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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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    Joshua RICHMOND, VA, United States 09-11-14
    Joshua RICHMOND, VA, United States 09-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A bad maze of bad dialogue & dumb characters"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Just for children under 10


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Dashner again?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Deakins?

    No


    What character would you cut from The Maze Runner?

    Thomas, Newt and the rest of them. Terrible, terrible dialogue, plot and character development.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    robert 09-09-14
    robert 09-09-14
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    "what a joke Narrator sucked on top of a bad story"

    I and many others loved the hunger games, this is not even a flea on the hunger games mane. waste not your cash.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 09-05-14
    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.

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    "Could not put it down!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Maze Runner to be better than the print version?

    Don't know!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Maze Runner?

    When Thomas goes into the Maze for the first time! Loved it :)


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

    They were all spectacular. He really did an amazing job of reading this story.


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

    I just loved the whole thing. Could not stop listening and when I did I couldn't wait to start again. It is not a funny book per say but has some funny moments. It does have some emotional moments where you feel sad for these young boys and just want to see them win.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book to both young adults, teens, pre-teens and adults. My 11 year old read it to and she just loved it. Already reading number 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ksymena 09-05-14
    Ksymena 09-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story flow"
    What made the experience of listening to The Maze Runner the most enjoyable?

    Good story that keep me wanting to not stop listening


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was quite unpredictable in long run and fresh


    What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good voice


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

    Nothing extream


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MSELANAZ TURKEY 09-04-14
    MSELANAZ TURKEY 09-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A story filled with questions"
    Would you listen to The Maze Runner again? Why?

    I don't think I would listen to it again, not because the story was bad or anything it obviously wasn't. But the entire book is filled with questions, about thomas not knowing a thing but remembering a couple thing. So once the mystery is kinda solved the story became more exciting. So listening to it again, while knowing the answers to the questions all throughout wouldn't be fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite characters are Newt and Minho. newt because he's honest and real and isn't afraid of pissing people while speaking his mind and Minho because he's real, he goes after what he believes is right no matter what anyone tells him while or afterwards.


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    Mark Deakins's performance was quite admirable because of the accents he managed to sustain throughout the entire book , I always knew which boy was talking without hearing his name right after. Newt's southernish talk, Gally's snarls and Minho's deep voice, sounded like they were coming from 3 different people.


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

    It was a book I wanted to listen in one sitting because everyone was talking about it and I had watched the movie trailer and I was really exited about it but after having started it didn't draw me in as much as I thought I would. Like I mentioned before, the 'always questioning everything' state Thomas was in constantly didn't make the expected affect on me.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing ideas and wonderful imagination our writer has. I was astonished and I could visualise almost everything he had described, it did take some effort considering none of the descriptions were paragraphs long just a couple phrases but most of the time it was enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Trinidad 09-01-14
    Laura Trinidad 09-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Ok plot, terrible writing."
    Any additional comments?

    I didn't mind the story, though the final reveal wasn't mind blowing and the end felt a little anti-climactic. It's a light listen, probably with a teen crowd in mind. The writing isn't the greatest, I found myself laughing out loud at some of the awful and/or cheesy metaphors and similes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sasha BOTHELL, WA, United States 08-28-14
    Sasha BOTHELL, WA, United States 08-28-14

    critic extraordinaire

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    "Not a fan at all"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This could have been a great book, but the characters were poorly developed and flat and the terrible similes drove me crazy. I just couldn't enjoy the story despite really wanting to like it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Desiree Torres 08-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great cliff hanger but...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Maze Runner to be better than the print version?

    Print is always better, but for someone always on the go, its great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chuck. I feel that he portrayed more of an innocent adolescent mind.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the main character first arrives and learning everything from his point of view.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    The story line was great, but (without giving away too much) I feel that the author put in certain variables as a cop out in case he got stuck. Overall though, I enjoyed the book. The constant surprises were great.

    0 of 0 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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