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Monday, February 13, 2012

Audiobook Review: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Article 5
by Kirsten Simmons
Narrated by Jenny Ikeda
PublisherRecorded Books 
Buy the audio:  Audible  (Get it Free here)
Buy the book: Amazon
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New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

The Audio:

I feel like I'm having such amazing luck with audiobooks lately, and this is no exception.  Jenny Ikeda was fantastic reading Article 5.  She just has a voice for audio, if that makes sense.  She doesn't exactly sound like a teenager, which I know bothers some when listening to YA, but I don't think she sounds old either, more like early 20's.  Sometimes that bugs me, but it really didn't at all with Article 5.  It almost read like someone who was telling a story about what happened to her in the past, and so I thought the voice really fit.  Her voice was soothing, yet engaging.  She got excited when the book got exciting, and angry when the characters were angry.  It was really a fantastic and exciting book to listen to.  Her voices for the different characters weren't as distinct as others I've heard.  This might be a problem in books where there are a lot of prominent characters, like the Nightshade series, but Article 5 was mostly narration and internal dialog, with two main characters that did the speaking, so it worked great.  If you'd like to listen to a sample of her reading, you can check that out here.  I absolutely recommend listening to this one!  It will completely suck you in!

The Book:

Here's Amy's review of the book.  I agree with her completely!  There were things that bugged me, but it was such an exciting book, that I don't even care.  And the romantic tension!!  I did not expect it to be so intense.  AWESOME!
The storyline was phenomenal, adventurous and a roller coaster ride. The story was set years and years from now. Everything was illegal... owning certain magazines to having an affair. You could be locked up for anything in the world that Ember and Chase live in.

Ember was the main character, she was such a sad girl. Ember only had her mom, she and her were so close. I loved Ember's character, she went through so many ups and downs in Article 5, she was always a trooper. Ember sometimes was a little naive. She wouldn't let Chase protect her fully. She was constantly distrusting of everyone and she risked her life and a few lives of others to find her mother after they were separated. I did get very frustrated with Ember at times, her distrust of certain people put her own life into jeopardy. Multiple times!

Chase was an excellent addition to this book. He was mysterious and he took care of business. Chase cared for Ember but ever since he became a soldier they drew apart. I liked how the author wrote Chase's character. He was sensitive when he needed to be and a fighter when it was time. 

I would say read this book as soon as it's released. It had several holes in it that annoyed me, but only a little, and the rest of the story made up for what was lacking. Article 5 was amazing and such a nail-biter. Seriously, if you like non-stop action with some pretty intense moments/scenes, you'll LOVE this book! The tension in Article 5 was really hard core, the book wasn't scary but really dramatic. I doubt I would have made it out alive if I were Ember, but maybe if I had Chase at my side, I would at least enjoyed the near death experiences.
Book Doppelgangers:
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Legend by Marie Lu, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Book or Audio:
Andye says audio, Amy loved the book

Will We Buy It?

Violence: Very heavy
Sexual: Mild
Profanity: Mild
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  1. Great review! Your comments about the audiobook vs the print book, the content of the book, and the choice of narrator were really helpful. I'll have to look for this one.

    1. Thanks Ishta! It's always good to hear that people are helped by that stuff!! Hope you love it!

  2. I've already got this one on my print wish list. I appreciate your describing that it's not scary, but still pretty intense. I don't mind nailbiting, but extreme shiver up the spine? uh uh.


  3. This is the first I've heard about Article 5 and I'm intrigued. Love the cast picks!


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