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Shatter Me | [Tahereh Mafi]

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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    JDill AR, United States 10-29-12
    JDill AR, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wasnt sure at first but got into it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shatter Me?

    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.


    What three words best describe Kate Simses’s voice?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerryjo Bedeque, PE, Canada 10-25-12
    Gerryjo Bedeque, PE, Canada 10-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


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

    I would be interested but I think if the repeating lines began I would not continue to listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 10-24-12
    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "Just Okay !!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I listened to this book a week ago, and already forgot most of it. So I guess make it more rememerable.


    What other book might you compare Shatter Me to and why?

    None that I can think of


    Did Shatter Me inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarina Anderson 10-22-12 Member Since 2012

    I have spent a good bit of my student loans on audiobooks.

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    "YA Post-Apocalyptic Romance Mixed with Xmen"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie LITTLETON, CO, United States 09-24-12
    Jackie LITTLETON, CO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Took a while to get into...but liked it!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    LindseyLooHoo napa,ca 09-24-12
    LindseyLooHoo napa,ca 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I love Kate Simses"
    If you could sum up Shatter Me in three words, what would they be?

    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!


    What about Kate Simses’s performance did you like?

    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!


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    Jodi Kaukauna, WI, United States 09-17-12
    Jodi Kaukauna, WI, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't wait for the next book!"
    What other book might you compare Shatter Me to and why?

    Hunger Games...based upon the story.


    What about Kate Simses’s performance did you like?

    She captured the main character's personality perfectly!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me excited for the next book in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not your traditional YA novel!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Y. Scott 09-16-12
    Y. Scott 09-16-12
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    "Juliette's voice was too whiney"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 10-12-14
    Amazon Customer United States 10-12-14 Member Since 2007
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    "painful to listen to"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unsure, I got this for my daughter, and she didn't like it either.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less flowery writing and less scratching.


    What character would you cut from Shatter Me?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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