additional comments?

    enjoyed this and had to get the 2nd book ,,,,,,, like the teen books as well as other and find them sometimes better! liked this series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie AMARILLO, TEXAS, United States 01-05-13
    Marie AMARILLO, TEXAS, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT BOOK! (can't say the same about the second)"
    If you could sum up Delirium in three words, what would they be?

    Great, amazing, STOP!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Delirium?

    all of it was so good:-)


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sarah Drew?

    Ellen Archer or Emma Galvin!


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

    the ending, I LOVED it. it made me tear up for sure!


    Any additional comments?

    Ok, so this book was great! but be prepared the 2nd book is a REAL let down for those of us who HATE the love drama. I am an action person, though I believe there needs to be romance as well just not overly dramatic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liza Takoma Park, MD, United States 12-19-12
    Liza Takoma Park, MD, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Narration tough"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I couldn't get through 15 minutes of this book because the narrator sounds like a sassy pre-teen.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Oprah's book club book


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sarah Drew?

    Cassandra Campbell


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dailey Alameda, CA, United States 11-13-12
    Dailey Alameda, CA, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2011

    YA writer and book lover!

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    "Can't wait for the next book!"

    I liked this book more than I liked the original. In this book the MC developed and became a stronger character. I was tired of her whining in the first book about the cure and the disease and in this book she stood for something and really grew into an independent thinker who had full opinions about the cure and the disease of love. This growing character made me want anxious for book 3.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 11-06-12
    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Didn't Grab Me...."

    This read more like a teen romance, attempting an over the top Hollywood ending. Lacked substance and character development. Had to force myself to finish it,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorri Garland, TX, United States 09-14-12
    Lorri Garland, TX, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2010

    Tanti Lorri

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    "Not a new story"

    Well, this story is geared more to teens. I like a lot of teen fiction, and this story is enjoyable, but it's a story that has been told before. The narrator does an excellent job of creating teen angst with her voice. Nothing new here,very predictable, but good entertainment for the commute.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mama J Washington, D.C. United States 08-13-12
    Mama J Washington, D.C. United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Only for YA. It was extremely juvenile."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was ok, but I wish there was a warning that a book is targeted at teens so I could know that is is written at that level. Maybe I just don't know how to recognize YA books! Got caught with the Patterson Max Ride too!


    What was most disappointing about Lauren Oliver’s story?

    Just the juvenile writing.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I wished it would end or that I hadn't paid good money for it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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