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Delirium Audiobook

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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"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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    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 03-15-13
    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2012

    I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)

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    "Has an Anthem / Gattaca feel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yeah I would, but this book probably won't appeal to everyone. I liked Anthem in highschool, and this is similiar in context.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't just have one. I loved the dynamic between the main characters Lena, Alex and Hanna.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had a couple, first when Lena breaks the rules for the first time and goes to the illegal music concert and is freaked out by boys and girls being in public together. Next Lena meeting up with Alex on the beach where Lena becomes happy and carefree.


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

    Yes when Alex says " I love you" to Lena.


    Any additional comments?

    I just moved on to the second book and I am hoping for a certain character to magically show up....keeping my fingers crossed.

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    Annie USA 03-13-13
    Annie USA 03-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not the Hunger Games..."

    This was not the caliber of The Hunger Games but the story was intriguing enough to keep my interest AND download book 2 in the series immediately. It was just a bit slow in development and lots of talk without as much action. The story surrounds a society who considers "love" to be a type of delirium. As a result, love is outlawed and once 18 their brains are altered to not allow the extreme emotion. We watch as the heroine of the story learns what love is and is willing to risk all to experience it. The character development was good and by the end of the book I couldn't wait download the next book because the adventure, it seems, is just getting started. It's definitely worth a credit and if you enjoy YA fiction, the odds of enjoying Delirium are high. The narrator could not have been better and really captured the characters well. Great job!

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    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA USA 03-13-13
    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA USA 03-13-13 Member Since 2014

    beglad

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    "Not Hunger Games"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Could't make a four or five. Premise is way too thin.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Opening scene when heroine is taking her test for the procedure.


    What character would you cut from Delirium?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    The premise of the book and I'm assuming the premise of the rest of the series is that society has decided that love is tragic disease that can and should be cured by medical procedures. Essentially love is the root of all evil. Get rid of it and people will be happy and docile. Way to thin a premise for me. Doesn't really hold up since there are evil people in this utopian society who presumably were cured of love and should be docile and not violent.

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    Amazon Customer 02-28-13

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    "Interesting take on a new dystopian world."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to a teen or young adult. It was entertaining, but somewhat superficial.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I expect there will be a sequel, everything is now in place.


    What aspect of Sarah Drew’s performance would you have changed?

    Her voice is a bit shrill -- but I think that makes her the perfect narrator for a first person novel about an emotional teenage girl who's world is falling apart.


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

    When he leans in and whispers: "grey".


    Any additional comments?

    This is the classic, love-will-conquer-all story set in a unique circumstance. America has isolated itself, thrown up walls, and walled off cities to form small islands. Love has been declared a disease and the root of all social ills. It becomes the task of the adults to get their children through childhood and puberty without falling prey to the dread disease before they can be cured at age 18 by a modified lobotomy. That's the catch, the most vulnerable cannot be cured because it's too dangerous before adulthood. The effect of the cure has the unintended side effect of producing detached parents without affection for their children. I did get a little annoyed at times that the main characters emotions were constantly tying her in knots, threatening to bubble up and betray her, making her ill, keeping her from breathing, etc, etc. But, on the other hand it's not how I would have reacted, it's how she, as a teen in this situation was reacting that was the story. So, I have to forgive her the overboard descriptions of angst.

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    Kevin Kennedy PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, US 02-18-13
    Kevin Kennedy PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, US 02-18-13 Member Since 2013

    I love all kinds of books but don't really read them anymore I would rather listen to them but I will still buy the book if I love it enough to collect it.

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    "WOW"

    Another wonderful book I cant wait for the last one to come out to see what happens at the end of the story.

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    otisburg Worcester, MA, United States 02-11-13
    otisburg Worcester, MA, United States 02-11-13
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    "Very Original"

    If you are tired of vampires and just can't relate to the politics of The Hunger Games then try Lauren Oliver's Delirium for a surprising change of pace. I truly enjoyed this story and Sarah Drew's reading of it.

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    Marjo SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 02-10-13
    Marjo SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 02-10-13

    I LOVE what most consider Young Adult fiction, but I would call it closer to Mature Young Adult. For example, sparkly vampires...not my thing. My favorite Author so far is Karen Marie Moning but I also have favorite books like A Game of Thrones which is EPIC!

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    "A Little Boring in Sections But GREAT!"
    Where does Delirium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's behind "Iced" but I'm partial to Karen Marie Moning. Definetly number 2 so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Delirium?

    The end...followed by her relationship with her best friend. Reminds me of me and my BFFs


    What does Sarah Drew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great character personality and emotion into the words, however I wish they has someone else play Alex...she still sounds like either a girl or a 9 year old boy. It did nothing for my image of the hero.


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

    It made me cry and immediately make a Facebook post....Still upset about the tears


    Any additional comments?

    I'm grabbing the second book right now.

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    Marie FORT SMITH, AR, United States 02-05-13
    Marie FORT SMITH, AR, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2015

    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...

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    "A very well written Dystopia that stands above!"
    Where does Delirium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1 in audio performance Sara Drew captures the spirit of Lena.


    What other book might you compare Delirium to and why?

    1984, Hunger Games Series, Feed


    What does Sarah Drew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is the voice of teen angst.


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

    Laugh and cry?


    Any additional comments?

    This book will keep you on the edge and leave you wanting more immediately!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessie URBANA, IL, United States 02-04-13
    Jessie URBANA, IL, United States 02-04-13
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    "Disappointing."
    What did you like best about Delirium? What did you like least?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unwind


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Drew – was your favorite?

    Hana


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, against my better judgement.


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    skinner 02-03-13
    skinner 02-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing not what I expected"
    Would you listen to Delirium again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Delirium to and why?

    I would NOT compare this book to The Divergence trilogy of Hunger Games.


    What about Sarah Drew’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    The relationships with Hannah and Alex are heartbreaking and wonderful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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