"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
I would recommend this to a friend who was interested in dystopian and enjoyed a book that deals with some physiological issues. In some ways it reminded me of Divergent in that way.
The moment that stands out the most is when she says "I'm not insane" 250 times. I hate that that moment stands out the most, it was so annoying listening to it in audio format.
I'm not a huge fan. She does a great guys deep voice but her kid voices are like nails on a chalkboard. It was worse in "Matched". I was disappointed when I realized she was going to be the reader but I'm getting use to her.
This book started out a little slow and depressing. I wasnt sure what to expect. Then towards the end it really started getting me involved. Then reading the middle book that is from Warners perspective made me really get into it and almost makes me want to go back and listen to book 1 again.
I enjoyed the overall story and found the narration very good too but I did not enjoy the repeating lines and was not really a fan of the scratching bits.
I would be interested but I think if the repeating lines began I would not continue to listen.
I'm married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Love to read books, and love to listen to audio books. Genre's UF/Sci-Fi/ dystopian/ fiction and mystery/thrillers
I listened to this book a week ago, and already forgot most of it. So I guess make it more rememerable.
None that I can think of
I have spent a good bit of my student loans on audiobooks.
During the first chapter, I was immediately turned off. I had no prior knowledge as to what this book was about (bought it on sale). The narrator's voice was annoying; the literary devices were embarrassing (they're really dramatic), and I couldn't understand what that scratching noise was! I had to pause the book and read a synopsis. Then, I understood the protagonist had a Rogue (from Xmen) ability, and she was writing in her "head diary" so to speak, and that is what the weird scratching noises were. Okay now I'm understanding!
I enjoyed the idea; I'm always a sucker for an impossible romance. I thought Juliette (the protagonist) was interesting, maybe a little whiny, but justifiably so.
I don't know what else to say except I'm ready to read the second one to know how the story unfolds!
I think the narration is a bit annoying, but it fits the character perfectly. The extreme hyperboles, metaphors, similes are a BIT distracting at times, but it becomes enjoyable when you get used to the style of writing.
This book was to say the least strange in the first few chapters. The narrator was soft spoken for effect but it was distracting and at times I could not hear what she had said. Once I got to the second half I was very intrigued and excited to listen but I almost stopped reading before I got to that point. In the end I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
I love this story, but It wouldn't have been as engaging as it was without Kate's great narrating. She did a wonderful job narrating Matched also. I get sucked in with all her emotion and realistic voices. I recommend this to women of any age, they'll love it!
Like I said, I loved Kate's performance. Audiobooks generally annoy me because the voices aren't realistic for the characters or they don't change their voices or use much emotion and she is AMAZING at it. LOVE IT!
Hunger Games...based upon the story.
She captured the main character's personality perfectly!
It made me excited for the next book in the series.
The author's use of hyperboles, imagery, and metaphors enriched this text beyond anything i have come to expect in this genre. The last time I was this drawn to the writer's use of language was with Cornelia Funke. I would compare it to hearing James Earl Jones reading a phone book. It really doesn't matter what is being said...it is the way it is spoken. Here, the story became far less important than the way it was being told. Very unique and intriguing!
The narrator was very good and her voice was right for the main character. The scratches were incredibly annoying at first, until I realized their purpose. Then they became a integral part of the story. They are like a do-over button for the main character.
The story takes a while to fully understand. The environment is slowly explained, but a faster revelation would have been appropriate. I felt disoriented too long and without benefit to the telling of the story. After that, I began to enjoy the story more and looked forward to seeing it progress. The ending was resolved enough that I am looking forward to the next installment, but do not feel as if I am perched on the edge of a cliff.
There are some violent aspects that may be too intense for younger readers. I found myself cringing a bit, but no nightmares :) The love story is well-developed and not too graphic. It was one of the more believable romances I have read lately.
Overall, I highly recommend this listen. It takes a while to get used to the differences in the presentation and writing, but that is what makes it well worth your time. If you want more of the same...look elsewhere. If you are ready for something different and fresh...give "Shatter Me" a try.
This is a new YA romantic dystopian novel, but it's more romantic novel than dystopian novel compare to the Hunger Games. The story is interesting enough to attract teenage girls. Not boys.
What I didn't like was Juliette's voice. It was too whiney. I don't think the author intended Juliette to sound like a whiney or hysterical all the time. She should be more sedated. Also Kenji sounded like Latino instead of Japanese. Oddly, Adam and James sounded pretty convincing compare to Juliette.
I'm not sure why it was written this way, but it sounds like a little kid wrote this while trying desperately to sound adult. And I swear if I heard one more sratching noise, I'd scratch out my eardrums! Absolutely painful to listen to. Save yourself the money/credit and buy UnEnchanted or Croak.
Unsure, I got this for my daughter, and she didn't like it either.
Less flowery writing and less scratching.
Well, as I couldn't get through the first few chapters, I'd have scrapped the the whole writing style. Concept wasn't bad though.
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