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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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    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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    A wonderfully written book and will turn out to be a good series cant wait for the movie to come out I hope they do it some justice compared to some of the other movies of books that have come out here lately because I don't want to be disappointed by yet another movie that cant stand up to the book.

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    Miriam Dahlonega, GA, United States 02-14-13
    Miriam Dahlonega, GA, United States 02-14-13
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    "This book got me hooked on Audible!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    I bought this during a holiday sale at Audible, and had never purchased an audiobook before. I was hooked. I later read the book in print, and I find that Tris's voice will forever be that of Emma Galvin in my mind. I was surprised to find listening to an audiobook SO enjoyable; it was very easy to stay invested in the story and in the characters, and as a bonus, I could do other things like drive, exercise, or clean while listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Divergent features a lot of action, a lot of difficult choices, and flawed heroes that are very human and relatable. The story is gripping, and the main character is brave and intelligent, yet makes some very human mistakes. The moment I finished this one I downloaded the second book in the series.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Emma Galvin's performance really made the book come alive. She portrays Tris (main character) with a full range of human emotion, and even portrays the male characters with emotionally layered and gruff voices that really add to the story.


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    Bosco 02-14-13
    Bosco 02-14-13 Member Since 2009

    Make no mistake: We're all mammals here.

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    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Any additional comments?

    I was unfamiliar with this author, and found this book to be quite entertaining. I have to admit to being slightly dissatisfied with the way she brushed over certain aspects of the story or gave them an explanation which was disappointing or not quite credible. For example, her very brief explanation of the training for Abnegation as simply a few weeks of community service was far from satisfying. Since this lifestyle would have been one of the most difficult to maintain with integrity, a more rigorous training period would have been necessary.

    This is a specific example of one of the book's shortcomings I feel I can write about without it being a spoiler. There are a few others.

    These plot problems notwithstanding, I still recommend this book, and am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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    Killian Palo Alto, CA, United States 02-13-13
    Killian Palo Alto, CA, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2011

    Audiophile since the days I had to check 'em out on rickety cassette tapes at the local library. Currently working the other side of production as an author of romance and scifi/fantasy.

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    "Seduces the reader slowly"
    Any additional comments?

    It took me a little while to get into this, but it ended solid. I'm looking forward to book 2.

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    Amazon Customer Sugar Land, TX United States 02-11-13
    Amazon Customer Sugar Land, TX United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Life is tough, this girl is tougher."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great story and the detail and thought behind every action really gives you great insight. Pulls you in


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tris is the obvious answer, but Tobias has become my other favorite. He's a complicated guy and smart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Zipline from the tower. here coming down and being accepted by the group was riveting.


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

    The sacrifice of her Mom and more so her Dad really hit me hard.


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    Marion Baker, author:The Lime Green Plastic Covered Couch; Insight For Women Looking For Love Langley, British Columbia, Canada 02-09-13 Member Since 2012

    maise one

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    "Riveting"

    Although this is a book for teens, just like Harry Potter, it has adult appeal. The story teller was fantastic. I have never made a point of listening to a story at every chance I had.

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    Joki Helsinki 02-09-13
    Joki Helsinki 02-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I liked It. My Husband Did Not"

    I enjoyed this dystopian YA - it wasn't a great love but it was an enjoyable read. My husband, however, did not share my opinion and was very frustrated with the world building (or lack thereof) and characterization.

    I think this is a novel that you enjoy like a teen-oriented movie. Lots of hormones, uncertainty in self, action, and trials of the main characters. In the very least for me, I always enjoy a novel where the main female character is strong but not stupidly 'spirited' to the point where she needs rescuing often. As with so many of the recent slate of YA dystopian, she'll take her knocks as she proves herself.

    For once, the relationship between the male and female makes sense (they share a common background) but where this book really lets down is in the 'villains'. Perhaps a bit too moustache twirling evil with no redeeming qualities.

    The lack of world building makes sense by the end of the second book for me - but for my husband, he still felt it was just too silly.

    The narration is good.

    I give it a 4. My husband a 2. So I round to 3.

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    Kristanna United States 02-08-13
    Kristanna United States 02-08-13
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    "Adults who like Hunger Games will LOVE this..."

    I really liked The Hunger Games series, but this was much more satisfying as an adult reader. I was hesitant to give this a try, but I am so glad I did. The narrator and the story were amazing, and I was quickly hooked.

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    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 02-06-13
    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Slow with no payoff"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had heard that this book and series was as good or better than the Hunger Games books. So I had high hopes for this book; however, I found it to be slow developing and not vary engaging.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Veronica Roth again?

    I doubt I will listen to any other Veronica Roth books. I was not impressed with Divergent. That was disappointing because I had high hopes for this book.


    What three words best describe Emma Galvin’s performance?

    Just OK.


    Was Divergent worth the listening time?

    No but at least it was short. I kept hoping things would get better but frankly it never did.


    Any additional comments?

    Not engaging.

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    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 02-05-13
    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2015

    I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.

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    "Yet another YA I didn't really want to read...."

    I was recommended this book by a teenage boy, and I was more than skeptical. I wasn't sure about the concept, and frankly, after The Hunger Games, I didn't really want to get involved in another YA series. I'm 29, and I like meat in my stories.

    I had some extra credits and was going on a road trip so I downloaded it.

    VERY surprised.

    It's compared too much to The Hunger Games (which is why I was so reluctant to read it at first tbh) but it's really nothing like. The only similarities really are the fact that a girl is the main character, it's a dystopian society, and I guess the 5 factions COULD be compared to the 12 districts. But other than that, it's completely different.

    I fell right in and found the character of Triss to be quite believable. Four also became a favorite character. Sometimes Triss seemed incredibly naive, especially for someone who was supposed to be Divergent, but it's ok. I didn't mind so much. It was fun, sad, sweet, infuriating, mysterious and full of action. I highly recommend it.

    warning: there is some lovey dovey stuff that got a bit tiresome. Other than that, great. :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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