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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Audiobook Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 11 hour(s) and 11 min.
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Harper Audio (May 3, 2011)Buy the Book: Hardcover Audio
Author's Blog:

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.

My Review:

     Divergent was completely amazing.  My heart was pounding, I couldn't breathe, and the rest of the world just sort of slipped away as I was swept into Tris's world.  I loved watching her transformation from someone who never quite fit in because of her difficulty with being genuinely selfless, to someone who actually laughs in the face of danger and is determined to be a part of her new world.

   ALL of us read this book (except Austin, and we're still working on him).  We never all read the same book, I mean absolutely never since The Hunger Games!  So that should definitely tell you something about how utterly incredible this book really is.  And just in case you still don't believe me, go take a look at Andye's Review.  Still not convinced, try Abigaile's Review.  Need more persuasion, here's Amy's Review.  Now go Buy the Book.  And because we already have three reviews of this book done, I'm going to focus more on the audio.

The Audio:

     I really enjoyed the reader for this book.  Normally it takes me a little while to get  used to the reader when I first start listening to a book, but Emma Galvin did such a fantastic job that I loved listening from the moment I started.  I really felt like Emma sounded like Tris would.  Her voice was lower and sometimes a little rough, which I thought fit Tris's character well.  I also thought that she did great with the guy's voices.  Girls tend to make guys sound overly-tough and manly and it just ends up sounding dumb, but Emma mastered every guys voice perfectly!  I would definitely recommend Divergent on audio, and since June is audiobook month, there's no time like the present!



  1. I'm really glad to hear that the reader is a good one. The reader really makes the audio book. One book that I loved was quickly discarded by my son because of the reader. Thanks.

  2. I also listened to Divergent instead of reading the book. I did enjoy it a lot! I never really felt like it was 11 hours long.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  3. Were you able to listen to the whole book uninterrupted or did you take breaks? One of the main reasons I've yet to listen to an audio book is the length of the speaker.

    I read really fast so I don't want to be interrupted if I was to listen.

    Great review, I want to read Divergent so badly!

    eliwibley AT gmail DOT com

  4. I really love audiobooks! Especially if the reader is good. I have a copy of Divergent and I really really love that book!

  5. I read this book and loved it! I am definitely going to have to get the audiobook though because now I want to listen to it! Time to go spend some of my library's money! :)

  6. I loved Divergent too! I told everyone in my school that it is a summer must read!!

  7. I loved Divergent. I bet it was great on audio.

  8. I loved Andye, Amy and Abigaile's review of divergent, I actually went out a brought a copy the other day but still haven't got round to reading it yet! Great review!

  9. I still need to read this book--maybe I'll check out the audiobook. I love when the readers are good. Thanks for the review!

  10. Did Andye make you listen to Divergent on the trip to BEA, Kit? :)

  11. @Eli yeah I know what you mean, I had to take breaks while reading it.

    @Jam haha no, I just decided to;)

  12. I've also got to read this book soon. I've heard nothing but immense praise for the book from other blog/vlog reviewers that I need to see what all the hype is about. I enjoyed the adventures in The Hunger Games, and some people has compared Divergent along those lines. I'm glad to hear the audio was just as good as reading the book itself. If a whole group can get together and totally come to the same conclusion, something must be grade A & right.

  13. I see Austin finally gave in and read this too, although he didn't give it a glowing review like the rest of you did. My husband and I both liked this one very much! I don't care for audio books though.

  14. Wow I just saw the audio for this yesterday and was iffy on if I should give it a chance but you have definitely convinced me. Now I'm excited to hear it


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