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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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    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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    Amazon Customer 02-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Much more than I expected."

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Twilight series. Yet, this book blows it out of the water, for me. The story and entire concept are great fun. Based on an alien invasion, it is written in the first person, as the alien. It leads you on a journey of perspectives that has very real implications both in human interactions, as well as interspecies interactions, both historically and now. The character development and perspective are deeper and not at all aimed at a teenage audience, although many teens may still like it.

    I eagerly anticipate future novels.

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    ithamar mireles LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, US 02-04-13
    ithamar mireles LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, US 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen"
    Would you listen to The Host again? Why?

    Oh most defiantly. Such a great listen . It was so intense. The love story was so believable.


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

    Kinda,sorta close to the body snatcher types. This is way better..I felt so much for the Aliens as for the humans.


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

    My first time...and she was excellent.


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    Ashley San Diego, CA, United States 02-01-13
    Ashley San Diego, CA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!"

    The story is so interesting and exciting! You get the thrill, adventure, sci fi, and romance all in one novel!
    Can't wait for the movie!

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    Leandra San Antonio, TX, United States 01-30-13
    Leandra San Antonio, TX, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I still haven't fully decided if this book was well worth my time. Stephenie Meyer definitely lives in her own world when it comes to love and romance. It's to be expected that she'll have a central female character with two male characters pining for her. That's the whole story. Not much substance.


    Would you recommend The Host to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't. It is an ok book. Nothing spectacular.


    Do you think The Host needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It was kind of bland to begin with and her endings tend to simply taper off. Yet again one of her books has an uneventful ending.


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    Vonne B. 01-22-13
    Vonne B. 01-22-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Left all others in the dust"
    If you could sum up The Host in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing. Epic. Realistic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Host?

    A memorable moment is when the main character, 'Wanderer" is explaining her species process for giving life.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    At first, I didn't like it. I did not like the redundant cadence in which words were pronounced. I believe that it was like this do to the main character's point of view. Either that was the case or I got used to it and grew to enjoy it.


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

    Several chapters are heart wrenching. My eyes did water and I sat fanning my eyes in my car. There are several moments like this in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad I chose to download this audiobook. I was never inclined to read a trendy book. The Twilight Novels were never on my list of books to read. I am glad I did not cast away Stephanie Meyer as an author though. Right now, The Host is the best book I've read in well over a decade. I truly stand by it. Her writing style is phenomenal. The concept of the book appealed to me. A different option for the 'post-apoc' fan base. Not a zombie in sight. Something feasible. I am actually planning to read this book again, although I only just finished it. It is by far the favorite in my collection of not only audiobooks, but books period. I am glad I read before viewing the movie. It does make me more curious on seeing the movie as well.

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