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Divergent Audiobook

Divergent

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It is a very rare thing to witness the beginning of a writer’s career and know without a doubt that the first little book is going to launch a worldwide craze, a la J.K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer. Such is the terrifying yet enviable position of Veronica Roth, who sold this debut novel to a HarperCollins imprint before she even finished college. She also sold the film rights to Summit Entertainment, owner of the Twilight film saga, on the strength of pre-publication buzz alone. The first in a planned series, Divergent is beyond question the best thing to happen to young adult literature in a very long time. More realistic than Harry Potter and less moony-eyed than Twilight, Roth has crafted a world and a protagonist that are easily engrossing and definitely worthy of our long-term attention.

Part of the credit for such charm belongs to narrator Emma Galvin, herself somewhat a newcomer. The young upstart has already garnered praise for her interpretations of Winter’s Bone, the first book spin-off from the Glee television series, and Stephenie Meyer’s recent novella. Galvin is genuinely edgy and emotive, not a trace of sugar to be found in the dialogue or her rendering of it. She captures the bold but conflicted spirit of the main character, Tris, with convincing personality and a real sensibility for the fast-pacing learning curve into which Tris launches the year she turns 16. After being raised in a clan whose primary characteristic is its devotion to selflessness, Tris defects, choosing a life of bravery from among the five factions that comprise her dystopic Chicago. She must pledge the faction, and go through several rounds of training eliminations before becoming a true Dauntless.

Tris is a complex, down-to-earth character with a lot of soul searching to do — in a clan where hobbies include jumping from moving trains and tossing knives at small objects resting on the heads of friends, and there are no second chances. Veronica Roth has built a remarkable situation with strong potential for a longevity that will remain fresher than the sum of its parts, and Emma Galvin has this bull of a new series firmly by the horns. This book is confidently going places far beyond the fanatical mindlessness of young adult marketing, and in a hot minute, grownups will not have to feel one iota of shame for having fallen in love with it alongside their less discerning teenagers. —Megan Volpert

Publisher's Summary

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are - and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves.... or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series - dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

©2011 Veronica Roth (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Though Galvin’s narration is concentrated on giving Tris the perfect voice, she never neglects the secondary characters. Poignant moments with Tris’s mother and Four, her leader and love, are subtly nuanced to let listeners hear the terror Tris often hides.... listeners will hold their breath waiting to see if she can survive the day." (AudioFile)

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    Alexis 01-10-15
    Alexis 01-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    I was unsure about the story at first but now I've totally fallen in love! I found something new to fan girl over.

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    The Kuzovs Rowlett, TX 01-09-15
    The Kuzovs Rowlett, TX 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    Ok, I'm hooked. I gotta read the rest of the series!! Hurry, before the movie comes out....

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    Optimist San Francisco Bay Area 01-09-15
    Optimist San Francisco Bay Area 01-09-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Gripping"

    I plan to mommy-daughter listen to this with my young teen, who is dying to see the movies. There's a lot of tough stuff in this story, but it's stuff we should talk about.

    The narrator has great suspense and excitement, once I got past her very-teen voice and slightly choppy start. I love how she distinguishes between characters' voices without obviously "doing voices" of male and female characters. She's a good choice for this series.

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    Veronique Desautels Florida 01-08-15
    Veronique Desautels Florida 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than the movie!"

    Could not stop listening! Speaker is perfect for the story and looking forward to insurgent! Recommend to anyone. 5 star

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    Collins 01-06-15
    Collins 01-06-15
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    "Too long"

    VERY GOOD but It is a very very long book , and dong have much time to read very long books .

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    juditalma Budapest, Hungary 01-04-15
    juditalma Budapest, Hungary 01-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Seemingly teen story with a twist"

    I have read Hunger Games before so some of the world seemed familiar but the storytelling is superb and leaves the reader much to think about current society.

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    Larry 01-03-15
    Larry 01-03-15
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    "Loved It!!"

    I listened to the book after seeing the movie. The book was so much better. It answered some of the questions I had after seeing the movie. I can't wait to listen to the next book in this series.

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    KC 01-03-15
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    It was an amazing novel suprized I finished it in two days anyway it is my 10th time reading this one book I read the series many more times

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    Avery 01-02-15
    Avery 01-02-15
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    The nararatior was good and sounded really good and the overall story was exciting and supprised at the same time I really liked it!!! 😍😘

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    Andrea Luhman 01-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't think to hard and you can enjoy this"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to a friend. The narrative bothered me. Some of the language was beautiful, but Tris explored and contemplated EVERYTHING. The naiveté of her character was so above and beyond the average teenagers I can see why the antagonists were frustrated seeing her succeed.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Thinking about the different “factions” or human virtues (brave, selfless, kind, intelligence, honesty) portrayed in the book. Special “Divergent”, multi-virtuous Tris, is not very quick on the uptake of anything. While I patiently waited through narratives of Tris trying figure out what she was looking at or what was happening to her, my mind would drift and wait for her light bulb to turn on. It allowed me to think about this faction-governed world. I like the very kid friendly outline of common issues that incite war, murder, and manipulation tactics used by leaders to control the governed. I like Roth’s exploration of kill or be killed verses pacifist ideals, but I thought she had an axe to grind when she painted the pursuit of knowledge as selfish and goal oriented.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where her friend Christina hold's on for dear life while dangling over a cavern.


    Was Divergent worth the listening time?

    Sure, but I don't plan on reading the follow on books.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending, it’s a little gross and it made me wonder if I would behave in such a way during my grieving process.

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