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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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    Erica United States 05-31-12
    Erica United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2010

    If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire

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    "Okay But A Lot Of Hype"

    A decent story, and I'll listen to the rest of the series, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype. The narrator does quite a decent job with accents and implied accents, but the story is weirdly paced and loses site of itself at times. Worth listening to, but don't put it at the top of your list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Willis, TX, United States 12-01-11
    Brooke Willis, TX, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2011

    Audio books are my new favorite thing, I'm catching up on so many books. If you know any good dystopia novels, please recommend them to me!

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    "Overall, a great listen :)"

    I felt this book was exciting and it kept me wanting to listen more. I did kind of feel a bit too much in the dark sometimes. I like how the author didn't give everything away too quickly, but sometimes I felt a bit of a disconnect when the characters came to finally came to certain conclusions. But I enjoyed it nonetheless and really enjoyed the second book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Morad Jerusalem 08-23-11
    Morad Jerusalem 08-23-11
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    "Epic story, exceptional narration..."

    The story is simply awesome, as other reviews said it's all confusing at first but once you get into it you never wanna let go, the book reaches a new climax every couple of chapters and it just gets more and more exciting...

    The narration is more than great, there are so many different voices no two characters sound the same, Mark Deakins sure made this book one hell'van experience...

    I was planning on reading a few other books before buying the second (Scortch Trials) but by the end I was so excited I couldn't wait and I'm downloading the second one right now...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-18-11
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "mysterious plot, interesting characters"

    really ejoyed this one, looking forward to getting the next in this series. I got this book cause it was on a list of books similar to the hunger games. It has a similar flavor, exceeded expectations.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Kalama, WA, United States 08-22-10
    Anne Kalama, WA, United States 08-22-10
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    "When will it end??"

    I downloaded this book because the reviews were, overall, quite good. This book is so awful it is difficult to express in words. I am on chapter 45 and I am so bored I want to die. The author offers NO answers, none. Not even hints. No foreshadowing, either. Am I seriously going have to wait until the last 30 minutes to get answers? I am only finishing it on principle now, since I already paid for it. It's not as though I expected this to be as good as the Hunger Games, but I at least expected to be entertained. I honestly can't listen to this without my mind wandering it is so unbelievable boring. Run, don't walk, from this book.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Fort Mitchell, AL, USA 06-30-10
    Samantha Fort Mitchell, AL, USA 06-30-10
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    "maze runner"

    this book was amazing i can't wait for the second one to come out.If you haven't read it before i sugject you read it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. Bly Minneapolis, MN USA 10-23-12
    J. Bly Minneapolis, MN USA 10-23-12 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy fiction including Sci Fi and fantasy (lots of epic fantasy.) I'm also a big fan of some of the spy genre like the Bourne series and some Tom Clancy.

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    "Utterly dreadful"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who does not want to think or feel wrapped up in a plot or interesting characters.


    Has The Maze Runner turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, never judge a book by its cover.


    Did Mark Deakins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I wouldn't say so, no. Many of the characters were exactly the same and there was very little depth in their creation. The plot just sort of plods along and feels like the characters are just a means to an end.


    What character would you cut from The Maze Runner?

    You could take your pick and it wouldn't change the story. Any character in this book could easily be replaced by another character in this book.


    Any additional comments?

     I feel like this book was written in an attempt to make something like the Hunger Games but it fell horribly short. The style of writing is as basic as possible, the plot is weak, and it feels very forced. The author's way of building suspense is simply to have a character refuse to answer a question until it's convenient to the plot and then every character turns into a singing lark. It's abysmal. I would not recommend this book to a friend. I managed to finish it but couldn't wait for it to be over.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Mililani, HI, USA 10-26-09
    Carolyn Mililani, HI, USA 10-26-09
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    "Good story"

    The Maze Runner is an interesting mystery/fantasy story. I enjoyed it a lot and I'm looking forward to more books from this author.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen 08-22-14
    Eileen 08-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining, but definitely for kids"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Maze Runner to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Engaged my son. He's not really a reader, but listening to the book really engaged him.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

    Min-ho (not sure if I spelled that correctly).


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

    Yes.


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    RayRay1974 Texas, United States 08-21-14
    RayRay1974 Texas, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2011

    I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)

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    "Ready for the next book"

    I decided to check out this book because a friend posted the trailer for the moving that is coming out next month. The preview you looked very interesting and I think this is one of those books where the movie will really bring the book to life.

    The Maze Runner starts off with a very confused Thomas being lifted up into the glade of the maze. When he wakes up he has no idea of what's going on and he's lost all his memories. He's very curious but has nagging feelings that he's been here before or knows more than his mind will let him trigger. He's no longer there a day when Teresa is sent up into the maze as well only she's unconscious. She gives them a message that this is the end of things and 50 young boys slowly start to get picked off one by one by the keepers of the maze. So they want a way out fast, only thing is when they get stung by a "Griever", their memories start to come back and they remember that the outside world is worse than what they are dealing with now.

    It's surely to be an interesting series and I am off to read book 2, where we find out more of what's happened to the outside world.

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