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The Host Audiobook

The Host: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

©2008 Stephenie Meyer; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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    Lois Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 02-26-13
    Lois Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011

    catbird1950

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    "A new twist on the age old love triangle via scifi"

    Well written story with great characters and insights in different points of view. Love the well fleshed out story line and the unique outlook from both the aliens and the humans. Definitely recommended to all my friends.

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    Suzanne 02-24-13
    Suzanne 02-24-13
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes already have


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephenie Meyer before, how does this one compare?

    This one is a little slower paced


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

    I like listening to Kate Reading


    Did The Host inspire you to do anything?

    Makes me thing of the future and which might be needed


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    Kimberly Ixonia, WI, United States 02-24-13
    Kimberly Ixonia, WI, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2017

    So many books...so little time! :)

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    "A HUGE LOVE!!"

    I have read this book years ago, and with the movie coming out soon I wanted to refresh my memory and decided to listen to it this time. I loved this book the first time, and I love it even more having listened to it! Kate Reading does a really good job giving characters distinctive voices and acting the words out so well, making the book that much more enjoyable!

    I admit the first time I read it, to concept behind the "souls" taking over the humans as hosts was a bit too much and took me a while to get into...however once you keep going you are hooked! The love story in here is complicated but oh so good and will keep you going till the end, which considering how long this book is, is surprisingly all too soon. I recently found out that Stephanie Meyer might make this a trilogy series...and I am eager to see where it will go if she does. We shall see! Now I just hope the movie does this book justice as it has a lot to live up to!!

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    Lori 02-22-13
    Lori 02-22-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved the story, narrator- not so much"
    If you could sum up The Host in three words, what would they be?

    wonderful love story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Melanie, for her spunk and love for Jared.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Reading?

    I don't think so, she was to old to play the part of Melanie and she wasn't very good at changing her voice between characters. I kept picture a middle aged woman, instead of a young woman in her 20's…it was distracting and took away from the story.


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

    When Jared professed his love to Melanie to bring her back.


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    Sade Newark, NJ, United States 02-19-13
    Sade Newark, NJ, United States 02-19-13

    The power of imagination makes us infinite.

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    "Great Book!"

    Really enjoyed the story. The story was well written and I think the narrator did a wonderful job!

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    Noelani 02-17-13
    Noelani 02-17-13 Member Since 2013

    Listening to stories as I drive to and from work is the best, making the drive a little more tolerable.

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    "Soul concept intriguing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Host the most enjoyable?

    The turmoil caused such emotion I felt from the reader of the story that I found enjoyable. Listening to it on audible helps me be a better storyteller for my grandchildren when I read them their stories or those of my own writings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the conflicts between the characters whether it was within oneself or with others.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Here reading really helped differentiate the difference between Melanie and Wanda (Wanderer), even between the other characters.


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

    I wish, but it is a huge book


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to it many times...too many to count and I still catch little things that I missed

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    Grace Clem 02-16-13
    Grace Clem 02-16-13
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    "Dull and Predictable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you have time to waste, read this book. It is nothing special, but it will make the time go by faster then not listening to anything. The main character's constant wallowing and obsession with other characters is tiresome and excessive. It's like listening to a friend cry on your shoulder for 23 hours.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A happy ending for an undeserving character.


    What aspect of Kate Reading’s performance would you have changed?

    Kate's voice is unpleasant and has little range.


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    KD Thomasville, GA, United States 02-13-13
    KD Thomasville, GA, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"
    Where does The Host rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to at least 30 or so audiobooks from Audible at this point, and The Host ranks up there with the most entertaining to listen to. The reader had a number of character voices she used throughout, and was completely able to represent both Wanderer and Melanie through spoken word without complication. I always knew who was speaking, even without clarification, which is something to be impressed with given the nature of this storyline.


    What other book might you compare The Host to and why?

    The narrator for The Game of Thrones is similarly entertaining to listen to, due to the number of character voices he creates for his read.


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

    I enjoyed hearing the emotion and enthusiasm in her words. I actually felt like I was listening to a movie at times. She provided fear, anxiety, anger, timidity, and more to all her characters, which helped me forget I was listening to a book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'm afraid there is a film already being made for this book, and it will be released in March 2013. The tag line for it is: "Choose to believe. Choose to fight. Choose to Love."


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    adonate 02-11-13
    adonate 02-11-13
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    "Excelent choice"

    I'm not a fan of romance but this one is very entertaining. The sci-fi aspect made more interesting in my case and the descriptions were vivid, thank to the narrator (Kate Reading you rock). I gave a 4 star to Performance because i think there is always room for improvement. I really recommend it.

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    Amazon Customer 02-11-13
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    "Slow start but worth the listen!"
    Any additional comments?

    This books starts slow but once I got about a 1/3 of the book I sisnt want to stop listening to it!

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