They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I've always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie.
There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it. Then, at last, they found the cure.
©2011 Lauren Oliver (P)2012 HarperCollins Audio
This may well be teen fiction but I am 33 years old and loved this.
It took a bit of geting used to, a world without love where love is banned and religion and life has been re-written. I guess you do spend most of the book desperately wanting Lana to "see the light" so it can be frustrating at times, but the book is about her journey and as it's a trilogy the story is about her development and change.
It's a good idea for a story, and I like the change from the current endless Vampires, ghosts, witches, angels, fairies in books... It's a futuristic life story and a clever idea. It's very American as is the narration, but it's well worth a listen and certainly took the bore out of my comute.
I know I am meant to be an adult but this young adults novel gripped me. I enjoyed thinking about live without love and the book managed to acheive realism with a circumstance that (hopefully) couldn't happen.
The best thing was definitely the narrating, Sarah Drew did a brilliant job and even though I wouldn’t rate the story highly I liked listening to this audiobook.What I liked least was that the story felt very young. I think this would be a great read for anyone under the age of 16 but the very obvious love triangle and predictable story was just not for me!
I wouldn’t read any of her other books but if they are narrated by Sarah Drew then I would give them a go if I wanted a light listen.
Great acting, emotion, I could really get into the mind-set of the main character.
Overall I liked the narrating but the story let it down.
Yes, if they were under 20. I found it rather simplistic, both in plot and language. But I am not the target audience, who I'm sure will love it. Highly recommended for them.
I'm 29, happily married and a full time nurse. Audible is a god send to squeeze in some reading time and escapism.
Completely different from anything else I've read! Sarah Drew is a credit to the story and I enjoyed listening to her.
Lena (the main character) plays a naive and imperfect girl who starts to discover the complexity of her world and how everything is not quite as it seems.
It didn't make me laugh or cry but I couldn't put the book down, but there's still two more books to come so you never know!
So far I think this would make a great movie series!
The very good narration.
Well... every narration is an interpretation that changes the way the story and the characters are percieved. I have difficulties reading books on paper or ebooks, so I only listen, which means I've had to get used to any kind of voice and narration, good or bad, as the only means of getting to the story. Consequently, I'm not picky. But I do appreciate good narrations, and Sarah Drew's interpretation seemed to enrich my experience of the book. I loved her narration especially in the third volume of the series, where she's really perfect!
Laugh, yes :) Roll my eyes a lot, too, for the "romance" parts.
Halfway through I almost gave up. I couldn't see what made the two main characters fall in love, the whole thing seemed exasperatingly shallow. Eye-rolling didn't help much... I read a few bad reviews that confirmed my opinion. However, since I don't abandon books easily, I gave it a few more minutes, during which I laughed a few times, and decided it was worth it just for that... I liked it in the end and even more so the next two volumes, especially the third.
The story was easy to listen to whilst undertaking other tasks.
The story is interesting and thought provoking, whilst still being an easy listen. Sometimes predictable, but exciting all the same.
This is the first performance of Drew's I have listened to. I found it easy to listen to.
It rarely encouraged extreme reactions such as laughing or crying however the book is exhilarating and interesting.
Definitely worth a listen if your a fan of similar trilogies (The Hunger Games, Divergent...)
Delirium is the best book I have ever read/heard. It draws you in and doesn't let you go until you know you have to stop. I am SO excited for number to and three and every other book by Lauren Oliver. It is about a girl called Lena who lives in a world when LOVE is a illness and illegal but she falls in love with a boy who loves her to.
I DEFINITELY recommend it and think it is great
"An amazing book!!!!"
Best book I read in many month!!!!
You should definitely read it!!!!
I never thought it would be good but when I start reading couldn't stop until I finished the book. The author is very talented.
"Good book, average narrator"
Congratulations to Oliver on writing a dystopian novel that does not have a love triangle. Also, for writing a book that actually made sense to continue as a trilogy (or at least to a second book) and not dragging out the first story forever for the sake of making it into a trilogy/series. This is set in a world that sees love as a disease, at the age of 18 you get cured of the Deliria and you get to live your life content. Not necessarily happy, but content.I thought some very good points were brought up in this book. What is the absence of love? Hate or indifference, and which is worse. I also appreciated that she not only focused on romantic love but familial love, the love in friendship and the love of things and beings not human.So why three stars instead of four? The grammar in this book was not always what it should have been (e.g. "his eyes literally danced"). The narrator for the audiobook was irritating. And while a good book, it wasn't fantastic. However, it was intriguing and the ending was good so I will be listening to the sequel.
I loved the performance and the structure of the story. I felt it was hard to relate to the characters at first because the idea of a world without love was so alien. As the story went on I felt myself becoming drawn in. I can't wait to hear more from this author!
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