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Gregor and the Code of Claw

The Underland Chronicles, Book 5
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Series: The Underland Chronicles, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (792 ratings)

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Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, the New York Times best-selling Underland Chronicles unfold the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor. Suzanne Collins is also the author of the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

Everyone has been trying to keep Gregor from seeing the final prophecy, The Prophecy of Time. It calls for the warrior's death, that warrior being Gregor, of course. Now, an army of rats is quickly approaching and Gregor's mom and little sister Boots are still in Regalia. The entire existence of the Underland is in Gregor's hands and time is running out. There is a code that must be cracked, a new princess to contend with Gregor's burgeoning dark side, and a war designed to end all wars.

In this suspenseful final installment in the acclaimed Underland Chronicles, Suzanne Collins unfolds the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor the Overlander, in a manner that can only be described as masterful.

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A cure for my hunger games hunger!

Where does Gregor and the Code of Claw rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was prepared to be disappointed in this book because the Hunger Games series was just so darn good. How could Suzanne Collins possibly have had a whole series published before the phenomenon, that I'd never heard of, that was good?? Well, this was excellent and had me hooked in under a minute.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gregor and the Code of Claw?

When the crawlers spoke for the first time with their unique syntax and cadence! "Princess you be, princess!"

Any additional comments?

I am addicted! I've read the whole series. Love, love, love!

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A teenager no more

Where does Gregor and the Code of Claw rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a great book, probably in the top 10, but not the top 5.

What other book might you compare Gregor and the Code of Claw to and why?

Suzanne Collins has a pattern. She makes her beloved characters suffer a lot, and she always kills someone dear to him / her in the end, which might suck for people who like happy endings. And also, her characters suffer extreme poverty and hunger, but they are loyal and true to what they believe.

Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, to all of Gregor's stories. Paul Boehmer is a great narrator, although he made some slips with some of the minor characters by changing some of their voices.

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

Yes, because I wanted to know the end of the saga.

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Although I've read some comments saying these books might seem like the Harry Potter ones, they DO NOT! There is the similarity of extreme suffering, but Suzanne Collins shows political concepts and ideals in her books which are not seen in the Harry Potter ones.
I think they are worth reading, and if you read Gregor you will have lots of adventures, and you'll even llok at bugs differently, but do not read them if you are expecting something similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. Gregor brings a different story. Pleasant and adventures. I recommend it.

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  • 01-07-13

I loved the entire Gregor series

Where does Gregor and the Code of Claw rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm not sure which of the Gregor series books I like the best. They were all very entertaining. I have enjoyed this series better than any other audible books so far.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Lucsa's character because she was so powerful and brave.

What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was very animated in his voice changes, which helped make the characters more real.

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

Well, no, although I looked forward to my car trips because I new I'd be entertained!

Any additional comments?

All age groups will love these books, but some young teens might need a little guidance.

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They kissed. They parted. Fantasy meets Reality.

Would you consider the audio edition of Gregor and the Code of Claw to be better than the print version?

With multiple listenings of the audio, I have not felt the need to read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ripred impressed me with his insights, honesty and devotion. He was Gregor's mentor, a reality check for the Regalian royalty, the hope of the rats even when they did not know it, and the one person who could handle prophecy as it ought to be.

What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

Paul Boehmer gave enough vocal distinction to make most characters seem differentiated and real. I especially liked Boots, Mrs. Cormaci and Ripred. His style and diction made the story easy to listen to, which I did several times.

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

I was moved to breathe a sigh of relief when Luxa refused to come above ground and the rock was replaced. Luxa, tender and loving at moments, also revealed herself to be a young Solovet. And if the royal-commoner divide does not doom a relationship with Gregor, her warrior predisposition and ability to stand by and watch him die in quicksand certainly are not good omens. Gregor needs Mrs. Cormaci's healing touch much more than he needs Luxa's hand. Fantasy meets reality.

Any additional comments?

Not many sword and sorcery fantasy books paint a picture of battle as realistic as Collins has here. Gregor spends more time in the hospital than in battle, and ends the book needing much healing. The children in the story, though, seem a wee bit older than their stated ages, and I think the story has a lot to offer readers/listeners a wee bit beyond Gregor's thirteen.

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If you liked the others in the series, you will like this one too. Fair warning, it gets darker the farther you read in this series, so be mindful with kid readers. Also, I felt like the ending got away from her. I wasn't expecting a fairytale happy ending, but there wasn't much of one. It is an issue I've noticed with this author before. Still worth reading, just don't expect it to get wrapped up.

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est of series

This book made me laugh and cry. The best part is that it can be enjoyed by both an adult and a child. My 4th grade son and I read it together. Neither of us could wait to continue reading this book series. The author is great at building characters and connecting the reader to the story.

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Excellent Conclusion to a fantastic series

The perfect finale to an incredible series.
Listened to it with my ten year old son who very much enjoyed it. Not suitable for younger children.

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Amazing

This book and the rest of the Underland trilogy are absolutely stunning in story performance and the way they tell the story the narrator really made the story come to life as well as the rest of the cast I'd really recommend it to anyone really.

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Phenomenal

What a wonderful end to an amazing series. Suzanne continues to rip my heart out and Paul continues to impress with his amazing performance. There were two strange mistakes in the audio, one name mix up and one word, but it barely takes away from the experience. I highly recommend.

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Gregor the Overland book 5

Is there any more coming I loved it The accent for Gregor was great I hope more will come out

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  • 06-21-15

Addictive

Loved these stories, utterly enjoyable, great characters and narrator
Was not ready for it to end

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