Friday, August 10, 2012

Audio Review: Cinder

Title: Cinder
Lunar Chronicles #1
Author: Marissa Meyers
Release Date: January 3, 2012

Goodreads Description:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My Thoughts:
Cinder is the first book I have actually listened to on audiobook for purely pleasure. I wasn’t sure how I would like audio books but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Cinder.

Since I listened to the audiobook I feel that it’s necessary to give my thoughts about the narrator before I get to my actual review of the book. I thought the narrator did an excellent job. I did preview the book before buying it because I knew that if it was a dull voice I wouldn’t be able to listen to it. Luckily, the narrator, Rebecca Soler, does an excellent job. Her voice was nice to listen to and Rebecca did a great job with adding emphasis and emotion to the right parts.  Also, it is very affordable if you buy it on iTunes. I bought it on my iPhone for only $9.99.

I thought Cinder was a very interesting retelling of Cinderella. There were definitely similarities between the two but not enough so that I felt like I was hearing the same exact story. Meyers does an excellent job of taking a told, then retold, and then retold again story and making it her own.

I’m usually not a sci-fi girl. I’m just not really into it. However, I felt that while Cinder has some sci-fi elements they weren’t overwhelming. Cinder will appeal to sci-fi fans as well as those, like myself, that just aren’t really into it.

Meyer did a fantastic job of creating likeable characters. Cinder was an admirable heroine that you couldn’t help but love. She was strong and determined and never gave up. As for Prince Kai, I will admit that I immediately fell in love with him. I think Prince Kai is what all girls hope that real princes are like. He was kind, polite, charming, and the perfect gentleman. He always tried to do what was right and to help his country. He really was Prince Charming!

Cinder was fast-paced and suspenseful. On more than one occasion I found myself wishing I had the actual book so I could read it faster. There were times when I was done with my drive home that I continued listening to the audiobook simply because it was that good! 

The only part I didn’t love was that I figured out the big twist early on. There were times were I thought I must be wrong because I didn’t think the times matched up but it the end I discovered I was correct.

Cinder was an excellent debut by new author Marissa Meyer. With the cliffhanger Cinder left off on I can’t wait to read Scarlet. I am confident that it will be yet another great book!


1 comment:

  1. Cinder is one of my favorite audiobooks as well! I like that the narrator didn't try to force a man/guy-voice. This issue often dampened my enjoyment of other audiobooks because the voices just came out...odd. I'm really looking forward to Scarlet!


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