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Sunday, January 11, 2015

THE WALLED CITY {Audiobook Review}

by Andye

The Walled City
UNABRIDGED
By Ryan Graudin
Narrated By Eugene Kim, Kim Mai Guest, Janet Song
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Release Date: 11-04-14
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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730. That's how many days I've been trapped.18. That's how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible....

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister....

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She's about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window....
THE WALLED CITY was one of those books I was really looking forward to reading, but time got away from me and I completely missed the release date. So when I saw it come up for audio review, I jumped on the opportunity. I've seen mixed reviews about the book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think a lot of that had to do with the audiobook.

The narrators for this book were fantastic, in my opinion. I loved that they had Asian accents since the story takes place in a (fictitious) Hong Kong. I especially love having different narrators when there are multiple points of view, just to help me keep straight who's talking. I liked all three of the narrators for this book, and thought they fit very well with the personalities of their characters.

As far as the book goes, I couldn't get enough of it. It was fast-paced and exciting. The atmosphere was captivating and the story was so different than most of the books I've read. I have to admit, I was kind of rooting for the romance to go in a different direction, but I guess I don't always get what I want. I loved Jin and Dai. I loved their strength, intelligence, loyalty and resilience. They were both so awesome!

If you haven't had a chance to read this book yet, I highly recommend getting it on audiobook. You can listen to a sample on audible!
Content:
  • Sexual Content: Heavy (brothels)
  • Profanity: Moderate
  • Violence: Heavy
  • Other Notables: This book is a fictional story based on a real city that was located in Hong Kong.


27 comments:

  1. Great review! Honestly, I don't listen to audiobooks that much, but now I'm considering this one. At the very list I know I'll be reading it sometime this year. :)

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  2. This I think is what has really bothered me about the book and nobody else has been able to put into words, so thank you. I stayed up last night finishing Mockingjay for the first time and immediately needed to seek others' opinions to ease my pain. It's especially difficult for me because I've been suffering from anxiety lately, questioning the point of anything.. barely being able to enjoy myself and these books were a great escape. I felt in the end they would have a message of hope, I felt that Katniss was such a strong character at the beginning and I wanted to be her, to be as strong as she was... until she starts falling apart. This book has really messed me up and I'm back into my anxious state. This end was not what I signed up for.

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  3. Sadly I couldn't get into this book. But I hope to give it another try!

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  4. Do you ever do audiobooks? Often if I can't get into a book, I'll switch to audio and it helps a lot.

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  5. If you do end up listening or reading, you'll have to let me know what you think! I spent last night looking up the real walled city and couldn't believe the pictures!

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  6. I haven't tried an audio book before but I really want to try one it might help, thanks Andye :)

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  7. Yes! This is EXACTLY what I'm talking about! People keep saying that this was realistic etc. but it didn't HAVE to turn out that way. There were meany realistic ways the story could've gone, and it didn't have to be so hopeless. That isn't the story she started writing with The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, and it isn't a book I would choose to read.

    On another note, I hope that you are able to find a sense of calm. If you're a fan of fantasy at all, I highly recommend The Seven Realms series by Cinda Chima (The Demon King). It was one of my favorite series and just makes me feel happy every time I read it!

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  8. Awesome! Check out the sample on audible to see if you like the voices :D

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  9. Great review sweetie :D I'm so glad you ended up loving this book! I'm going to read it. Someday. I'm just worried, as I peeked at the end/romance, and I'm not sure I like it, like you mention :p and I don't like that one of the girls have been in a brothel for so long :( I don't like reading about previous sex in books :p I'm weird like that, hiih. Anyway. I'm glad you liked it. <3 and I'm excited about reading it. Probably :D Thank you for sharing Andye. <3

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  10. Yeah, at least there wasn't a love triangle, though! I think that Jin was supposed to be like a younger sister (brother) to Dai, but I just thought she was so awesome, I wanted them together. There was never any hint of anything romantic between them, though. It was sad to read about what happened to Mei Yee as she was kidnapped and forced to work in the brothel. But pretty true to life, unfortunately. :(

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  11. Matthew E. PearsonJanuary 12, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    This is a fabulous, varied discussion of a critical issue! One of the things I think about is that great books go back centuries. I think very few movies or TV or modern music will be part of society in 200 years. I bet people will still read The Catcher in the Rye though. Keep it up. This is so important.

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  12. Iv'e been looking for an audiobook with multiple narrators so this one might be right up my alley ! I think a good audio can make a book stand out.

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  13. What you said about the bait and switch, I felt very similar. Except, I'll go one step further...I think it was on purpose. I'm not sure if you're aware but Collins was the daughter of a soldier (her father) and is very active in the "look at the horrible things war does to children" political arena. I felt like she specifically wrote the first two books drawing us in just to take it all away so we would see how horrible war is. Maybe some people are okay with political agendas being shoved down their throats disguised as fiction, but I'm certainly not. And that's what MJ felt like.

    SC had the right to write her books however she wanted to. And I have the right to vehemently dislike them. And no, I can't have respect for what I view as trying to use fiction to manipulate people's political ideas. If a writer is using fiction as a platform for politics, they should be upfront about it in the first book (think 1984, Atlas Shrugged, and other political fiction).

    Ultimately, for me, it came down to the fact that in order to like a book, readers MUST be able to identify with the main character. I could identify with Katniss in the first two. But I can't in the third. I can forgive character flaws, like being self-centered, lying, cheating, when it's necessary to the plot. But I can't forgive being completely and utterly broken and weak. A normal, average person would have been broken by the events Katniss went through. I get that. But I don't want to read books about ordinary people who have understandable responses to crisis. I want to read about extraordinary people who rise above the despair, who pick themselves up and keep going no matter what, and who don't lose themselves along the way. The person Katniss became was utterly unforgivable.

    Overall, loved the first one, liked the second one, despised the third. That's what makes the third one so hard. I want to re-read the first two, but I just can't knowing the pathetic shell the main character will turn out to be.

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  14. I loved this one, it was an unexpected gem. I wish I did the audio because of the multiple narrators, but reading it was good too.

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  15. Yes! Everything that you said exactly!!! That is EXACTLY what I was trying to articulate!!

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  16. I should try this one on audio, I have been debating picking it up but a good audiobook with great narrators can really make the reading experience so different.

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  17. Thanks Andye! I will check it out since I love fantasy :)

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  18. Completely agree with everything you said! I feel awful now that I bought the collection and they're not sitting on my bookshelf knowing that I'll never read them again which is such a shame since I really enjoy the first two but couldn't bring myself to ever read the third again.

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  19. YES!!! Definitely! I hope you like it as much as I did! You'll have to let me know. :D

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  20. Yeah, I'm really glad I did the audio for this one. This is one of those books where I feel like it made a big difference. If you ever want to read it again, you should definitely check it out!

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  21. That's so true! And especially one like this. I feel like it really enhanced the story! Hope you love it!

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  22. I read this one in December and loved it. It definitely felt like it would be an awesome audiobook, I might have to find a copy of it and try it out! Great review!

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  23. She messed me up for a long time. Boycott suzanne Collins until she gives peeta back

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  24. And coin didn't rescue peeta from the arena. She had to be killed.

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  25. I'm still not ok. I've never been so hurt bya book.

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  26. Peeta will never be the same. Our peeta is gone. She killed him.

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