Monday, July 23, 2012

Audiobook Review: Pandemonium

pandemoniumTitle: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Narrator: Sarah Drew
Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012
Publisher: Harper Audio
Duration: 10 hours, 34 mins
Genre: Dystopia
Goodreads Summary:
I'm pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.
I have yet to read a book by Lauren Oliver that I did not like. Oliver’s writing is gorgeous and the only thing more beautiful than her prose in the Pandemonium audiobook is Sarah Drew’s narration. I loved Delirium (read my review here) and Pandemonium is a solid follow-up and a really good book. Pandemonium has is all: action, suspense, lots of emotion and of course, romance.

When we met the main character, Lena, in Delirium, we found a timid girl leading a lackluster life, believing in the government’s propaganda and waiting on the ‘cure’ to set her free. The Lena in Pandemonium is anything but timid. She is adapting to a hard life in the wilds, fiercely working with the resistance and most of all, she is very angry and with good cause. The Lenas in both books are vastly different and I love how Oliver shows the character’s growth in such a measured but brilliant way.

The plot in Pandemonium is very well executed and while a love triangle of sorts does develop, it’s well done. I am really excited about Requiem, the last book in the series, because I know Oliver will up the stakes, the action and the emotion to a whole new level. Be aware that like Delirium, Pandemonium ends with a heck of a cliffhanger.

Even if you are not a fan of dystopias, this series is really good and I highly recommend it. It is also a fantastic audiobook! I hope that Sarah Drew will narrate Requiem AND that I be able to listen to the third book instead of reading it. While I’m relatively new to audiobooks, its books like Pandemonium that make me so excited to listen to more. I’m definitely an audio fan for good!

Content: Kissing, profanity and violence.

My Rating: Really Good!


Isabelle said...

:-O Sarah Drew narrates Delirium and Pandemonium?? I listened to her audio of Before I Fall (Oliver's debut) and I was completely in LOVE with it. To date it's one of the two books I've given 5 stars (other than the Potter series.)

I will pick it up soon!

P.E. said...

Glad you like it. I still haven't read Pandemonium yet, but I'm glad it's a good sequel and I'm curious to see how Lena has grown.

Kat C said...

OMG, I just posted my review of this yesterday ! I loved the Delirium audiobook, but I decided to read the novel of Pandemonium and I have to say going from listening to reading made the book lose something for me.

I will totally do the Requiem audiobook.

KM said...

I just can't find it in me to read these books. I tried reading BEFORE I FALL and was crazy bored. And I'm just so over dystopians that I'm not sure even pretty writing could make me love it, you know? But I'm glad that you liked it! And you're starting to get me interested in audio books. Do you just get them at your library?

Truly Bookish said...

Isabelle, I'm now a fan of Sarah Drew as well. Hoping to listen to something else from her soon!

P.E., if you liked Delirium, you will probably like Pandemonium. I liked Lena more in this book.

Kat C, reading book 1 and listening to book 2 was such a different experience. Hoping to listen to Requiem as well.

KM, so far, all the audios I've listened to I have gotten from my library. Specifically, I've borrowed and downloaded them from Overdrive which is so convenient - no CDs, no hassles with returning them on time. Can't tell you how much I LOVE my library!


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