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Wither Audiobook

Wither: The Chemical Garden Trilogy

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Publisher's Summary

Lauren DeStefano makes a stellar debut with this chilling tale. The first installment of a planned trilogy, Wither introduces listeners to a bleak world where a mysterious disease kills most women by the age of 20 and men by the age of 25. Like many girls her age, 16-year-old Rhine has been captured and forced into marriage in an effort to keep the population growing. But, despite her new husband’s wealth, she wants nothing more than to escape her servitude and return home before time runs out.

©2011 Lauren DeStefano (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    rebeca Wilton manors, FL, United States 04-18-13
    rebeca Wilton manors, FL, United States 04-18-13
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    "A little strange, but I could not put it down"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wither?

    The most memorable moment to me was the first few pages.... They grabbed me right into the story.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Lin – was your favorite?

    I think Cecily was my favorite character. Angela Lin really made her sound like the kinda person she was.


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

    Yes...., I almost did. It was actually 2 sittings on the 1.5 speed. I just needed to find out more and fast. And what can I say? I do loooove the speed option and am kind of addicted to it. LoL


    Any additional comments?

    Linden was just a wuss to me. I really did not like him.

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    Joyce 02-22-13
    Joyce 02-22-13
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    "Enjoyed more than many reviewers"

    I enjoyed Wither from the very beginning. It is light listening that does not require a lot of thought. I generally listen to sci-fi and fantasy and was looking for something just like this. I intend to listen to the entire series. It is a bit predictable but that did not take away from my enjoyment one bit. The protagonist is reminiscent of president Snow from the Hunger Games--evil to the core! It has a solid place in the teen dystopian genre.

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    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 09-17-11
    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 09-17-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than I expected"

    Overall, Wither is rather good. There were some plot difficulties. Elements of the world created don't make sense. Maybe they will be fleshed out in the next books. Some of the things that were supposed to horrify didn't, and some of the things that weren't did. The writing was above average though, and that helped smooth over some of the problems.
    Plus, with the exception of one evil character, no one is irredeemable, even those we ought to consider bad. They are fairly complex, and you find yourself liking the man you should hate. Even the protaganist has problems remembering to hate him, and she has reason. No one is entirely good either. Even the too good to be true character is flawed, which is nice.
    The narration was excellent. I could see the narrator being considered dry, but thought she was perfect for the character who narrated the book. She didn't do a lot with voices, except the exceptionally whiny youngest sister bride, but that didn't detract for me. Too many voices end up being badly done when a female narrator tries to do male voices (and of course the reverse as well).
    I will read the next books when they come out.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 05-18-12
    Patricia COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Chemical Trilogy"
    What did you love best about Wither?

    I loved that the wives became sisters. So much was taken from them and for a while they had each other and acted like sisters fighting and loving each other. I also like that Rine is the middle ground between her sister wives. I am not a middle child but so often these herions in books are the special youngest or oldest child, the middle seems magical, eclectic and essencial for balance.


    What other book might you compare Wither to and why?

    I would compare Wither to The hunger Games, it's set in a desolate world with two people groups segregated from each other and from the harsh realities of that world. Instead of children females are the victems of this world, a dieing race in need of reinforcements in this fast withering world.


    What didn’t you like about Angela Lin’s performance?

    I did not like Angela Lin's mouth noices. I've listened to a lot of autible books lately and this is the first one that did not mask her airy cotton mouth gulps. While I attribute her breathiness to being part of the performance I wish she has taken more care in masking these sounds between the gaps she prolonged. There were a lot of gaps in which she swallowed audibly. Other than that I felt connected to the characters through her voice, from the hyper sister to the men. They were consistant and I recongized who was speaking when she spoke as the other characters.


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

    I love that Rine made a point to leave her husband with a heart felt masked goodbye. She may have felt like she had left things unfinished had she not.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Wither is exactly what I did while listening!"

    This could have been a good one. It had potential, but that potential along with my credit withered away. I just got so frustrated with the narrators droning on and on, with the characters making no real sense, and with the authors depressing, endless misery she kept doling out. I had to stop listening.

    Please don't waste a credit, and please don't encourage any YA reader to either.

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    kailene jacksonville, FL, United States 09-16-12
    kailene jacksonville, FL, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Not for ME"
    What did you like best about Wither? What did you like least?

    the main idea was a brilliant, and had it been written with a more complex story line i would have more likely purchase the second book.

    also the narraters voice for the main character was not what i expected however towards the end i appreciated how she read the main characters voice.

    i did listen all the way through the end as i wanted to find out what happened. I was intrigued enough to read it through which is more then i can say about previous books.



    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for a teen, and thus it was written exactly on point for the genre.

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    Becky M 08-22-12
    Becky M 08-22-12
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    "No Extreme Points But Kept My Attention"
    If you could sum up Wither in three words, what would they be?

    I have found this book to be the most difficult to describe of all the audiobooks I have listened to so far... If I had to sum the book up in three words it would have to be: One-Dimensional, Confusing, and Entertaining.


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

    The most interesting aspect of the story was the bonds forged between the sister wives. It was the most positive emotions expressed by the narrator towards anyone other than her parents and brother, even that is wrought with saddness (which is to be expected). The least interesting aspect was the romance between Rhine and Gabriel... This really should be one of the best parts of the book, however, it fell flat on its face from the start! I don't think it is possible to really feel in deep connection between the two, especially with her husband sleeping in bed with her almost every night!


    Which character – as performed by Angela Lin – was your favorite?

    Cecily! She did an excellent job capturing her immature and whiny tone! Also, House Master Vaughn sounded very creepy with the voice she gave him!


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

    Not really... It's more of a book you have to take in small doses... I just couldn't take all of the internal monologue and depressing jargon all at once.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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