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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Audiobook Review: Starters by Lissa Price

by Lissa Price
Narrated by Rebecca Lowman
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In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party--her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first--the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie's neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It's a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank's horrible plan. . . .
The Audio:

I was really excited to get this audiobook from Listening Library because Amy really liked it, and I'd heard such great things about it.  When I got the audio, and popped it in I was SO EXCITED to hear the voice of Rebecca Lowman.  She also read for the Nightshade series, and she is one of my favorite female readers.  I just love her.   She has such an appealing voice and just really draws you into the story.  She makes you really believe that she is the main character, and feels everything so intensely.  I didn't think her male voices were as distinctive as they were in Nightshade, but as there was usually only one guy in the "scene" at a time, I didn't think it was a big deal.  She does such a great job with the male voice, I actually forget it's a girl reading.  This book was seriously exciting, and if you're looking for a great new dystopian audiobook, I highly recommend checking out Starters!

Hear a sample here!

The Book:

I highly enjoyed this book.  My roommate and I were actually listening to it at the same time and she would text me to see if I'd gotten as far as her because she wanted to talk about everything.  She kept saying, "This author is just so imaginative and creative!"  and I agree.  There were constant twists and turns, and I just kept thinking about what it would be like if people actually did this!  It was morbid and fascinating at the same time.  Like a train wreck you just can't take your eyes off of.  And just when you think you have things figured out, Lissa throws a big fat wrench in things that make you question everything.  There were moments when I was fascinated, moments when I was angry, and moments when I was just grossed out!!  At times things were a little sketchy, but overall, I just really enjoyed this book and I'm excited to see what happens in book 2!

Violence: Heavy
Sexual: None
Profanity: One minor word

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  1. I enjoyed this audiobook too, and Rebecca Lowman was great!

    There were definitely some really really creepy bits, esp at the end. I can't wait to see how this all turns out! Yikes!!

    1. She did an amazing job with the Nightshade series too! You should check those out if you haven't yet!

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