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The Darkest Minds Audiobook

The Darkest Minds: Darkest Minds, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now 16, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her - East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

©2012 Alexandra Bracken (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jennifer 10-11-14
    Jennifer 10-11-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A Really Great Audiobook! Couldn't Put it Down!"
    If you could sum up The Darkest Minds in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, exciting, original


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a nonstop action packed, nicely paced, fun book! It was funny, heartbreaking, and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I couldn't stop listening to it! I found myself wishing for some traffic on my way home, so that I could listen to this book longer. I actually took the long way home one day so I could keep listening to it. The narrator did an excellent job of reading this book. I'm really looking forward to getting the second one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-16-13
    Susan BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect Pairing of Story and Narrator"
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    This book was compelling, masterfully written and beautifully narrated. Amy McFadden did an artful job of making the characters believable. I was inwardly cheering for the main characters as they tried desperately to find home.

    If you are looking for a feel-good book, this is not the one for you. While it has moments, this book is a series of struggles and would not be the book I would choose for a lite read. With that said, it is well worth the credit.

    Rarely do I find a book that evokes such a power emotion from me as the end of this book. While I did not agree with all the decisions that were made, I did find them all believable based on the characters development. And most importantly (to me), the author never dumbed down or over explained anything. As a reader, it is a pet peeve of mind to read something and assume, "this author thinks I am a moron." It was refreshing not to have one instance of that in this book.

    Hopefully, there will be a sequel. I grew attached to the characters and would love to know what would happen next.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Misty EUREKA, CA, US 07-07-15
    Misty EUREKA, CA, US 07-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    Looking forward to the next listening to book two. The book was good and so was the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daron Dickens Atlanta, GA 06-28-15
    Daron Dickens Atlanta, GA 06-28-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Good read"

    Good. Wish it had been developed just a little more. Still, good book good concept

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    James 06-07-15
    James 06-07-15
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    "Great story"

    Other than the language, I found this book fantastic. Ruby is still in her cocoon so to speak. I can't wait to see her break free in the next two books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 06-06-16
    Brenda 06-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    I completely enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    Fluffly Downey, USA 06-03-16
    Fluffly Downey, USA 06-03-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Original Concept"

    This book caught me up from the start. Ruby is truly engaging. She is trying to survive in a world that has been turned up-side down. I enjoyed this more then the Hunger Games.

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    Kelly Lohman 06-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Do not listen to this book."
    What would have made The Darkest Minds better?

    A strong editor and a better reader. The reader was supposed to be from Salem, MA but she was clearly a Wisconsin valley girl with vocal fry. Her voice and performance made the poor writing and poor grammar stand out more than they would have with an accomplished reader. I'm told this book is fun if you elect to read it and skip the audio version.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was good. A decent YA dystopian future was imagined. However, the story was poorly told and poorly read.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy McFadden’s performances?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JD 05-12-16
    JD 05-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "It was ok"

    This book really is just something to fill your time with. Nothing special, but not bad or a waste of time either. Kinda mediocre.

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    Samantha 05-06-16
    Samantha 05-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good story but..."

    the story is good. it seems to jump a little. but I just couldn't get over the narrator. she had a very annoying accent and when she would switch characters she seemed to forget that someone would have an accent or to change her tone of voice which was very frustrating.

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  • Amy Cross
    Arborfield, United Kingdom
    12/5/14
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    "Absolutely captivating and brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this as there wasn't a moment in this book where I wanted to stop listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is flawed and you really are taken on her journey.


    What about Amy McFadden’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant performance by Amy, she really brings the book alive.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gnat
    7/11/14
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    "Absolutely compelling!"
    What did you like most about The Darkest Minds?

    The story is quite compelling, I found myself disappointed when I had to stop listening because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Most characters were well rounded and grew as the story progressed


    What does Amy McFadden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She told the story really well, the voices for all the characters were excellent and you could really hear the emotion in her voice if the characters were upset.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gary lawson
    7/7/14
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    "Great concept, could have gone deeper"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to a friend as it was very enjoyable. It would have to be a good Scifi friend though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the descriptions of the effects on America of the treatment of the children. The fragile balance tipping and the fall from power.


    What does Amy McFadden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great descriptive voice and the ability to ride my bike while still experiencing the book, which I have found very tricky in the past


    Any additional comments?

    Great book but its abrupt end has left me thinking the book was a great set up to a follow up book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Booky
    Kent, United Kingdom
    7/5/14
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    "Strong Story"
    If you could sum up The Darkest Minds in three words, what would they be?

    Dystopia Adventure & Friendship


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written YA adventure novel with interesting characters I'd like to know.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Do you trust someone enough to hold their hand?


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed The Hunger Games & Divergent you'll love this. Similar but not the same!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annette Wright
    Hampshire, United Kingdom
    6/23/14
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    "I highly recommend this great read!"

    I bought this as an audio book and finished it in three days. I enjoyed every minute. It's an interesting tale of children developing powers that threaten society. They are locked up, experimented on, used and abused. The parallels to other stories both of fiction and reality are many, but rather than detracting from the story, they add to it.

    The main character, Ruby, is a gentle and fearful girl. Her love interest, Liam is a good fit for her and this element of the story feels natural and in no way forced into the plot.

    The social commentary inn this novel it's far from subtle and yet it doesn't preach. This is a fine line Alexandra Bracken balances on it perfectly. I highly recommend this story of a dystopian world where children are the perceived enemy. I don't think you have to be a fan of three gene to enjoy this book. Strong characters and stronger commentary make it a gripping and thought provoking read.

    The narrator is excellent and brings the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Campbell
    kent, United Kingdom
    10/16/14
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    "narrater"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe this book would become more interesting with a better narrator.
    Personally I find Amy McFadden too fast and very monotone.
    I barely got to 3 minutes, when I had to give up.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alexandra Bracken again?

    Don't know


    What didn’t you like about Amy McFadden’s performance?

    Monotone and initially too fast.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Merseyside, United Kingdom
    7/25/14
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    "Hard work"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I regretted downloading it. It was an exhausting drawn out listen.


    Would you recommend The Darkest Minds to your friends? Why or why not?

    No I wouldn't recommend to anyone unless they like sci fi ....


    Did Amy McFadden do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    To be fair, the narration was very good


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't even complete it.... really tried hard to go back to it from time to time but gave up in the end

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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