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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl....

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

©2012 Marissa Meyer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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  • nevina
  • CT, United States
  • 05-16-14

Brilliant storytelling and narration.

Rebecca Soler's performance of this audiobook is fantastic. She portrays many characters of different accents, genders and personality very well. She portrays the actions and emotions of the story perfectly. She didn't put a foot wrong anywhere. No false pauses or emphases on the wrong word in a sentence. Good emotional intensity when called for without being shrill or overacting. Best of all, she was able to communicate the deep warmth and humanity of this story of a cyborg by her tone. One of the best narrators I've heard in recent memory. You won't want to stop listening to it and will get frustrated when your kids make you turn it off when they aren't with you in the car. You'll try but won't be able to listen to your "adult book" because this vivid story won't step aside to make room for a lesser one.

The retelling of the Cinderella story is so cleverly done that I had to sometimes strain to see the similarities between this and the original. This book isn't a conventional fairy tale love story. It may develop into one as the series progresses but so far only friendship and regard with some mild flirtation is there. In fact every time either Cinder or Kai is faced with a choice between what they want in their heart or the greater good, any feelings they may secretly hope for are pushed to the side in favour of duty and honor. This theme of self sacrifice is refreshing.
There is a stern stepmother and some sisters but cinder is no timid wanna be princess in need of saving from her circumstances. If any saving is needed it will most likely be done by her. While she is most definitely a teenager in sensibility which was so realistically portrayed that I felt exasperated with her at times. Cinder is a fantastic, strong, and new (to me) YA heroine. I ready see.
There is also great world building here. Marissa Meyer has created a believable alternate world which while obviously futuristic in technology, laws and customs is at the same time recognizable in the motivations and hopes of its inhabitants. They want a peaceful, healthy safe place to raise their families in and to be happy.
Great story telling and plotting. We did figure out some of the coming plot twists due to little seeds planted early on but they were pretty subtle and made the experience of this audio book more enjoyable rather than less.

Highly recommended for both girls and boys.
If you know a reader looking for a new series to get immersed in get them to try this. I quite enjoyed the Divergent series (up to mid way through book three that is.) I think this is better.

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  • Rita
  • Mckinleyville, CA, USA
  • 12-07-12

um, does this cyborg foot fit you?

This book was sweet and even though it followed a basic over-told and over-rewritten story, it had a true spark of originality. Cinderella story aside it was still utterly predictable. But i shed a couple tears, laughed out loud and all in all had great fun reading this book.

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  • Karina
  • Milton, FL, United States
  • 06-01-12

The narrator makes this story great

What made the experience of listening to Cinder the most enjoyable?

The narrator's ability to create unique voices for each character and her ability to make the character's sound passionate during dialogue.

What did you like best about this story?

Cinder is a wonderfully unique character. I hate the typical cliche characters, and this story scoffs at the original Cinderella cliche.

What about Rebecca Soler’s performance did you like?

She was the perfect voice for Cinder. I couldn't possibly imagine anyone else narrating this role. Her voice is passionate and real, and she makes the other character sound just as unique.

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

Yes, but I won't spoil it for anyone else :)

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  • Annette
  • Bradenton, FL, United States
  • 05-28-12

Predictable, but fun.

I enjoyed this book and was disappointed to learn that her next book is coming out in about a year! Unfortunately by that time I will probably have forgotten all about this series. The book ends on a cliff-hanger for those of you who hate that. It is a good adventure/action story, which takes some predictable turns. Overall the story is entertaining and engaging. I predict a major motion picture by 2015. Think Hunger Games.

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  • Tori
  • Chico, CA, United States
  • 05-04-12

amazing

Would you consider the audio edition of Cinder to be better than the print version?

for me it is, because if i read a book i tend to be inpatient and skip a lot of the dialogue so listening forces me to listen closely to every word...and for this book, every word is worth it!

What did you like best about this story?

i love the characters, the plot twist, the ideals....just amazing

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

she had really really really good accents! i was defiantly drawn in by the life she gave to the story.

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

i was at the edge of my seat the whole time! i was jumping for joy, and laughing, and i was ready to fight along side cinder!

Any additional comments?

this is a must read. it is such a creative spin on cinderella. i am counting the days till book two comes out! audible better have it the same day it comes out in print or i will have to buy the book instead!

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Can't wait for the next book!

I absolutely loved this story! I was quite skeptical at first. I'm not usually a fan of "futuristic robot" books. Cinder was a great twist on the Cinderella story. I'm so excited for the next book to come out!

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  • Arwen
  • BOISE, ID, United States
  • 02-06-12

A Great Story, Well Done!

This is a well-done and imaginative re-telling of a classic loosely based on the plot of Cinderella. No, it's not an exact copy. The writing is good, the characters well-developed and fleshed out...they come to life from the "pages" (or earbuds). Kai and Cinder are great characters, I really came to care about them during the course of the story. I look forward to the next book and seeing what unfolds for them. The threat to Kai's sovreignty, indeed the threat of war between "countries" and even planets in the author's imagined world, and the battle against an insideous disease enhances the plot, making it about much more than relationships. The narration is good, the voice is appropo of the main character and delivers the story well. The only thing I would say could be done a little better is some of the male voices, particularly that of Kai himself. To me his voice should have been a little more distinguished and indentifiable. (That is a minor complaint, however.) Overall, I would highly recommend this. It is one of my favorite stories (overall) and favorite Audible listens that I have experienced recently.

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I Loved This Story

STORY - Yes, there is a parallel with the Cinderella fairy tale, but there's so much more! This story is unique, fast-paced, suspenseful and heartwarming. It has a cliffhanger ending. Reviews indicate that Scarlet (Book 2) is mainly about new characters and that the story of Cinder and Kai progresses only slightly. While that is frustrating, I am excited at the prospect of things getting more juicy and complicated than if they had ended in this book.

NARRATOR - Rebecca Soler is very, very good. She does male voices well and also a couple convincing foreign accents.

BOTTOM LINE - You should definitely listen to Cinder, but realize that it will take at least two more books to find out how the story ends.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Amazing book.

What did you love best about Cinder?

It kept you guessing, and from the moment the book starts you are instantly hooked.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything.

What about Rebecca Soler’s performance did you like?

She gave real life to the characters voices.

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

When Cinder kisses the prince.

Any additional comments?

Get this book :)

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • ukiah ca
  • 06-05-12

Good Listen

If you could sum up Cinder in three words, what would they be?

Syfi take on a cinderella story

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

yes

Any additional comments?

Cant wait for the next book in the series.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful