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The 5th Wave Audiobook

The 5th Wave

After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.
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Publisher's Summary

The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

©2013 Rick Yancey (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Melanie White House, TN, United States 07-26-13
    Melanie White House, TN, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Enthralling read!"
    Would you listen to The 5th Wave again? Why?

    Yes. I'm sure I missed things the first time around.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Couldn't wait to turn the page to find out what happened next to these characters.


    Which character – as performed by Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole – was your favorite?

    Can't choose. Liked both equally.


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

    Yes. I had an emotional attachment to these characters. I laughed at things Cassie said.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot and have enjoyed many books but this one has to be in my top 10. It was the most exciting book I've read since The Hunger Games Trilogy. Can't wait for the next in the series. And I'm 51 years old.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley ELKINS PARK, PA, United States 09-30-13
    Ashley ELKINS PARK, PA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Too much of a monologue"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. For most of this book nothing actually happens. The first 90% of this book is predominately two separate monologues, not just because it is being read by one person but because it is written mostly as the thoughts of a single person without very much interaction with other characters. The book being written as a monologue is not the worst part its that during most of this monologue NOTHING happens....literally nothing significant at all.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was what actually won me over. I originally was only going to give this book one or two stars but the ending was so good that even though reading most of this book was pointless and waiting for something to happen the ending was really good. A lot happened and it "finished" the book to a point where you weren't left wondering too much what would happen to the characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole ’s performances?

    Another one of Brandon's performances yes I would try but not another one of Phoebe's performances. No insult intended but she read the character in a very annoying way that originally was unbearable to listen to. I had to get used to it but even sometimes I would get distracted from the actual book by the fact that I found her reading of the character horrendously annoying.


    Could you see The 5th Wave being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No I definitely could not. The book moves too slowly, the monologue style would not be entertaining to watch and the book is not well written enough or the plot well thought out enough to compensate for the other flaws.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 09-27-14
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting story keeps you wanting mote"

    Although clearly written for a younger generation this is a great story, a fresh approach to an alien encounter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Louann United States 07-23-14
    Louann United States 07-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Book I've read in a while! Hard to put down!"

    This book is full of suspense. I never came to a point where I was bored with the characters or the plot. It really is an attention keeper. It was well written with enough twist and turns, you stay interested in the story line and find yourself rooting for the main characters.

    Rick Yancey really makes you feel for Cassie, as she struggles to find Sammy and the storyline between Cassie, Evan and Ben keeps you guessing, which one can she really trust. This book is a run away train that keeps moving until the ending.

    I am looking forward to a sequel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 05-02-14
    Sara 05-02-14
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    "Not Usually Into Alien Stories"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I think it is really different from what I usually read. I generally don't find alien type of stories interesting. At first, I was not really into the book...but it grew on me and I was looking for the sequel after I finished it.


    What other book might you compare The 5th Wave to and why?

    I don't think I can compare it to anything else that I've read. It kind of has a Walking Dead type feel to it though...without the zombies of course.


    Have you listened to any of Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was my first. I liked the two narrators, I thought they did a great job. I


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not one particular moment, just after I got into the book I think it picked up and the characters started to grow on me.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer United States 11-12-13
    Jennifer United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Very one dimensional story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I had heard great things about this book, so I was excited to start it. But right away I was struck by the characters being very one dimensional, the plot pacing being rushed, and the coincidental conveniences stacking up. I really hate that.

    If you like sci-fi or dystopia and don't care if you plot really makes sense, then maybe this is the book for you.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rick Yancey again?

    No.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Readers Confession Deltona, FL, United States 09-20-13
    Readers Confession Deltona, FL, United States 09-20-13
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    "Interesting take for an alien ya dystopian novel"

    I’m not quite sure where to begin with this one. My emotions were just all over during this listen. I was excited about this listen, I heard some GREAT things about this book. Initially there was excitement as I started this one, then curiosity. Curious because the book takes a whole new take on the alien invasion concept. Keep in mind I’m not really into aliens at all, but it sounded interesting. Curiosity continued for a while then to confusion. There were several narrator/point of view changes happening in the book. When I started to get into the current pov, it would change. Then came the frustration and boredom. I felt like some aspects were just dragged out a little longer than I would have wished. Then back to excitement…gah…see why I’m all over!

    Okay, it could be my ADHD, I don’t know!

    Back up! Alright, the story begins with Cassie telling her story. The first 4 waves have already happened and the human race is trying desperately to survive. Cassie is lucky, she still has her brother and father. They can’t trust anyone! Humans are anticipating there will be a 5th Wave but they don’t know what it is yet.

    The other primary point of view is from Ben Parrish aka Zombie….LOVE HIM!! His journey was completely different from Cassie’s. He was basically brainwashed at a place called Camp Haven. A place where all the children were rounded up and made and trained into being soldiers. It’s not easy when the youngest on his squad is a 5 year old, the same age as his sister that passed away. Ben started out wimpy and quickly had no other choice but to toughen up and become a man.

    Cassie meets Evan Walker. Evan becomes Cassie’s sort of partner in crime. Can I just say that I love Evan Walker? I knew who he was pretty early on into their meeting which brought on more confusion. He’s so cute and sweet. And of course he was another reason for confusion with me. Is he REALLY good or does he have ulterior motives?

    The 5th Wave had some kick ass kids fighting against an alien invasion. Come on…doesn’t that sound interesting?

    I just have to say a certain character BETTER come back. That’s all I’m saying. I look forward to reading the next installment to find out what happens.

    Narration note: Both narrators are new to me. I thought they both did great. They both have opportunity to do child like voices and big booming voices and did well all around. Brandon Espinoza’s narrator sounded exactly like I would imagine and I think I liked his the best.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    M. Herbert 07-15-13
    M. Herbert 07-15-13 Member Since 2014

    bookluvrmindy

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    "Deserves the hype!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The 5th Wave to be better than the print version?

    I think they would be the same.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! It blew me away!!!


    What does Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They did a phenomenal job


    Any additional comments?

    This book is amazing! Really, I’d have to say it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year!

    Whenever I tell someone about this book, I always paint a picture of the first scene in the book because, for me, it totally sets the tone for the entire story. And I knew I’d love this book right after that scene transpired.

    What makes this book amazing? The whole premise of the book is awesomely unique, the characters were very well developed and the execution was perfect!

    As far as the characters go, I’m not quite sure if I’m really all that fond of Cassie, the main character, because her actions were really flip-flop to me. One minute she’s being super mean to pretty much every dude her age she interacts with, and the next minute she’s changing how she reacts to the other dude (can’t say cause it’s a spoiler). Yes, I know in her internal dialog she notices this character trait about herself, but she doesn’t really do anything about it, and it still bugged me. Plus, I’m not thrilled with how she feels about one of the characters by the end of the book. There are 3 other POVs in this story (all 3 are male character POVs), but two of them are kind of spoilers so I’m not going to talk about them (other than to say that one of those 2 is my FAVORITE POV.) The one male POV that I am OK with discussing is Zombie’s. I’m actually really fond of his character, and I think he rocks! OH! And pretty much all the other side characters from Zombie’s POV are my favorites too. I was always thrilled to be in is POV.

    The ending is the BEST and I loved it! I’m so excited about this book…I truly believe it 100% deserves the hype it’s been given, and I know this one will be a big hit!

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 03-29-15
    Katheryne MD, United States 03-29-15 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "This story grabbed me from the start"

    Wow! This was a great start to a wonderful new YA dystopian series. Although the story may not be entirely original, the writing was superb. It's another alien invasion plot but this time they do not come in peace. From the start I was immediately sucked into the story and could not get enough. Even though I don't care for the typical trilogy set up, I am happy this series will continue for at least 2 more books.
    Narration was great as well.

    5 Stars

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    tinyt 01-16-15
    tinyt 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Twilight, except with Aliens"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I was a teenage girl.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something not in the "young adult" category


    What does Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They were good narrators....the story wasn't for me


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

    Annoyance at the continued mental meanderings and emotional fickleness of a 16 year old girl.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure why Audible recommended this book as something I'd like. After listening to Cassie's internal thoughts for an hour, I was rooting for the Aliens.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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