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Divergent Audiobook

Divergent Audiobook

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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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    R. Mikesell 07-14-14
    R. Mikesell 07-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Exciting"

    Very exciting, hard to put down story with outstanding narration similar in tone and quality to the Hunger Games.

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    Debbie 07-12-14
    Debbie 07-12-14
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    "Stunning and realistic performance"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up at the top


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    The book closely mirrors the hunger games, but I did not care for that narrator AT ALL. This narrator has a soothing voice and I really believe she is Beatrice prior, 16 year old faction transfer.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    She doesn't try to make her voice sound like a guy's voice. She just changes inflection. It is captivating.


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

    Yes but I kept going back and re-listening to it, over and over. Cannot wait to get all of them if the same narrator is telling the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I liken the storyteller to the gal who narrated the outlander series, Davian porter. She varied her voice which I sometimes find distracting but she did such a good job as Claire Fraser I forgave her!

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    lydia weatherford, TX, United States 07-10-14
    lydia weatherford, TX, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2017
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    "great series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    this is a good series and hold your attention all the way through. You cant just read Divergent and not want to read the next 2 books.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Hunger Games


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    Sunny 07-10-14
    Sunny 07-10-14
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    "Concept excellent; story flat and juvenile"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had hoped for more. It was understood the books target teens but so did Hunger Games, and that trilogy was excellent. So I took a chance as I am drawn to dystopian tales. The faction concept was compelling but the concept could not make up for weak writing and a story that did not feel fleshed out. And please, enough of the teen romance angst already. Inclined to pass on #2 and #3 books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Veronica Roth again?

    Not likely. Maybe when she has grown as a writer and more fully develops her characters and their story.


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

    No. She sounded very young so perfect voice for a 16 year old.


    Did Divergent inspire you to do anything?

    Checked out the movie costumes to see how the factions dressed.


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    rob_m San Francisco, CA United States 07-08-14
    rob_m San Francisco, CA United States 07-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Teenage pulp fiction"
    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin?

    Maybe.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Emma Galvin?

    Yes.


    Was Divergent worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Disclaimer, I'm an over 40 male and my favorite sci-fi/fantasy works are in the vein of Frank Herbert and Robert Jordan, so I am likely the wrong demographic for this book. The plot was thin and implausible, although the world created was interesting and fun. The protagonist is a teenage girl and a lot of the sub-plot is based on teen relationships. This book would likely be enjoyable for teen girls, or some pulp fiction to pass the time. I read the entire series though... I'm a sucker for needing to hear the end of a story once started...The book seems written more as a screen play. I could see this being a fun movie for the high school crowd, similar to Hunger Games.

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    Kaitlin 07-08-14
    Kaitlin 07-08-14 Member Since 2011

    A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.

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    "An exciting introduction to a possible future"

    Divergent was absolutely entrancing. Roth has introduced an interesting society that could reasonably occur in the far future, that is intriguing and captivating. I couldn't stop listening, I just wanted to know what would happen next! Even the teenage love story was far from typical and exciting. The characters were really fun and you could watch them grow. And it introduced some fun thought experiments such as "what would your fears be?" So far it's tied for my favorite dystopian future novel.

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    MyOnlySecret Albuquerque, NM 07-08-14
    MyOnlySecret Albuquerque, NM 07-08-14 Member Since 2014

    My Only Secret

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    "Great Story Line"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    I dislike reading - I lose interest in books very easy but being able to listen to the book is wonderful. I would encourage others who dislike reading but enjoy story telling to try this out.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Hunger games - due to the teenage nature of having to choose and fight.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Galvin’s performances?

    I am not very fond her Emma's performance - it seemed a bit robotic and dry.


    Any additional comments?

    Over all the book was good - it goes into a little too much detail at times but it has a good story line. The movie was even better.

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    S. Semple 07-06-14
    S. Semple 07-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Dystopian society and coming of age"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    I don't know that the audio is better, but it's more convenient and allows a person to walk or drive while taking in the story.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Similar to the Hunger Games, Ferenhite 451, Gatica, they also are about a society on the edge, a disenfranchised group of people and the resiliency of human nature


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Emma had a great voice for the characters. Her portrail of Trice was spot on allowing the listener to imagine that she was the character.


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

    There were moments I laughed, cried, and lots of tension


    Any additional comments?

    A great start to this trilogy allowing the reader to know the characters, lifestyle, and experience the joy and fear of coming into their own as Trice. Well worth the read

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    Yuval 07-03-14
    Yuval 07-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A simple story for young adults"
    What did you like best about Divergent? What did you like least?

    I liked the message of the story, I might recommend it to my girls when they grow a bit. The book encourages non-conformism.


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

    I did not like the plot so much. I felt it was following a text-book plan. I expected more complexity of characters. I had to read it to the end, so it wasn't that bad.


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    James PUEBLO, CO, United States 07-03-14
    James PUEBLO, CO, United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Glad its a movie"

    Really great science fiction, rich story line, has the feel of 1984 written with the perspective of having lived into the modern age

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