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Shatter Me Audiobook

Shatter Me

"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.
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Publisher's Summary

"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time - and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.

©2011 Tahereh Mafi (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Christina SALINAS, CA, United States 02-20-14
    Christina SALINAS, CA, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Very creative use of language, very simple plot."

    Typical dystopian society, teen romance story. I was intrigued by the use of language and metaphor, but disappointed in the lack of a more complicated plot.

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    River livermore,ca usa 02-10-14
    River livermore,ca usa 02-10-14 Member Since 2013

    zombie betty

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    "annoying"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who does not care about Character development or creative writing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tahereh Mafi again?

    No


    Did Kate Simses do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The writing style was distracting, like a beehive poked with a stick.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    hilary San Francisco, USA 01-09-14
    hilary San Francisco, USA 01-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not compelled to read the next one"
    Any additional comments?

    Had I done the review half or even three quarters of the way through, it would have been a very different one. The ending just does not sit well with the rest of the book, making me uninterested in the sequel.

    A sort of X-men meets Divergent, I enjoyed the narration, the beautiful writing and the book's premise. However, the book somehow travels from the inner monologue of a solitary confinement prisoner to a total reproduction of X-men, right down to a Professor Xavier clone and a "school for the gifted". Somehow the narrative just couldn't make that massive shift believable.

    While it did not work for me, the writing style, especially in the first chapters is unique and really quite beautiful.

    The narration performance was really very good and a great match for the book.

    So, not for me, but not a bad listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 11-23-13
    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 11-23-13

    Ann

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    "Different ..."

    First I was attracted to this book because of the cover and the title. Even though the author is a good writer, it took me awhile to get into the book because I just couldn't figure out where the author was going with keeping this girl in a cold cage. Eventually all becomes clear. The female character is very well developed; I felt like I knew her. Although the boy she meets isn't as well developed, he is acceptable by the end of the book. If you get bored by the same old plot being redone over and over, this book is for you. It is anything but boring.

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    Tonja Dothan, AL, United States 11-21-13
    Tonja Dothan, AL, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "At first I was just passing the time..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... and I have. At first I was just passing the time then I realized this series is a dairy (not a book) written by a girl (not a woman) whose only interaction with life has been through books, and then I was engrossed. I love the fact she is constantly scratching out words and phrases she finds too personal to share and regrets them once she has. And the metaphors are fantastic, but they will rack your nerves unless you come to terms with this simple fact....Every one attaches feelings, moments, and thoughts together that is why metaphors exist. But what if all of your feelings and thoughts have been the result of someone else's experience and someone else's metaphors? Would you too not be left with stacking metaphors on top of each other making them borderline obnoxious? So ignore all the reviews that say the metaphors are over the top. View them as what they are, a result of isolation and loneliness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kendra California 10-22-13
    Kendra California 10-22-13

    Prefers the ocean to deserts, prefers laughter to tears, and will take a good story any day. Discovering a great story? Even better.

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    "Interesting story, Filled w Overdramatic Writing"

    I can't believe there are so many good reviews for this book!

    For me, at the very basic level, there are two key parts of a book - the writing and the story. For audiobooks, there's also the performance. In this case, it is an interesting story, bogged down by frustrating, overdramatic writing and metaphors. Halfway through the book I had to look it up online to see reviews to figure out what the irritating scratching sound was. It sounded like a gimmick and it drove me crazy. I hoped, hoped, hoped that it would have a solid purpose or reason for being included in the audio.

    Apparently in the written version, there are words that the protagonist says, that are then crossed out as she rephrases her thoughts, her words, etc. In the audio book it is denoted by a scratching sound. Something I didn't know until I looked it up. It's also something I wished they had left out.

    The benefit to looking it up though is that a reviewer on Amazon decided that every time there was an over the top metaphor, readers should drink. It made me laugh as I listened because otherwise I would have been rolling my eyes. Although if I had tried this, I would have been drunk in 10 minutes. In the first Anne of Green Gables books, Anne is over the top as a young girl with her flowery, poetic words. Unlike the early Anne, the protagonist in Shatter Me is not 12, she's 17. Used sparingly, metaphors can be great, filled with insight about the character or the situation. Used every other sentence, they become laughable or frustrating.

    Unfortunately, I won't be continuing with the series because there's better writing, and better stories I would prefer to read/listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Acworth, GA, United States 10-19-13
    Tiffany Acworth, GA, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Metaphor heavy"
    What did you like best about Shatter Me? What did you like least?

    I really liked the story a lot but honestly,it was a novel length poem. There were to many over dramatic metaphors for me and after a while found myself rolling my eyes. NO 17 YEAR OLD TALKS LIKE THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    What about Kate Simses’s performance did you like?

    She was awesome! she performed each of the characters and gave them a voice


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elantra Illinois, United States 08-30-13
    Elantra Illinois, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.

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    "Do not waste your time"

    This was probably one of the most difficult books i have ever read. It was just hard. In the audiobook there is this scratching sound that occurs every once in a while that is very annoying. I could live with that. It was mostly the narrator that made it so bad for me.

    She tried to hard to be something she wasn't and It made the book so hard to get through. I couldn't even finish it. That has only happened twice before where I couldn't finish a book. And in each case it comes down to a good narrator.

    If I had to give my opinion I would say don't waste your time, money/credit on this book. I can't even tell you what it is about because I don't even know. I got pretty far in the book before I had to quit and start another one. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone and would warn them off from reading this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy 08-29-13
    Joy 08-29-13
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    "Awful could not get past chapter 5"
    What disappointed you about Shatter Me?

    The repetitive words were driving me crazy. There was a point in chapter 4 where there was this long pause and the girl saying over and over again "I am not crazy" not once or twice but on and on and on. It was annoying. She is also apparently writing in her journal but there are these scratching noises in the back ground every once in a while. Not necessary. Then she is talking to herself in almost poetry format and then switches back to dialog its strange. I am glad I was able to return this.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tahereh Mafi again?

    NO


    How could the performance have been better?

    Take out the back ground scratching noise and she is writing or scratching things out in her journal. Change the cadence of the narrator as she reads so it does not sound like disjointed poetry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Woburn, MA, United States 08-11-13
    Heather Woburn, MA, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting Story"

    I like the idea behind this book and found it interesting. However, I got tired of how the author repeats everything. Repeats everything two or three or four times. Repeating. Repeating. Repeating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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