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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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    Tm P. 02-12-14
    Tm P. 02-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Ugh ... painfully bad"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I usually like YA fiction, and it's understandable that the writing style and subjects targeting YA readers aren't really intended for an older reader. That said, a lot of the writing in Divergent was just bad, bad, bad... the 'romantic' scenes were especially cliche-packed and awkward - and not in the way that conveys the awkwardness of young emotion, but the awkwardness of poor writing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Veronica Roth again?

    I doubt it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was fine - it was the material that wasn't to my liking.


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

    An assertive editor would have cut about 40% of the book. It makes me think the material was intentionally 'stretched' to fill (and sell) additional books.


    Any additional comments?

    No - - this will be a return for me.

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    nhardon 02-11-14
    nhardon 02-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    "If you like Hunger Games, this is a must read!"

    The book is awesome on its own and Emma Galvin reads with insight and passion. She does a great job!

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    Tony Stephens Nelson, NZ 02-11-14
    Tony Stephens Nelson, NZ 02-11-14 Member Since 2011

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    "This really is a Young Adult book"
    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin?

    Don't think I will use my credits to get the next in the series despite wondering where the story will go.


    Has Divergent turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Loved "Hunger Games", "Harry Potter", and many others my kids introduced me to.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Sometimes difficult to tell if lead character is talking out loud or in her head.


    Was Divergent worth the listening time?

    Definitely made the time pass more quickly as I paint my house.


    Any additional comments?

    Bought this book having seen the movie trailer, despite trailer seeming VERY similar to "Hunger Games". I just thought it would be fun to read before seeing the movie. 'Might' still go and see the movie...

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    AJ 02-09-14
    AJ 02-09-14
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    "An interesting concept of a possible future"

    This story clearly takes place in Chicago some long period into the future.... much of the infrastructure of Chicago has decayed but there are plenty clues to the city's identity.So it seems the story takes place in a post apocalyptic future even though the author never says so. Through this book the character development is great and the notion of innate tendency is taken to almost religious fervor as the people are divided into factions based on their innate drives. Interesting enough to move on to the next......

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    Michael McCunney Atlanta, GA 02-09-14
    Michael McCunney Atlanta, GA 02-09-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable, fun, easy because of narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    I think Emma Galvin does a terrific job narrating, I found her pleasant and easy to listen to.

    I picked up this audio book due to the high ratings and that I saw a movie trailer recently. I have to say all in all I'm very satisfied. The one drawback is it does have periods of teeny-girl love story, which as I later found out from my wife, is likely the intended audience for this piece. So, I suppose that's on me for not knowing that ahead of time.

    All of that being said it's well written and engaging outside of the silly lovesick girl portions.


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    MIchelle Surprise, AZ, United States 02-09-14
    MIchelle Surprise, AZ, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "surprisingly good"

    It was surprisingly good. Some reviews compared it to Hunger Games but it is not at all like it. I read to preview for my 6th grade class. Glad I did, because it does have some intense scenes that the younger readers may not relate to. I just started the next book in the series Insurgent!

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    Kim FRONT ROYAL, VA, United States 02-07-14
    Kim FRONT ROYAL, VA, United States 02-07-14
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    "I LOVED it"
    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    I loved the entire series and would definitely read more of Veronica Roth writing and I don’t even like futuristic books but would recommend it


    What did you like best about this story?


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    Molly Winter Park, Fl, United States 02-05-14
    Molly Winter Park, Fl, United States 02-05-14
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    "Page Turner!!!!"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audio book, and, to be honest, its going to be extremely hard to compete!


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a reader--never have been. I could NOT put this book down. I finished it in less than 3 days and that was a new record for me, given how long the book is. I HIGHLY recommend it.

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    Mari Fort Walton Beach, FL, United States 02-04-14
    Mari Fort Walton Beach, FL, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating"
    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Divergent is almost Twilightish with the nagging heroine and coming of age. But that is where it stops.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a thought provoking book about the basic instincts of the human way of life. I wish there had been some background about how the whole scenario has begun, but you have to read other books for that. It is an interesting read and keeps you following not only the main characters but the sub characters as well.

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    Amy A Brackenridge 02-04-14
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    "OUTSTANDING"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    I truly enjoyed the audio version. I travel 4 - 8 hours at least three times a month and I enjoy listening to audio books while driving. I was actually disappointed every time I had to stop and get out of the car.


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

    Absolutely!


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