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The Maze Runner Audiobook

The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

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When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up - the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

©2009 James Dashner; (P)2009 Listening Library

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    Elizabeth DALLAS, TX, United States 01-18-10
    Elizabeth DALLAS, TX, United States 01-18-10 Member Since 2017
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    "I really wanted to like it more but"

    the young-adult-ness of the writing is pretty painfully obvious and really served to distract me from the narrative. It seems the intended audience is more 11-13 rather than teens, per se.(and yeah, I'm 36 but have loved YA in the past, see below) At first I thought it was just the narrator's fault for sounding so didactic, but I eventually came around to the fact that it's also the prose. "there were so many secrets. they all had secrets. I wanted to ask all the secrets, to know their answers, but no one was talking" this is (bad paraphrase, but I heard this sentiment repeated 15 times in the first part of the book. I really wanted this to take me where "Hunger Games" did. and it really didn't.

    29 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Logan, Utah 05-12-15
    Ryan Logan, Utah 05-12-15

    "The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why" Mark Twain

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    "As usual, the book is better than the movie"
    Any additional comments?

    The Maze Runner is an interesting and entertaining post-apocalyptic trilogy about a group of kids (or test subjects) put through all sorts of tests and trials by WICKED, supposedly all in an effort to find a cure for a weaponized virus that has nearly wiped out humanity. And yadda yadda yadda...

    Having read the entire trilogy, the first book was my favorite. As always, the book is much more detailed and interesting than the movie, although I thought the movie was good too. I don't normally listen to teenage fiction stories, but I was in the mood for a post-apocalyptic thriller so I bit. And Mark Deakins is a great narrator.

    The narration was great. The writing is interesting. The kids in the book develop their own language and mannerisms to a large extent, which can take the listener a little bit to understand what is going on. The story is interesting enough to keep the pages turning, and confusing enough to keep an answer seeking reader in an endless search.

    I just want to say one thing though about the series and how the story is presented. First it really seems like the author James Dashner starts writing with good ideas in his head but never takes the time to plan out an outline for the story - beginning to end. I think he just starts typing the dialogue in and hopes it leads the story somewhere meaningful. The author does this much more frequently in the next two books. But as for this one, I'd try the movie first to see if it's a series worth reading.

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    Anne Kalama, WA, United States 08-22-10
    Anne Kalama, WA, United States 08-22-10
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    "When will it end??"

    I downloaded this book because the reviews were, overall, quite good. This book is so awful it is difficult to express in words. I am on chapter 45 and I am so bored I want to die. The author offers NO answers, none. Not even hints. No foreshadowing, either. Am I seriously going have to wait until the last 30 minutes to get answers? I am only finishing it on principle now, since I already paid for it. It's not as though I expected this to be as good as the Hunger Games, but I at least expected to be entertained. I honestly can't listen to this without my mind wandering it is so unbelievable boring. Run, don't walk, from this book.

    25 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 05-21-15
    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 05-21-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Navigating the maze"

    "Maze Runner" begins with a teenage boy waking in a moving cargo elevator. He can not remember anything about his life prior to that moment, except he knew his name was Thomas. All of his other memories had been erased. Many things brought about a faint recollection but remained just outside his grasp, like looking at images through an opaque glass. The elevator was moving up, and at the completion of this journey the doors at the top were flung open and a rope was lowered to bring him out.

    Thomas found himself in an immense square courtyard surrounded by massive walls. In the middle of each of the four walls was a doorway, which he later found led into the maze. He met Alby, the leader, and second in command Newt. All the inhabitants were teenage boys, perhaps 60 total, and ranged in age from about 12 to 18. He had many questions, especially since his memories were gone, but Alby acted like answering questions were an inconvenience he didn't have time for. Newt was a little more accommodating, but for every question he answered Thomas thought of two more. As it was getting late, Thomas was told to get some sleep and he would be shown around the next day. Chuck, the previous "newby," was to find him a place to sleep.

    From what Thomas was able to piece together, some of the boys had been there for as long as two years. They had runners out in the maze every day, looking for a way out. The other boys all had jobs to keep busy. Farmers, butchers, carpenters, and more, the little community was almost self sustaining. Once every month a new boy would arrive, Thomas being the latest. Once a week supplies would arrive from the creators, the name the boys gave to their keepers. At the end of each day, the runners would come back and make a map of the portion of the maze they explored. They found that the walls of the maze moved from day to day, making it more difficult to find the solution. At sunset, the walls next to each doorway would slide closed and seal the courtyard.

    On his first night there, Thomas was taken to a window to look into the maze. He got his first glimpse of the grievers, a combination of animal and machine. About the size of a cow, the grievers had no discernible head or tail. They had robotic arms with tools attached which could maim or kill. The arms could be extended or retracted at will, as well as small spikes which the creature used for locomotion. If a person was stung by a griever, they would have to take a serum or face death. The serum caused what the boys called "the change" and consisted of about three days of painful withdrawal like symptoms. However, the change would bring some of the victims lost memories back. The grievers could appear at any time, but they always came out at night. Therefore, the two most important rules were 1) stay out of the maze unless you are a runner, and 2) under no circumstance get caught in the maze at night.

    On Thomas's second day in the glade, as his new home was known, everything changed. The siren sounded announcing the arrival of another new member. There had never been more than one arrive per month, let alone on consecutive days. Also, this time it was a girl, another first. She was somehow familiar to Thomas, but remained just outside the grasp of his memory. These were not the only things to change. Thomas knew he was there for a reason, but again his lack of memory confounded him. Working with his new found friends, and against his enemies, Thomas must help find a way out of the maze. Time was running short and failure meant a certain death.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this dystopian view of the future. I especially liked the memory wipe and finding out things as Thomas himself was. The cause of the world's problems is very believable and actions of those pulling the strings were understandable, if not loathsome. The action flowed smoothly and the book was hard for me to put down. I would put this on par with the hunger games, although I will have to finish the other two books in the trilogy to get a more complete picture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Powell, TN, United States 10-21-14
    Allison Powell, TN, United States 10-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "bored to tears"
    What disappointed you about The Maze Runner?

    The narration is awful. I couldn't even concentrate on the story line because the narrator spoke in monotone. After one hour and nineteen minutes I gave up.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Jodi Picoult


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He had no emotion


    What character would you cut from The Maze Runner?

    I didn't get far enough in the book to even like a character.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kim GREENVILLE, SC, United States 06-27-14
    Kim GREENVILLE, SC, United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Kinda disappointed"

    I love Sci Fi but this one just couldn't keep my attention. I really had high hopes for the whole series. I think it will make a better movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 04-10-14
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Moive coming out this year."

    This first book in a Trilogy has been made into a movie and will be out latter this year. It is directed by Wes Ball, known for Beginners (2010). The Trilogy is not self contained it is more of a continuation of the story book to book. This first book starts out with a teenager named Thomas who awakens in an elevator only being able to remember his own name. When he exits the elevator he discovers he is among other teen boys trapped in a Maze. These boys have been trapped in the maze for 2 years with new arrivals and supplies coming on a regular basis from the creators. But everything changes when a comatose teenage girl arrives with a message. Thomas must find away out of the maze filled with nightmarish machines called Grievers.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Love CLEARFIELD, UT, United States 07-02-12
    Jonathan Love CLEARFIELD, UT, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2016

    My two favorite topics are Baseball and Military History. But my favorite books of all time are Starship Troopers and Ready Player One.

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    "Hunger games with a boy protaganist."

    While I genuinely enjoyed different aspects of this story, I couldn't get past the similarities to Hunger Games. Also, while I know the intended audience is YA, I had hoped that I could enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the writing style of, Suzanne Collins. Needless to say, I didn't. But don't let that deter you from listening to this audio book.

    James Dashner does bring some originality to this work, albeit while leaving huge gaping holes in his plot, forcing the reader to ask, "where did that come from?" Of course those questions are never answered in this first installment of his series, hoping that you'll catch the fire (sorry, couldn't resist as I'm caught up in my comparison) of the story.

    I am mildly intrigued to discover the aftermath, but not enough to listen or read the subsequent books. More likely I will buy the prequel to this book that Dashner is set to release in AUG 2012, and hope that gives me enough insight to satisfy my curiosity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke 12-01-11
    Brooke 12-01-11

    Audio books are the best :)

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    "Overall, a great listen :)"

    I felt this book was exciting and it kept me wanting to listen more. I did kind of feel a bit too much in the dark sometimes. I like how the author didn't give everything away too quickly, but sometimes I felt a bit of a disconnect when the characters came to finally came to certain conclusions. But I enjoyed it nonetheless and really enjoyed the second book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-18-11
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "mysterious plot, interesting characters"

    really ejoyed this one, looking forward to getting the next in this series. I got this book cause it was on a list of books similar to the hunger games. It has a similar flavor, exceeded expectations.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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