Google+ Reading Teen: Audiobook Review: Variant by Robinson Wells

Friday, December 2, 2011

Audiobook Review: Variant by Robinson Wells

Audio EditionListening Length: 8 hours and 5 minutes
Publisher: Harper Audio
Series or Stand Alone: Series (Variant #1)
Buy the Audiobook: Amazon
Author's Website

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he's trapped in a school that's surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school's real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape - his only real hope for survival - may be impossible.
My Review:
     This book quickly and completely took over my life.  I easily became addicted, and simply could not stop listening to it.  Variant is insane.  Robinson Wells created an amazingly crazy world that I just couldn't get enough of.  Benson is quick at adapting but strong-willed enough not to give in.  He knows that everything that's going on is crazy and he's not going to sit back and try to make the best of it.  He's going to give absolutely everything he has to put an end to the madness.  But if he gives it his all, it still won't be enough, and at this school, detention way is more than a couple hours of boredom.
     Short, little, tiny complaint time, I just really wish this wasn't a series.  No offense meant to Variant but it just seems like every single book has to be part of a series, and sometimes it's nice just to read a good stand-alone.  But I guess we'll see how this series goes..

     I can't really completely explain to you how much I loved this book.  Wells refers to Variant as distopan-ish, so I would highly recommend this book to any and all distopian-ish fans!

Audiobook Review:
     The reader for this book, Michael Goldstrom, was pretty good.  I thought he did a good job with all of voices, and the only complaint I have is this: The first time I heard Goldstrom say Benson's name, I could have sworn he said Bensent, so I maybe might have listened to half of the book thinking he was Bensent. My apologies Benson, I now know your real name and will no longer refer to you as Bensent.


  1. Feel you on the series thing and thank you for the review.

  2. Oh wow this sounds like a great read and I already have it just haven't read it yet. I'll def. bump it up in my reading pile!! :D

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  3. LOVE your review. I so love when a book grabs you and you don't want to stop it. I already have this on my must buy list.


  4. Thanks for the awesome review! So glad you liked it!

    I totally understand your comment about loving standalones. For what it's worth, it'll only two books, not a big long series.


  5. I have never listened to an audio book, I think my mind would wander too much.

  6. Ditto that I wish every book wasn't a series. Sometimes a stand alone is a nice treat.

    But wow, this book sounds amazing. Reading that part about no adults being around gives me flashbacks to Lord of the Flies!

    Thanks for the rec!


  7. I've heard nothing but good things about this book and I'm always looking for a really good audiobook!
    Thanks for the review!

  8. I can definitely relate to your complaint that this is part of a series. I think that was the main reason why I was put off about reading this one. I just don't want to start another series when I'm in the middle of so many! But since the audio sounds well done, I may just give it a shot.


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