Friday, January 22, 2010

Gathering Blue Audiobook - A Review

Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry Audiobook (Checked out from Library)

Product Details (from B&N)

  • Pub. Date: October 2006
  • Publisher: Listening Library, Inc.
  • Format: MP3 Book
  • Duration: 5 hours, 28 minutes (equivalent to 5 audio CDs)
  • File Size: 150 MB
  • ISBN-13: 9780739379806
  • ISBN: 0739379801
  • Edition Description: Unabridged

Synopsis (from B&N)

In perhaps her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit and that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

As she did in THE GIVER, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.

My Thoughts:

I always say when it comes to audiobooks, the narrators either makes it or breaks it. The Narrator of this book was awesome! She brought the book to life. Add that to a great story and you've got one heck of an enjoyable listening experience. If asked my opinion I would recommend the audio version of this book to anyone.

I loved the characters in this book. Kira is such a talented and inquisitive young girl. Thomas another very talented boy. Matt the street boy you can't help but love. All these amazing characters in a world that seems so primitive.

There's Jamison, the man in charge of Kira and Thomas. You want so bad to believe he's a good man but at the same time you can't help but wonder what he's hiding. In a world where babies, old people, disfigured/disabled people are thrown out into the field to die, you have to wonder really what's going on in their world that seems is in and of itself, cut off from anywhere else.

The ending surprised me but I don't want to spoil anything so I will leave it at that.

I've read the Giver by Lois and I was not let down with this book, if anything I'd say this one was even stronger, more powerful of a book.


bermudaonion said...

I agree with you so much - the narrator of an audio book makes all the difference in the world.

Melissa (My World) said...

Sounds interesting. It is great to hear that the narrative was done very, very well. I don't listen to books for the fear I will miss something but this one sounds like it may have helped with the great narrator. Thanks!