But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.
©2008 Stephenie Meyer; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
"B-movie standard with a twist!"
OK, I'll admit it, I am a Stephanie Meyer junkie. If she copied a restaurant menu, I'd probably read it.
That, however, doesn't stop The Host being an excellent, thought provoking listen! Picking up from the credits of most bodysnatcher movies, you're transported into the body of Melanie and the mind of Wanderer. Melanie and her 'Soul' form a bizarre union, searching for Melanie's lost love. The Host casts an inetersting new light on the 'love triangle' whilst posing some interesting philosphical questions about whether the person is contained in the body, conscious, or conscience.
Kate Reading has an upward vocal inflection, which I found quite irritating to start with, but once she started expanding the character range it became less noticable.
If you started with Twilight, I suspect you will buy this regardless, but if you have seen your children become obsessed and want to know what all the fuss is about, I would start here.
This book by Stephenie Meyer, author of the aclaimed Twilight Saga, is a deeply moving story about what it means to be human. Aliens have conquered Earth and taken over the minds of humans. Most humans have submitted, but there are some who resist. When Wanderer is driven by her resistant human host to seek sanctuary among the people her host once knew, she faces rejection, hatred and violence, but also discovers the meaning of true love and friendship. This is a science fiction tale which is not my usual fair, but I thought it was very well written and I found the characters both complex and engaging.
I had never come accross Stephanie Meyer before, and I was very pleasantly surprised. This is science-fiction at its best. At a basic level this is a survival thriller. But Meyer uses the premise that human beings are possessed by aliens to skillfully explore xenophobia, prejudice, loyalty, betrayal, love, cruelty, kindness, altruism, selfishness, and the meaning of humanity.
The book is written from the viewpoint of an alien possessor, and the action, physical and psychological, moves at a good clip, which made it compulsive listening for me.
The narrator deserves special praise too, she acts out the parts with care and skill, getting the voice characterisations and the inflexions just right.
Whether you want a provocative and thought-provoking story or just a gripping yarn, I can thoroughly recommend this audiobook.
An original and accomplished story which is beutifully narated.
Absolutely brilliant book, almost unrecognizable to the style of the twilight series. This book is worlds above them. However the voice of the narrator draws attention away from the story at points because of unnecessarily exaggerated inflections which are not easy to listen to.
"Long, slow and predictable"
I endured this expecting it to pick up pace. It didn't. Mediocre would be too kind for this.
I loved the concept of this book and this is why I chose it. It is a great idea and I would have given it more stars if the main character of Wanderer wasn't as irritating. I know it is the charcter of the alien species but it became slightly annoying having someone so meek and mild all the time. Having said that, it wasn't too bad a book otherwise, I didn't regret listening to it and I would say if you are stuck on what next to read then give it a go. But only if you are stuck
I felt the narrator did an outstanding job with all the characters voices. The unfamiliar inflections and tones that the narrator uses with Wanderers voice in the first part of the book, I think was intended to illustrate the fact that Wanderer was alien and not used to the language..she changes this as the book progresses. Anyway, I did not find the narrators voice irritating at all..I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend it as an easy, enjoyable and entertaining listen.
"Mills & Boon meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers!"
Thats how Id describe this book.I expected to hear of man kinds struggle to survive in a world occupied by Alien Body snatchers...instead I got " My heart pounded as he held me to his firm chest" and so on! Its not a bad story but if your a bloke I think you should steer clear of this.....youd be disapointed. The main character in the book is so weak and emotional it really gets on your nerves and the two main love interest are straight out of a Emily Bronte novel. I half expected Heathcliffe to come bounding in at any second! honestly fellas....AVOID!
"You should read this"
Stephameie Meyer's book is a very good read, she is one great writer, even if you are not in to sci-fi give this a try... I don't think you will be able to put it down once you start reading it.
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