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  • The Woodlands

  • The Woodlands, Book 1
  • By: Lauren Nicolle Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it's the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these circular cities, everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa's inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fast paced read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-28-15

Amazing story, brilliant voice.

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Reviewed: 10-11-14

What did you love best about The Woodlands?

The Woodlands is one of my favourite books. I was worried that an audiobook might not live up to my expectations. Ali Ahn is just perfect. "I was happy to be swept away". Thanks Ali Ahn and Lauren Nicolle Taylor. Wonderful.

What did you like best about this story?

The incredible twist and the unique yet relatable characters. Lovable and infuriating at the same time.

Which character – as performed by Ali Ahn – was your favorite?

Rosa, of course, But Rosa's mother comes a close second. I have been thinking of her more since I read an ARC of the novella about her when Rosa was born (The Willful released Oct 17). The characterisations are very natural and believable. Sometimes I squirm when actors do different voices, but Ali nailed them all.

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

Yes, didn't want to stop, I want to listen in the car, but need to be careful to pay attention to my driving and not get swept away.

Any additional comments?

I want to see this as a film! I can't wait for the rest, and so happy to hear Ali Ahn will be narrating the other three in the series.