Dry

Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival from New York Times best-selling author Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.

The drought - or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it - has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life - and the life of her brother - is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

©2018 Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"Multiple narrators and alternating perspectives underscore the volatility of this speculative story... The narrators ratchet up their pacing and intensity as the characters face increasingly grueling challenges, turning this survival thriller into a white-knuckle listening experience." (AudioFile)

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Worth any readers time!

I have followed Neal Shusterman ever since I came across the series "Unwind" a couple years ago (which is a must must read for dystopian & science fiction lovers!). If you enjoyed that series and writing style, you will like this book. For those of you that found the Unwind series a bit too cringy, you will not have a problem with Dry. I have a feeling this may be a stand alone and I hope that isn't the case. The only downside is that it ends so soon. The narration is very well done and the writing is great. If you're searching for a really good post apocalyptic read and are an adult (like me lol) that doesn't mind reading YA, then this is definitely the book for you (IMO). Even if you don't read any YA this is still an awesome read if you're looking for something in this genre. Overall I would recommend this book to any fiction lover!
Sincerely, ~Ashelina~ ;)

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Literally the scariest book I have ever read!

Shusterman knocks another one out of the park! I loved everything about this book. Shusterman weaves his magic and creates characters you care about, that make you feel things you want to talk about and share with everyone you know!
This latest masterpiece hits home for me, set in Southern California, paints the picture of humanity at its worst while brilliantly illustrating the best parts of being alive. What happens when there is no more water? How long does it take for thirst to turn you into a monster? What are you willing to do for a life saving sip? Are you prepared for the Tap Out?

If your new to Shusterman , stop what your doing and buy all his books right now! The most throught provoking author in the genre! You won’t be sorry!
Amazeballs!

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A little too realistic

This was a very believable story that was well narrated! Kept me captivated for hours!

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Amazing Way to End the Year

Man this was a great book and it came from a YA author!! Neal Shusterman is an amazing author and his son Jarrod is following in his footsteps. Even though I've read Scythe and I've read Thunderhead, none of them gripped me like Dry. The whole cast was brilliant, their voices made the characters feel so real. Jacqui is best girl, no doubt. This is one of my favorites books of the year and I hope it gets made to either a mini-series or a movie by the end of 2020. Good job to the Shustermans and good job to the cast, you all did a brilliant job.

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Always on edge.! Great read

This book left me on the edge of my seat almost 90% of the time. Not everyone will get this book but I can see it from the eyes of experience. This was my first Shusterman book and I can honestly say I absolutely enjoyed it and can't wait to pick up some of his other titles. A must read indeed.

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Loved it!

I bought this as a hard cover book for my son at Christmas and it sounded like something I'd enjoy as well so I was pleased when I found it on Audible as well. My son is only halfway through it, but he's loving it as well. Dry shows how ordinary people can change in desperate times. When all the taps run dry and your family needs water to survive, what would you do? What lines are you willing to cross to ensure your survival? The coolest part of this story is that it is told from the perspective of teenagers, which is perfect for my 15 year old son. The narration is done by the authors and a full cast who all did an outstanding job!

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Loved it

This book made me realize how big of a sap I am. Tearing up at certain points and rejoicing with the characters. These characters were real to me and their grief was my grief.

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Stunning and Sobering

This book held me captive; compelling story and terrifying in the level of believability. Highly recommended.

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made me appreciate water

water the giver of life, we take it for granted. sometimes. fun story, hope it doesn't come true

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Worth a read

Mr. Shusterman ability to create a story & characters never disappoints. I simply did not like the characters. I was frustrated with their inability of follow thru during this seemingly apocalyptic time but the story line itself will keep you guessing until the end. The narrators are fantastic.

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  • 1996
  • 09-01-19

Brilliant!

I absolutely loved this story! The narrators are very good and the story flows perfectly from one moment to the next. I would highly recommend giving it a listen.

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  • LyndsayA
  • 03-26-20

Unbelievably compelling

An eye-opening and fascinating look at a problem that is so relevant to modern society, it's terrifying. Engaging and easy to follow thanks to the brilliant readers involved in bringing this story to life. I would recommend it to everyone!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-20

a great story, great voices

it's good but it's feels like a Tracy Beaker style fortunately, unfortunately story. recommended though

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  • A. Listener
  • 06-20-19

Decent

Decent story. Adequate, but not great, narration.
An interesting plot, I just found myself annoyed by some of the mistakes the characters made during the story.
But they're teens and this is written for teens, so it's forgivable.
I would recommend this, but don't expect to be blown away by it.

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  • Kerrie-Jo C.
  • 01-26-19

Dry

I loved this book! Truly, both, amazing and inspiring. "Remember when the taps ran dry"

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  • Keith May
  • 11-22-18

Dry

loved this book even though it was written for younger readers. I found it hard to stop and actually read it in 3 days.

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  • STU K
  • 10-27-18

Performance was a bit 'dry'

As someone who's lived in SoCal and enjoyed the lack of rain I found this to be a great premise for a story and knowing the locations for the story made it all the more enjoyable. I must have been spoilt on my recent books because I just didn't 'get' the narrators; I found them unengaging and felt the story would have had more power to it with better voice actors. Luckily the story line is very engaging and it makes the book well worth listening to.

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  • Marieke
  • 02-12-20

Great story

I was listening to this book during our own water crisis in NSW Australia, so very believable for me. The only annoying thing about this Audi version is the reading part of Alissa. Every second word is overly stressed like on auto pilot and often very clearly wrong.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-19

Riveting

different kind of story, a bit slow at the start but then accelerated and I could not stop listening to it