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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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    Rebecca NORTH SALT LAKE, UT, United States 10-13-13
    Rebecca NORTH SALT LAKE, UT, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not much brings me down but . . ."
    Any additional comments?

    I read the reviews about this book being violent and I wasn't worried. Turns out the violence is tolerable if you are over 14 but its just down right depressing and not uplifting in the least. I kept hoping there would be some sense of positivity somewhere but honestly its just one negative bleak brutal event after the next. I gave it three stars for being creative and different although the plot doesn't quite hold together.

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    KK Washington, DC 10-12-13
    KK Washington, DC 10-12-13 Member Since 2012

    KK

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    "Not my cup of tea"

    Didn't care for this book. It annoyed me pretty much from the start for being overly cryptic. A boy wakes up alone in a box without a memory of anything and is pulled out by a bunch of boys who refuse to tell him anything even though they arrived in the same condition and were equally scared and freaked out. Instead it's, "stop asking questions and just do what your supposed to do." What??? I didn't really feel anything for the main character, Thomas, or anyone else for that matter. Newt was somewhat tolerable, but he couldn't save this story for me. Definitely won't be reading the other books in this trilogy. I hear they are making this into a movie. I think this is one of those cases where it will likely make a better movie than a book. I'll likely skip the movie too, so someone tell me how it is if you see it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Norcross, GA United States 09-10-13
    Debbie Norcross, GA United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2013

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

    Unique dystopian story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very unique story line, had no idea what to expect in each chapter. Great suspense.


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    Superb. Liked the change in voice for each of the characters, it was thrilling, felt like I was in a movie. The range of tones in his voice increased the suspense thought the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to this with my family of 5 on a trip to Charleston, S.C. When we got to our hotel room we plugged in the iPod and all continued listening, forgoing dinner until we had completed it. Needles to say, we bought the 2nd book and listened on the return journey.

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    Laura Woodstock, GA, United States 08-31-13
    Laura Woodstock, GA, United States 08-31-13 Member Since 2011

    Dances with the masses . . .

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    "Fun easy read"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I listen at work and this was a good easy read. I enjoyed the story and the action. While I don't think it explores any great deeper meaning, it is good fun.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found the relationships between the young men and their finding their place in the group interesting. I also liked witnessing the development of their friendships to each other.

    Less interesting was any attempt at a love story or romance. I never really felt like I wanted Alice and Thomas to end up together. This book is good without a romance.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark Deakins?

    Yes. It was very easy to tell the difference between the characters and the pacing and attitude of the characters was well defined.


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

    It could stand alone, but since the author has already written two, I'll say yes.


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    David Sausalito, CA, United States 08-31-13
    David Sausalito, CA, United States 08-31-13
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    "What could've been. Oh well."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. If my friend was a teenager or just into "YA" books I would recommend this book with a couple of warnings-yes, this book has a fresh and unique premise. Yes, I liked the whole concept of these guys being trapped in a world with very little memory of who they are and how they got there and yes, I like the fact that the runners had to figure out how to crack the maze and battle the maze monsters. Now for the bad, No, I would not recommend this book because of the weak character development. Considering most of the book was about the characters it would have been nice if they had more depth and personality and weren't so damn dense. I also felt that there was too much drama. With all that fighting and arguing It kinda felt like I was listening to one of those family reality shows on Cable! And no, because the book didn't spend enough time focusing on the maze itself.


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

    I cannot recall ever listening to any other books by James Dashner. Can't compare.


    What aspect of Mark Deakins’s performance would you have changed?

    man, I don't know. Maybe give the characters more life. He probably could've done a better job with Teresa(I think that's her name). She seemed a little boring to me.


    Was The Maze Runner worth the listening time?

    Well I finished the book so yes, it was worth listening to. Like I said, I liked the concept of this book and some parts were pretty cool so no,I don't think it was a waste of at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this series has potential. I've noticed that book 1 in a series is usually the weakest so I might get book 2 to see if the Author improves on the story arc. One more thing to James Dashner, I know your not saying they are but young adults aren't stupid, you don't have to spell everything out for them.

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    Cori Placentia, CA, United States 08-29-13
    Cori Placentia, CA, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Run!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Maze Runner the most enjoyable?

    I'll keep it short. Very enjoyable book. The story has a very slow build up. However, if you can stick with it, the story does ramp up quite a lot and the pace really picks up at the end. It leave a fairly decent cliffhanger that keeps the reader looking forward toward book 2. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi and the dystopian society genre.


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

    The Giver, Hunger Games, Divergent, and similar


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

    Nope


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

    The story became very suspenseful toward the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brett United States 08-23-13
    Brett United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story idea, not so good execution"
    What disappointed you about The Maze Runner?

    Character development and dialogue.I read a review before I downloaded this story that said something about annoying fake curse words being used too much. I thought that seemed kind of trivial at the time but I have since changed my opinion on that.The use of these made up curse words is absolutely ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that I was offended by the use of the language, I was just extremely annoyed by the frequency of such stupid words. Even if the author would've used real curse words I would still argue that even vulgor people wouldn't use them so frequently. It actually distracts from the story.I think I am being generous by giving three stars. The only reason I did was because I enjoyed the story idea and premise. Mark Deakins also does a good job of reading and giving unique voices to each character, so I didn't want to rate the "Performance" low either.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I do not have any specific input to provide about the ending. It kind of followed suit with the whole story. It is suitable for the circumstances but just not well executed. A little rough.


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

    Yes. Mark Deakins' narration was very well done. Great voice for reading and good ability to change and inflict his voice to give each character his/her own unique personality and sound.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I realize that I am not the target audience for the Maze Runner books, so I am willing to cut some slack. My son loved it. However, even though it was created for younger clients, it still lacked realistic behaviors, dialogue, and relationships.
    The way the artist depicted the landscape and environment was redeeming. I could easily picture the maze in my mind. This could translate well to the big screen if done so by the right people.


    Any additional comments?

    If not for the excessive (fake) cursing, I would recommend this book for any pre-teen reader.

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    Rebecca British Columbia, Canada 08-04-13
    Rebecca British Columbia, Canada 08-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely... I already have.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a truly engaging and suspenseful story. Full of questions. A very unique dystopian world.

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    Rachel HANNA CITY, IL, United States 06-26-13
    Rachel HANNA CITY, IL, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book!"

    I really liked the story and it kept my attention. Would for sure recommend to read.

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    Shawna C. Dumbaugh IA 05-31-13 Member Since 2011

    singing mom

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

    intriguing, exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story moved along well, keeping me involved the entire way through.


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    He had a nice voice and did a great job of telling the story.


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

    What would it be like to not have any memories? This is a very different "child-led" society than "Lord of the Flies".


    Any additional comments?

    This story really made me think. I'm looking forward to listening to the next in the series. I don't know that I would recommend it for pre-teen kids. It is a little gruesome and scary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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