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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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    Amazon Customer cohutta, GA, United States 03-31-14
    Amazon Customer cohutta, GA, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great narrator!!!"
    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?


    Mark Deakins did a wonderful job. Making each character unique and seeming to bring them to life. Bought this for my son, but couldn't help but listen myself. BRAVO!!!


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    Franceska 03-26-14
    Franceska 03-26-14

    I'm a Sculptor of toothpicks.

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    "Best Adventure I've read in Ages!"

    I didn't think I'd like this book in the beginning as it started out so vague and confusing but as it went on the vagueness and confusion just made me understand the main character more and what he was going through in this new environment. The supporting characters were very interesting too and the monsters and the description of the maze was intriguing. I wasn't able to stop listening to this once I started and brainwashed myself listening to it in a full day. Then I had to re-listen the next day to grasp what I'd read as there were parts I wanted to hear again. I wish there was another book describing the Glade and the Maze and the experiences these characters had there. Even the way the author described the food made me hungry. Really good read and now I feel unable to find anything as good as this so I'm in withdrawal!

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    Carol_Glatt Chesterfield Community High School 03-24-14
    Carol_Glatt Chesterfield Community High School 03-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Kept Up the Pace the entire Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Maze Runner the most enjoyable?

    I felt like I was in a race...the entire time I was reading this book. It was an amazing experience.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to read this book in print first and started it several times. I could not get past the first chapter. When I began the audio, chapters just flew... It all made sense and the characters came alive. I felt like I was in the maze, that I was part of all that happened. I wanted them to survive, to beat the odds. It was an amazing experience. I am looking forward to the movie coming out, but am fearful that it will destroy the iage I have created in my head of the maze and the walls. Read the book first. After you see the movie you will never be able to imagine what these things look like, you will only see someone eles's vision.

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    Tiffany 03-23-14
    Tiffany 03-23-14
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    "Creative and engaging"

    the premise is surprising and unusual so no predicting the next chapter; good reader w/ voice distinctions and authentic inflections, etc.

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    Katie 03-12-14
    Katie 03-12-14 Member Since 2010

    I am a middle school teacher! I like mostly young adult books.

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    "interesting!"
    If you could sum up The Maze Runner in three words, what would they be?

    I am hooked! Now I will have to get the other two!! It makes me wonder if this could/ will ever happen??? How bizarre !


    What other book might you compare The Maze Runner to and why?

    Hunger Games, Divergent, Unwind


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end, finding the big room and the people who "rescued" them?! hmmmm?!!!


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    n/a

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    Emily BOTHELL, WA, United States 03-11-14
    Emily BOTHELL, WA, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book felt like it was really dumbed down for the audience. I think it could have been much more intelligently written. The silly fake swears were ridiculous and could have been toned down a lot. I would have removed at least half of them. The teenager characters acted really strangely in the situations they were in considering they were supposed to be incredibly smart. Also the characters weren't that great. I haven't read the sequels and probably won't based on this book. The premise was interesting but just not very well executed.


    Would you recommend The Maze Runner to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not. I really enjoyed Hunger Games but I can't get past the issues I have with the writing (story and characters) of this book.


    What three words best describe Mark Deakins’s performance?

    The performance was good. I think the problem was mainly the story not the narration.


    Do you think The Maze Runner needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has sequels and it certainly needs them to fill the holes the first book leaves. It was clearly written to be part of a series.


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    Cristina 02-01-14
    Cristina 02-01-14
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Maze Runner to be better than the print version?

    This was the first time I tried Audible and, I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. English not being my first language I really enjoyed listening to this book and I think the book is narrated very clearly. Also I think the audio edition is more accessible to a foreign listener than the printed version.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is awesome. Can't wait to see how it will be make into a movie!

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    Brittany Springfield, GA, United States 01-30-14
    Brittany Springfield, GA, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to The Maze Runner again? Why?

    No.. Good read, but it was a bit too long for the depth of the story...


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    Blah Blah FL, USA 01-19-14
    Blah Blah FL, USA 01-19-14 Member Since 2011

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    "You can't put this one down!"

    This is an amazing tale that you won't be able to stop listening to. Every chapter ends leaving you wanting more. I listen at night and stayed awake for hour after hour listening to this audiobook. The writer brings the characters and places to life in your mind and keeps you anxious about what happens next. I can't believe the intent need to know more that arose as I listened. amazing series, too. I'm on the third book and have orderd the prequil. I'd definately listen to the three books first, so you get the full impact of the story.

    The reader is amazing in using different voices for the characters, just an amazing performance!

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    Kim 01-07-14
    Kim 01-07-14 Member Since 2012

    Being a mother of 4, a full time student and married into the Military books are my escape from my reality.

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    "Did a robot narrate this?"
    What would have made The Maze Runner better?

    This could have been a good book and series if there was a different narrator. I tried to get past the first few chapters but I was just bored.


    What could James Dashner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Narration is hard, but being monitored is not a good start. Bringing more life into the characters voices or emotion in the great details that was giving to the reader would help it out.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Read above


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Maze Runner?

    Unfortunately, I never finished the book or even close since I couldn't get past chapter 4.


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