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Shatter Me Audiobook

Shatter Me

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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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    Matthew Kotlarich 04-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    The premise of this book was great but the on going teenage angst really ruined it for me.Not enough action. Im over it

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    itzKat El Paso, TX, United States 04-12-14
    itzKat El Paso, TX, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2011

    Kat

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    "Like 50 Shades of Gray?"

    This book is geared to the same fan base as "Gray". Found this to be very immature. Story line contradicts previous portions of the story and over all boring. Kate Simses did a good job of keeping the breathy 'oh-mys' and tension of sex throughout. I made the mistake of getting the entire series, I don't think I'll waste my listening time with the other 2.

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    Joel Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 04-06-14
    Joel Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Teen angst with 400 extra services of self doubt"
    Would you try another book from Tahereh Mafi and/or Kate Simses?

    Probably not, at least not until I hear that her style has matured


    What could Tahereh Mafi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it


    What three words best describe Kate Simses’s voice?

    Young, capable, sophomoric


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    One of very few books I couldn't even finish


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

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    Scott Wellston, OK, United States 04-04-14
    Scott Wellston, OK, United States 04-04-14 Member Since 2016
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    "50 Shades of Grey for a teenager"
    Would you try another book from Tahereh Mafi and/or Kate Simses?

    No


    What could Tahereh Mafi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Had a plot. If I want soft porn I will buy it.


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

    She is a fine reader, my review is no reflection upon her.


    What character would you cut from Shatter Me?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    Really, lets jump on the bandwagon. Half way through and no plot at all. I think I actually need to return this one.

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    L. B. Barton Coos Bay, OR USA 03-20-14
    L. B. Barton Coos Bay, OR USA 03-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Meant for a teenage audience"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend to my granddaughter and her friends. As an adult I couldn't get through it.


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    C. Cook 03-09-14
    C. Cook 03-09-14
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    "Quirky fun"

    I like these off-beat story lines; it's always interesting to discover where the author takes the tale. This was well written with plot line details cleverly tucked here and there; good narration; satisfying ending. Heavy on the metaphors for sure, but the character's personality was dependent upon them.

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    Patti P MILFORD, DE, United States 03-07-14
    Patti P MILFORD, DE, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Say No to strike text people"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    nothing


    Has Shatter Me turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    I dont think this was a book for audio- with all the strike through text -the audio version was annoying. The terrible scratching noise over and over? Terrible.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shatter Me?

    The full page of her saying she is not crazy over and over- not cool.


    Any additional comments?

    Mistake #1 was listening to this on audio. The audio version has this terrible scratching noise whenever the author uses a strike text- which is often repeatedly! Mistake #2 was letting the terrible "writing" of this book infiltrate my mind. Now when something startles me I want to exclaim "all my organs fell to the floor!" When someone has blue eyes I want to spend twenty minutes describing them in every minute detail and then repeat the word "blue" over and over and over again. When I am writing something and change my mind I just want to cross it out remove it. I feel as though my IQ dropped listening to this book.

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    Lauren Irvine, CA, United States 03-04-14
    Lauren Irvine, CA, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This book surprised me - now one of my favorites"
    What made the experience of listening to Shatter Me the most enjoyable?

    The author's style of writing is very unusual and it took me a chapter or two to get into it, but once I did I completely became immersed in the story. The narrator did a fabulous job. Don't let the beginning turn you off, it is a really good story, action packed, fast paced and romantic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is hard not to fall in love with Adam. Although each of the characters was well described and really came to life in the story.


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

    Kate did a great job reading each of the characters so one felt as if it actually was a different person.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chiquita 02-27-14
    Chiquita 02-27-14
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    "First book I've ever quit in 5 years of listening!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who think tons of exaggerated metaphors equal quality writing. Don't get me wrong -- I can read and appreciate unorthodox writing -- Jose Saramago can go pages without using a period, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez completely turns the idea of chronological order upside down and has even given the same name to a dozen characters in the same book. But for them, it works because they can still hold a narrative together (and are far more interesting!!!) With Shatter Me, the author failed at this right away, although I held on to the halfway point hoping it would get better. Unfortunately it got worse. Just because the language is flowery doesn't mean it's a great piece of writing. There is such a thing as too much, and this book is definitely it. I suppose it was an attempt to be artistic, but it didn't work for this genre -- or probably any narrative -- because it seriously impeded the reader's ability to understand what the heck was going on or why we should empathize with a whiny main character.


    What could Tahereh Mafi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Used more than one verb tense, for starters. Everything was in the present tense, stream of consciousness, blabbering metaphors in every single sentence. There was a ridiculous amount of repetition and changes of opinion in mid-sentence. I found myself tuning out while she labored these points, and I kept waiting to hear what actually happened to the character. The author could also have left the entire chapter of "I'm not insane" repeated 100 times in a row.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Simses’s performance?

    To be fair, the writing called for an intense level of melodrama that I'm sure the performer met. However, I feel that this book ruined her for me. If I hear her voice again in another book I might cringe at the memory. It doesn't help that her voice was very young, high-pitched, and easily lent itself to whininess. I hope for her sake that this performer finds better work opportunities to showcase her talent.


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

    Anger. I literally found myself alone in the car saying "Shut up!!!" and I even attempted to fast forward it a few times to get out of a melodramatic scene, only to find the next scene full of the same melodrama. Then I would switch to a fuzzy radio station instead -- and I live in a rural area with a long commute, which is why I go through a book a week in the car anyway. So imagine my desperation.Disappointment. The synopsis definitely seemed interesting and I am a fan of the young adult dystopia genre, but unfortunately this author ruined her own idea by trying to write a poem instead of a narrative.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I've said it all about the book, but I also think from now on I will look at other sources for reviews. Why did so many people on audible give this book a great review? On Goodreads, that is not the case at all -- I wish I had read their reviews first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gina P. USA 02-22-14
    Gina P. USA 02-22-14
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    "I had to stop listening after the first half-hour"
    What would have made Shatter Me better?

    While the concept was intriguing and the reason I ordered the audiobook, I found the author's style so incredibly overwritten and stilted that I couldn't listen to it. Her substitution of excessive hyperbole and repetition (everything, everything, everything is repeated three times) in lieu of real voice just made it impossible for me to continue with the story. The pace is slowed horribly by excessive interior monologue and the repetition, repetition, repetition. While perhaps you can read this book fairly well, and listening to it was a poor choice since you can't skip ahead reliably (like when the narrator has to read I am not insane over and over again approximately 60 times), I think perhaps a summary of the plot would be the best choice to get to know the story and check this one off your list.


    Has Shatter Me turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It's certainly not encouraged me.


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

    I don't fault the narrator for the material, but I do think reading it would have been a better choice for the reasons listed above, you can simply skip over parts that are boring and repetitious. The narrator does admirably in her role.


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

    Irritation with the overwritten style. Not a sentence can go by without at least two metaphors or similes, often real stretches, and it's so chock-full of adverbs and adjectives you could have a fire sale on them and still have too many. This book needed serious streamlining even if the author was attempting to demonstrate that the narrator had been cooped up for months with no one to talk to or interact with. It's just overdone (or overdone, overdone, overdone in the style of the book).


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