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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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    Anne Kalama, WA, United States 07-10-12
    Anne Kalama, WA, United States 07-10-12
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    "I hate to be a downer, but..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I feel out of place with this review, but as a fan of YA I really couldn't stand this book. I quite liked Before I Fall, but this story dragged and the prose was totally overwrought. Sarah Drew did the best she could with it but I just found myself rolling my eyes and having to turn it off. I could only listen to this in short bits. Does every observation by the protagonist have to be so dramatic? There were many parts of Before I Fall that were overwrought as well so maybe I am just having trouble with Lauren Oliver.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lauren Oliver? Why or why not?

    Yes, but not in this series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Drew’s performances?

    Probably.


    Was Delirium worth the listening time?

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Oberle 06-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not for me"

    I downloaded this after the coming down from the Divergent series, and it just wasn't what I thought it would be. The story was too slow for me and didn't have much of a climax. Though I finished, I'm just not interested in continuing in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Milly 04-23-12
    Milly 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Above a three, but not quite a four."
    What did you love best about Delirium?

    I think the idea of love as a disease that must be eradicated from the human populous is fantastically creative! And Delirium was definitely an enjoyable, easy listen. However, I found it watered down. The relationships between characters weren't fully fleshed out (particularly the love relationship). Also twas a bit predictable, and I can't say I felt ultimately moved by the book's end. Still, it hooked me enough to listen to the second book. I'd say it's def worth the credit for people who like a semi-apocalyptic tale.


    What about Sarah Drew’s performance did you like?

    Sarah was a passionate performer and I felt she gave it her all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anastasia forest hills, NY, United States 04-20-12
    Anastasia forest hills, NY, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Interesting book"
    What did you love best about Delirium?

    Introduces a new concept..Makes you think how your life would change if you would do the procidure. Can you imagine not being able to love your child?!


    Any additional comments?

    Credit well spent..but a little bit too much romance for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 04-12-12
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Unique love story"
    What did you love best about Delirium?

    Unique love story with an gripping subplot.


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

    I was unable to put the book down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Hew Toronto, Canada 03-31-12
    L. Hew Toronto, Canada 03-31-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Beyond Beautiful..."

    I have no words to describe how gorgeously beautiful and heartbreakingly touching this book is. Sarah Drew puts a world of emotion into her reading. And the words that Lauren Oliver weave are so breathtaking that I cried and laughed and ached and loved. 'I love you. I LOVE you. I love YOU...' so simple this sentiment and yet so very powerful. If this book were a poem it would be Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda. And if it had a song at the closing credits it would be Amongster by Polica. I reccomend listening to this book with every fibre of my being. You'll not regret it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    patricia Capitol Heights, MD, United States 03-30-12
    patricia Capitol Heights, MD, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Not interesting"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure...I like a grabber like Night Reign.. It was just not for me. but I am sure there is someone out there that would love to hear.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Kelley Armstrong


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not a ear grabber


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Grace WASHOUGAL, WA, United States 07-14-11
    Grace WASHOUGAL, WA, United States 07-14-11 Member Since 2015

    Firearms instructor with a passion for great listens.

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    "My favorite listen this year"

    The ending of the book literally gave me chills. This is one that has stuck with me and I consider to be one of my favorite listens this year.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 04-13-11
    Lindsay SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 04-13-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful and Well Narrated"

    For those who found the characters of "Matched" flat, but liked the plot, this is the perfect alternative. "Delirium" is a great dystopic romance.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 06-05-12
    Robert 06-05-12
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    "Rubbish"

    Frankly, Rubbish - don't waste the credit, unless of course you like juvenile fiction, poorly read without a storyline or any redeeming value.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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