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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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    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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    JjonesG Savannah GA, USA 02-03-14
    JjonesG Savannah GA, USA 02-03-14

    i love to read an amazing book that will take me out of this world and bring me to another sometimes we just need to use our imagination!

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    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    yes because it is an adventure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the mother she is a strong women for raising kids in that kind of fraction


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    trish


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

    yes and i did


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    Jamo 02-01-14
    Jamo 02-01-14
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    "Wanting more..."
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I found myself parked and sitting in my car not wanting to shut off the radio. The story is so well written, and I am looking forward to the next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character would have to be Four!


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Emma's performance was great! I really enjoyed her ability to switch from character to character and to add little things like muffle her speech when a character was speaking with food in their mouth.


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

    For sure this was a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting. However; I work in a max security prison, and sitting in the parking lot listening to this book did get me questioned on several occasions.


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    wolfspyder Makato MN USA 02-01-14
    wolfspyder Makato MN USA 02-01-14 Member Since 2017

    Reverend Francis X "Fox" Carmody of Veritasia Ministries, (507-344-0981 If you like what you see check out my Youtube channel!

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    "Mature Themes Sensitively Handled"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Divergent is one of those books definitely worth a second listen, as the listener will catch things not noticed the first time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    The ending struck just the right note with me, Clear character growth, drama, more to come, hope in the middle of dystopian despair. Details, of course, are left to the individual listener to find out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book held my interest from beginning to end, not always easy to do.


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

    There was a particular intervention between Tris and one of her new friends. Again, I can't give specific details because I don't believe in leaving spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Rated PG-13+ for mature and sometimes violent themes. Brief but respectful mention of religious practices is particularly noted in this book.

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    M.S. Valdez FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 01-31-14
    M.S. Valdez FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.

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    "Rehash teenage angst?"

    Twilight, Hunger Games, The Host.....Divergent. I think these are stories being retold in different forms and shapes. The story is interesting enough and the writing is well done. Emma Galvin is a convincing Tris. But I found it hard to believe that the society would so segregate people into such factions. I just never quite bought into that concept. The level of violence certainly surprised me in some parts of the story. Just not sure the book is good enough to make me want to continue the series.

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    Emily Koester California, USA 01-30-14
    Emily Koester California, USA 01-30-14
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    "Super story-telling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What a wonderful book! I enjoyed it and finished it far too quickly. Originally, I wanted to read it because I knew the movie was coming out this year, now I am only hoping that they will do it justice! The story was great and very well narrated by Emma Galvin, and I found myself caring deeply about the characters and analyzing the meaning behind the book. (It didn't seem that hard to do.) Overall a great read!


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    James LONG BEACH, CA, United States 01-30-14
    James LONG BEACH, CA, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Young Adult Action (and Romance) Listen"
    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    Yes - really good story, entertaining and lots of detail about the different Factions - would listen again to properly sort them out in my mind.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    I would say, like many people, the Hunger Games of course, but also a little bit of the Matrix. Hunger Games because they do share some similarities and the same premise (16-yr old female heroin, futuristic, post-apocalyptic American setting, tyrannical government wanting to control the masses, too-similar-looking book art - ha). The Matrix because it also has a similar premise of post-apocalyptic American setting, tyrannical "government" (or, computers) wanting to control the masses.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    Beatrice, or, Tris (her nickname).


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

    Well, I couldn't imagine sitting and listening to ANYTHING for 11 hours straight, but if I could, this would be one of those books.


    Any additional comments?

    Like the Hunger Games and Twilight series, my wife got me on to this book series, and I really enjoyed it. I think I liked it just about as much as the Hunger Games. If you go on to the other books, Insurgent and Allegiant, they feel less and less like the Hunger Games series so you should not get bored with this.

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    James T Lindon, UT, United States 01-30-14
    James T Lindon, UT, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2014

    Audible fan!...Why didn't I discover audiobooks sooner? I would rather listen than watch.

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    "Better than Katniss"

    I'm a dad that reads the books his thirteen-year-old daughter reads so we can have discussions and just to be informed. Keep that in mind as you look at my ratings. I find the main character in this novel to be more likable than the main character from the HG novels. At least I didn't want to strangle her midway through the first book. It is well read and entertaining. My daughter has devoured the books and that always makes me happy.

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    Julien WASHINGTON, DC, United States 01-30-14
    Julien WASHINGTON, DC, United States 01-30-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "Twilight meets hunger games"
    Any additional comments?

    Such a shame. This book had such potential. Intriguing premise, appealing characters, brisk pace. But then, about a third of the way through, it suddenly turned into a harlequin romance. The main character spends half her time mooning over her love interest, and the rest of her time in paroxysms of self-loathing about her place in the world (or, faction). I got a few sidelong looks on the street during this listen, as I'd suddenly groan, "you've got to be KIDDING me" aloud, as Tris starts melting into a sonnet over her love interest's deeply-set blue eyes. I also found the emphasis on her romantic yearnings while she's in the midst of some awfully dark circumstances to be jarring and not particularly believable. I don't usually write reviews, but the combination of potential and ultimate disappointment in this book brought me to it. Ugh. Can't help but root for Tris, but no book 2 for me.

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    Casey Child Orem, Utah 01-28-14
    Casey Child Orem, Utah 01-28-14 Member Since 2012

    cchild

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    "Book is for teenage girls."
    What could Veronica Roth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing.


    What didn’t you like about Emma Galvin’s performance?

    Too many teenage girl emotions going on.


    What character would you cut from Divergent?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Wasn't my favorite listen, didn't even finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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