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Monday, September 26, 2011

Audiobook Review: The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies) by Pittacus Lore

Reading level: Young Adult 
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (August 23, 2011)
Listening Length: 10 hour(s) and 47 min.
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Harper Audio (August 23, 2011)
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I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I'm ready to fight.

The Audio:

I'm of two minds about this audiobook.  There were two readers for The Power of Six.  Neil Kaplan read the chapters from John's (4's) perspective, and Marisol Ramirez read the chapters that were from Adelina's (7's) point of view.  I thought that Neil was a good reader, he has a great, deep intense voice, HOWEVER, I didn't think he was good for this part.  He sounded like he was about 40 years old, and it just didn't fit with the feel of a young adult book about teenagers.  I could get past his "too old" voice when it came to John, but his voice for Six was just awful.  He made this totally freaking awesome girl sound like a twelve-year-old boy.  And Sam's voice was even worse.   I mean, I know that Sam was kind of dorky, but he made him sound like a twelve-year-old boy with a sinus infection.  There are parts of the book where there is some romantic tension between John and Six, and even Six and Sam, but these were hard to buy into when Sam sounded SO beyond geeky, and Six sounded like a boy.

However, there was also Marisol.  I think she did a great job reading Adelina's character.  Adelina was just discovering herself and her powers.  She was unsure, and intimidated by the future, and Marisol captured that fantastically.  I found myself wishing that she had read the whole thing, or that she at least read Six's lines.  I think that would have made the audio so much better.

In the end, I was able to get past the parts I didn't care for, and really enjoy the story, though.  The book was definitely good enough to overcome the reader.  If you are looking for an audiobook to add to your list, I would still recommend this one.  But if you're debating between listening or reading, you might just want to pick up the book.

The Book:

I wasn't planning on reading this book.  I liked I Am Number Four ok.  Just ok.  I loved the movie, and figured I'd just wait for the next one, and not worry about the books.  But Harper sent the book, and the audio, so I decided to give it a shot.  I'm really glad that I did.  I liked this book SO much better than the first.  Maybe it was because there was more action, and mystery.  Maybe it was because of Six....she is seriously hardcore.  Maybe it was the absence of Sarah.  I just couldn't take their mushy-gushy relationship in Four.  Ugh.

I loved finding out more about the Lorien history.  I loved the non-stop action and adventure in this book.  I love the alternating points of view, and waiting for the time when those two world would collide.  I loved the romantic tension between Four and Six.  Thank the Lord he isn't stuck with Sarah (though I worry he'll still end up with her in the end....ugh).  There were so many things that I liked so much more in this book than in the first.  It made me wonder if it was written by a completely different person (does anyone have any info on that).

So even though I thought I was done with this series, I find myself now eagerly awaiting the next book.  I can't wait to see how all the Loriens will find each other, and how their stories will intersect.  And will there be a movie??  I seriously hope so!

My review of I Am Number Four, the book.
My review of I Am Number Four, the movie.

The Audio:

The Book:

  • Sexual Content:  Mild
  • Profanity:  Heavy
  • Violence:  Heavy
  • Other Notables:  None 
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    1. I recently purchased the book after seeing the movie for the first and I am so glad to see you say here it is great!

    2. I want to read this i liked 4 thought it was a good read and good enough movie..

      I hear what your saying about the audio a voice still needs to be able to fit the character. Having heard your opinion I think I would rather Read this one, instad of listen.

      Thank :)

    3. To answer your question about someone else writing this book: it's very possible. Pittacus Lore is the pen name for the writing company owned by james frey. From memory, the way that the company works is that a group of writers works on a particular novel and it's all published under Pittacus Lore (there may be other pen names involved though)

    4. Thanks Starr! I'd actually heard about Frey, and heard he had a dispute with the author of I Am Number Four, not sure if that was true or not. That's why I was wondering if it was the same author. And this one seem so different than the first. Hmmm.....


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