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Matched: Book 1

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Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

©2010 Ally Condie (P)2010 Penguin

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    Victoria Douglasville, GA 06-09-14
    Victoria Douglasville, GA 06-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A fun dystopia read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Matched to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I actually heard more than I retained when reading. It might have been because I had read the full series before listening but I picked up nuances that I missed in the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ky was probably my favorite, mainly because he is the underdog, the one that doesn't belong and I identify with that.


    What three words best describe Kate Simses’s voice?

    Childlike, varied, soft


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    Claudia Martinez 05-27-14
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    "Narrator didn't help..."

    To me the story just wasn't all that great. I may at some point listen to the other books in this series but right now I'm in no rush. I've been listening to book after book and rushing to purchase the next book in the series and that is not the case here. The narrator didn't help either with the book. It took me a while to figure out that this book was about 16 and 17 year olds. I seriously thought they were 13. The voice of the narrator is to young for this and because of that too, I just couldn't get into the book. And I get this is audio, but I could have done without the music in the background to add to a scene. I know almost all the books do it in the beginning and end but it really isn't necessary to do every time you have a dramatic moment.

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    Ebony 04-17-14
    Ebony 04-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Teenage Love story."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it weren't so sappy. Ugh, should've read the reviews more closely on this one.


    Has Matched turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. This would be a good book for a teen, just not for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A more mature narrator, she sounded so young.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to like this book, I really did. It sounded so interesting, but the whole time is spent fantasizing about another boy. It was just too juvenile for me. The premise was good, and made me want to dive in, but the delivery was not what I expected. This should be listed as a Tween fantasy novel.

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    anne shiver 04-01-14
    anne shiver 04-01-14 Member Since 2014

    I love to listen to all kinds of mystery and crime books along with biographies, romance and self help books.

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    "I loved it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. The narrator was excellent and kept my interest also.


    What other book might you compare Matched to and why?

    I would compare this book with the Hunger Games but I think the Hunger Games series was a little better.


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

    Kate Simses changed up her speaking voice with different characters. I liked that.


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

    If I could have this is a book that I would have listened to all in one setting. I did not want to put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy.

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    Kelly Toronto, ON, Canada 02-03-14
    Kelly Toronto, ON, Canada 02-03-14
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    "Book was pretty good"
    Would you listen to Matched again? Why?

    I would probably listen to it again in a few months if I have forgotten the story. But no, it's not a story that I absolutely love and would read over and over without getting sick of it.


    What other book might you compare Matched to and why?

    Other books that I might compare Matched to would probably be any dystopian novel.


    What three words best describe Kate Simses’s performance?

    She had a lot of expression, and she had a lot of enthusiasm, and lastly she made her voice change every time a new character started talking.


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

    Probably in the end… with the Kai thing… Not going to spoil it ;)


    Any additional comments?

    You should try it.

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    Desarae 10-25-13
    Desarae 10-25-13

    Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.

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    "Interesting Narration Style & A++ Story"

    This book reminds me a lot of the book, "The Giver" about a boy in a rigidly controlled society of structure and health. If you enjoy this book I recommend reading that one. You will not have ruined either book for yourself if you've already read one of them. They are completely different authors with very different endings just similar plots.

    Matched seems all too close to home in a society slowly moving closer and closer to excess control, cameras, mandated health care, and food control. This book is a love triangle in a modernized setting of an idealist's communist utopia. No one complains. No one argues. No one knows any better. I love this book. The plot is constantly thickening, constantly pulling you in, and making you root for the characters. If you are anything like me you will fill so attached that you have to move on to the next book immediately, it's that good. I finished it in two days because I couldn't stop.

    This book is not overly sci-fi fantasy. I think everything in it could realistically and unfortunately happen. There are no goblins, witches, warlocks, magical toads, or fairy tale-esque plot lines.

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    Alison 09-09-13
    Alison 09-09-13
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    "Liked it"

    I liked this series, but I didn't love it like I love the Mortal Instrument series and the Hunger Games series. I finished all three books and I have no regrets. It is entertaining and a good listen, but I wasn't as invested in it as I was in the other books I mentioned. It is misisng that ooomph factor that makes you need to know what happens next, and actually care.

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    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 06-27-13
    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Decently good YA read"
    Any additional comments?

    This series was definitely written from a more juvenile point of view. It held my interest but there were times when I was bored and wanted to just get to the point. Also, most of the things that happen are incredibly unrealistic. Having said all that, I did still enjoy listening to the books. There was enough that was entertaining and creative that it kept me wanting to know more.

    All the narrators were annoying except for Xander in the 3rd book. Cassia and Ky's narrators were reading the book like it was whimsical poetry and was really annoying.

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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 06-21-13
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    "Light, easy listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Idk... it just needs more. I'm not sure what it is exactly that it's missing, but it's def missing something.


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

    Maybe more action?


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Simses?

    Probably. I think she did well for a YA book.


    Was Matched worth the listening time?

    It was an enjoyable audiobook to listen to at work.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure what to say about this one. It was good. Not great, but good. I enjoyed it, but it's not a book that I would tell anyone "Oooo you HAVE to read this one now." I've heard the 2nd book is better so I guess I'll read that one soon.

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    Sara Memphis, Tunisia 05-29-13
    Sara Memphis, Tunisia 05-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Hunger Games"
    What disappointed you about Matched?

    It was a bad version of "The Hunger Games"


    What was most disappointing about Ally Condie’s story?

    I just couldn't get into it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Simses?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Matched?

    I didn't listen long enough


    Any additional comments?

    None

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