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