Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Matched by Ally Condie, read by Kate Simses.
On her 17th birthday, Cassia meets her match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life. Except he's not. In Cassia's society, Officials decide who people love. How many children they have. Where they work. When they die. But as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own. And that's when her whole world begins to unravel....
©2015 Ally Condie (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited
Whilst I adore this story and its premise the narration often makes me cringe. The heroine sounds like a Disney Princess and Ky and Cassia's father sound monotone in moments that should contain emotion. I suppose this is to create greater variety in the voices but it doesn't work. Also they added music in some emotional parts that just made it so cheesy removing the sincerity present in the book. Overall i think this is better to read than to listen to. If you do choose to listen to it though, try to listen past the narration to the sentiment of the book.
"Sweet but dull"
It is romantic and at times thought provoking. Easy listening.
The narrator has a sweet yet monotone voice which didn't help warm me to the very basic lead character. Male voices performed in the story are quite cringe and took me out of it.
Not much happens in the story and unfortunately I am not compelled to read the next books.
I would recommend this to young readers. Perhaps 8-11 years old.
"OK story but lacking emotion"
Easy listening but I found I did not feel any connection to the characters. Not sure if that was the story or the performance but something was lacking. The random bits of background music here and there were odd and felt quite cheesey.
"Thrillingly lovely. I hope for book two."
I loved this book. I look forward to book two. No red tablets for me. Go write.
Thank you Ally.
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