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  • The Maze Runner, Book 1
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (1,862 ratings)

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The Maze Runner

By: James Dashner
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
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Summary

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze.

Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

©2009 James Dashner (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Quite a long book but with no real answers

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was enjoyable but not ultimately satisfying. It asked so many questions but without enough real substance to be though provoking, mostly just hinted at big things to come. Not as clever or exciting as I was hoping for.

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

I believe it is a film, the film being due out was one of the main reasons I decided to read it.

Any additional comments?

Its the first of a trilogy and it was certainly written to be one in that its got a lot of filler to bulk it out but doesn't feel complete. Its not readable as a stand alone book but nor is it really interesting enough to merit the time of reading the other two.

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Great!

The story started a little slow and I was wondering where it was going, but after listening to about 1 hour, I just couldnt stop! GREAt tale! Great story and it kept my interest - without giving anything away - - - the ending is gripping!!
Highly reccomend.

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Good story. Narration was a bit dodgy.

Listened to this after seeing the movie, it's a good story, but the dodgy irish accent he used for Newt grated on me.

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Enjoyable

I really enjoyed the whole Maze Runner series. The first book was a little slow to get going but once in, I was hooked.

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intriguing new story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would because book recommendations are often the best books I have read. This book particularly was told in an interesting way. The series of events were often jumbled but seemed to occur in a full cycle, giving a broader perspective to an apect of the story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Alter to a first person perspective and describe the inter-personal relationships further. It did not have enough emotional connection or intensity compared to other stories I have listened to. The greevers were not overly described, it seemed like the description was only repeated, other than describing how they sounded. I could not imagine what they looked like very well.

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

No I have not, but as a first time experience I reaqlly injoyed it. The accents added a great dynamic to the storytelling and weren't ridiculously exaggerated or inaccurate.

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

At the point of the story where Minhau and Thomas were in the maze and the greevers chased them into the corridor. The boys stood in the doorway to the edge of the cliff. At the last moment they pushed each other apart and the greevers fell inot the abyss.It was the best moment because I could visualise it clearly. Their reaction to the event was very detailed.

Any additional comments?

I was recommended this story by a friend. They said that as a fan of the hunger games I would like it. It was enjoyable and the plot swiftly progressed. I have mentioned about the description perhaps needing more depth, however as there are so many events in the story it may loose the momentum by adding that in. I wanted the story to continue and will be getting the next book to see what happens next with Thomas and the Gladers.

For people wondering whether or not to read this I would say YES, also making the point that this is more similar to the writing style of the Phillip Pullman (he wrote the Golden Compass series) rather than Suzanne Collins (she wrote the hunger games series).

The story is packed with interesting characters, twists and turns! Kept me intrigued throughout (apart from the first chapter, but I was half asleep on a plane when I began listening to it so that may have influenced that). Enjoy!

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It was alright...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe. It's very slow to pick up. I know other avid readers who've given up on it through boredom. I guess the writer's trying to build tension but actually he's just aggravating. It feels like a fragment of a book spun out to a whole one. I just couldn't understand why the other characters would keep the main character in the dark so often and for so long. It makes no sense at all. So much of it was so blindingly obvious and the absence of an ending is infuriating! If I can be bothered to read the others I'll let you know if it's one book spun into three / four to make more money.

Would you be willing to try another book from James Dashner? Why or why not?

Maybe - given enough time.

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

Well read.

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

Have seen the film which is far too violent and changes the plot / characters for no reason. The book is better than the film - as always.

Any additional comments?

Sold to me as a new / variation on the Hunger Games but actually not a patch on it sadly.

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Quality storytelling

The story is slow burning begin with also with Thomas being kept in the dark about what has happened before his arrival from the other boys it takes time to get in to it but after a while the situation and story gets you hooked to the Gladers in the Maze and all it entails Also as time goes on the problems that arise keeps you guessing how things are going to be resolved

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good and bad

I really liked the world described in this book but I didn't feel connected to the characters.

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a really good and exciting story.

a really good and exciting story. i cant wait for part two. the narrator was full of emotions and easy to listen to

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Great plot......for young adults

What made the experience of listening to The Maze Runner the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the idea, but wished it had more depth and content. I felt this series had been written for the younger end of the market; I say this as someone who reads lots of fantasy,(my library proves it).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Newt, because he appeared the most rational, and dare I say, adult.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The actual maze scenes were the most interesting, if predictable.

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

No emotional reaction other than regretting it was not more adult focused.

Any additional comments?

I thing a young adult, teenager, would enjoy reading this, and the performance.

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