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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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    Ricky 01-09-15
    Ricky 01-09-15
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    "Amazing!"

    A wonderful story, and nicely paced with lovable relatable characters. Exciting and made me want to listen to more!
    ~ Travlyn Pantana

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 01-08-15
    James 01-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "AMAZING!!!"

    Absolutely loved this book! Great story, great narrative. Hope the movie can live up to this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Kenmore, WA, United States 12-25-14
    John Kenmore, WA, United States 12-25-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Intense absorption"
    What made the experience of listening to The 5th Wave the most enjoyable?

    This story builds to strong intensity. Each segment reaching a higher level. Meanwhile the reader is trying to understand what has happened to the world. And the ending does not resolve the situation. I'll listen again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melisa MOSS BEACH, CA, United States 05-23-14
    Melisa MOSS BEACH, CA, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I just dont know"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I don't know. I never really got into the characters, but I wanted to know what happened. I do not like the main character. I think her thought process is very annoying.


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

    It was expected.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole ?

    I dont know


    Do you think The 5th Wave needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Its the 1st of a trilogy so, yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RANDY Tampa, FL, United States 11-14-13
    RANDY Tampa, FL, United States 11-14-13
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    "Definitely for younger readers"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A good read for younger readers. As a forty something adult this book lacked a little bit of edge. I enjoyed the story but at times I wished certain things could have been expanded upon. The performance was the first I've listened to by two narrators and both were excellent.The characters were well presented, you thought of them as real. The only item lacking was more detail in the story. Again, excellent for younger readers but slightly lacking but still entertaining for adults.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Zombie and his squad are sent on their first mission. the tension was excellent. And the realization of what they were actually doing made for an exciting turn of events.


    Do you think The 5th Wave needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Most definitely. And despite my criticisms, I'll read it also.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steve BLOOMINGTON, IL, United States 05-29-13
    Steve BLOOMINGTON, IL, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Compelling and Intense!"
    What did you love best about The 5th Wave?

    The World. The 5th Wave built an exciting world that was a blast to watch unfold.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 5th Wave?

    Watching the separate points-of-view careen toward one another!


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

    It's always nice to read different POVs, but hearing them brings an added level of depth.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 07-03-13
    jennifer ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2010

    I like big books and I cannot lie.

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    "Awesome new dystopian fantasy series"

    This is my first experience with this author. I am very pleased to say that I have a new fav to add to my collection. So good I dreaded the ending. Now what am I going to do while waiting for the next book in the series? sigh...

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Action. Thrills. Teen angst."

    If you liked RED DAWN and 28 DAYS LATER and all those other zombie apocalypse movies and books you'll enjoy this one. A fast-paced YA (that means young adult) for everyone, not just teens. This book is going to be a movie, of course, cuz it's AWESOME. Made a 12 hour car ride fly by!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jakub Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 08-28-13
    Jakub Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 08-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Sci-fi, space opera, dark apocalyptic and post apocalyptic genre, historical fiction and ccasional main-stream thriller

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    "OK teen flick"

    Managed to finish it. Pretty fast pace. Was rolling my eyes a bit at the teen girl - teen boy dialog but only because I didn't realize it was a teen book. Not at the level of the Hunger Games but not bad...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    julie Dingmans Ferry, PA, United States 05-24-13
    julie Dingmans Ferry, PA, United States 05-24-13
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    "This is a YA story!"
    Any additional comments?

    Somehow I missed that this book was in the teen/YA category. Probably because I don't shop for my books by category, I just browse along by recommendations, interesting titles/covers, etc.
    During the entire story, I kept chiding Cassie for being so childish and immature, it annoyed me. I didn't like her.
    When I heard the little 'promo' for more YA books by the same author go to..blah, blah...at the end of the story, it became clear to me. I know... I'm slow.
    With that being said, it took me a while to get through this book. I enjoyed the first 1/3 of the book about Cassie and her family and the events leading up to the 1st wave, but as soon as the alien military became a dominant theme, I lost interest. I finished it to find out what happened, but didn't really enjoy it that much anymore.
    3 stars for an average book.

    14 of 26 people found this review helpful

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