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Gregor the Overlander Audiobook

Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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

When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.

©2003 Suzanne Collins; (P)2005 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Collins introduces her young heroes Gregor and his little sister Boots into a wonderland....A fantastically engaging place." (Publishers Weekly)
"Collins creates a fascinating, vivid, highly original world and a superb story." (Booklist)

What Members Say

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    Coryn Battery Point, Tasmania 09-03-12
    Coryn Battery Point, Tasmania 09-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "An unique adventure for older children and adults."

    As an adult I really enjoyed this adventure. It moved quickly and I didn't want to stop listening.
    The characters are very charming. Images of Gregor, the "hard done by" but brave young boy, and Boots in her backpack with her diaper needing changing were really endearing.

    Paul Boehmer was excellent as narrator. I loved his portrayal of the patriarch Vikus, the cunning laconic Ripred and the unforgettable cockroaches. I wanted to run around quoting "Be She the Princess, Be She".

    A cautionary note though, it is possible that a child may have a bad experience listening to a story of giant bats, spiders and cockroaches. Giant evil spiders may not be everyones remedy to good dreams.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joie California 08-17-12
    Joie California 08-17-12 Member Since 2007

    Jo

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    "Not What I Expected"

    I didn't realize that this series was directed to juvenile audience and was therefore disappointed. I do like many juvenile books but this one did not keep my attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz 02-12-12
    breckoz 02-12-12

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "throw up"

    This book is not for older readers. This is perhaps most appropriate for 10 year olds or younger if anyone. While the idea of this underground world is intriguing concept the story is very boring and the characters annoying and one dimensional. A small 2 year old baby is brought with the adventurers on a quest to find their father throwing tantrums and needing her diaper changed. There is nothing clever or exciting about this tale. You have been warned!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anita 07-06-06
    Anita 07-06-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "Highly recommend."

    Highly recommend.

    Never thought a storyline about a 2 year old sister would be fun. It is.

    Never thought adventures with giant cockroaches, giant bats and giant rats would be fun or enjoyable. It was.

    Imagine my surprise when I found myself driving down the street with tears streaming down my face when a certain cockroach was killed.

    And what I couldn't get over is---- I. hate. cockroaches.

    I had to stop the story and take a break. That has never happened before when a character died.

    There are fun heroes where you dont expect them and great messages in unlikely places...


    At first, this series was put off as something I was not eager to read in my Audible library. After finishing Book3 I sent an email to Audible to ask why Book4 is not available now. Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 04-17-13
    Sara 04-17-13

    I am a middle school reading teacher who loves to show students the wonder and joy of reading.

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    "Fabulous book for kids and adults"
    Would you listen to Gregor the Overlander again? Why?

    Yes, this was a highly engaging book that I think my middle school struggling readers would enjoy. There is something for both girls and boys.


    What other book might you compare Gregor the Overlander to and why?

    Any book where the main character has to battle evil in order to protect his family and friends.


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

    This narrator does a fabulous job. The characters are read superbly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made we purchase the next in the series. I just started that last night on the ride home. I am thinking about using these in class next fall.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read. Wish I would have know about it when in came out. Didn't find out until we read all the Hunger Game series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roger 08-03-10
    Roger 08-03-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Really good series"

    I guess I just like kid books. At least I never have to worry about the language. It is easy listening for the gym and makes the time go so fast.

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    Whitney Boone 07-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    My family of 5 enjoyed this book on our summer vacation. I have a 13, 11 and 9 year old and we all loved it!

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    David Aynes 06-29-17
    David Aynes 06-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Super fun story for all ages"

    Loved this story & cant wait to start the next book. Reader was excellent!! Sharing w my 8 year old, too!

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    Jennifer K Baker 06-21-17
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    "easy nice read"

    this book may be more for tweens but I really enjoyed it as an adult. nice story!

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    Olive Mom 05-09-17
    Olive Mom 05-09-17
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    "A book of courage, sibling love, and fantasy"

    My kids and I listened to this on a road trip and rather than be aching to get out of the car, we couldn't wait to get back in after each stop and listen some more! Time flew by and so did the story, so we were sad to have it come to an end. I was impressed with the narrator/reader and think he really contributed to the experience. For those with younger children, be aware that this story has mention of deaths and some bloody moments (sword through a rats neck, slicing a spider in half, and rats "exploding on the rocks" after a fall, for example). These are not frequent and are briefly and succinctly described, but there nonetheless. The story kept us interested, moved quickly, and left us sitting in the car for several minutes after we arrived at our destination, with no one wanting to pause it and get out!

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