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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)

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    Jodi Gladu 12-04-15
    Jodi Gladu 12-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    I really enjoyed this book. The story is very fascinating and as always you're wanting to just figure out what's going to happen next

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    HeatherDVM Columbus, OH 11-01-15
    HeatherDVM Columbus, OH 11-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A very cute series"
    Any additional comments?

    Greggor the Overlander is a surprisingly adorable fiction from Suzanne Collins aimed at most likely elementary aged children- now having said that I am an adult without kids and I still enjoyed it. Because each book in the series is relatively short and it has been some time since I read them all I am going to review the entire series here.

    These books are a very cute fantasy about a young boy (Greggor- 11) and his even younger little sister (Boots- age 2) who fall into an underground world (i.e. the underland) inhabited not only by people but by giant talking insects, bats and rodents. The series follows the interaction of Greggor and Boots amongst the people and animal characters of the Underland.

    Each book has a "quest" and while there are still mature topics like death, betrayal, war, backstabbing, etc it is still very age appropriate for Elementary kids. I have recommended that my brother read it to my 6 year old Nephew -- I think he will particularly enjoy it because he is currently very into bats.

    The narration is wonderful. One of my favorite parts is the way that Paul Boehmer narrates the two year old Boots. One of her tag lines is "Hi you" and I have found myself working that into my own vocabulary at times. I also really love his portrayal of Temp the cockroach, Ripred the rat, and Mrs. Cormaci- Greggor's neighbor in the overland. It's really excellent character work.

    There are 5 books in the series-- the first 2 are pretty formulaic-- Greggor and Boots go to the Underland-- there is a quest--- they return home to the Overland. But as the series progresses there is less "the story begins here and ends here" there is a lot more traveling back and forth, new characters are introduced, and things get much more complex. After the second book I would say the series is definitely best to be read as a continuation. Start book 3 with the plan to keep going through to the end.

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    HEATHER 10-10-15
    HEATHER 10-10-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic!"

    My eleven year old daughter says it's the best book in the universe. It's her new favorite book!

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    Bridget 06-24-15
    Bridget 06-24-15 Member Since 2017
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    "We can't wait for the next one!"

    My 8 year old and 5 year old daughters were riveted by the story of Gregor and his quest.

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    Noelle 06-20-15
    Noelle 06-20-15
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    "Gregor the Overlander"

    I absolutely loved this story. I can't wait to get the next in the series. Lots of action, emotion, and just enough mystery to keep one's attention.

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    Chester 04-25-15
    Chester 04-25-15
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    "Best books ever!"

    Amazing books, great narration, and thrilling and sad moments. I think how Suzan Collins writes is wonderful so I recommend these books for ages 9-900!

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    Carrrie Carter 04-17-15
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    "Great!"

    This is a great series for the younger crowd. We read it the first time in second grade with my oldest daughter, and are listening to it again now with my fifth grader. Everyone likes this series very much!

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    PDB 04-03-15
    PDB 04-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "great read!"

    a great book for the whole family! starting the next one in the series now.

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    Tstauffe 03-16-15
    Tstauffe 03-16-15 Member Since 2017
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    "LOVE!"

    Love!! I've listened to this book about 8 times now😊 I highly recommend this book, doesn't matter what age you are.

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    A. Dillon 02-04-15
    A. Dillon 02-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best books ever in the world"

    Just finished it is super awesome and amazing lot of details I like books with details you should read to find out the journey of Gregory the over lander

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  • Jane
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    "Transfixing: We stood still to concentrate better."
    Would you listen to Gregor the Overlander again? Why?

    Yes my 9 year old daughter & I are about to re-listen confident that Gregor the Overlander will be sufficiently powerful to hold the attention of 3 teens on a 4 hour car journey!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gregor the Overlander?

    There are many memorable moments of tension & Gregor growing stronger in his self belief after each event. Escaping from the spiders was tense.


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

    Paul Boehmer's 'Boots' is noteworthy as he makes the child innocent strength convincing.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Gregor the Overlander, the Underlander's Champion.


    Any additional comments?

    As an adult listening to a child's book, I liked the development of the main character as a reluctant hero taking on the responsibility of others out of doing best for his sister: quite normal but in abnormal surroundings.

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  • Anonymous
    6/9/17
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    "WONDERFUL!"

    my son's (11 & 8) often Sat in the car after getting home from school not being able to turn the story off (& I always continued listening without them after dropping them at school!)

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  • RBignell
    5/27/17
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    "Just couldnt get into it"

    Maybe it was the narrator or the subject matter but could not get into this book at all.

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  • Helen
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    1/4/14
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    "Children's book?"

    At first, I just thought this is a nice children's story but in the end I started to care about the characters more and I think I will listen to the second book. I am just not sure for which age this book would be something. Especially in the end I didn't think this would be a good story for children maybe young teenagers....

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