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The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1 | [James Dashner]

The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
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When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up - the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

©2009 James Dashner; (P)2009 Listening Library

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    Joy Williams 01-22-15
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    awesome book, great characters, good story line . loved the guy reading the book aloud. I couldn't stop listening to this.

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    Kalon 01-20-15
    Kalon 01-20-15

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    "Juvenile writing"

    I realize this is a YA book, but after the Hunger Games series I guess my expectations were a bit higher. The story was good and I applaud the amount of work it takes to complete a work of fiction, especially one with a decent storyline, but the writing is what killed it for me. It had me rolling my eyes on several occasions and stole my attention away from the storyline and the characters. At first I thought it was the reader, but then realized even a superb reader would have had trouble making the writing sound natural. Sorry to be such a downer, I was just really disappointed by a good story being ruined by juvenile writing. On a positive note, much of this was fixed in the screenplay and, in this rare case, the film is much better than the book.

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    Ameridess 01-19-15
    Ameridess 01-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    I have listened to this story a fees times now. Very enjoyable and it kept me in the edge of my mental seat.

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    Jackie M Missouri, USA 01-19-15
    Jackie M Missouri, USA 01-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great story, wonderful twists"

    The narrator did an excellent job of giving each character their own unique voice. The story everyone's in such a way that you could predict the next step as you learned more about the Glade with Thomas, but still has its share of surprises and twists that put some pieces together while creating even more puzzles.

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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 01-19-15
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 01-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting Concept, Characters Not So Bright"

    I enjoyed the book overall and am glad that I got it. The two stories that it reminds me of the most are the tv show "Lost", and the movie "No Escape", where it's part survival story, and part inexplicable "things are not as they seem", messing with your mind, kind of story.

    The reader was really good, it's got plenty of action, and the story moves right along at a good pace. The thing I didn't like about it though, was that it seemed like throughout the story I kept feeling like the characters were all doing ridiculously stupid things, and that the storyteller didn't even realize that they were doing stupid things. Which also made it difficult to identify with some of these characters who were clearly written to be likeable.

    So overall, I find the book to be kind of mediocre, but still generally likeable book.

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    Jake 01-18-15
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    "After watching the movie."

    Having seen the movie first, I can say I much prefer the book. The story was better, it made more sense, and the narration was pretty good too.

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    Joanna 01-18-15
    Joanna 01-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    Loved it! As a not so young adult I found the writing to be a bit weak but the story was strong and definitely captured my imagination.

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    Amanda Traver Davidson, NC United States 01-18-15
    Amanda Traver Davidson, NC United States 01-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    I found the story a little weak. The characters were ok, but a little too shallow. Emotions were described very graphically, which made it less believable.

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    The narrator was great. The book was easy to listen too. I am going to listen to the next two books also.

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    Michel Toronto 01-14-15
    Michel Toronto 01-14-15 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A good story but different from the film"

    I started listening to the book after seeing the film. Perhaps I should have listen to the book first so that I would be annoyed at the film instead of the book with all the sweeping changes they made for sake of the film. Still, this was a great listen,specially for those wanting a comparative view of the book and the film. The narrator was great and I like his performance though at times he seemed he was "calling it in". Still it did not stop me from enjoying the book.

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