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Matched Audiobook
Matched
Written by: 
Ally Condie
Narrated by: 
Kate Simses
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Matched: Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    Stephanie Farmville, VA, United States 04-19-13
    Stephanie Farmville, VA, United States 04-19-13
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! The voice acting is amazing and I love the book. Kate Simses brings additional life to the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Matched?

    The most memorable moment in Matched is when Cassia learns who her true match is. Her grandfather's passing was also really memorable.


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

    Kate Simses is able to do all sorts of voices and gives more emotion to the words. It really seems as if a young girl is telling her story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie 11-19-12
    Marjorie 11-19-12

    Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!

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    "Interesting story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It's a very interesting look into a potential and scary future.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Matched?

    Love everything about Ky. Interesting, multi-dimensional, brooding, romantic.


    What about Kate Simses’s performance did you like?

    Her various voices. They are all so different, and yet very believable!


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

    Ky teaching her to write. So nice.


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    Amy G. 11-05-12
    Amy G. 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it (even thought it is "young adult")"

    I loved this story. Even though I'm far from being a young adult. It starts off by giving us a potential future society where everything is euphoric in the aspect of low crime rates, increased life spans, enjoyable jobs, and perfect mates, but at a price. The price of our freedom of choice. Everything is essentially decided for us. Being the individualistic culture that we are, that goes against everything we believe in.

    But then Cassia begins to rebel. In subtle ways, at first. In her mind, she begins to think things that she should not think. Then she begins to act in small ways that she should not act. Then she falls in love with someone she is forbidden to fall in love with. And she begins to see the society not as a benevolent protector, but as a heartless dictatorship.

    And what reader doesn't want to pull for the underdog trying to regain her freedom?

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    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 10-02-12
    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 10-02-12

    Avid Listener of Audible

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    "Intriguing premise, but definitely a teen book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. My friends are a bit older and this type of genre would most likely not be in their "have to read" lists.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was that knowing what Cashia actually does as a "sorter." You don't find out its relevance until closer to the end of the book. The least interesting was her interactions with Kai. For some reason, he just bored me.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Simses’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I can't compare.


    Do you think Matched needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I believe there is a follow-up book, as you are left wondering what happened to her love interest Kai. I can't say more in fear of spoiling the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    These books all based on utopian societies really hammer on the lemming effect. The fear of death and negative consequences of our actions overrides all other sensibilities. It's pretty amazing what you will endure in the name of self-preservation.

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