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Divergent: (Divergent, Book 1) | [Veronica Roth]

Divergent: (Divergent, Book 1)

For 16-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead.... A debut novel that will leave you breathless.
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Publisher's Summary

She turns to the future in a world that's falling apart.

For 16-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs.

Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead....

A debut novel that will leave you breathless.

©2012 Veronica Roth (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Though Galvin's narration is concentrated on giving Tris the perfect voice, she never neglects the secondary characters. Poignant moments with Tris's mother and Four, her leader and love, are subtly nuanced to let listeners hear the terror Tris often hides.... listeners will hold their breath waiting to see if she can survive the day." (AudioFile)

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    Mrs. L. Smith Hartlepool 06/04/2014
    Mrs. L. Smith Hartlepool 06/04/2014 Member Since 2011

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    "Fantastic book"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in line with Hunger games and The Host


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    She is a fantastic narrator, no silly voices


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a go, you will soon be enthralled.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 08/07/2014
    Diane 08/07/2014

    I love reading but have little time. Audible allows me to listen whilst I work, with plenty of books to choose from covering all genres.

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    "Easy reading"

    I purchased this book as I had seen the film, and it did not disappoint.
    The screenplay remained true to the book. It was easy to read but descriptive and engrossing. Listed as a book for teenagers, I found it enjoyable in the lack of adult themes. With an open mind, give it a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Kelly Willcox 25/08/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Brilliant - a bit confusing to begin with but I soon got upto speed. I even went back and re-listened to the exciting bits


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Four - Is he or isn't he ??


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes - was gutted everytime I had to stop listening or go to sleep !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hazel 16/08/2014
    Hazel 16/08/2014
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    "Best audibook I've had"
    What did you like most about Divergent?

    This is a coming-of age story meets Private Benjamin complete with love story. The relationships between the friends and the growing love story of Tris and Four are well drawn. I found myself shouting at the speakers (I listen in the car) when she was questioning him! The end is exciting too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As this is written in 1st person present tense you are drawn in to Tris's character. But Four is special too.


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Emma performs well - probably the best narration I've heard to date.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lots but I won't say because it'll spoil it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was the best I've "read" for a long time. I started listening to it in the car to and from work - like my other audio books - but found myself totally hooked and listened in the garden, in bed, instead of watching TV. I ordered a DVD of the film and then listened to "Four" which I would recommend. This book stayed with me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss H. M. Mitchell 12/07/2014
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    "Fascinating!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    This audio book was performed beautifully, really bringing the characters to life and lends to the listener really getting into the story and the characters on an emotional level, something not as easily accomplished with a print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    I think most people would go for the climax to the book ( I won't give it away if you haven't read it!), but honestly I couldn't pick one moment. The introduction to the characters, watching their stories unfold, how bonds are made and enemies are created before the main event, was equally as gripping to listen too.


    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Emma Galvin's performance of Divergant, and the other books in the series, was truly spectacular. For me personally, she is one of my favourite voice actors of any audio book. She has clearly thought through all of the characters and really gets into it, making it all that more compelling a read for the listener.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Well there is a film that has been recreated already (which I would also highly recommend) and that uses 'What Makes You Different, Makes You Dangerous'. I think that perfectly sums it up.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love any kind of romance story, you'll love this. This was my first kind of 'action/adventure' read and was completely unsure of it when I started, but now I'm completely hooked! Definitely give it a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eimear 07/07/2014
    Eimear 07/07/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "This is a gripping book to listen to!"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is the book that got me addicted to audible!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    The Ferrari landscape was very well articulated!


    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She doesn't over express things which I love there is nothing worse than when your really getting into a book and then are totally dropped out of it by a cringy over expression


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Will you make the cut!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Jensen 07/07/2014
    Daniel Jensen 07/07/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Won't be able to stop listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    Definitely, it's hard to stop listening to this book. You can carry on with your day but have what is similar to a movie soundtrack in your head and let your imagination take over.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to, and why?

    I'd compare it to the Hunger Games. Not in story, but in characters. Strong female characters with combat training and lots to overcome. Great story.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favourite?

    Tris is my favourite. She's an awesome character, complex but not confusing.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wasn't really emotionally provoked by this book but it still had me wanting more.


    Any additional comments?

    I downloaded the sequels to this book too and I would definitely recommend them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BRADFORD, United Kingdom 07/07/2014
    Amazon Customer BRADFORD, United Kingdom 07/07/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Ok if the 3 book novel had been condensed to one"

    The novel was gripping enough that I wanted to know how it ended but beware that means working through and paying for 3 books. Overall that was not worth it in my view. The cheap trick of mind bending drugs meant it was easy to build up characters as trustworth only to show them later was not trustworthy and visa versa. The relationship developed between the characters also at first seemed ok but later became irritating. So if all 3 books were condensed to one it would be a good read but as it is it just drags on.
    The performance of the reader was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shiraz 26/06/2014
    Shiraz 26/06/2014

    I love a story .... :D

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    "Wow - I was simply blown away!"

    This is not my typical genre for listening to, however, the reviews persuaded me to give it a go and I have honestly never been more delightfully surprised in my life! What a gripping, action-packed story (with a hint of romance yet to come).

    The story concept is an extremely intelligent one: the world has changed - there is a new way of governing and reducing conflict by separating individuals into 'factions' according to one of five character traits. But what happens when individuals do not have one clear character trait? Well, they are the 'divergent' and present a threat to this new society as they have the ability to think more freely....

    The emotions this book evoked were incredibly powerful: I was annoyed at the obsequious and self-denial of the abnegation; irritated by the supercilious nature of the erudite; amused at the forthright nature of the candour; at peace with the amity, and both exhilarated and shocked by the energy and ruthlessness of the dauntless. The story was graphic and violent on many occasions but this was well balanced by the vulnerability of the two main characters: Triss and Four, and the developing tenderness in their relationship.

    The narration by Emma Galvin grew on me over time, although initially I felt it was very monotone and this made it difficult to distinguish between the characters, their thoughts and their speech. I probably became accustomed to it over time and felt she injected more contour and intonation into her narration as the story developed.

    Without a doubt, this is a powerful and gripping read with a strong and well thought-out plot - it had me on the edge of my seat throughout and has left me desperate to read the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alice UK 02/06/2014
    Alice UK 02/06/2014 Member Since 2013

    Reviews YA fiction titles

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    "Excellent book"
    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to people who haven't encountered audio stories before, although I tend not to repeat my own experiences again!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was intense, and the narration by Emma Galvin was superb. The world that Veronica Roth creates is extreme an unusual, and I am left wanting more. I immediately downloded the second and third books in the series to continue the journey of Tris.


    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Emma voice has a beautiful young gravelly sound which was perfect for the complex emotional yet tough Tris.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A world of Danger and Duplicity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • June
    21/06/14
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    "Interesting concept but..."
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Divergent is actually an interesting book. In particular the concept, however the series overall is extremely disappointing.


    Has Divergent turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I read the Hunger game series years before this series and this series is lacking in comparison. I enjoyed the concept/idea of this book, but be warned this is a trilogy.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed her reading of the book(s) Pity the series overall is so lacking.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book is great. The second book is also pretty good. I hated the third book and not because of it's ending. I just could not finish the book. So for me this series would get 1 star. The only reason I know about "the gasp" ending is because someone it work asked me if that's why I didn't finish it. For anyone who enjoys a good, solid, well written ending to a series this series is not for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RedLady
    07/05/14
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    "He said, she said, I said SCREAM"
    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin?

    Yes I enjoyed reading the book and Emma Galvin is a great narrator


    If you’ve listened to books by Veronica Roth before, how does this one compare?

    Ok, honestly I thought I was going to throw my phone to the ground if I heard 'He said' 'I said' 'she said' one more time. It was doing my head in and I some how put up with it throughout the next two books


    Did Emma Galvin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the differences where there


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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