Thursday, May 1, 2014

Audiobook Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

  • Publisher: Harper Audio
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Format: Digital Audiobook
  • Read by: Sarah Drew
  • Length: 8 hours and 11 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook and eARC provided by the publisher for review
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Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

My Thoughts

There are some books that sound really awesome, and you are super excited for them, and then they just aren't really doing it for you. This one started off that way, but it I'm so glad that it ended up being one that I really enjoyed. I started off reading this and couldn't get into it. Then I got the audio and was sucked right in. I really enjoyed the story and thought that it was interesting and fun. Listening to the audio brought it more to life for me. I wasn't reading it with the enthusiasm and emotion that it needed. I loved how this game turns so dangerous, and the secrets that are uncovered. The story is told from different perspectives in third person. I don't typically like this style since I feel disconnected, but I really liked it with this. I thought it really helped the story along.

Heather is actually kind of pathetic to start. She wasn't even going to play Panic, and she decides last minute to do it because of her ex boyfriend. It takes a while, but with everything else going on in her life that really sucks, she ends up doing it for not only herself, but her sister. She really has a pretty messed up life, but has just dealt with it for so long. Panic is her way of trying to escape it all. Her limits are pushed and she does things that she would have never in a million years thought that she would do before. Along the way, she also discovers friendships that she most likely never would have either.

Dodge is a kid who sort of just blends in. He is not one of the popular kids, but he's not an outcast. He just doesn't really care what people think or if he fits the right crowds. He has only one reason for doing Panic. It's all for his sister, who had also done it. He's smart and nice. He is a bit rough around the edges, but he has good reason. Even though we get to know him pretty well, I still found him to be a bit of a mystery. I wish we had gotten just a bit more.

The audio really improved this story for me. Like I said, I don't do well with third person most of the time, and I find that in audio versions it makes better. I also loved the narrator. I have listened to a few books that she has done, so I already knew I was a fan. She puts just the right emotion into the story, and she makes you feel lost in it. I found myself trying to make extra time to listen to just a little bit more of the book more than a few times.

The storyline was great. I loved the idea of Panic and how they went about it. The next challenge would be given by random flyers or something. It was all very secret, while still everyone knows about it. The challenges were fun to read, and at times had me tense wondering what was going to happen. The characters were realistic too. I also liked that this was about more than just Panic. It had a lot of focus on Heather's not so great home life, and on Dodge's life too. It was like a crazy adventure, with real life issues added in. This wasn't my favorite of Lauren Oliver's books, but I still did enjoy it.

A digital audiobook copy as well as eARC were provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. Not sure if I'm going to read this one. The reviews have been both good and meh so...I think I'll just wait.

  2. The reviews have been super mixed for this one, so I'm glad i'm seeing a positive review out there! It definitely does sound like the audio enhances the whole experience :)

  3. Hmmm... I've been hesitant about reading this, but I think audio is the way to go! Glad you enjoyed it, Amy! :)

  4. Yeah, I've been hearing mixed reviews of this one too. I do adore Lauren's writing though so I still wanna give this one a try one day.

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