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The Darkest Minds Audiobook

The Darkest Minds: Darkest Minds, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now 16, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her - East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

©2012 Alexandra Bracken (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jennifer 10-11-14
    Jennifer 10-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Really Great Audiobook! Couldn't Put it Down!"
    If you could sum up The Darkest Minds in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, exciting, original


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a nonstop action packed, nicely paced, fun book! It was funny, heartbreaking, and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I couldn't stop listening to it! I found myself wishing for some traffic on my way home, so that I could listen to this book longer. I actually took the long way home one day so I could keep listening to it. The narrator did an excellent job of reading this book. I'm really looking forward to getting the second one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-16-13
    Susan BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect Pairing of Story and Narrator"
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    This book was compelling, masterfully written and beautifully narrated. Amy McFadden did an artful job of making the characters believable. I was inwardly cheering for the main characters as they tried desperately to find home.

    If you are looking for a feel-good book, this is not the one for you. While it has moments, this book is a series of struggles and would not be the book I would choose for a lite read. With that said, it is well worth the credit.

    Rarely do I find a book that evokes such a power emotion from me as the end of this book. While I did not agree with all the decisions that were made, I did find them all believable based on the characters development. And most importantly (to me), the author never dumbed down or over explained anything. As a reader, it is a pet peeve of mind to read something and assume, "this author thinks I am a moron." It was refreshing not to have one instance of that in this book.

    Hopefully, there will be a sequel. I grew attached to the characters and would love to know what would happen next.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Misty CA, USA 07-07-15
    Misty CA, USA 07-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    Looking forward to the next listening to book two. The book was good and so was the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daron Dickens Atlanta, GA 06-28-15
    Daron Dickens Atlanta, GA 06-28-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Good read"

    Good. Wish it had been developed just a little more. Still, good book good concept

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 06-07-15
    James 06-07-15
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    "Great story"

    Other than the language, I found this book fantastic. Ruby is still in her cocoon so to speak. I can't wait to see her break free in the next two books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allison King 07-29-16
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    "Only finished it because I bought it"

    I hated this book. If you are used to heroines like Katniss, Tris, or Celeana you will be disappointed by Ruby in this book. The entire time she was wimpy and scared. I kept waiting for her to do cool things with her powers but every time she even used them she was terrified of her own shadow. She was definitely not a strong female character, and the descriptive language in this book just served to support how all she listened to were her feelings. It didn't help that every time she even touched a boy she turned to mush. Not appealing at all. I could find nothing to admire in her. Definitely not bothering with the rest of the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New York, NY 08-24-15
    Amazon Customer New York, NY 08-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another "Victim" YA Female Character"
    Would you try another book from Alexandra Bracken and/or Amy McFadden?

    Am I to understand that you wrote a story where a female character "allows" "keeps falling for it" herself to get sexually molested and then allows the love interest to be beaten where she has the power to stop it and does nothing till the end? Ugh disgusting. How about writing a female YA character that fights back earlier on and isn't so naive. Ugh Ugh Ugh!!!! I'm incredibly angry over the gushing reviews. I'm so disgusted and angry I can't even believe I'm writing this. I've never given such a negative review.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alexandra Bracken again?

    Wonderful Narrator. One of the best I've heard.


    What about Amy McFadden’s performance did you like?

    Just a wonderful narrator. Each character made flawlessly different. Its so easy to get lost in her story telling.


    Any additional comments?

    Shining reviews for female characters that are naive and made victims. I just don't like this line of writing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Garth 10-30-17
    Garth 10-30-17
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    "Good story and narrator"

    From the small demo I was unsure if I would like the narrator's voice, but as soon as more characters were introduced It did not take me too long to know she is one awesome narrator and I enjoyed every new character voice.

    The story was good it got better after a few chapters.

    I will be buying the next book.

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    love2dazzle 09-25-17
    love2dazzle 09-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I almost gave up on “The Darkest Minds” "

    I almost gave up on “The Darkest Minds” by Alexandra Bracken. It started out so slow. I was having a hard time staying focus on the characters and the story line because I just could not get into the story. I couldn’t connect with anything or fall in love with the characters. Then something changed and I was falling in love with the story, the characters, and the world.

    Bracken creates a horribly wonderful world. Children are dying and the ones that survive are viewed as a threat to the adults. These children are discovered to have abilities or powers. The world building in this story is definitely interesting. The world is so depressed and it is very different world where the adults are afraid of the children. The world is pretty much destroyed and children are hiding from adults and trying to find a way to survive.

    Ruby became a very loveable character. The whole time I was wondering why Ruby ended up in the camp that she was in. The children are separated into groups based on what type of abilities they have.

    Green: Mentally advanced and photographic memories
    Blue: Telekinesis
    Yellow: Electricity
    Orange: Mind Control
    Red: Ability to create and use Fire

    Ruby was completely afraid of her powers. Her parents sent her away and she has been in camp for a long time. She seems to be scared of her own shadow. Ruby doesn’t even know what she is capable of. She has an idea of what she is able to do or how to control it. I think Ruby is a great character because she isn’t afraid to fight back. I was so proud of when Ruby came into her own that she was able to not only stick up for herself but also for others. I was extremely proud of her.

    “The Darkest Minds” has amazing supporting characters. The had so much depth to them. I loved the characters. I thought Bracken did such a great job writing each and every one of them. Chubs was one of my favorites. He always stood up for what he believed was right. He treated everyone well if they deserved it. I loved when him and Ruby interacted together.

    Once I started really getting into the story then I really enjoyed it. It took a few chapters but I thought it turned out really well. I look forward to reading the next book. I really want to see how Ruby’s story continues.

    Since I listened to this story on tape, I thought that McFadden was a great narrator. She was very fun to listen too. I thought she did a really good job narrating the story. I still think that it is good to have an entertaining narrator that is able to keep a reader interested in listening to the story and McFadden does exactly yet. I will be looking forward to more of McFadden’s narrations.

    “AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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    Leslie 08-09-17
    Leslie 08-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "My Favorite Series!"
    Would you listen to The Darkest Minds again? Why?

    Yes! I read the Darkest Minds when it first came out and loved it. It's my favorite book series of all time - even over Harry Potter which held the top spot for a long time. I had an inkling to read it again (which is rare for me, I can count the number of books I have re-read on two hands. They have to be really good with a lasting impact to warrant a re-read) Since I've been a member of audible for half a year, I decided I'd give the audiobook a try and it was just as I had remembered. I loved listening to this book, I finished the whole 13 hours or so in two days. Just like with the book, I didn't want to put it down or rather press pause. Unlike most of my audiobooks which I can't say I have plans to listen to again, this will definitely be a future listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkest Minds?

    Hard question to answer because there are so many moments that stick out in my mind. Hmm, I guess what sticks out most in my mind is when we finally find out what happened between Ruby and her parents and the heartbreaking way she was taken from their lives.


    What about Amy McFadden’s performance did you like?

    I loved it. I was honestly worried that I wasn't going to like the audiobook because I normally dislike female YA narrators but Amy McFadden's performance was amazing. All of her characters actually had different and unique sounding voices and I always knew which one of them was talking which tends to be my least favorite thing about audiobooks because I find quite a few narrators aren't good at giving every individual their own voice.


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  • Lee
    10/4/15
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    "different but worth a listen."

    decent story although it took a while to get used to the accent and sound/style of the narrators voice but did get into it and lookin forward to finding and listening to the other books in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
    4/29/15
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    "Brilliant!"
    If you could sum up The Darkest Minds in three words, what would they be?

    mind blowing children


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkest Minds?

    an 11 year old losing the love of her parents, worst, she never existed :(


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    hmmmm, tricky. All of it?


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

    The entire series was!


    Any additional comments?

    Go the full hog and listen to all 3. They just get better and better

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amy Cross
    Arborfield, United Kingdom
    12/5/14
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    "Absolutely captivating and brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this as there wasn't a moment in this book where I wanted to stop listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is flawed and you really are taken on her journey.


    What about Amy McFadden’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant performance by Amy, she really brings the book alive.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gnat
    7/11/14
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    "Absolutely compelling!"
    What did you like most about The Darkest Minds?

    The story is quite compelling, I found myself disappointed when I had to stop listening because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Most characters were well rounded and grew as the story progressed


    What does Amy McFadden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She told the story really well, the voices for all the characters were excellent and you could really hear the emotion in her voice if the characters were upset.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gary lawson
    7/7/14
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    "Great concept, could have gone deeper"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to a friend as it was very enjoyable. It would have to be a good Scifi friend though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the descriptions of the effects on America of the treatment of the children. The fragile balance tipping and the fall from power.


    What does Amy McFadden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great descriptive voice and the ability to ride my bike while still experiencing the book, which I have found very tricky in the past


    Any additional comments?

    Great book but its abrupt end has left me thinking the book was a great set up to a follow up book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Booky
    Kent, United Kingdom
    7/5/14
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    "Strong Story"
    If you could sum up The Darkest Minds in three words, what would they be?

    Dystopia Adventure & Friendship


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written YA adventure novel with interesting characters I'd like to know.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Do you trust someone enough to hold their hand?


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed The Hunger Games & Divergent you'll love this. Similar but not the same!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annette Wright
    Hampshire, United Kingdom
    6/23/14
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    "I highly recommend this great read!"

    I bought this as an audio book and finished it in three days. I enjoyed every minute. It's an interesting tale of children developing powers that threaten society. They are locked up, experimented on, used and abused. The parallels to other stories both of fiction and reality are many, but rather than detracting from the story, they add to it.

    The main character, Ruby, is a gentle and fearful girl. Her love interest, Liam is a good fit for her and this element of the story feels natural and in no way forced into the plot.

    The social commentary inn this novel it's far from subtle and yet it doesn't preach. This is a fine line Alexandra Bracken balances on it perfectly. I highly recommend this story of a dystopian world where children are the perceived enemy. I don't think you have to be a fan of three gene to enjoy this book. Strong characters and stronger commentary make it a gripping and thought provoking read.

    The narrator is excellent and brings the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Campbell
    kent, United Kingdom
    10/16/14
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    "narrater"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe this book would become more interesting with a better narrator.
    Personally I find Amy McFadden too fast and very monotone.
    I barely got to 3 minutes, when I had to give up.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alexandra Bracken again?

    Don't know


    What didn’t you like about Amy McFadden’s performance?

    Monotone and initially too fast.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Merseyside, United Kingdom
    7/25/14
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    "Hard work"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I regretted downloading it. It was an exhausting drawn out listen.


    Would you recommend The Darkest Minds to your friends? Why or why not?

    No I wouldn't recommend to anyone unless they like sci fi ....


    Did Amy McFadden do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    To be fair, the narration was very good


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't even complete it.... really tried hard to go back to it from time to time but gave up in the end

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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