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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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    Elizabeth DALLAS, TX, United States 01-18-10
    Elizabeth DALLAS, TX, United States 01-18-10 Member Since 2014
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    "I really wanted to like it more but"

    the young-adult-ness of the writing is pretty painfully obvious and really served to distract me from the narrative. It seems the intended audience is more 11-13 rather than teens, per se.(and yeah, I'm 36 but have loved YA in the past, see below) At first I thought it was just the narrator's fault for sounding so didactic, but I eventually came around to the fact that it's also the prose. "there were so many secrets. they all had secrets. I wanted to ask all the secrets, to know their answers, but no one was talking" this is (bad paraphrase, but I heard this sentiment repeated 15 times in the first part of the book. I really wanted this to take me where "Hunger Games" did. and it really didn't.

    25 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke 12-01-11
    Brooke 12-01-11 Member Since 2011

    Audio books are the best :)

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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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    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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    Paul American Fork, UT, United States 10-27-10
    Paul American Fork, UT, United States 10-27-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun and entertaining"

    The Maze Runner is a fun and entertaining read. The mysteries of the maze and the community the gladers have built is interesting and exciting to discover and just when you get comfortable with the story something develops and the next thing you know you've been listening for another hour or two.

    This is a great book but it does have some mild fighting and death in it as other reviewers have pointed out. It does describe some of the fighting/gore in detaill so I wouldn't recommend it for children (8-13) but I think teenagers and older would enjoy it.


    5 of 7 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.

    21 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Agile Momster Phoenix, AZ 08-26-14
    Agile Momster Phoenix, AZ 08-26-14

    Gindri

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    "99% Amazing"
    Would you listen to The Maze Runner again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to this book again because of the ending. Everything leading up to the ending was great but the last few chapters just left me disappointed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a very unique and original story that definitely tugs at your heart and riddles you brain with questions that force you to stay engaged and continue reading.


    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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    skyelar 08-27-15
    skyelar 08-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story aswell as narrator"

    i listened to this book mostly during my runs. Found i enjoyed that a lot. Narrator was good, gave good distinct accents and variety of voices for each character. I will get the second book.

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    Eli D Moore 08-26-15
    Eli D Moore 08-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story, Mediocre Writing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. While I haven't seen the movie yet, I assume that this is one of those rare exceptions where the movie will be better than the book. It's an hour long story packed into a 10 hour book. Every conversation goes something like this, "I have something to tell you." "What is it?" "It's hard for me to say." "Just tell me!" "I'm going to, but I need you to listen." "I'm listening." "Stop interrupting me." "Just tell me!" and on, and on, and on...


    If you’ve listened to books by James Dashner before, how does this one compare?

    First and last James Dashner. I know he writes for kids, but I still expected more given the success of this book...


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Deakins’s performances?

    I probably would listen to Mark again. While he sounded a bit robotic at times, I hate to judge his reading based on this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael A. Walters Utah 08-25-15
    Michael A. Walters Utah 08-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story up until the end"

    I loved this book right up to the last few chapters. Story is exciting and engaging. The ending is just a bit of a downer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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