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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am a fiction, kid/adult adventure book fan. I read The Hunger Games and loved it. Suzanne Colllins is amazing at turning words into reality through her vivid descriptions. I truly appreciate her style of writing and find the level of quality refreshing. I would HIGHLY recommend this book (the entire series!) to anyone who enjoys leaving on an adventure with some neat creatures and humans. I loved the adventure and the meaning/lessons throughout. What a great book!

What did you like best about this story?

The author's vivid descriptions... her word usage.

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

At first, I wasn't sure about his voice and its fit. However, as soon as I got more absorbed into the book, I realized he was a perfect pick. He did very well with all the characters. He gave me the ability to live in the shoes of the characters versus just "reading" about them. He gave them emotions and made them feel real -- made them feel like individuals even though his voice was used for all.

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

I got addicted to the storyline pretty quickly. So, yes.

Any additional comments?

Simply... this series is great!

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  • Bronwyn
  • Paradise point, Australia
  • 06-04-12

I couldn't wait to read the next book.

I really loved the thinking, the interaction and the maturing of the characters and their relationships. I kept trying to create time in my day so that I could be taken back to the underland.

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Very interesting, not what i expected.

I enjoyed reading something with different. So often I read stories that all follow the same storyline and character development. I bought this book because of the reviews. I felt i would have enjoyed this book a little more if i was 13. However, i enjoyed reading this book because it was about characters other then elves, dwarfs, and humans. The concepts of living underground and interactions with underworld cultures kept me interested. Over all, i enjoyed this book.

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Brilliant

If you could sum up Gregor the Overlander in three words, what would they be?

I loved it

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

It was straight up schoolboys adventure, a bit of intrigue a bit of suspense... my boys just loved it

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

He was a brilliant narrator - I will be looking for more of his work. H ebrought the characters to life

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  • Sharon
  • Afton, VA, United States
  • 05-03-12

Good for young adults

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I read this based on the knowledge that the author had written "The Hunger Games". It was a cute book but a little too adolescent for me. I'm 57 and would love for my grandkids to read this but that's about it.

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Great fun!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook to a friend as it is a well done story of a boy and his little sister in another world. I enjoyed both the story and its reading.

What did you like best about this story?

The interaction between Gregor and his little sister, Boots.

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

Mr. Boehmer read the book very well. He brought life to everyone and everything in the story.

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

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book, as it is written for children.

Any additional comments?

I will be purchasing the other titles in this series. I really enjoyed both the story and how the reader performed it.

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  • Kathleen
  • Spruce Grove, Alberta
  • 05-01-12

Nothing like Hunger Games

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I bought this series hoping it would be like the Hunger Games in some way. It's not at all. It's an okay story, definetly geared towards a much younger person. I think young boys especially would enjoy it.

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Excellent!

Wonderful, well written (and well narrated) story! Lots of adventure and fantastic development of characters...I actually got teary eyed when an insect (one of the main chartacters) died!

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  • Rebecca
  • Jingellic, Australia
  • 04-09-12

Just Plain Loved it

I had no idea what to expect from this book. I had heard good things about it but as it was written with a younger audience in mind I was not sure what I was getting.
How very pleased I was to discover a wonderfully written and narrated book.
The author has created wonderful rich characters that are all quite different from other books.
The setting of the "Overland" & "Underland" are very interesting and descriptions of the land, it's creatures and characters are very interesting.
Paul Boehmer is a wonderful narrator, his reading style is very well paced and he makes the characters come alive using wonderful voices and accents for all of them making it easy to follow who is speaking and what is going on.
I loved the relationship between Gregor and his little sister, I was quite sad for them hearing their back story, but the way he looks after Boots is just so wonderful and heartwarming.
Little Boots is such a wonderful character, she is so very well written and my favourite character in the whole book, she is the cause of most of my laughter throughout.
It was lucky I was alone while listening to most of it as I was laughing out loud in more than 1 place, this was due to both the writing and the narrating, some of the characters are just so loveable and others just so interesting.
I now look forward to listening to the 2nd book with impatience.

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  • deedeeg
  • gilbert, AZ, United States
  • 03-16-12

Enjoyable

This was an enjoyable book. The characters were interesting. The narrators performance was also well done.