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Unwind | [Neal Shusterman]

Unwind

Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.
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Publisher's Summary

In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them.

Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

If they can survive until their 18th birthdays, they can't be harmed - but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, 18 seems far, far away.

In Unwind, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winner Neal Shusterman challenges listeners' ideas about life - not just where life begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.

©2009 Neal Shusterman; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    argus 10-16-14
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    "Not my cup of tea"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I didn't realize that this was a teen dystopian novel. If you absolutely love those kind of stories, you may like this book. The premise is absurd--the pro-life and pro-choice crowds agree to outlaw abortion so long as babies can be legally dumped on doorsteps and children under 18 can be "unwound" for organ harvesting. The absurd premise is not the book's biggest problem. Lots of fun books have absurd premises. The bigger problem (for me), is that there are no real surprises. No real depth to the characters. And in the end, everything plays out like you would expect.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm currently listening to the Rhinemann Exchange.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Luke Daniels?

    Yes.


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    Anthony 10-10-14
    Anthony 10-10-14
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    "Couldn't even start it"

    I could not get past the first few chapters because the entire concept of "unwinding" is so ridiculous. I can not buy into a world established on the notion that harvesting the organs of misbehaving teenagers/orphans would be an acceptable compromise between pro-choice and pro-lifers. Just absurd no matter what side of that argument you fall on. I would guess it is all a metaphor for dis enfranchised teens, but it's just too big a leap in logic to base an entire book or series off of.

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    Myrtha 10-04-14
    Myrtha 10-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A SURPRISE"


    The book is a dystopia. In some mediate future, there is a civil war between pro-life and pro-choice supporters. No one wins and to end the war THE BILL OF LIFE is issued. So in this imaginary futuristic society, citizens cannot commit abortion but when a kid is 13 years old up to his/her 18 years can be UNWOUND. Which is sent to a harvesting facility where every part is use for transplant. OK here ends my summary, but this is the base for the endless debate on life: Capital punishment, abortion, organ trafficking, and the soul. Is there one? When do we acquire a soul? If my organs are in someone else is a part of my soul there too? Maybe to some of you this questions have obvious answers, however don't be quick to judge, somehow the author amidst a seemingly "one more YA novel" artfully introduces the issues and I could not but felt tossed around in a storm of emotions and "practiced " rationalizations even though I have a big banner for free will and tons of doubts about everything that can not be seen under a microscope. So give it a try and then share your thoughts.
    The narrator is just right for the book, I liked very much I would have liked female and male narrators more or even multiple voices.

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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 09-08-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "…..Put Humphrey Dumphy Back Together Again….."

    Entering into the political arena of the abortion debate, author Neal Shusterman offers a new twist: The opening sequence gives us the background information on this future political landscape where a compromise has been struck between the Pro-lifer and Pro-Choice factions. This compromise defines human life as beginning at conception and makes pre-birth abortion illegal, but provides for a chance to eliminate a child between the ages of 13 and 18 years. This may seem like a preposterous idea divorced from reality, but it does provide for a set of natural enemies between society and those slated for “harvest,” and gives justification for the characters to rebel and fight for their lives.

    This artificial tension reminds me of movies like The Hunger Games, Logan’s Run and even The Running Man. I am also reminded of another significant fictional entry into the abortion debate: Philip K. Dick wrote a short story called “The Pre-persons” where an abortion could be performed up until the age of 12 years old. This novel UNWIND represents a serious attempt to use speculative fiction to make a social statement. It is a novel with a strong plot line and a moral conscience.

    Luke Daniels presents the text with a solemn voice for the third person narration. He does offer good individual intonations making it easy to distinguish the different characters.

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 09-03-14
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 09-03-14 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "FOR YOUNGER PEOPLE BUT A GOOD STORY JUST THE SAME"
    What made the experience of listening to Unwind the most enjoyable?

    THERE WERE SOME TENSE MOMENTS THAT KEPT ME INTERESTED.


    What did you like best about this story?

    DIFFERENT MOMENTS IN THE STORY. NOT ONE PARTICULAR ONE.


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

    I DON'T KNOW. HE WAS A GOOD READER.


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

    THERE WERE SOME "MYSTERIES" THAT WERE REVEALED TOO SOON. JUST WHEN THEY GOT ME INTERESTED THEY REVEALED WHT THE MYSTERY WAS. STILL I AM NOT SORRY I READ THIS BOOK.


    Any additional comments?

    IT IS NOT A BOOK I RECOMMEND FOR EVERYONE. BUT YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD LOVE IT. IF YOU LIKE FUTURISTIC STUFF YOU WOULD PROBABLY LIKE IT TOO.

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    Lisa 08-30-14
    Lisa 08-30-14
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    "Warning! Addictive!"

    I didn't realize this was one in a series. The book is interesting right from the start and once you are done you are going to want to read the other two. You will not be disappointed.

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    Angie D Vallejo, CA 08-27-14
    Angie D Vallejo, CA 08-27-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Where did my willful suspension of disbelief go?"
    Would you try another book from Neal Shusterman and/or Luke Daniels?

    Luke Daniels is a wonderful narrator. I loved listening to him narrate 600 Hours of Edward and he was probably the only reason I purchased this audible other than it was offered at the Daily Deal price.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am avoiding all YA after this book.


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

    Maybe to some but it was too unbelievable for me to get past even the first half of the book.


    Did Unwind inspire you to do anything?

    Nothing, Luke Daniels is wonderful.


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    Amazon Customer 08-22-14
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    "Must read!"
    If you could sum up Unwind in three words, what would they be?

    Spooky, Orwellian, Clockwork.


    What other book might you compare Unwind to and why?

    Silicone Man. Next step.


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

    Iron Druid Chronicles. Well done,draws you in and has you wrapped start to finish.


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

    Had my emotions all balled up. Did not like reading after dark.


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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 08-21-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 08-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Very appealing for the YA audience"

    This was very enjoyable story that kept me entertained, had some unique concepts embedded, yet went too far in demonizing adults and in the idea of body parts retaining a "soul". These later two points detracted from the story somewhat, leading me to drop my rating from 4 stars to 3.

    The concept - unwanted teenagers are eligible to be used for body parts under the authority of uncaring and unfeeling adults. This part overlooks paternal instincts and makes victims of teenagers; hence the large appeal to the YA audience this book holds.

    This being said, the concepts were unique, the writing good, and the narration complemented the story. The result was a very acceptable listen that I can recommend to those with a good imagination.

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    yajaira j carrasquel 08-18-14
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    "Fascinating story!"
    Would you listen to Unwind again? Why?

    Yes, I felt the story was really good. In addition, when it comes to the future, anything is possible. It makes you think about the value of life.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Lev and Risa. I felt there was distinction with them.


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

    Yes, but I don't wan't to spoil it.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt when the narrator was reading Conrad, he sounded a bit like an automated machine. However, it improved as the book went on and by then the story was so great, that I didn't notice it anymore.

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