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Divergent Audiobook

Divergent Audiobook

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It is a very rare thing to witness the beginning of a writer’s career and know without a doubt that the first little book is going to launch a worldwide craze, a la J.K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer. Such is the terrifying yet enviable position of Veronica Roth, who sold this debut novel to a HarperCollins imprint before she even finished college. She also sold the film rights to Summit Entertainment, owner of the Twilight film saga, on the strength of pre-publication buzz alone. The first in a planned series, Divergent is beyond question the best thing to happen to young adult literature in a very long time. More realistic than Harry Potter and less moony-eyed than Twilight, Roth has crafted a world and a protagonist that are easily engrossing and definitely worthy of our long-term attention.

Part of the credit for such charm belongs to narrator Emma Galvin, herself somewhat a newcomer. The young upstart has already garnered praise for her interpretations of Winter’s Bone, the first book spin-off from the Glee television series, and Stephenie Meyer’s recent novella. Galvin is genuinely edgy and emotive, not a trace of sugar to be found in the dialogue or her rendering of it. She captures the bold but conflicted spirit of the main character, Tris, with convincing personality and a real sensibility for the fast-pacing learning curve into which Tris launches the year she turns 16. After being raised in a clan whose primary characteristic is its devotion to selflessness, Tris defects, choosing a life of bravery from among the five factions that comprise her dystopic Chicago. She must pledge the faction, and go through several rounds of training eliminations before becoming a true Dauntless.

Tris is a complex, down-to-earth character with a lot of soul searching to do — in a clan where hobbies include jumping from moving trains and tossing knives at small objects resting on the heads of friends, and there are no second chances. Veronica Roth has built a remarkable situation with strong potential for a longevity that will remain fresher than the sum of its parts, and Emma Galvin has this bull of a new series firmly by the horns. This book is confidently going places far beyond the fanatical mindlessness of young adult marketing, and in a hot minute, grownups will not have to feel one iota of shame for having fallen in love with it alongside their less discerning teenagers. —Megan Volpert

Publisher's Summary

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are - and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves.... or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series - dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

©2011 Veronica Roth (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Though Galvin’s narration is concentrated on giving Tris the perfect voice, she never neglects the secondary characters. Poignant moments with Tris’s mother and Four, her leader and love, are subtly nuanced to let listeners hear the terror Tris often hides.... listeners will hold their breath waiting to see if she can survive the day." (AudioFile)

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    jacob WETUMPKA, ALABAMA, United States 04-01-14
    jacob WETUMPKA, ALABAMA, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    Could not stop listening to this book! Very fast paced and interesting story. Look forward t the second book :)

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    Cheryl Eagle, ID, United States 03-31-14
    Cheryl Eagle, ID, United States 03-31-14
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    "Great Character Development"
    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    See title.
    The author has me cheering for the divergent people. Not just the divergent characters in the book, but also their beliefs and their commitment to protect the other factions from misconceptions of the Faction System.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Just one! ummmmm.
    Donald Spoto's Joan: The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint.
    Joan chose to follow her desire to know who SHE was. Even though she went against the status quo of her people, era and the governing religious leaders.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    Theo James as Four.


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

    A good read/listen but, not really. I enjoyed the story and want to read/listen to all the books in the series. I have recommended Divergent to many. And, I am waiting for my next credit to download Insurgent.
    My extreme reaction came when I saw the movie. I was VERY disappointed in the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the author continues to keep me interested.

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    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 03-31-14
    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2010

    I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.

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    "Hunger Games, but so much more."

    Hmm, where to start as they say. So the beginning it is. Divergent was an enjoyable and entertaining audiobook in which I quite enjoyed. Trice is a character you start to root for from the moment the story begins. The world, or at least Chicago, is divided into factions and each faction as it own trait and when you turn sixteen you have to choose to stay in your faction or move to another faction, thus leaving your family for the rest of your life, because its faction before blood. But something goes wrong when Trice enters the aptitude test and she hears the word divergent for the first but last time. As the story progresses we get a glimpse of some of the differences in the factions and how they are living by meeting the "transfers" to Dauntless, the crazy and warlike, faction. Trice can see she fits in here but she could also be happy elsewhere, thus she is a divergent, and she is starting to think her instructor, and soon-to-be boyfriend, may be one to. But what is a divergent and why is everyone so secretive about it.
    Now jumping to the end...
    Trice has just completed her initiation and is given one final injection to become a member in Dauntless. It's a new injection, a tracker, just provided to Dauntless by another faction, Erudite-which has been stirring discontent against her old faction (Abnegation) and her father as a leader, to help Dauntless in case a member goes missing which according to one of the Dauntless leader, Eric, rarely happens any ways. But that night Trice awakes to watch her friends, boyfriend, and other faction members turn into walking robots who attack her former faction. But Trice and Four (Tibas) are divergent so they are immune to the mind controlling transmitters that were just injected into all of the members of Dauntless. So begins the battle for the future...
    The writing was great and the character development was wonderful, even to for characters that die before the end of the book. As I was listening to this book I wanted to compare it to Hunger Games, but even though they are same genre that is really for me where the sameness ends. I look forward to the next book of the series and have my fingers crossed the greatness continues.

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    Stacey 03-30-14
    Stacey 03-30-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I am so in love with this book and Emma Galvin"
    What did you love best about Divergent?

    I could clearly see what was going on in the story as well as what everyone was feeling. Emma Galvin is a phenomenal narrator. I highly recommend this book. I am continuing on to book 2 "The Insurgent"


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    Laurel R. Werner 03-30-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Entertaining and Interesting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't consider the audio edition better or worse, it's all a matter of preference and situation whether one reads or listens. I find I get through a book faster if I listen to it because I can multi-task. Depending on the narrator sometimes it's more enjoyable to read.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Hunger Games - young adult heroes and storyline set in the future.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    Beatrice/Triss was the main character and you grow to care about her and her survival skills.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If you enjoyed Hunger Games and Twilight you will like the Divergent series.


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    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 03-30-14
    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2014

    Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.

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    "Choose to read these books"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Divergent audio presentation sits about in the middle of performances. A good ready, no effects.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    The choosing ceremony and the aftermath resonate with everyone who has had to make choices in their life.


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

    Not much.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Divergent, the Choice is Yours


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent start. Can't wait to read the rest.

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    Xshepherdess 03-28-14

    I am a single, sixty year old woman who recently sold her home in the country, where I blissfully raised sheep and chickens. I am very intelligent, sensitive and emotional and I prefer books with these same qualities.

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    "Clearly written for teenagers!"
    What did you like best about Divergent? What did you like least?

    The premise of the story. (liked)
    Obvious, immature "love story" (dislike)


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There is really nothing "wrong" with the story. It is just written more at a youth level than that of an adult.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Did Divergent inspire you to do anything?

    No. Other than I probably will NOT go see the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoyed "The Hunger Games" trilogy and thought this would be similar. Hunger Games was clearly written with a more mature audience in mind.

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    Tim Armpit of America 03-27-14
    Tim Armpit of America 03-27-14 Member Since 2015

    something about yourself!

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    "Enjoyable Story"

    I did enjoy this, although I had no idea what it would be about before I read it. I didn't read up anything about it prior to reading it. It was an enjoyable story though when i think back about what happened, I realized not much happened.

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    Hal United States 03-25-14
    Hal United States 03-25-14
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    "Hate books written in present tense."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book to those who enjoy dystopian young adult literature. Given the genre, the premise of the story is mildly engaging; the young female lead has some endearing qualities, but I am growing tired of suppressed sexual angst along with squeezing the emotional lemon for every last drop.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    For me, the most distracting mechanical aspect of the story is that it is written in present tense. I don't mind when present tense is used sparsely to emphasize action that is happening RIGHT NOW, but writing an entire book in present tense reminds me too much of illiterate young people who think everything is happening RIGHT NOW and overuse the form in their speech also.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    The lead is basically the only character who is fully explored enough to give us much insight into her character and motive. Again, that is why I prefer a story told through an omniscient narrator, rather than through the episodic, distorted, tangled story from the viewpoint of a hyper-hormonal teen.


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

    It is a movie; I will probably see it; not for the great story, but simply for a few minutes of entertainment.


    Any additional comments?

    The premise of the story (5 factions based on exaggerated character types) is a bit interesting, and there are some interesting developments as the plot progresses.

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    Taira CHANDLER, AZ, United States 03-25-14
    Taira CHANDLER, AZ, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Ride"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably a 7 on a 1-10 scale. I listen to about 4 books a month of all different genres.


    Would you recommend Divergent to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but definitely not an AMAZING read. I liked Red Rising quite a bit more. This is very similar to The Hunger Games which I liked as well. Once I was almost done with this book I strained to finish it-it held my interest the whole time till the last quarter and then it just became boring to me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her relationship with 4.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not that exciting but still a good story. Not as "edge" of your seat as I had hoped.


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