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Variant Audiobook
Variant
Written by: 
Robison Wells
Narrated by: 
Michael Goldstrom
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Variant Audiobook

Variant

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Publisher's Summary

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape - his only real hope for survival - may be impossible.

©2011 Robison Wells (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-17-12
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-17-12 Member Since 2016

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "A Variation on the teen novel"

    This book was a teen novel with a new variation. The premise of the story was excellent and Wells explored the concepts very effectively, carrying the reader forward at a fast pace, eager to know how the plot would unfold. However, the ending was very unsatisfying. Yes, many books are part of a series (in this case a planned trilogy), but the author needs to give the reader some kind of satisfaction at the end. I felt that I had too many questions left hanging in the air.

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    Charmaine Auchenflower, Australia 05-28-12
    Charmaine Auchenflower, Australia 05-28-12 Member Since 2013

    Author of My Zombie Dog

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    "Good action story"
    What did you like best about Variant? What did you like least?

    Story begins straight away. Good pace. Wasn't wrapped in the ending, and the main character seems only motivated by self-preservation. Premise is good though.


    Would you recommend Variant to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend it to reluctant readers, has a Percy Jackson feel to it (without the gods).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Krystal Martin Arkansas 05-08-12
    Krystal Martin Arkansas 05-08-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Great Youth Listen"


    This audiobook is great for kids and young adults. I'm not in either category, and I still enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 05-07-12
    Brenda 05-07-12
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    "variant kept my interest"
    What made the experience of listening to Variant the most enjoyable?

    Compelling story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Benson.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Goldstrom – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Benson and Becky.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good story and held my interest. I also enjoyed the reader of the book. I hope there are more boos in this series as I felt the ending was a little up in the air.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 04-15-12
    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 04-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Who published this?"
    What would have made Variant better?

    More believable characters, among other things.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was fine, narration was not the problem.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this was meant for a younger audience. I wish audible would find a way to let us know if a book is intended for young adults or children. This is not the first time I have had this problem.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 12-08-11
    Tracy 12-08-11 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "Surprisingly good"

    I really liked this one! It is a novel for young adults but I found it the best novel I had listened to in a very long while. This is a first novel in a series so you are left hanging but the author has always done the job well when you anxiously await the sequel. Excellent narration.

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