Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Audiobook Review: Cinder by Marrisa Meyer

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  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Read by:  Rebecca Soler
  • Source: Borrowed digital audiobook from library
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Overview

A wicked mash-up of fairy tale and Terminator—set in a Star Wars kind of world—Marissa Meyer's Cinder is a fresh and fiercely ingenious futuristic retelling of Cinderella


Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


My Thoughts
  
My first thought is why did I wait so long to read this? My second is, I loved it!! I am a sucker for fairytale retellings and Cinderella is one of my favorite fairy tales. I knew I had to read this. Marissa Meyer's creativity is just amazing. I have never read a retelling quite like this. It's unique and totally addictive. I listened to this on audio and I think that my iPod was glued to me. I didn't want to stop. The plot, the characters, and the setting were all fantastic!

Let's talk about Cinder a bit. She is a cyborg. She can feel emotions and she is a real person, not a machine. Yes she has unnatural parts, but she is still very much human. I think she is more human than even most of the "real" humans around her. I felt an instant connection with her. The way her emotions are portrayed, how she treats others, the way she thinks. Through every crazy thing that happens to her, she does well holding it together. If anything every time something goes against her, it makes her stronger. By the end of the book I totally loved her. 

Prince Kai is another character I adored. He is just so wonderful. Not that he is without flaws, but he really just wants to do what is right. What he thinks he has to to save the people. He also doesn't abide by what he should do or who he should be seen with and talk to. He is very smitten with Cinder. You go through the book hoping that no matter what he will continue to care about her. Even if he does discover her secrets. 

Now the secondary characters are pretty amazing too. Whether I loved them or hated them, they are done so well. I absolutely despised Adri. I found myself getting angry and frustrated at times. And Queen Levana, now that is a villain you love to hate. The Dr. is one of my favorite characters and I hope that we get a lot more of him in the next book. 

As far as the story goes, I can't say that the revelations really surprised me. I pretty much figured it all out in the beginning, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book at all. I still loved getting to know the characters and going through everything with Cinder and Prince Kai. I was overflowing with emotions while listening to this book. At times I would get so frustrated that I wanted to shout at Adri or Queen Levana. Call them inappropriate names and maybe throw them down the stairs. I love it when a book can bring that level of emotion out of me. 

This audiobook was fantastic. I loved the reader. She did the voices well and was able to pull me in. I was able to know who was talking without it saying who, just by the voice she used for the characters. I would have loved this book either way, but if you are looking for a great audio, this is it. She reads with such emotion and really convinces you of how the characters are feeling and what they are thinking. Overall I really loved Cinder. It was such a creative retelling. I can't wait for Scarlet!! 5 out of 5 stars.

18 comments:

  1. Yay! So happy you loved this. And I totally agree, the big twist was so easy to figure out within like the first 25 pages, but it still rocked!! I read this right when it came out and I have been DYING for Scarlet. Great review chick!

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    1. Haha! I bought it when it first came out and never got to it until I borrowed the audiobook from the library! I really did love it though. I am so excited for Scarlet!!

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  2. I have been dying to read this! I do need a new good audio book to listen to. I love them but sometimes they are hard to get into depending reader. Cinder and Prince Kai both sound amazing. I prefer a little more mystery but sometimes with a good book it doesn't matter so much that you know what is going to happen. I haven't found too many re-tellings that I enjoy but this one has always sounded by far the most unique.

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    1. This one is really good and the audio is fabulous. It's definitely one of the better audiobooks that I have listened to.

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  3. Wow. 5 out of 5 stars? That's awesome! I've thought a lot about Cinder but haven't really pushed to start it because I'm not completely sold. It kind of bums me out though that you were able to pretty much figure out everything in the beginning. A few things are fine, but I still need a good amount of surprise to hold my interest. Great Review chica! I can tell you really enjoyed this one.

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    1. Even though you know what's going to happen, you still don't know how the characters are going to act or what they will do. It's still very engaging. I'm telling you, take out the audiobook from the library. I think there's only one person on the hold list for it. You can transfer it to your iPod. I have been getting tons of audiobooks out from the library.

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  4. I adored this book! I'm so happy you did too! I might have to listen to the audiobook soon.

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  5. Well poo, I had no plans to read Cinder and here you are adding another book to my TBR! I love a good audiobook, especially w/a great narrator, so maybe I'll do that instead. I'm really glad you loved Cinder. Great review!

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    1. Haha!! I have really been enjoying audiobooks lately. The reader for this one was awesome!!

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  6. Yeah, I haven't read this one yet. I know- fail! I want to read it and I own it but yeah, it's a time thing. I never have enough reading time. I'm so glad you loved it. I need to get to it sooner now. Thanks for sharing.

    Valerie

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    1. I didn't have time either even though I have it, that's why I borrowed the audiobook from the library. I knew I could fit it in that way.

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  7. You know, I know everyone loves this book and maybe I'll get to it someday, but it just hasn't screamed at me. I'm glad you loved it!

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    1. I had been really wanting to read it and just never got to it. I didn't give into the hype, but now I definitely see why it was so hyped up. It really was fab!!

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  8. Yay -- so happy you loved Cinder. I bet it was a great audiobook.
    I'm about to start listening to Between Shades of Gray -- no, not Fifty Shades. The YA one about WWII.

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  9. Awesome review! I agree, it was really predictable, but I still loved it! Cinder was so real even though she was a cyborg and I kind of developed a crush on Kai soon :P He felt like such an awesome future leader :) And I'm glad the person narrating the story was able to get you into the story and plot :)

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  10. I'm glad that you really liked this one as well Amy! I agree about the predictability, I mean, how could a retelling NOT be at least a little predictable? ;) When I reread this one before I read Scarlet (such a long wait!), I think I'll read it as an audiobook! I've been meaning to try an audiobook for FOREVER now, and it seems like the reader is really fabulous!

    Awesome review Amy! <3

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