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Scythe

Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Series: Arc of a Scythe, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
5 out of 5 stars (267 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Two teens must learn the "art of killing" in this Printz Honor-winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times best-selling Unwind Dystology series.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award-winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.

©2016 Neal Shusterman (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Outstanding!

Not only was the world incredible, the plot and story telling well done - the voice actor did a fantastic job! i cannot fault this book and performance one bit. Bravo.

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Thoughtful concept with fantastic storytelling

A dystopian future where death is no longer natural and human life is essentially eternal, creates a system where death is the most political subject on the planet. The story deals with what humanity can be lost when everything is systematically 'perfect'. It has adventure, mystery, depth of character, intriguing relationships and I'm looking forward to the whole series now.

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Absolutely love this book!

Phenomenal!!! Must listen and read. The narrator is amazing as well. Just fantastic!!! Loved it so much!

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Cool sci-fi

great story. bit of a slum pl in the middle but the ending was banging.

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Awesome

Great book and awesome story. I was hooked from start to finish. Could not put it down.

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The best almost

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Great SciFi

I was into the book from before I began it. Great story, fantastic performance. Looking forward to more.

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MUST READ

set in a utopia/ dystopian future it has full characters, I was quickly hooked and before even reaching halfway, I had already purchased and downloaded the sequel knowing I would be left with all the more questions. This is the BEST series I’ve encountered so far since Amanda Hockings Trylle series which was many years ago.

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Scythe...

Scythe is not the most exciting or fast paced story but it’s one of those books that is incredibly difficult to stop listening to, the story, interesting, intriguing, captivating and does have exciting moments for sure. I highly recommended this book as upon finishing you will be left pondering for a long time yet.

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A great book

I love this book. I loved the take on immortality and the issues it raised for society. I love the underlying theme of care and compassion. A beautiful work.

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  • Lila Reading
  • 01-04-2017

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What made the experience of listening to Scythe the most enjoyable?

Every road trip, I seek out an audiobook that can please all 3 of my kids (now 12 [girl], 13 & 15 [boys]). Let's just say I've been striking out the last few years. This time was different. After each chapter, all three were asking for more. And on a typical road trip that is balanced between listening to a book, playing car games, resting, and watching movies, this time was all Scythe! My 15-year-old son, who no longer wished to read for enjoyment, said that 1. he wants to "read" it again, and 2. he wants this to be turned into a film. Listening to this book was truly the highlight of our road trip!

What did you like best about this story?

It felt like a combination between The Giver and The Hunger Games.

What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?

His voices were seamless and spot on!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Scythe- kill with conscience.

Any additional comments?

We are hoping the next installment in the trilogy comes out before our next road trip!

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  • Jonathan Purcell
  • 15-10-2017

Best book I have read this year.

Of the 83 books that I have listened to/read this year, this is by far the best one. The world building is incredible and the characters are very easy to identify with. It delves into some philosophical questions that are as applicable to the current state of the world as they are to the “utopia” of the book. The idea of a “Thunderhead” evolving from the “cloud” is brilliant. Just so many good things about this book and I never wanted it to end. Can’t wait until the next book in the series is released.

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  • G. Grimsley
  • 27-06-2017

Immortal until you're Gleaned

What did you love best about Scythe?

This book is action packed and humorous at times while dealing with a very dark and morbid theme... Death. It's very thought provoking and yet gripping. It was one of the hardest books to have to stop listening to when I arrived at my destinations. Mr. Shusterman created one of the most dastardly villains I've read in a very long time. This villain is so slyly evil it's almost creeptastically good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Scythe?

Several moments but I don't want to spoil the book!

Which character – as performed by Greg Tremblay – was your favorite?

I loved listening to 2 characters performed by Mr. Tremblay, the Scythes in Training, Citra and Rowan.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What happens when humans are in control of Death?

Any additional comments?

This was SO worth the credit I paid but now I'm sitting on the edge of my seat for more. I want to hear more of this world and the hear more about the Scythedom and the Thunderhead. Mr. Shusterman does such an amazing job of world building and I need to hear more ASAP. I also hope the movie they produce of this film (if it actually makes it to production) will match the movie I had running in my head at the time of listening.

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  • charity
  • 03-07-2017

Typical dystopian

This was just another dystopian YA book. It wasn't bad but wasn't really good or a standout either. I kept waiting for something really amazing because of all of the great reviews. I found the end to be predictable and just a set up for the next in the series--I really hate that. There are so many series these days that it seems that no one can just write a good stand alone book. If you're looking for a time-filler you'll probably be fine with this book, but if you're looking for a 5-star listen you'll most likely be a bit let down.

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  • Kathy in CA
  • 14-11-2017

You Can't Please All of The People All of The Time

I was hoping for well-developed and well-formed characters whom I could really care about. I saw Scythe compared to the Hunger Games which I absolutely loved. I was hoping it would grab me in a similar way. After all, both books had a significant amount of killing in their plot lines. Murder had seemed an integral part of the HG story, though not the end all and be all.

Scythe, on the other hand, did not immerse me in the story or make me care much about the characters. Who were Citra and Rowan? Why should I care about them? Why would teenagers become apprentice Scythes (killers) and have to learn SO many ways to kill, so many tools to use? In reality, teens decision making skills are not fully developed until early adulthood. How could they have enough life experience to choose who lives and who dies? (And yet, for some reason, I was willing to accept that Ender, not even a teen, could battle and save the world! Of course, it was because I knew about his family, his struggles, his persona so much more than Citra and Rowan.)

Shusterman created a world I just could not buy into. Sure, I could somehow accept the gleaning (culling of excess humans due to overpopulation), but only in a well-thought out and reasoned manner. The glorification and total focus on killing and the gleeful and exuberant enjoyment of it just does not sit right with me, especially in a book marketed for young adults

The narration was fine. The book did keep my attention despite my unease with the topic and I finished it. However, the ending did not redeem it for me nor does it stand out in my mind.

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  • Jared G
  • 15-12-2017

Seemingly clever premise that doesn't hold up

I listened to a decent bit of this book before I stopped gritting my teeth and accepted that the premise (humans are now immortal and still want to have lots of kids, so they have to self cull, allowing robed killers to wander around and decide everyone's fate) was not clever as it originally seems, but incredibly stupid. Putting this book down gave me mixed feelings, but mostly I felt relief.
In short, there is no plausible set of circumstances that would lead to this societal arrangement. It doesn't make any sense. People don't work this way. Not the self culling idea, the idea that we would let a group of mostly unregulated people walk around slaughtering people in creative and unnecessarily brutal and messy ways. Why kill someone with a neighbor's kitchen knife, shouldn't everyone just get an injection when they don't expect it? Why sit and tell a person you are about to kill them with a sword and they can't fight back or say their goodbyes, but you can have a side conversation with another character while this poor schmuck waits? It makes no sense at all and that kills the narrative, constantly pushing you out of an otherwise decently written and well read book.
If you are fine with this level of violence, just read the Red Rising series and don't pretend to seek philosophy.

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  • Daniel S
  • 05-12-2017

Interesting take on the death

Would you be willing to try another book from Neal Shusterman? Why or why not?

I love off the wall ideas, I would love to read more books by Neal Shusterman. I will definitely read the next book in the series to see what happens. It wasn't my favorite book, but it was entertaining. I would have liked more back story about how the people in this book keep turning back the clock

Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I thought Greg Tremblay did a great job and will be looking for more books that are read by him. I think that he keeps the listener engaged throughout the book.

Was Scythe worth the listening time?

Definitely worth a listen

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  • Kris Hutchison
  • 14-10-2017

Lived up to the reviews.

Great book.
The world did have some flaws and logic holes, but the story was good and the characters were interesting.
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Right at the start the book says that space travel is not an option and that everything about everything is already known.
Neither of these statements is ever justified or explored. Maybe the writer will address these problems in future books.

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  • Armando Zapata
  • 14-04-2017

The story was so incredibly written.

I was captived from beginning to end, you really find yourself falling in love with all the characters.

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  • Gabriel
  • 21-04-2017

Well Written Novel

Loved it however I was not satisfied as much with the ending as I wanted to be, maybe that was the point. Looking foward to the sequel.

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  • Matthew
  • 22-01-2018

Thoroughly enjoyable

Story was original and the pace was good. Well performed. Really looking forward to the next one.

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  • Georgina
  • 18-01-2018

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS!

I haven't found an audiobook I really loved since listening to Eddie Redmayne reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! The narrator for this was perfect and he kept me hooked! I listened to most of this but I read about 15 chapters from my physical copy of the book but found I was actually missing not listening to the narrator! I highly recommend this, the story was absolutely amazing, it was a freaking rollercoaster of a journey, so many twists and turns but it's also a unique story as I've not really heard of anything like this before!

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  • Sarah
  • 26-04-2019

Amazing!

Honestly when I first came upon this audio book I was intrigued. From the first chapter I was enamoured. From the character arcs, the impeccable delivery and enthralling world building I was hooked. So much so I did not realise I was on the last chapter until it finished and knew I had to instantly start downloading the next one. I highly recommend this book it is a great read.

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  • Richard Morton
  • 28-11-2018

Best audio book ever

This is my favourite book and I found that Greg tremblay narrated it very well. He has a softer voice for feminine speech and a harder rougher voice for masculine speech

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  • juozas kasiulis
  • 04-05-2019

Amazing

Really enjoyable audio book. Loved the world building and interesting characters. Narration well done as well

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  • Svetlana
  • 30-01-2019

This is what I get for having high expectations

Thanks to the narrator who did brilliantly I could finish this book. Loved the concept, but after the first third of the book the plot became so lame and predictable :(

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-2019

Good romp, easy to listen to

I really enjoyed this audio book. it was a very good performance of an engaging story with some great characters. I only deducted one star because there were a number of clichés and over used turns of phrase... otherwise, it was great.

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  • Toni
  • 01-09-2018

This surprised me

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This surprised me. I don't usually like dystopian books but the plot synopsis intrigued me so I picked it up and I am glad I did. It was fast paced and full of twists and turns. I knew it'd have to end the way it did but not how it'd happen. It also had me wondering what would happen if we did live in a world without illness or death. Looking forward to experiencing the next book now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-08-2018

best book I've read all year<br />

slightly put off by the narrator
story was so gripping. I can't wait for the sequel

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  • Stevan
  • 14-05-2018

alright

nice little sci fi story really easy going well read. just wanted it to be a more adult take but its still good

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