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Replica Audiobook

Replica

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Publisher's Summary

Two girls, two stories, one epic novel.

From Lauren Oliver, New York Times best-selling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica contains two narratives in one: Lyra's story and Gemma's story. The stories can be listened to separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey.

Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close, the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects - Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72 - manage to escape.

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family's past and discovers her father's mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.

While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story. Using a downloadable enhancement, listeners can decide how they would like to listen to the audiobook, as readers can choose how to read the print version. They can listen to the story of Gemma or Lyra straight through first, followed by the other girl's story, or they can move between chapters in Lyra's and Gemma's sections. No matter how it is listened to, Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Laura Schechter (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    NMwritergal 10-06-16
    NMwritergal 10-06-16
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    "The format is a gimmick, but still a good read"

    Often, if I like an author, I just download the book without knowing anything about it. So that was a mistake. This book has a formatting gimmick. If you’re reading the print version you can:
    1. Read Lyra’s story first
    2. Read Gemma’s story first
    3. Alternate chapters—flip book style.

    I didn’t know this going in. So I listen to the intro, which was a little confusing, but I gleaned that certain chapters were told from both POVs, so there would be some repetition in dialogue.

    So I start listening. It was Lyra’s story first, which was sad, strange, subdued. Then came Gemma’s story, which was not exactly more interesting, per se, but at least more “relatable.”

    After finishing Lyra’s, I was sort of pissed. There was a big revelation and a big event that I would rather have not known because then I had to spend the next half of the book knowing stuff that reduced the suspense considerably and made me not invest much in one of the characters. The same could be said if you read Gemma’s story first.

    Why it wasn’t presented in alternating chapters, I don’t know. That would have been the best route. You get to hear two different audio narrators and you wouldn’t have felt like you read a book review full of spoilers right before you read the book. It’s especially baffling because while there are two spots in the book where you experience the same scene from 2 POVs, Oliver did an excellent job in NOT making it too repetitive. You can alternate with the audio (see the PDF), but it would be really cumbersome. It would have been a 4 star listen for me if it had been presented in alternating chapters.

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Anderson 10-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Story"

    I enjoyed the story but I wish I had the version where the stories were intertwined instead of one after the other.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wicked Queen PA, USA 10-08-16
    Wicked Queen PA, USA 10-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Quick Listen"

    This story is told from two different points of view. I recommend listening to it by bouncing back and forth between the two characters. I listened to Lira's story start to finish and then Gemma's from start to finish. I really wish I had listened by bouncing back and forth. It would have made the story more suspenseful.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Detroit, MI 10-05-16
    Amazon Customer Detroit, MI 10-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Flip book format not great in audio"

    There are three possible ways to listen to this book:
    Gemma first
    Lyra first
    or alternate chapters

    There should have been two possible downloads, this one and another where the characters chapters alternate. The enhancement is just a PDF of the chapters and you have to manually jump around if you want that listening experience. Also the chapters in the PDF are off.

    The story itself is entertaining, but predictable.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    A. Kwasniewski 11-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story."

    Enjoyed this a lot. Would have liked more of an ending. Would recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Naglieri Richmond, VA 10-09-16
    K. Naglieri Richmond, VA 10-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Part one."

    I'm glad, I guess, that I saw "book one" in the description of this book somewhere, so I wasn't as surprised when I realized the book was almost over before it had really gotten started. This book is told from two points of view, the whole first half is Lyra (voiced by the actress that plays Dr. Kepner on Grey's Anatomy) and the entire second half is Gemma. They tell their own stories that intersect about halfway through each's chapters. I was really expecting more Lyra chapters after Gemma's... that then the chapters would maybe alternate, but they don't. The premise is good, two girls about the same age: one clone who's never known a world outside a lab and one sheltered daughter of a millionaire and how their lives interconnect. I just wish the author had written a longer book and completed the story. This is a whole book of scene setting and character introduction. It's interesting and action packed at times, but it's not a stand-alone book. And I know it's YA, but all of the young love happening in the middle of chaos and danger made me roll my eyes. Yes please pause in the middle of being pursued to think about the feel of his hand in yours. <g>

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Valencia, CA, United States 11-13-16
    Denise Valencia, CA, United States 11-13-16 Member Since 2007

    Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!

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    "POV handled differently"

    Approaching the end of the book, I hadn't realized it wasn't stand alone. That being said, and realizing there will be a sequel, I am intrigued and will continue. A unique story. The POVs are slightly different than most POVs. Each person doesn't remember their conversations or scenes exactly like the other person. There are differences, slight changes, as most people perceive things/happenings. Refreshing, really.

    Lyra's story is told as a Clone, a Replica. It's the only life she knows, but she is curious to find out more. There is no touch, closeness, caring, humanity. Yet she searches for the one person who did show her kindness. In so doing, her world is changed forever.

    Gemma is a normal girl who feels like an alien. Her parents are hiding something. She knows they love her but feels as if she is a disappointment to them. She defies her parents and takes off. What she finds out changes her world.

    At some point the two girls world converge. Both are part of a mystery, a cover up. As they put the pieces together, more questions surface.

    Lauren Oliver is a hit or miss with me. This was a hit. I look forward to the next installment.

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    JGO108 11-08-16
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    "Had potential, but fell short"

    I liked the format and was able to alternate listening to Lira/Gemma by going back and forth by manually choosing which chapter to listen to next. The story itself was very predictable and it ended about as soon as I thought it was going to pick up. It reminded me of high school writing assignments that had to be a certain length, so when you reached the page requirement, you just gave up and concluded just to get it over with. This story had so much potential to be developed and continued and it just fell short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Sparks, NV, United States 11-05-16
    James Sparks, NV, United States 11-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Weak Ending"

    Even for a simple young adult novel the was weak and ultimately made the entire book seem pointless.

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    B. Campbell 11-02-16
    B. Campbell 11-02-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Great read/listen"

    Loved this story!! Could wait to get to the end to hear every last word... so sad it's over and looking for another book by Lauren Oliver to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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