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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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    Orange 10-08-14
    Orange 10-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "12 x 2 = 24"
    Where does The Maze Runner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A good story, similar to the Hunger Games. Irritating slow at first, but gets better.
    It bothers me that the author has poor math skills. The first survivor of 1 month has been on the glade for 2 years. 1 person every month. Max of 24 people in the glad. Over 12 have died, more then 60 people in the glade. But that's the authors biggest problem when writing the book, so fine.


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    andrew 10-08-14
    andrew 10-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "a decent boo, but the narrator is not the best"
    What didn’t you like about Mark Deakins’s performance?

    While the story is fairly dark for a young adult novel, Mark's voice is not close to a 16 year old. And his tone and presence was not flowing with the story.


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    Sean L. Jones 10-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I watched the movie first"

    I saw the movie in theaters a couple weeks back and the movie hold true to the book. BUT! I would seriously recommend reading this book before moving on to the next title. There are a few BIG items in the book that weren't addressed in the movie and you'll be serious confused within the first chapter of the next book.
    Overall I'll be re-reading this book because it was very good and Mark Deakins has one of the better voices on Audible.

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    angel 10-06-14
    angel 10-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Such a great read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would DEFINITELY recommend this book. It's so interesting and it really gives your mind room to imagine!


    Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have no listened to any of his other performances, but I do actually like his narration. I love that he has distinguishing voices for each character and it makes it a lot more interesting to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part in the book that really moved me I would say would be one of the last in the book. I won't spill too much, because it would spoil it. But I totally didn't see that coming!


    Any additional comments?

    A truly great read. It was enjoyable from start to finish. I am definitely going to purchase the second book...like right now!

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    Le 10-01-14
    Le 10-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Listen! You know you want to :)"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Maze Runner to be better than the print version?

    I dont think the audio version plays any part in making the story better. Its all up to you. I prefer audio as I can listen on the go.


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

    THE END! No spoilers, but TRUST it will make you want to download book two asap.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I dont think so.


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

    What a silly question. Who has time to listen to a book all in one sitting? We have hectic lives! But if I could, I would have!


    Any additional comments?

    Havent seen the movie as I wanted to "read" the book first. Now off to the cinema to complain that they didnt do the book justice.

    So if you're considering the book. Read what its about. Look at the trailer. And then download the book :)

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    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 09-28-14
    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 09-28-14 Member Since 2012

    tvaelm

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    "Good writing and Good Story"
    If you could sum up The Maze Runner in three words, what would they be?

    a Fun read.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Dashner? Why or why not?

    probably. The end of the book leaves a lot of question to resolve.


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance. Very good and consistent use of voices and accents to differentiate the characters. It was seamless to the point where you forget he is using different voices.


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

    Yes it would have been perhaps slightly better if it had been a little shorter. It is written as young adult literature - so I felt like it could have moved to the conclusion a little faster.


    Any additional comments?

    I was kinda frustrated at times with not getting any answers to the mysteries presented in the book. And then end of the book only answered some of them and presented more mysteries at the end. If this is something you enjoy you will love the book - if you feel like you get kinda ripped off when not everything is resolved - beware.

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    Natalie 09-26-14
    Natalie 09-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator is awesome"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book doesn't involve any deep provoking thought or anything but it's just a really good story. The entire journey of this book is constantly making you want to know what happens next and that is a fun story for me. The narrator had many impressive voices that brought all the characters to life. The narrator is male and 99% of the book's characters are male so it really sounded good.

    If you're considering watching the movie first or reading/listening to the book first I suggest you DO NOT watch the movie first. It will ruin the whole book. The book is almost like a mystery and what's the point of reading a mystery when the ending has been revealed?

    If you like teenage action, which is all the rage these days, you will like this one, too.


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    Kurt Petrey MAURICE, la, United States 09-22-14
    Kurt Petrey MAURICE, la, United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2013

    I love to listen to audiobooks. My favorite genre's would be Sci-fi and Fantasy.

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    "Entertaining and great escapism"
    If you could sum up The Maze Runner in three words, what would they be?

    Must get out!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I actually liked Thomas. I think the author did a great job at creating a sympathetic character that I was able to get behind and enjoy the perspective.


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

    He did a good job at bringing to life the different voices of the boys. He's an excellent reader.


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

    "Get Ready to Run!" ok, I stole that from the actual movie and that should tell you something. The movie is selling well and it is somewhat closely tied to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book does have some darker scenes with some violence. It's clean for the most part with YA humor so I would recommend it to teenagers. It's written well enough that adults can enjoy it. I listened to it twice now and will be moving onto book 2. Why? Well, I want to read it before the sequel movie comes out next September.

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    Deuce Dot San Diego, CA USA 09-21-14
    Deuce Dot San Diego, CA USA 09-21-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Refreshingly Imaginative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction/fantasy. There is a very good mix of film-worthy elements, including character development and visual descriptors. I couldn't help but see everything in my mind as I made my way through the book. My children joined in with me mid way through and it quickly became dinner discussion material.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I first heard of The Maze Runner by way of movie trailer, seeing Divergent. It intrigued me and felt very novel-esque. So I looked it up and there it was, and a part of a series!


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

    I look forward to see the film franchise develop.


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    Mike Fenton, MI, United States 09-17-14
    Mike Fenton, MI, United States 09-17-14
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    "Well worth the credit"

    Very Good. I'm very glad I took the time to listen to the story before I go see the movie.

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