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Delirium Audiobook

Delirium

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"Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

Lauren Oliver astonished readers with her stunning debut, Before I Fall. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it "raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful. An end as brave as it is heartbreaking." Her much-awaited second novel fulfills her promise as an exceptionally talented and versatile writer.

Also included is a sneak listen to the first chapter of the next book in the series. Enjoy!

©2011 Laura Schechter (P)2011 HarperCollins Pubilshers

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    RayRay1974 Texas, United States 05-03-13
    RayRay1974 Texas, United States 05-03-13

    I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)

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    "Gripping and Tragic"

    This was my first listen with Lauren Oliver and the book is great but the narration is outstandingly done. You get a very close actual feel for the characters, for their pain and longing. Excellent job Sarah Drew!

    I loved how this book reminded me of what it's like to be a young adult. Growing up believing that the system put in place is to protect you, for your own good. Then as pedals from a rose are picked away you begin to grow and see that not everyone is telling you the truth. Not everyone cares about your protection, they only care about the power they have over you.

    This book is that type of dystopian world where of all things, Love is a disease and you have to be cured of it. If you are not, you are a sick and diseased person who can't be relied to make good choices, those choices are taken from you when you are cured. If you are cured you are a good citizen and allowed to be part of the world that is functional.

    But not everyone is cured. Not everyone wants it.

    What I appreciate about this book most is the comparison to old literature. How society has re-written old stories so that people will not want to love and they are scared into obeying. The bible is even rewritten as the book of "Shhhhhh". So it keeps you on your toes trying to remember the same stories you grew up with and how they differ in this book.

    Delirium is well worth the credit.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Degraeve germany 04-07-13
    C. Degraeve germany 04-07-13

    drawing on the walls

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

    I would definitely recommend this book! I really enjoyed the entire series. The story was original and interesting. It will keep you on your toes.


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    Mary Hanson 04-01-13
    Mary Hanson 04-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good listen if you are 12 years old"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Tweens


    What was most disappointing about Lauren Oliver’s story?

    The plot was silly, the character unlikeable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think the performance was fine...it was the material that was hard to take.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Delirium?

    Sorry....didn't devote that kind of attention to this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Gillette, WY, United States 03-30-13
    Amazon Customer Gillette, WY, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting concept..."
    What did you like best about Delirium? What did you like least?

    I liked the concept of the story line. The idea of Love being a disease was not one that has been overdone. And thank heaven there wasn't a triangle love story. I thought the characters could have been given more depth. I realize that it is from the mind of the main character but the other characters needed to be explored more. And the book of SSHHH, was just plain..... stupid.


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

    This was my first introduction to this author.


    Did Sarah Drew do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I wanted to like her. I think she had a range that would have worked if there had been more emotion to characters like Alex, he felt one dementional and the Sister's voice about made me crawl out of my skin, although I realize that was part of the story line.


    Did Delirium inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The author has an almost poetic and very descriptive way that she writes. Sometimes it made the story become tiresome to listen to. Others that have reviewed the book loved this, sometimes I just felt "Get to the point already!" I liked the Divergent and Hunger games series much more. But that being said, I did purchase book 2, I am into it enough to want to find out where the story line takes the Characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Medellin Sylmar, CA USA 03-27-13
    Marie Medellin Sylmar, CA USA 03-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Disease Called Love"

    Can you imagine a world where "Love" is considered a disease? This is the world that Lana lives in. She is days away from being cured when her world is turned upside down and finds out everything she has been brought up to believe in is not what it seems. She begins to question if love is really a bad thing after all. Oliver took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions as Lana comes into her own self discovery of love and life. The ending had me crying like a baby and running to read the next book. Sarah Drew did an excellent job with the narration and kept me pulled into the story. Wonderful!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 03-18-13
    Marie 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Well Written But Unoriginal And Shallow"

    Until the last few chapters of Delirium, I was sure I wouldn't return for the second in the trilogy. Now I am in a quandary. The cliffhanger at the end of book one does make me want to check out the next book. The writing is good, even poetic at times. But something is holding me back.

    I think it is because, just like in a similar book (Matched), the society and culture in Delirium are intriguing but the main character is annoying and shallow. In fact, the two books are too similar. Both are set in cultures that control personal relationships, both have "wild" areas outside the city where nonconformists live and do battle, both focus on a young female who are more obsessed with boys than with the lies they uncover about their society.

    Lena, almost 18 and waiting for the cure that will remove the delirium from her system, is so obsessed with wanting to kiss Alex again that she has no emotional reaction to seeing a group of her peers beaten and, in one case, seeing a young man have his throat torn open by a dog. Her whining about her inadequacies, her looks, and her relationship grew tedious. Where was her repulsion for what she had witnessed? I wanted a strong female character, who matured with her experiences, not a overwrought teenager.

    I was also put off by the swift change from serious happening to flippancy. Part of this could be due to the narrator's interpretation of the text. But in the scene in the backroom of the grocery store Lena and Hannah go from tears about the violence they witnessed to snappy comebacks about Alex in the blink of an eye.

    The story is told from Lena's first person present point of view and it suffers from it. The reader is isolated in Lena's head and she is so preoccupied with Alex and the cure we don't learn enough about what goes on around her. Why, for instance, are there so few cars? Do the various gated cities communicate with each other? How does the United States function as a country? What set off the government policy requiring the removal of emotions, love in particular it seems, from the human condition? Reading reviews of the second and third books in the series, it is clear the author couldn't sustain the series in Lena's first person present point of view. In the second volume, she alternates present and future time to deal with the limitations. And Hannah becomes a viewpoint character in the third volume.

    The narrator does an excellent job of differentiating the characters but I grew tired of the whiny internal monologues. Again, part of that is the text.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 03-15-13
    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2012

    I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)

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    "Has an Anthem / Gattaca feel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yeah I would, but this book probably won't appeal to everyone. I liked Anthem in highschool, and this is similiar in context.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't just have one. I loved the dynamic between the main characters Lena, Alex and Hanna.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had a couple, first when Lena breaks the rules for the first time and goes to the illegal music concert and is freaked out by boys and girls being in public together. Next Lena meeting up with Alex on the beach where Lena becomes happy and carefree.


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

    Yes when Alex says " I love you" to Lena.


    Any additional comments?

    I just moved on to the second book and I am hoping for a certain character to magically show up....keeping my fingers crossed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annie USA 03-13-13
    Annie USA 03-13-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Not the Hunger Games..."

    This was not the caliber of The Hunger Games but the story was intriguing enough to keep my interest AND download book 2 in the series immediately. It was just a bit slow in development and lots of talk without as much action. The story surrounds a society who considers "love" to be a type of delirium. As a result, love is outlawed and once 18 their brains are altered to not allow the extreme emotion. We watch as the heroine of the story learns what love is and is willing to risk all to experience it. The character development was good and by the end of the book I couldn't wait download the next book because the adventure, it seems, is just getting started. It's definitely worth a credit and if you enjoy YA fiction, the odds of enjoying Delirium are high. The narrator could not have been better and really captured the characters well. Great job!

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    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA USA 03-13-13
    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA USA 03-13-13 Member Since 2014

    beglad

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    "Not Hunger Games"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Could't make a four or five. Premise is way too thin.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Opening scene when heroine is taking her test for the procedure.


    What character would you cut from Delirium?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    The premise of the book and I'm assuming the premise of the rest of the series is that society has decided that love is tragic disease that can and should be cured by medical procedures. Essentially love is the root of all evil. Get rid of it and people will be happy and docile. Way to thin a premise for me. Doesn't really hold up since there are evil people in this utopian society who presumably were cured of love and should be docile and not violent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen 03-06-13
    Maureen 03-06-13
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    "love love love"
    What made the experience of listening to Delirium the most enjoyable?

    This is my second listen to this novel. Anxiously anticipating the release of book 3, I wanted to re-listen to the series to have the story more fresh in my mind. I loved it just as much the second time around. Great story, brilliant writing and OUTSTANDING narration. I would give the performance 10 stars if I could.


    What other book might you compare Delirium to and why?

    None


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

    Delirium was my first time listening to Sarah Drew.


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

    I found the whole book very moving. This was my first "dystopian" fiction novel and I was a bit apprehensive about the subject matter. Not really a genre that attracts me generally.The author told the story with such meaning and I truly cannot say enough great things about the performance of the narrator.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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